“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we……..... ……….teach?………punish? Why can't we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?"
Tom Herner (NASDE President ) Counterpoint 1998, p.2
What IS 'PB4L'?
PB4L School-Wide looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school as well as an individual child perspective.
The framework is based on international evidence.
It helps New Zealand schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life.
It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems and practices you have in place to support them to make positive behaviour choices.
PB4L School-Wide is based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework developed at the University of Oregon in the 1990s.
There are over 700 PB4L School-Wide schools in New Zealand.
Below is our school behaviour matrix - these are our school-wide behaviour expectations or 'rules'.