SWPBS – An effective proven framework for positive behaviour

SWPBS – An effective proven framework for positive behaviour

In the boarding environment we all have incidents of inappropriate student behaviour and we all need effective processes to facilitate positive behaviour.

For many boarding residences, discipline processes have focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehaviour after the event, by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, extra duties, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective.

When student behaviour is a concern in a residence, a common response is to implement a new ͚behaviour͛ program or hire the current behaviour guru to come in and sort things out. This approach is likely to fail because the focus is on short-term solutions (practice) and not on the system supports to effect long-term cultural change e.g. the resources, training, and policies necessary to accurately implement, sustain, expand, and modify the practice over time.


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