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School-Wide schools list

You can download a list of current PB4L School-Wide schools here:

PB4L School-Wide schools list (as of 10 August 2020) (Excel 2007, 30 KB)

What is involved?

Before you get involved . . . 

We encourage you to:

  • Watch the PB4L - School-Wide introduction video (below)
  • Look at the  Wellbeing@school tool and go through the self-review cycle

PB4L - School-Wide introduction video from Ministry of Education on Vimeo.


What commitment do you need to make?


To ensure the long-term success of PB4L School-Wide, your school will need to:

  • have improvement of student behaviour and well-being documented as one of your school’s top three priorities
  • commit to at least 3-5 years development
  • plan to fully implement systems and practices using data to meet all students’ needs.


  • All staff need to have filled in the School Readiness Survey (PDF 214KB).
  • Invite a person from the Ministry of Education to provide an introductory presentation to your staff so they can complete the survey fully informed.
  • Eighty percent or more of your staff need to agree to participate (using the survey).
  • Your school’s Principal and Board needs to have signed the agreement contract.

PB4L School-Wide needs a committed team of school and community representatives who lead and guide the school. Once you’ve identified a team, their responsibilities will include:

  • developing and using an action and communications plan
  • attending Tier 1 training
  • sharing information and consulting with all staff, students and the wider school community
  • the coach and team leader attending a coach network meeting every month.

The school will have access to a School-Wide practitioner from the Ministry of Education who can train and advise staff throughout the process.

Collaboration is essential to effective implementation of PB4L School-Wide. All staff in your school should have a clear understanding of the purpose of the programme, what will be expected of them, and the steps involved in implementation.


If your school is starting Tier 1 PB4L School-Wide in 2018, the Ministry of Education will provide a one off payment of $10,000 to your school to help with your first year of implementation.

If you are starting Tier 2 PB4L School-Wide in 2018, you will receive a further payment of $10,000, unless your school has already received its full funding entitlement allocation.

Tier 1 training commitment

Activities Purpose Time commitment Staff involved
Start-up session   Half day in Feb Principals only
Training Training in systems, data and practices

Four days across terms 2 and 3

One day (term 1) and four half days across terms 2 - 4

PB4L School-Wide team (includes principal and coach)

Coaches and team leaders

Coaches' network meetings Problem-solving, data analysis, support for action planning One hour each month Coach and team leader
Evaluation Monitoring progress Ongoing collection, analysis and use All staff

Tier 2 training commitment

Activities Purpose Time commitment Staff involved
Start-up session   Half day Principals only
Training workshops Training in systems, data and practices,
essential content
Four days across terms 2 and 3 Tier 2 team
Evaluation Monitoring progress Ongoing collection, analysis and use All staff
Support network Ongoing support for Tier 2 team members Dependent on needs Tier 2 team leader

Tier 3 training commitment 

To be confirmed as schools reach this tier.


You’ll need to set up your School-Wide team and identify a school coach to liaise with the Ministry’s School-Wide Practitioner. Your school’s coach will become a member of the local School-Wide Network of coaches who meet monthly.

Typical team roles are:

  • Team Leader/Chair
  • Recorder/Secretary
  • Coach
  • Database Manager
  • Communication Co-ordinator
  • Time keeper/task master
  • Researcher
  • Sub-committees (as needed)

For more on team roles – see School-Wide team roles (PDF 40KB).

Data Gathering

PB4L School-Wide relies on making decisions that are informed by data, and relies on evaluating progress in order to maintain momentum and plan next steps. PB4L School-Wide comes with its own data gathering and evaluation tools to complement your school’s existing systems.

Schools use their existing data to look at the Big 5:

  • who’s involved
  • what are the types of problem behaviours occurring in the school
  • where do problem behaviours take place (e.g. playground, hallways)
  • when do they take place (e.g. time)
  • why did the student do that.

For more on data gathering – see Evaluating effectiveness (PDF 40KB).

Next page: What is happening in PB4L School-Wide schools? . . .

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