School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) at St Agnes’ Primary

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a framework that helps schools to plan and implement practices across the whole school in order to improve educational and behavioural outcomes for all students.

The SWPBS framework is founded on a positive approach to whole school well-being with targeted approaches for students with higher levels of need.

SWPBS provides schools with a decision-making framework that uses data to guide selection and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioural practices across the whole school.  

At St Agnes there is a SWPBS team which regularly attends PD’s and meets to analyse data, discuss current practices and implement new strategies.


Introducing, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important step in a students’ educational experience. SWPBS works on the belief that we cannot assume that students know how to behave. Students need to be explicitly taught the behaviours we want them to demonstrate. Behaviours need to be explicitly taught, modelled, practised and rewarded.

Aims and Objectives

The primary aim of SWPBS is to improve educational outcomes for students. It achieves this through:

the prevention of behaviour problems and management of existing issues positively and consistently
developing skills and knowledge in school for better teaching and learning
creating and maintaining a better school environment for students, teachers and the whole school community
Increasing student engagement, with the ultimate outcome being improved academic outcomes for all students

The following diagram demonstrates the three-tier level of intervention which is the basis for SWPBS

SWPBS Logo and Behaviour Matrix

The St Agnes’ Logo and Behaviour Matrix is an integral part of the SWPBS framework and was specifically designed by the staff and students of St Agnes’ to address our schools particular needs. The matrix will be focused on throughout the year and specific expectations will be the teaching point for both the classroom and the school. Teachers will teach, model, reinforce and practise with their class appropriate behaviours as outlined by the Behaviour Matrix.