What is PBIS?

PBIS = Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports

So then, What is Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support?

School-Wide Positive Behaviour Interventions and Support (SW-PBIS) is a whole school three-tier approach to decreasing disruptive behaviours and increasing student success.


  • One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviours to create positive school environments.


  • Instead of using a piecemeal approach of individual behavioural management plans, a continuum of positive behaviour support for all students within the College is implemented in areas including the classroom and non-classroom settings (such as hallways, buses, and outdoor areas).


  • Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making targeted behaviours less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behaviour more functional.

What are the Outcomes of PBIS?


  • Decreased classroom disruptions and office discipline referrals
  • Increased academic achievement and performance
  • Improved school climate and safety


Why is PBIS Needed?


School office referral data often shows that quite a few students are being sent to the office for preventable disruptions and disrespect in the classroom. When that happens, they are not learning and this also interferes with the learning of others. We need to help all student to be successful academically and behaviourally.

  • When students struggle with reading – we teach
  • When students struggle with math or music – we teach
  • When students struggle with behaviour – we need to teach them how to succeed