Positive behaviour support (PBS) is the implementation of evidence based behavioural systems to enhance environments in which teaching and learning occurs. School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is based on the premise that children display behaviours that challenge when the expectations being placed on them are higher than their ability to respond accordingly, and that some children are lacking the social, emotional and academic skills required to learn age appropriate skills.
SWPBS is non-punitive, decreases the likelihood of behaviours that challenge, enhances relationships and improves communication. It also helps children and adults learn and display skills such as empathy, appreciating how one’s behaviour is affecting others and resolving disagreements in ways that do not involve conflict, taking another’s perspective and honesty. The goal is to foster a collaborative relationship between adults and children.