Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Positive learning environments

About this Illustration of Practice

At the beginning of the year, the teacher establishes a consistent behaviour management approach, linked to the shared school values. These values are explored and given meaning via creative group activities in the pastoral care program she facilitates at the school. The teacher works with the philosophy that when students are engaged in their learning, behavioural problems are less likely to arise.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.3
Manage challenging behaviour
Career stage
Manage challenging behaviour by establishing and negotiating clear expectations with students and address discipline issues promptly, fairly and respectfully.
Other descriptors
Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.1
Support student participation
Career stage
Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities.
  1. What strategies do you adopt to ensure that students are engaged in their learning?
  2. How might routines and expectations need to be adapted to take account of the physical, social and intellectual development of students?
Centralian Middle School
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 7
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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The school is the only government middle school in Alice Springs, with approximately 300 students in years 7–9. The teacher explains that students come from a wide variety of cultural and social backgrounds with 73 per cent of students from an Indigenous background. A high proportion of students have a language background other than English. Underpinning the behaviour management program at the school is an awareness of the need for active supervision in the classroom, recognition of the need for community engagement and understanding, and the need to build student self-esteem.

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