Nzcer Research Paper

An overview of PB4L and NZCER's evaluation

What is PB4L?

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) provides initiatives and support to help schools, teachers, and students across New Zealand.

Engaged children with positive behaviours are more likely to succeed in school. PB4L aims to provide strategies to create a climate where positive behaviour and learning flourish.

PB4L was co-developed with key education sector organisations and is being led by the Ministry of Education. 

To learn more about the PB4L initiatives, visit MoE’s website:

Read a letter from key education sector groups endorsing the evaluation.

The NZCER evaluation will explore the short-term outcomes of five PB4L initiatives.

We will assess how well these initiatives are supporting schools, services, and teachers to provide learning environments or individual support that fosters student engagement and wellbeing.

Our findings will help build knowledge about the outcomes of the initiatives and models of good practice. 

We encourage schools, facilitators and other stakeholders to take part in the different evaluation activities. By working together we can build a stronger education system. 

Read our evaluation principles.

PB4L initiatives NZCER is evaluating

School-Wide: A framework that involves school leaders, teachers, students and support staff in building consistent approaches to behaviour to enable academic and social success for all students.

Incredible Years – Teacher Programme: Provides teachers with tools to turn disruptive behaviour around and create a more positive learning environment for children aged 3-8 years.

Intensive Wraparound Service: Provides students who have significant complex social or behavioural needs or complex needs due to intellectual impairments the personalised support they need to achieve in learning.

Friends: Supports students’ social and emotional skills and provides them coping strategies to enable them to work through their problems and improve their capacity to learn.

Check & Connect: A mentoring programme that promotes and facilitates engagement among students at risk of disengaging from learning through persistent relationship focused on building student resilience, problem solving and goal setting capabilities. 

The National party introduced a policy of National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics for primary-aged students when it became the government in 2008. Draft standards were released for consultation in May 2009 and the standards introduced at the beginning of the 2010 school year.

NZCER has been involved with the National Standards in a number of ways. For example, in November 2008, we wrote a position paper which set down the underlying principles we felt were important and outlined the international experience and the potential pitfalls of national standards.

Researchers acted as advisers to both the literacy and numeracy working groups developing the standards within the Ministry of Education; we were contracted by the Ministry to analyse the submissions on the draft standards; and we have been consulted on the script scrutiny exercise which aimed to align existing tests with the National Standards.

NZCER papers and material relevant to the National Standards are posted here.

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