PSPC is a PBL school

What is PBL?

Positive Behaviour for Learning is an educational framework that brings together the whole-school community to contribute to developing a positive, safe and supportive learning culture. PBL assists schools to improve social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for children and young people.



PBL is a process, not a program.

When implemented well, teachers and students have more time to focus on relationships and classroom instruction.

Students and staff benefit from:

  • reduced problem behaviour

  • increased time focused on instruction

  • improved social-emotional wellbeing

  • positive and respectful relationships among students and staff

  • better support for teachers to teach, model and respond effectively to student needs

  • a predictable learning environment where staff and students know what is expected to deliver effective practices that can be sustained over time.

The PBL framework helps schools identify and successfully implement evidenced-based whole-school practices that enhance learning outcomes for children and young people.

It can be used to strengthen the existing systems, structures and processes within the school which underpin the school's ongoing improvement and effectiveness. For example, PBL uses school-wide data to identify patterns of problem behaviour, monitor student progress, reflect on teaching effectiveness and inform decisions that strengthen the learning environment.

Implementation PBL requires the commitment of the whole school community and the support of the principal and executive teachers to lead the process within the school. Specific attention to what needs to be done, how it is done and why it is being done across the school is critical to create a positive, safe and supportive learning environments.


The key implementation aspects include:

  • developing and using a common vision, language and experience to support PBL implementation

  • clear expectations of students and staff

  • collaborating with all staff to plan and implement PBL

  • having at least 80% of staff willing to support PBL

  • developing a team approach with regular meetings

  • creating, reviewing and revising a plan of action

  • collecting and using of data for decision-making

How long does it take to implement PBL?

PBL is a process, not a program. The length of time it takes to implement well varies by school. Schools typically take between 3 months to 2 years to fully implement the essential features of the whole school approach. The implementation process is ongoing and constantly modified to meet the changing needs of the school and to address current concerns.

There are three specific aspects to PBL:

  • universal focus – to create a preventative, positive learning environment for all students

  • targeted interventions – to improve social-emotional skills for students who need additional support

  • individualised intensive supports - for students who have experienced academic and behavioural difficulties over an extended period of time.



PBL uses a tiered intervention framework which uses varied levels of support for students based on their needs. The tiered approach addresses these needs through:

  • investing in prevention for all students

  • identifying and providing targeted supports for individual students who need more support

  • providing individualised and intensive interventions for students with significant support needs

Through this framework, student assessment and instruction are linked to inform data-based decision-making. All children and young people receive universal support and instruction. If students need more support, their instructional program becomes more intensive and individualised to target their specific learning needs.  

Last reviewed 20 August 2021
Last updated 20 August 2021