Positive behaviour management

A safe school is one that takes action to promote and recognise positive student behaviour, ensure student safety and minimise risk.

School leaders, teachers and families can all contribute to the positive behaviour management of students inside and outside of the classroom. Students themselves play an important role in creating and maintaining a safe and supportive school environment.


This section presents a range of positive behaviour management approaches, such as schoolwide positive behaviour support, restorative practices and peer support. These and a wide range of other approaches aim to restore and build relationships and a positive school culture in the broadest sense.

In this video clip Professor Helen McGrath, clinical psychologist, researcher and lead author of the National Safe Schools Framework, talks about the features of successful positive behaviour management programmes that create schools with better learning outcomes and a culture where 'students feel connected and they thrive'.

Australian Curriculum links

In the Australian Curriculum students develop Personal and social capability as they learn to understand themselves and others, and as they gain the skills to manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. Implemented on a whole-school basis, positive behaviour management can be an effective basis for the development of each student's personal and social capability. Strategies in positive behaviour management build students' Ethical understanding by providing practical understanding of values such as justice and fair play. Find out more about the Australian Curriculum general capabilities at the Australian Curriculum website.