27 September 2023

Agree behavioural expectations and agree fair consequences

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Collaboratively develop a safe and caring culture and climate’

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Follow a process for reinforcing expectations

Follow a process for reinforcing expectations

State, teach, review, and reinforce positively stated expectations in the classroom.
  1. Establish behavioural expectations of students with students.
  2. Establish expectations that students can have of teachers (for example, respect, consistency, an engaging programme).
  3. Teach expectations in the context of routines.
  4. Prompt or remind students of expectations prior to entering natural context.
  5. Monitor students’ behaviour in the natural context and provide specific feedback.
  6. Evaluate the effect of instruction – review data, make decisions, and follow up.

Source: How is my classroom management? (p. 18) (opens in a new tab/window)

Classroom checklist

Classroom checklist

Implementing agreed behavioural expectations in your classroom.
  • Are the classroom expectations clearly defined, positively stated, and displayed visually?
  • Have you limited the expectations to between three and five?
  • Do you use the language from the expectations in regular, everyday contexts?
  • Have you planned for teaching and practising the routines and expectations?
  • Have you set up an acknowledgement system, which includes frequent, short and long-term feedback?
  • Do you have a system in place for student feedback about agreed expectations of the teacher?
  • Are students reminded of their choices in a calm, positive manner to prevent an escalation in behaviour?
  • Are the consequences for not following expectations clear and pre-planned?
  • Are consequences delivered consistently, respectfully, and in a timely manner?



Are these strategies emerging, partly in place, or established in your practice?

Illustrate your response with examples from your own teaching.

  • My students and I have agreed on behaviour expectations linked to our school values.
  • The expectations are displayed in our learning space.
  • Students can explain the expectations.

Source: PB4L: Teaching for positive behaviour self assessment tool (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources


How is my classroom management?

Read time: 3 min

A PowerPoint presentation that helps teachers to review features and practices for behaviour management in the classroom.

Publisher: OSEP Centre on Positive Behavioural Intervention & Support

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Information sheet: Checklist for promoting positive behaviour and learning

A checklist for teachers from the Positive Behaviour for Learning website.

Publisher: Positive Behaviour for Learning

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Teaching appropriate behavior

This is an explanation of eight systematic steps to promote behaviour changes in students as part of a functional behavioural assessment (FBA).

Publisher: Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Collaboratively develop a safe and caring culture and climate”:

Return to the guide “Behaviour and learning”

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