One-page profiles are used with every pupil in this school so that teachers can personalise the education and support that they give. Capturing the individual information about each child in this way has changed the way they teach and share information. This is Sion’s story.
Written by Teacher, Carys Bird
Sion is 14 years old, born one of twins, he is on the autistic spectrum and has no verbal language but makes his needs known by making noises and reaching for items. Sion has severe learning disabilities, and attends a Special Needs School.
As a school we took the approach that each pupil would have a one-page profile and a person-centred review. Sion’s profile was developed as part of that piece of work. We wanted to take a person-centred approach to education to ensure that we supported each pupil as an individual and to make sure that others had positive and useful information about each child as they came into school as visitors or professionals.
Sion’s one-page profile was developed by classroom staff, as well as others who know him well. It has been added to and changed over the years as Sion has grown and developed. We use the person-centred review process annually and this gives us the opportunity to formally update Sion’s profile with his parents and other professionals who support him.
Sion’s one-page profile can be accessed quickly from a file in the classroom enabling people to identify Sion, and to be immediately aware of how best to support him, as well as giving them a positive description and information which helps them to engage with Sion. As he enters ‘transition’ it will be used to inform the development of his Transition Plan.
Using one-page profiles throughout our school has made understanding the needs of pupils at each level much easier. For Sion, it has taken the guesswork out of getting to know and understand him, especially for new staff coming into school, and professionals who are starting to work with him through transition, such as his careers adviser.
Other people knowing how to interact and engage with Sion has led to him feeling more comfortable with staff and has reduced his anxieties when around new people. This has resulted in him having more positive connections with others and he will now sit alongside his fellow pupils in class of his own accord.
As all staff understand the importance of consistency in supporting Sion, he is now able to have more social opportunities out and about as part of his school day. Staff no longer have to delve into huge files to find the information, which is not clear and concise, in order to support Sion well . His one-page profile holds all the vital information and positively presents Sion, making it easier for people to support him in what he wants to do and build a relationship with him based on a deeper understanding.
To learn more about personalising education visit www.personalisingeducation.org