Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Developing positive behaviours

About this Illustration of Practice

A grade 6 teacher, who is also the co-ordinator of pastoral care at her school, accesses expert knowledge and research in order to develop and implement a school-wide approach to positive behaviours. Her approach has been to identify the most appropriate programs for her school, to assemble a team to receive training, and then to take what has been learned back to her school to provide collegiate training for the remainder of the staff. The provision of such training is only one part of the implementation at the school level, because the teacher is also concerned to ensure that what has been learned is consistently applied across the school for the benefit of students.

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.
  1. What does expert knowledge and or research indicate about how to develop positive behaviours in learners?
  2. In what ways do you keep informed, and or inform your colleagues, of state and national policies and initiatives relating to student welfare and behaviour?
Dominic College (K-12)
Year level
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Year 6
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Dominic College is a Catholic, kindergarten to year 10, co-educational, independent school in Hobart. Within the school, the co-ordinator of pastoral care accesses programs at a state level that can be implemented to improve student behaviour and engagement locally. These local programs conform to the National Safe School Framework (2010) that has been endorsed by all ministers of education, and the KidsMatter Primary framework, which is an Australian primary schools mental health initiative.

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