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Clarke Road School

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Positive Behaviour Engaging Learners (PBEL)

At Clarke Road School we follow a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) framework.  PBL is a proactive school-wide system of support for defining, teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviours. Its purpose is to increase student engagement and establish consistent expectations of behaviours.  

The PBL framework supports students in all settings and contexts – across the classroom, playground, out in the community and at home. We focus on 4 specific areas: ‘Be Safe’, ‘Be A Friend’, ‘Be Caring’ and ‘Be a Learner’.

Each year, rules are taught through PBL lessons with students being given planned opportunities to put these into practice. PBL days in which we focus on a specific rule are held throughout the year.  Students are regularly acknowledged for positive behaviour both in the classroom and playground. Students positive behaviours are also acknowledged at a ‘High Flyer’ Assembly (one student from each class) each term where their success is celebrated with the wider school community.  

PBL provides students, staff and parents with a common language and understanding of expectations about behaviour.  It helps us to provide a safe, caring environment in which our students can engage, connect and belong are celebrated for their achievements.


The Power of Teaching

“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach”

“If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach”

“If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach”

“If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach”

If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we ………..

              ……...teach?  ………..punish?

‘Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?” (John Herner, 1998)