School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)

SWPBS is a systems approach for establishing the social, cultural and individualised supports needed for all students to achieve both social and academic success. It is a way to support everyone to create the kinds of schools where all students are successful and included.

The purpose of SWPBS is to help you and your school select and identify the effective, efficient, and evidence-based things you can do to support all students to experience success. SWPBS enables you to organise those practices into a continuum; from universal support for all students through to intensive, targeted support for those who need it.

Evidence-based features of SWPBS include:

  • prevention
  • defining and teaching positive social expectations
  • acknowledging positive behaviour
  • arranging consistent responses to challenging behaviour
  • maintaining ongoing collection and use of data for decision-making
  • establishing a continuum of interventions
  • utilising team-based implementation (systems that support effective practices).


“In all cases, ensuring an orderly learning environment throughout the school established through positive rather than negative means, with high levels of teacher consistency about how it is ‘enforced’ emerged as a fundamental precondition for improved teaching and learning to occur” (Zbar, Kimber & Marshall 2009).

School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is an evidence-based framework (Horner, Sugai & Lewis, 2015) the implementation of which been shown to;

  • Reduced problem behaviour
  • Increased academic performance
  • Improved perception of safety
  • Reduced bullying behaviours
  • Increased time for instructional leadership
  • Reduced staff turnover
  • Enhanced social-emotional competence
  • Elevated positive school climate and culture

SWPBS Mission Statement

To build relationships, create opportunities and inspire life-long learning.

SWPBS Vision Statement

To build successful and responsible learners.

SWPBS Objective

Yea High School aims to foster a balance between learning and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring inclusive, safe and orderly environments for young people today and in their future pathways.

School Values

Respect – We show respect by valuing the people and environment around us

Trust – We strive to be honest, reliable and responsible

Acceptance – We encourage and support others despite our differences

Meet the Yea High School SWPBS Team