Positive Behaviour for Learning - School-Wide
The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide framework, also known as PB4L School-Wide, is helping New Zealand schools to build school cultures where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. Essentially, it is a plan which enables the goals of the school to be achieved, especially the learning goals.
PB4L School-Wide looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school, as well as an individual child’s, perspective. Although the framework is based on international evidence, it is tailored to our school’s environment and cultural needs.
It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems, and practices that are in place to support the students to make positive behaviour choices.
PB4L School-Wide is based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework developed at the University of Oregon in the 1990s. PBIS is now in thousands of schools across the US and there are over 1050 PB4L-SW schools in New Zealand, including Riverview School.
The framework is evidence based and uses our school’s HEARTWISE Values to teach and acknowledge appropriate behaviour. For each Value and location in the school, there are associated expectations which are described in this matrix. The ‘umbrella’ Everywhere expectations are standard for all locations.
For further information about the framework, visit https://pb4l.tki.org.nz/PB4L-School-Wide
Other programmes that Riverview School offers.
We are able to access the support of the Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), the Resource Teacher of Literacy (RTLit), the Northland Health Camp, and Group Special Education (GSE) for students about whom we (or their parents) have concerns. These services operate only on referral from the school (with the parents’ consent) and, because of their workloads, usually deal only with extremely urgent or serious referrals – often after time spent on a long waiting list. The school SENCO (Special Education Co-ordinator), Mr John Bowron, is usually involved with this.
Keeping Ourselves Safe
Constable Rob delivers the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme. Students will learn:
how to work out when their safety is at risk
how to keep safe when they meet and mix with other people
who and how to ask for help if they, or someone they know, is being abused
to go on asking for help until someone does something to stop the abuse
that it is important to make and follow personal, family and school safety rules.
They will know:
that abuse is never okay
that abuse is never their fault.
There is more information about the programme to be found here: