Positive Culture for Learning

Positive Culture for Learning at St Teresa's College

Creating a Positive Culture for Learning using the Positive Behaviour for Learning framework (PBL)


At St. Teresa’s College, we use a research-validated, whole-school framework to establish positive behaviours for learning. PBL is a organisational framework for identifying, adopting and applying evidence-based practices for building and supporting academic and social success for all young people.

PBL ensures that all young people have the social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school and beyond and assists the College in teaching young people expected social behaviours.

When implemented with integrity, it is an effective strategy for preventing school-based behaviour problems including violence and bullying. Teaching and supporting social behavioural skills creates behavioural health in the young person and contributes to improving the effectiveness of academic support systems.
PBL applies data-based decision-making to improve discipline, academic and social and emotional learning outcomes for learners. 
Educators at St. Teresa’s College explicitly teach all young people expected college behaviours and provide positive feedback to young people for demonstrating them. It is a case of focusing on what we want to see rather than on what we do not want to see. This is a fundamental teaching principle. Reducing inappropriate behaviour frees up more time for instruction and engagement in learning.
The goals of implementing PBL at St. Teresa’s College are: a decrease in reactive behaviour management; an increase in active prevention; an improved classroom and college climate for young people, staff and visitors; maximum academic achievement and minimal disruption; and an improvement of support for young people with complex emotional and behavioural challenges as well as academic difficulties.


This Positive Culture for Learning Handbook is designed to support staff to facilitate high expectations and high standards of behaviour so that the learning and teaching in our college can be effective and young people can participate positively within our college community and further enhance our Positive Culture for Learning.

We Give Thanks...

“St Teresa's College would like to acknowledge the Warrgamay People, the Traditional Owners of this Country, who freely lived and hunted here as recently as the 1940's. We acknowledge the hospitality of the Warrgamay People, the hospitality of this land, and the reciprocal relationship the College enjoys with their current generations."

May 29

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