Behaviour Education and Self-Management
Tapping Primary School is committed to developing Behaviour Education and Self-Management
(BESM) in students. We embrace a values-based approach that underpins our school culture.
BESM is a school community responsibility. Students, parents and teachers need to have a
clear understanding of what is expected in regards to how we treat each other to ensure a
welcoming learning environment that is supportive and safe. We believe that students come to
school to better themselves by being able to work with others. Students need to pursue their
personal best no matter who they work with. Therefore as teachers and parents it is imperative
that we have a clear focus on this and to role model rational, emotionally regulated behaviour.
The Australian Curriculum, within the “Personal and Social Capability” states: “In the Australian
Curriculum, students develop personal and social capability as they learn to understand
themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more
effectively. The capability involves students in a range of practices including recognising and
regulating emotions, developing empathy for and understanding of others, establishing positive
relationships, making responsible decisions, working effectively in teams and handling
challenging situations constructively.
The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008)
recognises that personal and social capability assists students to become successful learners,
helping to improve their academic learning and enhancing their motivation to reach their full
potential. Personal and social capability supports students in becoming creative and confident
individuals with ‘a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them
to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing’, with a sense of hope and
‘optimism about their lives and the future’. On a social level, it helps students to ‘form and
maintain healthy relationships’ and prepares them ‘for their potential life roles as family,
community and workforce members’ (MCEETYA, p. 9).
Students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves,
relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in
teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. The development of
personal and social capability is a foundation for learning and for citizenship.
Behaviour Education is most effective when built into, not onto curriculum.