Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) is an educational approach to addressing student conduct within a school environment. By implementing evidence based, prevention focused interventions, improved academic and behavioural outcomes can be achieved. PB4L initiatives are evident throughout Edinburgh College’s ethos, curriculum, behavioural strategy and student acknowledgement system. The outcome of these initiatives ensure students are offered effective support strategies in order to make positive behavioural choices and are acknowledged for positive conduct, effort and behaviour. A safe and effective teaching and learning environment results.
PB4L is a school wide approach that is based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports framework developed at the University of Oregon. The implementation of PB4L:
- Reduces behavioural incidents
- Increases teaching and learning time
- Improves student achievement
The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) investigated the outcomes of PB4L within New Zealand schools in 2010 – 2013 and published the following results as noted from curriculum leaders:
- 73% less disruption in class
- 71% increase in engagement in learning
- 55% increase in students arriving on time for lessons
Student Management System
The Positive Behaviour for Learning is designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their own decision-making processes and to provide them with the opportunity to make positive choices about their behaviour patterns. This system covers all areas of college operation including excursions and whenever the student is in college uniform.
Details of the Student Management System are outlined in the following College Policies: