What is SWPBS?
School Wide Positive Behaviour Support is an approach our school uses to support our students to learn positive social and communication skills. These skills are based on Fleetwood Primary School’s core values of being Responsible, Safe and Respectful learners.
Evidence shows that teaching, recognising, acknowledging and rewarding positive behaviour helps reinforce these social skills and is an important step in our student’s education.
What is the purpose of SWPBS?
The purpose of SWPBS is to increase our student’s learning opportunities, and prevent or decrease problem behaviours. We can do this by all working as a team using problem solving strategies. We also can’t assume that students know these social skills so students must be explicitly taught the behaviours we want them to demonstrate.
What does SWPBS look like at Fleetwood Primary School?
All students will be explicitly taught the positive behaviours the school expects students to demonstrate (see Matrix below). This can be done during morning meetings, house time activities, assemblies and incidentally throughout each day.
- Staff teach the behaviours as they would teach academics or any other skill.
- Staff talk about the expected behaviours and discuss why it is important.
- Staff demonstrate and model the social skills.
- Staff acknowledge, pre correct, supervise and provide positive feedback.
- Staff reflect on what they need to change to ensure the student is successful?
Behaviour Expectation Matrix
The Matrix translates our CORE values (Responsible, Safe and Respectful) into behaviours being taught.
It is displayed in each classroom around the school and is referred to and discussed regularly with students.
How can families help?
Teaching behaviours that we expect to see works best when there is a consistency across home and school settings.
SWPBS is an approach to help all students learn to self-manage behaviour. Family involvement is a key feature and important in all aspects of SWPBS. A strong partnership between school and family is important because when families are involved, outcomes for students are better.
You can be involved in SWPBS in many ways;
- read materials offered by the school through compass and various school communications
- make yourself familiar with the Matrix – perhaps put it on your fridge for easy reference?
- teach behaviour expectations to your children, use and reinforce SWPBS strategies at home for example:
- Teach your child what behaviour you want to see
- Verbally acknowledge and recognise when they meet the expected behaviour
- Respond consistently and with meaningful consequences when problem behaviour occurs