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Ōtaki College's PB4L programme aims to work with the school community by developing positive school wide expectations which will assist students to be the best they can be. 

School-wide PB4L is about creating a solid foundation for respectful, caring, collaborative and productive relationships. The programmes, the research, the resources and shared practices we are developing within PB4L are all focused on creating a strong, healthy platform of behaviour and social interactions within the college and ultimately our community. 

The Positive Behaviour for Learning Process at Otaki College supports the college vision statement by developing a sustainable system of behaviour management that:
  • Ensures consistency of high expectations and behaviour through teaching and positive reinforcement school-wide, in individual settings and in the wider community
  • Develops personal social and academic skills, values and competencies that are transferable and will continue throughout life
  • Is inclusive of everybody as learners and teachers and recognises the importance of relationships
  • Promotes a sense of wellbeing and pride in being a member of the Ōtaki College Learning Community 
  • Lead Teacher: Andy Fraser
  • PB4L Coach: Janice Brown

Please use the following links to access more information about PB4L:
Professional Practice
What is Restorative Practice
Deter Bullying

Ōtaki College is a Restorative School. This means that Restorative Practices underpins everything that we do in the college. This is an authoritative approach which focuses on the relationships which have been harmed and how best these relationships can be restored. This involves students ‘making things right’ and also putting into place strategies and support to minimise the chances of the behaviour being repeated. This process allows people that have been impacted a voice and an opportunity to participate in a solution and fair outcome for all (The College is recognised as a leading school in Restorative Practices and has been cited as such by the MOE).

What is Restorative Practice?
Restorative practice (RP) is a philosophy, in action, that places relationships at the heart of the educational experience. We build an inclusive community around right relationships, which reduces misconduct in the school.

The basic tenet of RP is that “human beings are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes in their behaviour when those in positions of authority do things WITH them, rather than TO them or FOR them.” (Ted Wachtel, (2003) 

A relational focus means we negotiate our school values and expectations with students, parents and staff (refer to School Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning – PB4L on our web site). We teach, model and reinforce these values. We value high standards of learning and behaviour in classrooms, and offer high levels of support for students to attain these.

Teachers reject deficit theorising about their students, and build the relationships that, for many students, are a prerequisite to learning. Across the school, students experience orderly classrooms and non-aversive relationship management strategies. Staff and students see wrongdoing as harmful to people and relationships, and use a range of restorative tools to put right the harm and avoid future trouble. 

Staff attitude determines the tone of the school, the classroom morale, even the school spirit. Angus Macfarlane calls this “Pumanawatanga”: the beating heart of the school. When we get Restorative Practice right, this Pumanawatanga pumps life into a school community. The beating heart of the school determines the way we relate to our students, the expectations we have of them, the teaching strategies we employ, and the discipline strategies we prefer.  
Social Discipline Window, Wachtel & McCold (2003)

Restorative Practice sits within the PB4L school-wide framework developed at Ōtaki College. The school-wide framework – Respect, Ōtaki College Pride, Active Learning and Responsibility (ROAR):
  • Sets a common purpose and approach among all staff to right relationships and good behaviour; 
  • Has clear, positive, school-wide expectations agreed with parents, staff and students; 
  • Teaches and models these positive behaviours; 
  • Encourages and reinforces the behaviours we value; 
  • Discourages the behaviours we don’t want; 
  • Has a data system to analyse trends and inform early interventions; 

The Restorative work in our school means:
  • All staff can describe the restorative basics philosophy as it applies to their work; 
  • Teachers use restorative ways to help build an orderly learning environment; 
  • Teachers and students have high expectations of behaviour and learning; 
  • Students and staff support each other to live up to these high expectations; 
  • Māori students and parents believe our school is culturally responsive; 
  • Teachers reject deficit theorising about students and their cultural heritages; 
  • Staff actively model respect for a range of cultures in their teaching; 
  • Students can describe restorative practice in their own words

Please use the following links to access more information about Restorative Practice:
Restorative Justice Aotearoa
Restorative Schools
Restorative Practice Forum

Use the link below to open Presentations on both PB4L and RP. Or use the arrow on the right-hand side of this page to download a copy to your computer.
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