'Predictable, Consistent, and Safe': School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support in Welsh Primary Schools

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    Research areas

  • School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS), Applied behaviour analysis (ABA), Academic Engagement, Disruptive Behaviour, Restraint, Seclusion, Behaviour Management, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The purpose of this thesis is to investigate whether proactive interventions based on the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) can be implemented in the UK to increase academic engagement, decrease disruptive behaviour, and eliminate the need for restrictive practices in alternative settings. This investigation took the form of the application of School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) (Sugai & Horner, 2015) to multiple primary schools in North Wales, supporting teachers in those primary schools to use positive tactics at the individual classroom level, and the explicit teaching and reinforcement of emotional, social, and academic skills in an early years Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).


Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Thesis sponsors
  • North Wales Regional School Effectiveness and Improvement Service (GwE)
Award date31 Aug 2021