School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) at St Joseph’s Black Rock

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a framework that helps schools to plan and implement practices across the whole school in order to improve educational and behavioural outcomes for all students.

The SWPBS framework is founded on a positive approach to whole school well-being with targeted approaches for students with higher levels of need. It does not condone corporal punishment.

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.  

At St Joseph’s there is a SWPBS team which regularly attends PD’s and meets to analyse data, discuss current practices and implement new strategies.


Introducing, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important step in a student’s educational experience. SWPBS works on the belief that we cannot assume that students know how to behave. Students need to be explicitly taught the behaviours we want them to demonstrate. Behaviours need to be explicitly taught, modelled, practised and rewarded.

Aims and Objectives

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

  • the 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
  • Increasing student engagement, with the ultimate outcome being improved academic outcomes for all students

The following diagram demonstrates the three-tier level of intervention which is the basis for SWPBS


(Continuum of School-Wide Instructional & Positive Behaviour Support)

SWPBS at St Joseph’s Black Rock

As a school community we have decided on the expectations of;

Justice and Compassion, Staying Safe,

Resilience and Excellence

as being the expectations that we are working towards instilling in all St Joseph’s students. Under the ‘umbrella’ of our four expectations are our forty Expected Behaviours that are explicitly taught across all grade levels, through classroom activities and approaches including Class meetings.

Our four school expectations were decided on after consultation and input from Students, Staff and Parents.

SWPBS Behaviour Matrix

The St Joseph’s Behaviour Matrix is an integral part of the SWPBS framework and was specifically designed by the Staff of St Joseph’s to address our school’s particular needs. At the beginning of each school year the Staff will revise the matrix with their class. A specific expectation will be the focus and teaching point for each week. Teachers will teach, model, reinforce and practise with their class appropriate behaviours as outlined by the Behaviour Matrix.



St Joseph’s Expectations


Justice and Compassion, Resilience, Excellence, Staying Safe

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Purpose Statement

At St Joseph’s we create a spiritual, safe and supportive environment that encourages resilient students who act with justice, compassion and hope.
Our purpose is to provide a personalised curriculum, that is inclusive, challenging and inspires students to pursue excellence and think deeply.

PBS Flow Chart