Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)

Creating safe, effective teaching and learning environments

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Positive Behaviour for Learning continuum

pyramid showing PBL continuum

There are three specific aspects to PBL:

  • universal focus – to create a preventative, positive learning environment for all students
  • targeted interventions – to improve social-emotional skills for students who need additional support
  • individualised intensive supports - for students who have experienced academic and behavioural difficulties over an extended period of time.


Together, this three step process is known as developing a continuum of support. PBL uses a tiered intervention framework which uses varied levels of support for students based on their needs. The tiered approach addresses these needs through:

  • investing in prevention for all students
  • identifying and providing targeted supports for individual students who need more support
  • providing individualised and intensive interventions for students with significant support needs.


Each school develops a continuum of support across the tiers that promotes student wellbeing within a school culture strongly focused on learning.


Through this framework, student assessment and instruction are linked to inform data-based decision-making. All children and young people receive universal support and instruction. If students need more support, their instructional program becomes more intensive and individualised to target their specific learning needs.