Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)

Calamvale Community College is committed to providing a positive learning environment for all of its students. Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a whole school evidenced-based approach to behaviour and includes explicit teaching of the expected behaviours needed for success at school. PBL brings together the whole-school community to contribute to developing a positive, safe and supportive learning culture. The framework assists schools to improve social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for children and young people. 


CCC commenced its PBL journey in 2021. The PBL committee has begun developing and implementing procedures, including a behaviour matrix (currently in draft form) and regular lessons, to teach students expected behaviours following the four College Values. 


Our four College Values underpin the PBL expectations: 

  • RESPECT – Valuing ourselves, others and the diversity of our world. 
  • RESPONSIBILTY – Being accountable for own actions and contributing through service to the College and community. 
  • RESILIENCE – Having courage to overcome challenges by building positive connections with self and others. 
  • INITIATIVE – Identifying opportunities with a readiness to respond with innovation to achieve a positive outcome. 


What is PBL? 

When PBL is implemented well, teachers and students have more time to focus on relationships and classroom instruction. Students and staff benefit from: 

  • reduced inappropriate behaviour 
  • increased time focused on instruction 
  • improved social-emotional wellbeing 
  • positive and respectful relationships among students and staff 
  • support for teachers to teach, model and respond effectively to student need 
  • a predictable learning environment where staff and students know what is expected to deliver effective practices that can be sustained over time 


PBL can be implemented in any school setting to support students from pre-school through to Year 12. The PBL framework supports schools to identify and successfully implement evidenced-based whole-school practices that enhance learning outcomes for children and young people.  


How long does it take to implement PBL? 

PBL is a process, not a program. The length of time it takes to get start implementing well varies by school. Schools typically take between 2 to 5 years to fully implement the essential features of the whole school approach. The implementation process is ongoing and constantly modified to meet the changing needs of the school and to address current concerns. 


The goal of PBL 

The College will take a proactive, preventative approach to ensure all students receive the appropriate level of support to help them to be successful at school. Student outcomes are monitored so identified students can receive additional support when needed, and a minority of students can access intensive support to enable them to engage successfully at school. 



NSW Government. (2021). What is Positive Behaviour for Learning?. Retrieved from: https://education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/attendance-behaviour-and-engagement/positive-behaviour-for-learning/what-is-positive-behaviour-for-learning-pbl#:~:text=Positive%20Behaviour%20for%20Learning%20(PBL)%20brings%20together%20the%20whole%2D,for%20children%20and%20young%20people  


Queensland Government. (2020). Positive Behaviour for Learning. Retrieved from: https://behaviour.education.qld.gov.au/supporting-student-behaviour/positive-behaviour-for-learning