About PBS Academy

The PBS Academy is a collective of organisations and individuals in the UK who are working together to promote Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) as a framework for working with children and adults with learning disabilities who are at risk of behaviour that challenges.

The PBS Coalition laid the foundation for this work and published The PBS Competence Framework in 2015.  A second phase of this project was completed and a number of resources were developed with specific stakeholder groups to help implement The PBS Competence Framework. These stakeholder groups were:

The PBS Academy has now been established informally and will continue the work of the PBS Coalition. All materials are now published under the PBS Academy name.

The PBS Academy has recently conducted an evaluation of the impact of its activities. This one-year project was funded by the Warwick ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, and conducted in partnership by the Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) at the University of Warwick, and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF).

The aims of the study were to evaluate the effectiveness of the PBS Academy’s activities and, using the findings, to support the development of an impact plan, or any proposals to extend the reach of its work to date.

Please click here for a policy briefing based on the outcomes of the project. The details have been published in the following articles:

Scott, S., Denne, L.D., Hastings, R.P. (2018) Assessing the impact of the UK Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Academy: An internet survey. International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, 8,1, 28–37.

Suzi J. Scott, Louise D. Denne, Richard P. Hastings, (2018) “Developing a logic model to guide evaluation of impact for learning disability projects: the case of the Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Academy”, Tizard Learning Disability Review, https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-10-2017-0038