Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide

Many of you will have seen the school notice board on Titahi Bay main road with the statement “Mana College is a PB4L-SW school” and may have been intrigued as to what PB4L-SW is and how it could make a difference to the school experience of your child.

What is it?

The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide (PB4L School-Wide) framework helps schools to develop a social culture that supports learning and positive behaviour.

What are the principles behind PB4L?

Positive Behaviour for Learning believes:

  • Positive behaviour can be learnt and difficult and disruptive behaviour can be unlearnt
  • Individual children are not a ‘problem’ – we need to change the environment around them to support positive behaviour
  • Punishing and isolating children doesn’t bring about long-term and sustainable changes in behaviour
  • We need to concentrate on a small number of evidence-based programmes and frameworks that we know work
  • There are no quick fixes. Behaviour change takes time.
  • Children and young people will be more engaged and will achieve at school.
  • Teachers and leaders will spend more time teaching and be less stressed.
  • Educators will keep more children and young people at school, will feel confident, and will feel supported in addressing behaviour problems.
  • Parents and whānau will have more positive relationships with their children and home life will be more positive and harmonious.
  • School leaders and Boards will celebrate the learning and achievement of all of their students.

What difference will PB4L make to our school?

To find out more visit the following website links:-


PB4L on the Ministry of Education Website

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