SWPBS

What is School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)?

SWPBS provides schools with a decision-making framework that uses data to guide selection and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioural practices across the whole school.

The SWPBS framework is founded on a positive approach to whole school wellbeing with targeted approaches for students with higher levels of need.

SWPBS is a Tiered Intervention Framework

SWPBS uses a tiered intervention framework which invests in prevention (tier I), identifies and provides targeted supports for individual students at risk for developing challenging behaviour (tier II), and provides individualised and intensive interventions for students with significant support needs (tier III).

SWPBS counteracts the “wait-to-fail” model of other frameworks and moves schools to a prevention-based approach.

 Aims and Objectives

The primary aim of SWPBS is to improve educational outcomes for students. It achieves this through:

  • prevention of behaviour problems and management of existing issues positively and consistently
  • developing skills and knowledge in schools for better teaching and learning
  • creating and maintaining a better school environment for students, teachers and the whole school community

SWPBS provides schools with a decision-making framework that uses data to guide selection and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioural practices across the whole school.

SWPBS was developed over 20 years ago, and is now internationally recognised and used in most Australian states.

Four integrated elements form the basis of the SWPBS framework:

  • data for decision making
  • measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by data
  • practices that are evidence based and support student behaviour and learning
  • systems that efficiently and effectively support staff to implement practices

 Austin School’s Values in Action 

Values in Action – Primary Sub-School

Values in Action – Secondary Sub-School

Values in Actions – Teachers and Community

Useful References and Links

 Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) http://www.pbis.org

“Best Evidence Based Practices for Behavioural Supports (What is PBIS?)” by George Sugai – Presented for UConn Centre for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).