Positive Behaviour Support

What is Positive Behaviour Support?

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) develops expectations and associated behaviours (Start Behaviours) that are explicitly taught to the students. This provides students the opportunity to reflect upon their behaviours and an opportunity for teachers to target behaviours that need more focus. The long term purpose of PBS is to make behaviours more intrinsic for students, so that they’re demonstrated in and around the school, home and the community. 

What does PBS look like at Rawlinson?

At Rawlinson PS we have three focus expectations that we instil in our students. At Rawlinson we are:




These expectations are on display (as signage) throughout the school.

At Rawlinson PS, we hold fortnightly PBS assemblies where a focus behaviour is demonstrated to students. This behaviour is then reinforced in the classroom with a follow up lesson. This reinforcement helps students to refine their behaviour and understand why their choice of behaviour is important.

Rawlinson Matrix and Acknowledgements

PBS is language driven, and the focus is on the student’s behaviour not the individual student. A curriculum of targeted behaviours,called a Matrix is what drives PBS. Students are explicitly taught behaviours that link to the school’s expectations. 

When the students display the behaviours they’re acknowledged with Rawlies. Once the students reach a set target/number of  Rawlies, they can choose from a list of ‘Individual Acknowledgements’, e.g. “A prize from the office”, “Visit another classroom” etc. When the class, together, reaches a set target, they choose a ‘Class Acknolwedgement’, e.g. “A Free Dress Day”, “Longer lunch time” etc. to celebrate their success.

Please refer to our PBS Matrix for further details of the expectations and the targeted behaviours. We encourage families to use the same expectations and targeted behaviours at home. The language is key to the success of PBS.