December 03, 2013
Behaviour scheme to be extended
A review of a government-funded programme to improve behaviour in schools has found it is succeeding in terms of academic results, student retention and few stand downs and expulsions.
In this year’s budget the Government announced it would spend a further $63.5 million over four years on the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme.
Education Minister Hekia Parata says an evaluation of the first 86 schools to implement the programme shows addressing behaviour helps children learn, with the Level 1 NCEA pass rates in PB4L schools rising 6 per cent to 53 per cent.
"There’s been significant improvement both in the culture of the schools, and there are a number of Maori children in the schools we are talking about, significant improvement but also a significant reduction in absenteeism, truancy, so more kids are turning up to school on time and learning," she says.
More schools will be added to the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme.
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