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playground4At the beginning of 2011 we began looking into a framework that would enable us, as a staff, to review the policies and procedures that we currently have in place with regards to promoting positive student behaviour and in dealing with inappropriate behaviour when it occurs.

SPB4L is a Diocesan initiative that has been running for a number of years now, in both Primary and High Schools and pilot schools were identified over four years ago. Our involvement began at the end of 2010 when the staff agreed to make a commitment to the framework for the next 3-5 years.

Our involvement came about as a desire to continually review and improve what is happening for our school community and not because of any serious issue around behaviour or the way students choose to interact with each other.

For a school with an enrollment of over 580 students we ‘manage’ the vast majority of children effectively and we, at St John’s, believe that we deal with all children pastorally and on an individual basis knowing the context of various student behaviours and the circumstances in which individual children may be operating. Students with extreme behaviour concerns are a very small number and certainly well below the identified 5% of the school population as suggested by the framework.

SPB4L is a framework that is applied to a whole-school context. It is a positive behaviour support process that involves all staff and students. It relies heavily on the consistent use of comprehensive data collection, functional assessment and analysis, school-wide interventions and person-centred values.

Over the duration of 3-5 years St John’s will develop comprehensive systems of support for all students at the whole school, non classroom, classroom and targeted/individual levels. During this first year the focus is on the non-classroom environment.

Our early discussions around improving and maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment for the whole school community have focused on installing an electronic data system for information retrieval around both positive and inappropriate student behaviour so that decision making is evidence based. We have also initiated awards for positive behaviour on the playground to reward the vast majority of students who continually choose to make appropriate behaviours choices on the playground.