Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

Clonard College has begun the journey to implement Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L).  PB4L has been facilitated by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) over a number of years with many schools being trained. Our Core Team, which has been working with MACS for some months in preparation for implementing PB4L has commenced training as PB4L coaches, and our Implementation Team, which consists of ten staff and a parent, will be commencing training next week.

What is PB4L?

PB4L stands for Positive Behaviour for Learning. PB4L is a whole-school framework for behaviour support used by hundreds of Australian schools that promotes positive behaviour and helps schools to develop safe and supportive learning environments. PB4L, which is commonly called PBIS overseas, has over a 25 year history of research and implementation and is used to great effect in schools globally. 

What are the benefits of using the PB4L framework?

  • PB4L helps schools to be consistent in the way they support and respond to behaviour.
  • PB4L enables schools to develop clear expectations and boundaries for behaviour and ensures that behaviour support is differentiated according to need.
  • PB4L assists schools to improve social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for children and young people.

Why is PB4L recommended to schools?

PB4L has a strong research base and has been shown to improve student outcomes, increase staff and student wellbeing, and reduce behavioural incidents. PB4L helps schools to select evidence-based practices which have been shown to improve student behaviour and establish safe and supportive learning environments. PB4L consolidates current practices that are part of Conard’s whole school approach to Wellbeing, such as Restorative Practices and Respectful Relationships under a single umbrella.

Where can I find out more about PB4L?

Watch a 7 minute clip about the PB4L framework.

What role do parents and carers play in PB4L?

Parents and the wider community play an important role in creating a safe and supportive school environment.  Schools involve parents and the school community in developing the Student Code of Conduct. This helps to align the behaviour expectations of the school to community expectations and means everyone shares an understanding of what is expected.

Late in Term 4 we will send parents an online survey for your input on the core positive behaviour expectations for Clonard College.  These expectations will become the foundation of PB4L practices at Clonard.

Adapted from: https://behaviour.education.qld.gov.au/supporting-student-behaviour/positive-behaviour-for-learning