Positive Behaviours for Learning Framework

Positive Behaviours for Learning (PBL) is a framework for behaviour management in schools that explicitly models, promotes and rewards positive behaviours while providing consistent structures in responding to negative behaviours. In doing so, Positive Behaviours for Learning is intended to devote teacher behaviour management more proportionately to behaviours that should occur and not disproportionately to behaviours that should not.

Additional focuses of PBL include ongoing student wellbeing as well as building whole school identity and morale. It also embeds restorative justice actions in response to negative behaviours. This document aims to explicitly set out the Positive Behaviours for Learning Framework that has been developed for St Aloysius Catholic Primary School.

It is hoped that in providing this framework to parents, they can familiarise themselves with the philosophy, procedures and actions to be undertaken.


Behaviour Management Tiers

The aim of PBL is to provide a greater proportion of time to Primary Intervention (Tier 1) where all children are given access to explicit discussion and modelling of positive behaviours. The majority of children will benefit sufficiently from this.

Secondary Intervention (Tier 2) might be accessed by about 15% children whose behaviour choices need to be redirected in positive directions.

Finally, Tertiary Intervention (Tier 3) might only be accessed by 1—5 % of students who benefit from individual behaviour support. The final page of this document discusses these tiers of behaviour management further.


St Aloysius PBL School Values

We have four core values (based on the four Pillars of Learning) for children to reference with ease.


Our School Matrix

Breaking it down to explicit Positive Behaviours

Our school matrix allows children to have a more specific focus on how these rules apply in different areas of the school. All rules are in simple, affirming and child centred language so that children come to own and use the language.

We make Jesus Real in the way we Greet, Treat and Speak to others respectfully. We make Jesus Real through our Daily Actions.


Celebrating Appropriate Behaviours

St Aloysius Whole School Positive Reinforcement Reward System

Focus on Growing into a better me, class, school…

Building into shared direction, performance and Growth…

Leaf to Tree to Forest.

  1. Every Class has a tree
  2. The Class Teacher and class negotiate a class leaf target (eg 10, 15, 20, etc) and write it on their Class Leaf Target chart – (no time limit).
  3. The Teacher and class negotiate an ‘on target reward’ - a 10 to 15 minute activity - for when their goal is reached & write it on the target chart
  4. Every student who receives a “Good to Grow” exchanges it for a leaf token to put on the Class Tree.
  5. The student can then add one to their personal tally to work towards the individual Growth Rewards as well as take their reward home
  6. When the Class Leaf Target is reached:
  • The class receives the reward as soon as possible.
  • A small on target sign is dated & displayed in the classroom near the Class Tree.
  • The class sends their class mini tree to the office for the Forest mural, adding to the Whole school target.
  • The Class Tree is cleared of leaves, the class and teacher set a new target and reward and the process starts again.
  • When the Whole School Target is reached then the whole school has earned a reward.

*** Undercover Gardener***

A “Branch of Leaves” from the “Undercover Gardener” is worth a large number of leaves to go towards the class target and is given out at Assemblies to classes that have performed impressively on lines, in Mass, in library, in music, on the playground, etc

So let’s get Growing!

PBL Awards

Upon receiving the listed number of PBL tokens students are awarded the following:

10 Good to Grow tokens - Bronze certificate

25 Good to Grow tokens - Silver certificate

50 Good to Grow tokens - Gold certificate

75 Good to Grow tokens - Platinum certificate

Our rewards menu is below:


Responding to Inappropriate Behaviours - Working the Tiers of Behaviour Management

Reflection Room

  • Reflection Room should happen as close to the incident as possible (same or next day is optimal)
  • Teachers placing students in the Reflection Room must record the child’s expected attendance using the OneNote document.
  • Students are to bring their lunch and come directly to Student Entry at 1:20 where they will have ten minutes to eat (if three or more then the Reflection Room Executive Member takes them to a classroom).
  • An executive member will attend the Reflection Room and meet with the student/s where they will participate in restorative justice conversations. A Choices Response Sheet about the student’s recent behavioural choices will be completed.
  • Students will remain in the Reflection Room until 2:00 at which time the Executive Member will see them to their classroom.

Restorative Questions

When challenging behaviour:

  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking of at the time?
  • What were you feeling at the time?
  • What have you thought about since?
  • Who has been affected by what you have done?
  • In what way have they been affected?
  • What should you do next time?
  • What do you think you need to do to make things right?

To help those affected:

  • What did you think when you realized what had happened?
  • What impact has this incident had on you and others?
  • What has been the hardest thing for you?
  • What do you think needs to happen to make things right?


Compass will alert the Assistant Principal when a student has received three Amber incident reports. Compass will alert the Principal when a student has received three red incident reports.

Tier 3 Behaviour Management

At Tier 3, parents and staff members will be in continual communication and it is likely that the child would have an Individual Behavioural Contract. Furthermore, children at Tier 3 will be benefitting from other forms of support and intervention in consultation with school and potentially the CSO and other agencies. It is hoped that children move quickly from Tier 3 intervention to the lower tiers of behavioural management.

Fresh Start

At the beginning of each term, any students who have had amber or red incidents recorded commence with a fresh start unless there is some specific need to remain on an individual Behaviour Management Plan.