What is SWPBS?

What is SWPBS?

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a school-wide framework for developing and explicitly teaching appropriate and positive behaviours. SWPBS comprises of a broad range of systemic and individualised strategies for achieving important student social and learning outcomes, while also preventing problem behaviour among students.

SWPBS practices and interventions have been designed using research and evidence that have been demonstrated to be effective. Introducing, modelling, and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important step of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioural expectations and acknowledging students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.



Waverley Meadows Primary School values responsibility, teamwork, respect and safety, we provide a harmonious community of responsible and respectful learners who work cooperatively. We believe that happy children will thrive academically, socially, emotionally and physically.

Many teachers implement wonderful, creative, fun and effective behaviour management systems in their classrooms. SWPBS is a collaborative effort that actively involves all staff members in a school; teachers, ES, and students. This cooperative approach recognises the critical importance of consistency across people and settings in creating safe schools and effective learning environments. When linked to a broader system of behavioural supports, effective classroom management strategies and techniques become even more effective and efficient. This makes the work of the classroom teacher easier and the school experience of the student more positive.

How Can Families Help?

Teaching behaviours that we expect to see works best when there is a consistency across home and school settings. Family involvement is 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. Families can use and reinforce SWPBS strategies at home. There are four important steps to help improve a child’s behaviour:


  1. Understand why the behaviour occurs

Research shows that letting your children know what you expect and praising them for positive behaviour is a powerful way to prevent problem behaviour.

Common reasons for engaging in problem behaviour are:

  • To get attention (positive or negative)
  • To get an activity, toy or item
  • To escape or avoid a person, activity or task
  • Due to physical or medical conditions

Try to understand the situation and their behaviour from your child’s point of view. Children often engage in problem behaviour to communicate something.

In some cases, a child may not be feeling well i.e. infections or illness. At other times, children might have too much energy and need to release it in some way.


  1. Change routines and settings to prevent problem behaviours

Notice if any routines and settings are triggering problem behaviour. Learn from the past and try to predict these in the future.

  1. Teach a new skill

What would you like your child to do instead of engaging in problem behaviour? Teach your child to learn how to get what he/she wants by communicating instead. You may need to remind and praise them for communicating.


  1. Change how you respond to problem behaviour

Think about how you respond to your child and remember, what you say or do can either increase or decrease problem behaviour. When responding, try and keep a calm voice and ignore the problem behaviour if you can. Instead, ask the child to use words and that try to figure out and understand what it is that your child wants.