Successful efforts at implementing the Schools??? Positive Behaviour Management Programme (SPBMP) across the island will be recognised this month when the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation hosts the inaugural SPBMP Awards Ceremony at Queen???s College, on Saturday, November 23.

Schools signed on to the programme, will receive awards for achieving a number of milestones in their thrust to institute the principles, guidelines and various elements of SPBMP. Parents and teachers will also be rewarded.

The ceremony gets under way at 5:00 p.m. and Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones, will deliver the feature address.

Each participating school will be presented with plaques donated by UNICEF, Courts (Barbados) Ltd, and Paloma Charitable Trust for erection at the school.??The event will also see the launch of the Purity Project and four television advertisements.

The basic principles underlying SPBMP are child centredness, democratic participation and inclusiveness. In a positive behaviour management classroom, the teacher is mentor, facilitator of learning and coordinator of learning activities. Classroom management promotes active learning and the teacher???s role is to observe, discuss, probe, extend ideas and engage students in meaningful positive, learning experiences.

Creativity, openness, flexibility, tolerance, good leadership and organisational skills therefore, become avenues through which effective learning and teaching are maintained.

An effective school is itself characterised by a clear and focussed vision/mission; an instructional leader; high expectations; positive home and school partnerships; frequent monitoring and assessments; safe and orderly school environments and learning opportunities for all.

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