Vol. 26: Volume 26 (2018/2019)

Investigating the Sustainability of the Schools Positive Behaviour Management Programme (SPBMP) in Barbadian Schools

Ian Alwyn Marshall
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Published 2020-02-06


  • School-wide Positive Behaviour,
  • Effective Schools,
  • Child-Friendly,
  • Sustainability,


This study sought to investigate stakeholders’ perceptions of the challenges encountered in the implementation of the Schools Positive Behaviour Management Programme (SPBMP) in Barbados, and the factors influencing its sustainability. A total of 137 teachers, 14 principals and 13 School Focal Points (SFPs) drawn from a sample of 16 primary and secondary schools were interviewed. A lack of resources, teacher/school buy-in and time were identified by all stakeholders as the main challenges faced in implementing SPBMP. In addition, the leaders (principals and SFPs) viewed themselves as contributing to sustainability of the programme by motivating their staff but failed to acknowledge their more important leadership roles as creators of the shared vision and conducive environments needed to support the sustainability of the SPBMP initiative.