Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)
This year the Staff of Taihape Area School are undertaking an exciting new Professional Development opportunity - the Positive Behaviour of Learning (PB4L) Programme. This is a Ministry of Education evidence based programme and initiative to support parents, whanau, teachers, schools, and early childhood centres to improve the behaviour of children and young people. Improving learner behaviour and their home and school environments will lead to improved learner engagement and achievements.
By 2016, 628 schools will have access to the PB4L School Wide Programme, benefitting around 346,000 students.
This is a long term project, and a Change Team at school is currently undertaking training to establish the framework for implanting PB4L. The Change Team has developed a mission statement which is "to improve academic outcomes and promote positive behaviour through a supportive environment".
The primary goal is to improve academic achievement, which tends to follow naturally from improved behaviour and levels of student engagement.
The Change Team has surveyed students, staff, parents and community members. The huge amount of information collected has been used to develop 4 School Wide Behaviour Expectations which relate to the School Values.
The TAS Behaviour Expectations are: -
We are Learners
We show Rangatiratanga
We are Caring
We show Whanaungatanga
We are Reflective
We show Wairuatanga
We are Respectful
We show Manaakitanga