The Critchill Code


The Critchill Code- A School-Wide Approach to Positive Behaviour Support

“We teach more by what we are then by what we teach.”

Will Durant (1885-1981) American Historian



At Critchill School, we have developed ‘The Critchill Code’, which is centred on a ‘School wide positive behaviour support model’ (SW-PBSM). This approach is an effective, efficient and consistent method for implementing ‘The Critchill Code’ and provides a consistent school-wide approach for all stakeholders.


The ‘Critchill Code’ ensures our school:

  • Is a safe, caring and inclusive environment free from bullying, harassment, intimidation and discrimination
  • Is built on positive, respectful and supportive relationships
  • Recognises, acknowledges and celebrates efforts and accomplishments
  • Places a high regard on student & staff well-being
  • Nurtures belonging and connectedness
  • Promotes and celebrates equity, equality and diversity
  • Has clear expectations and consequences that are appropriately personalised to a pupil’s development/ age


Principles of ‘The Critchill Code’

  • Creating a safe and caring school is a process, which requires ongoing support, direction and attention from all stakeholders.
  • All members of the school community are responsible for the positive culture of the school. Student, teacher, parent and community engagement must be encouraged, nurtured and expected.
  • The school community consists of students, parents/guardians, volunteers, teachers, and other adults who are in contact with students and school staff, in any school setting or school related activity.
  • The positive nature of relationships within the school community, and the consistent, inclusive and nurturing nature of the school permit students to build healthy relationships, to create a strong and supportive social network, to develop emotional well-being and to achieve to the best of their ability.
  • Fair and consistently implemented policies contribute to positive learning environments and reduce bullying, harassment, intimidation and discrimination.
  • Positive social behaviours must be taught, modelled and reinforced throughout the curriculum and embedded in all aspects of school life.
  • Inter-agency collaboration and community partnerships are essential components of building and maintaining a safe, caring and inclusive school environment.


The ‘Critchill Code’ encompasses three statements:

  • Be Kind
  • Be Safe
  • Be Resilient


What might this look like in practice?

Be Kind

Be Safe

Be Resilient

Respecting self and others. Appreciating differences.

Recognizing the emotions and perspectives of others, and developing empathy.

Showing ethical and social responsibility

Looking after the school environment

Help-seeking and help-giving.


Recognizing our emotions and learning how to manage feelings.

Maintaining healthy, positive relationships.

Resisting negative peer pressure.

Supporting others to make safe choices


Working effectively with others.

Cooperating, negotiating, and managing conflict.

Listening and communicating accurately and clearly.

Setting positive and realistic goals.

Problem solving, decision making, and planning.



Be Kind Be Safe Be Resilient