If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to spell, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to count, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we . . .
Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically?
Our school is a Positive Behaviour Support school. Behaviour is addressed in the same way as other curriculum areas. We have defined the behaviour expectations of students at Karratha Primary School. This is what we refer to, rather than a list of ‘school rules’. Our focus areas are Care, Personal Best and Responsibility, often referred to as CPR: The Heart of Our School. Each behaviour is taught to the students as a lesson, practised and reinforced through positive feedback and incentives like points and tokens.
Unproductive behaviours are managed in the same way as errors in other areas of learning, by correction and reteaching. A continuum of procedures to respond appropriately and consistently to unproductive behaviours from minor to major behaviours has been developed and identifies when intervention and appropriate consequences are required.