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Positive Behaviours for Learning (PB4L)

At St Patrick’s our Behavioural Support and Management Policy is based on the Positive Behaviours for Learning (PB4L) framework. This framework provides support systems for all staff and students in our school, enabling quality social and academic competencies to be established and maintained.

PB4L is an evidenced-based, organisational framework for behaviour support to enhance respectful relationships and engagement of students in their learning. It seeks to improve learning outcomes for all students through a focus on consistency and personal responsibility, and encompasses a broad range of systemic and individualised strategies and agreed practices for achieving important social and academic outcomes for all students.

The framework provides all members of the school community with a consistent language and a common understanding of behaviour expectations in whole-school, classroom and non-classroom settings. There is a strong emphasis on prevention of problem behaviours, as well as provisions to teach and affirm pro-social behaviours.

Through whole school implementation of PB4L, parents, teachers and children are provided with clear guidelines of expectations and procedures that establish and maintain a positive, safe and supportive school environment.

Students at St Patrick's follow explicit behaviour expectations based on the following school rules:


Positive Behaviours for Learning (PB4L) offers support for all our students, in all school settings, all the time, including students with additional academic, pastoral or behavioural needs.

The PB4L framework is also an integral component of the CEDoW Student Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy, which articulates the need for schools to ‘play an active role in building a positive learning environment where the whole school community feels included, connected, safe and respected’.

The implementation of PB4L policies and procedures requires the continuous monitoring and analysis of data to ensure the remediation of inappropriate behaviours at all levels.

For more information, please see our Behavioural Support and Management Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy, as well as the CEDoW Positive Behaviours for Learning (PB4L) information page.