Positive Behaviour for Learning


Positive Behaviour for Learning

The Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) framework is designed to encourage students to take greater responsibility for their own learning and to provide them with opportunities to make positive choices about their behaviour.

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What is PB4L?

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) is an educational approach to addressing student conduct within a school environment.

By implementing evidence-based, prevention-focused interventions, improved academic and behavioural outcomes can be achieved.

PB4L is a school wide approach that is based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports framework developed at the University of Oregon. The implementation of PB4L:

  • Reduces behavioural incidents
  • Increases teaching and learning time
  • Improves student achievement

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) investigated the outcomes of PB4L within New Zealand schools in 2010 – 2013 and published the following results as noted from curriculum leaders:

  • 73% less disruption in class
  • 71% increase in engagement in learning
  • 55% increase in students arriving on time for lessons


Nunawading Christian College has introduced for teachers, parents and all students (Early Learning to VCE) a proactive and preventative 'Positive Behaviour for Learning' framework.

PB4L initiatives are evident throughout Nunawading Christian College’s ethos, curriculum, behavioural strategy and student acknowledgement system. The outcome of these initiatives ensure students are offered effective support strategies in order to make positive behavioural choices and are acknowledged for positive conduct, effort and behaviour.

We have chosen four values to display in all areas of the school. NCC teachers will be explicitly teaching each value in class and in chapel. As a school, we passionately believe these values are vital for learning and life.


Showing respect for ourselves, each other and our environment.


Developing resilience for the challenges we will face day to day and in the future.


Being responsible for our property and our actions.


Having integrity in the decisions we make.

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PB4L for students and parents

The Positive Behaviour for Learning is designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their own decision-making processes and to provide them with the opportunity to make positive choices about their behaviour patterns. This system covers all areas of college operation including excursions and whenever the student is in college uniform. Details of the Student Management System are outlined in the following College Policies:

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