Positive Behaviour for Learning
Positive Behaviour for Learning

The Positive Behaviour for Learning framework is designed to encourage students to take greater responsibility for their own learning and to provide them with opportunities to make positive choices about their behaviour.


Showing consideration for the feelings, wishes or rights of others


Knowing what you are doing is helping you and others lead a better, happier, healthier life


Doing the right thing in all circumstances


Show kindness, thoughtfulness and a willingness to help others

1 Corinthians

Positive Behaviour for Learning
Henderson College has introduced for teachers, parents and all students (Foundation to Year 10) a proactive and preventative 'Positive Behaviour for Learning' framework. We have chosen four values to display in all areas of the school. During the year, Henderson College teachers will be explicitly taught each value in class and during Chapel times. As a school, we passionately believe these values are vital for learning and life.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) is an educational approach to addressing student conduct within a school environment. By implementing evidence-based, prevention focused interventions, improved academic and behavioural outcomes can be achieved. PB4L initiatives are evident throughout Henderson College’s ethos, curriculum, behavioural strategy and student acknowledgment system. The outcome of these initiatives ensures students are offered effective support strategies in order to make positive behavioural choices and are acknowledged for positive conduct, effort, and behaviour. A safe and effective teaching and learning environment results.

PB4L is a school-wide approach that is based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports framework developed at the University of Oregon. The implementation of PB4L:

  • Reduces behavioural incidents
  • Increases teaching and learning time
  • Improves student achievement

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) investigated the outcomes of PB4L within New Zealand schools in 2010 – 2013 and published the following results as noted from curriculum leaders:

  • 73% less disruption in class
  • 71% increase in engagement in learning
  • 55% increase in students arriving on time for lessons

The Positive Behaviour for Learning is designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their own decision-making processes and to provide them with the opportunity to make positive choices about their behaviour patterns. This system covers all areas of college operation including excursions and whenever the student is in college uniform.

Details of the Student Management System are outlined in the following College Policies:

  • Behavioural Improvement Policy
  • Bullying Prevention Policy