Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Manage challenging behaviour

About this Illustration of Practice

Before the start of the new school year, the welfare coordinator of a school’s senior campus leads a professional learning session on behavior management principles and processes. In the session, the coordinator emphasises the importance of following agreed principles. He discusses with staff hypothetical scenarios relating to classroom management and invites responses to how they might respond to these.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.3
Manage challenging behaviour
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Develop and share with colleagues a flexible repertoire of behaviour management strategies using expert knowledge and workplace experience.
Other descriptors
Standard 7
Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.1
Meet professional ethics and responsibilities
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Maintain high ethical standards and support colleagues to interpret codes of ethics and exercise sound judgement in all school and community contexts.
  1. What successful behaviour management strategies have you shared with colleagues?
  2. How do you support colleagues to develop and implement behaviour management plans to build longer-term change in individual students?
St Philip’s Christian College, Port Stephens Campus (K-12)
New South Wales
Year level
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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The school is a co-educational Christian school in regional New South Wales. At the school, there is a strong professional learning culture. On the senior campus (years 9–12), provision has been made by school management for new teachers to receive targeted professional support before the beginning of the new school year. The workshop is designed to introduce new teachers to agreed principles, potential scenarios and school processes.

Content provider
Association of Independent Schools NSW

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