What is PB4L?

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) is an educational approach to addressing student conduct at school.

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