The key to effective student behaviour education is high quality positive relationships between teachers, students and parents, characterised by positive communication, trust and mutual respect. Behaviour education involves detailed and effective planning to prevent, reinforce and encourage acceptable, appropriate behaviour.
Teaching students to take responsibility for their own behaviour and have respect for the rights of others are the ultimate aims of the school’s behaviour education program. The emphasis is on students ‘working out’ their problem in an environment of care, courtesy and consistency.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) at Treeby Primary School is focused on the explicit teaching and reinforcement of expected behaviours. These will be developed in conjunction with students, parents, staff and the community during the first years of our school’s opening.
Staff members clearly explain the school expectations and rules to the students; display them in their classrooms and make students fully aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour, including the loss of Good Standing. In most cases staff members are capable of dealing with minor inappropriate behaviour and may use a variety of low key strategies (CMS). Teaching and positively reinforcing the Zones of Regulation also underpins the behaviour education of our school.
Students who demonstrate severely inappropriate behaviour will be sent to Administration for additional support. It is an expectation that these students will be placed on a Behaviour Management Plan by their teachers, in conjunction with parents.
This system recognises that the individual classroom teacher has responsibility for managing classroom behaviour with support from Administration.
- We will provide a calm, organised and supportive school environment;
- Consistent language and approaches will be used across the school;
- Making mistakes and learning appropriate behaviour is developmentally appropriate;
- Bullying is an unacceptable behaviour in any form;
- Students will learn to accept responsibility for their actions, through a restorative approach;
- Rewards and consequences will be reflective of a student’s actions. For example, a consequence for making a mess, could include cleaning it up;
- The management of student behaviour is a shared responsibility involving staff, parents and the student;
- We recognise the worth and dignity of all people;
- The harassment and discrimination of students, staff or family members based on their gender, race, religion, sexuality or disability is unacceptable in any form;
- The rights and responsibilities of individuals are recognised and valued;
- Calm communication is used to resolve concerns in a positive manner.
The Department of Education has recently released Connect and Respect, a suite of resources to assist school communities in setting shared and respectful expectations to enable us to continue to work together in the best interests of our children.