SWPBS & Respectful Relationships

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)

Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be a Learner.


School-wide positive behaviour support (SWPBS) is a framework that brings together school communities to develop positive, safe, supportive learning cultures.

SWPBS assists schools to improve social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for children and young people.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

SWPBS uses a tiered intervention framework which invests in:

  • primary prevention (tier 1): supports for all students, staff and settings
  • secondary prevention (tier 2): additional specialised group systems for students with at-risk behaviour
  • tertiary prevention (tier 3): specialised, individualised systems for students with high-risk behaviour, provided in addition to primary and secondary prevention

SWPB Matrix of Expectations



Respectful Relationships

Respectful Relationships is an initiative to support schools and early childhood education settings promote and model respect and equality. A recommendation from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence was to introduce Respectful Relationships into schools, which is now mandated in all Victorian schools.

Respectful Relationships:

ï‚· is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. This approach leads to positive impacts on student’s academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students. ï‚· education focuses on building and promoting gender equity in relationships and challenging of gender stereotypes

ï‚· education is about tackling family violence.


Teaching and learning about respectful relationships is an essential part of a whole-school approach to the prevention of gender-based violence. Through the Respectful Relationships content, students:

ï‚· develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage safe and respectful relationships

ï‚· learn to recognise and regulate emotions

ï‚· develop empathy for others

ï‚· establish and build a framework for positive relationships.


Taking a whole-school approach to Respectful Relationships enables us to embed and promote a culture of respect and equality across our entire school community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, to the yard, to sporting arenas and across social events. This approach leads to a positive impact on students’ academic outcomes, mental health, classroom behaviour and relationships.

  • Topic 1: Emotional literacy
  • Topic 2: Personal strengths
  • Topic 3: Positive coping
  • Topic 4: Problem solving
  • Topic 5: Stress management
  • Topic 6: Help-seeking
  • Topic 7: Gender and identity 
  • Topic 8: Positive gender relations 

Zones of Regulation - Cognitive behaviour approach


The Zones of Regulation framework and curriculum scaffolds students to build awareness of their feelings/internal state and utilise a variety of tools and strategies for regulation, prosocial skills, self-care, and overall wellness.

This approach also:

• Helps students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities

• Helps student recognise when they are in different states called 'Zones' with each of the four Zones represented by a different colour: Blue, Green, Yellow and Red

• Supports students to learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a Zone or move from one to another

• Encourages students to explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to move between Zones

• Teaches how to read others' facial expressions and recognise a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behaviour, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem-solving skills.


Thinking about transition to school

Getting ready for school

Understanding behaviour

Problem solving

Coping skills for children

A change for the whole family

Getting help when starting school