Student Wellbeing   

Positive Behaviours, Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS)

Our School and Community beliefs about behaviour and learning are supported by our School Values: Achievement, Respect, and Responsibility. We explicitly teach our students to strive to be the best they can be, to show consideration, to value others and their opinions and to be reliable and accountable. Essendon Primary School uses the SW-PBIS framework to create a positive culture and an inclusive school community and a "Restorative Practice" approach in developing the skills and attitudes in our students to behave positively.
Introducing, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important component of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioural expectations and rewarding students for following them is a more positive approach than waiting for misbehaviour to occur before responding.
The purpose of SW-PBIS is to establish a school climate in which appropriate behaviour is the norm for all students. It provides schools with a well-researched, evidence-based framework for improving the engagement of all students, including those with behavioural difficulties. It provides school communities with an effective, evidence-based approach to creating positive, safe and engaging school environments and focuses on three levels of implementation.

Primary prevention:  a universal provision of school and classroom-wide systems for all students, staff and school community members.  The aim is to provide highly predictable school and classroom environments through the establishment of school-wide expectations of all members of the school community, and implementation of school-wide behaviour management strategies that focus on empowerment rather than control.
Secondary prevention: specialised group systems for students who demonstrate at-risk behaviour.
Tertiary prevention – specialised and individualised systems of support for individual students who have not had their needs adequately met through universal and group support.

This approach to behaviour management aims to create a positive, engaging and safe school environment, a culture of student competence and an open, responsive management system for school leaders, staff, students and parents/carers.
The principles that underpin SW-PBIS align with the Department’s Effective Schools Model. SW-PBIS focuses on promoting:
- professional leadership
- establishment of shared vision and goals
- high expectations of all learners
- accountability – evidence-based systems and interventions
- learning communities
- stimulating and secure learning environments.