Profiling increases self-esteem, improves motivation, and thereby improves learning. In so doing, it is integral to the overall Curriculum for Excellence aims of raising attainment, reducing the achievement gap and preparing for the future.
Profiling means that learners will be engaged in regular, on-going discussions with staff about their progress. This should be a continuous process for all learners from 3 to 18 and is integral to the production of a profile - a 'snapshot' of progress in learning and achievement.
Key features of the profiling process:
- the focus remains on improving outcomes for young people through appropriately supported discussions
- the relationship with an adult who knows the student
- regular dialogue between learners and practitioners should help each learner to evaluate her/his own achievements
- the process of profiling can be a powerful motivating influence giving individuals a real sense of personal ownership of their own learning
- most young people are likely to need guidance to develop their skills in bringing together the learner statement.