Understanding the benefits of positive behaviour support

How to use positive behaviour support to de-escalate challenging behaviour

Why this course is relevant for teacher aides

Learning and behaviour are inseparably linked. Disruptive behaviour continues to be a significant factor in many classrooms throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Highly disruptive behaviour can put others' at risk and often requires additional support so that it is able to be  managed safely.

In this course we introduce you to a broad range of behaviour disorders. We discuss many of the common behavioural characteristics associated with challenging behaviours and we place emphasis on environmental factors in classrooms that can act as triggers. 

What to expect

This is a self-directed online course. You work through it at your own pace.

The online course introduce you to a broad range of behaviour disorders. We discuss many of the common behavioural characteristics associated with challenging behaviours. You will learn practical strategies you can use as a teacher aide.

You will be supported by your facilitator as you work through the online course. They will give you feedback on discussions and can answer any questions.

Learning outcomes

You will:

  • understand the terms ‘inclusion’ and ‘inclusive practice’ and be able to describe elements of an inclusive school setting

  • gain understanding of a range of challenging behaviours and the theory underpinning positive behaviour support

  • contribute to discussion on developing strategies for emotional engagement in ākonga

  • understand how to de-escalate difficult behavioural situations through negotiation and persuasion

  • contribute to discussion and taken part in the construction of a positive behaviour support plan writing session

  • contribute to the development of Top 12 Tips for managing challenging behaviour

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for grade A, B, C, or D teacher aides.

How this course is delivered

This is an online course.

How this course aligns to the Teacher Aide Competencies

This course connects to these competencies:

  • behaviour

  • inclusion

  • wellbeing

  • learning support

  • cultural competence

  • professional skills

How much time to complete this course

This course will take you about three hours to complete. You can work at your own pace. You have one school term to complete this course.

Your investment

This workshop costs $200 + GST per participant.

This course will be live by the end of May 2023.

Teacher aides who have applied for funding from the Ministry of Education. Please note you will NOT be able to enrol unless you have received your teacher aides' application reference number (ARN). This number is needed to register for this course.

For information on the process of applying for Ministry funding and to access the full terms and conditions, including details on possible travel costs, please visit the Ministry of Education’s website.

Easy to follow application process

Click on the image below to see the easy to follow Teacher aide MOE PLD application process.

Teacher aide MOE PLD application process

MOE PLD funding flowchart

Registrations are open

Location: Online

Time: When it suits you