Positive Behaviour Support

The Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) supports schools to regularly plan, evaluate, review and adjust existing practices in support of engagement and success. One of the ways they do this is through facilitating the Whole School Approach to Positive Behaviour Support.

Principles underpinning this positive behaviour approach promote high expectations for all students in Catholic schools through the understanding that:

Students are central to all decision making and action:

  • The safety of all students is a priority 
  • A culture of learning is prioritised 
  • Expert teacher practice is critical to student learning success 
  • Expert teaching practices are evidence-based 
  • Leadership is committed and provides clear direction
  • Schools work in partnership with parents and the wider community

Positive Behaviour History at St Thomas the Apostle:

In 2019, STAPS students were invited to design a logo which represented Safety, Respect or Learning. Students discussed this in their classes and then voted on the most appropriate design in their Community. Each Community presented their chosen design and as a school we voted on the following winners:


Safety is the physical and emotional wellbeing of myself and others.

Respect is treating others as we would like to be treated.

Learning is challenging ourselves to be the best we can be.

Responding to Behaviour on the Playground:

Through our Whole School Approach to Positive Behaviour work, we are using simple questions with our students to promote Safety, Respect and Learning when we face challenges and are required to act or seek support.

  • What are you doing?

  • What should you be doing?

  • What are you going to do now?

  • Do that thank you

Safety LogoRespect LogoLearning Logo


These questions are also implemented in the classroom when redirecting students to the required learning is needed. These questions may support and scaffold conversations you have with your children at home when they are faced with challenges and need guidance in the choices they make. We are constantly learning and we know for students taking risks is key to developing confidence with new learning opportunities.

Carol Dweck, an American psychologist, tells us that reminding students that they have mastered things they once got ‘wrong’, allows them to understand their place on the learning curve and stresses that through ongoing effort and persistence they will eventually achieve. Giving valuable feedback shows students how they can grow and fuels the idea that risks are opportunity! These questions above provide one such opportunity.