As we approach the summer holidays, it is fantastic to see the implementation of One Page Profiles across the entire spectrum of the school. Through such an initiative we hope to see learning becoming far more personalised to meet the needs of all children.
As we look ahead to the new-year, four items were brought to the table as key initiatives to focus on in order to move the development of One Page Profiles further.
- Ensuring that teacher’s knowledge and understanding of the importance of personalised education has a high priority
For One Page Profiles to succeed it is vital that all teachers recognise the importance of tailoring lessons to meet the needs of all learners. Lesson planning from the outset should have a clear recognition that we as individuals learn in different ways and therefore reflect a positive approach to personalised learning. For example, a kinaesthetic learner needs to learn through practical reinforcement and therefore watching an interactive white board display albeit useful will not be conducive in helping that individual progress. At Oxley Park Academy we aim for 100% of lessons to be engaging, absorbing and exciting for all pupils and therefore facilitate optimum learning.
- The development of a One Page Profile Postcard
The implementation of these postcards within the school was raised as a key initiative to in recognition of the fact that younger children often are unable to write in quite as much detail and depth as older children. In order to keep the One Page Profile ‘owned’ by the child, a postcard approach would enable them, through pictures and captions, to highlight their strengths, talents and indeed what helps them learn best. From September onwards, children in Key Stage One will be using postcards to demonstrate the support they require to move forward. These will be a key part of the transition between classes for the new academic year.
- Parental contribution to One Page Profiles
The importance of parental contribution to the One Page Profile is seen as essential. As their child’s first and continuing educator, no one knows a child better than the parent and therefore their involvement in the implementation and continued progression of Profiles is vital. What was clear from the meeting held in May is that teachers need to clearly inform parents as to what is required from them in the creation of a Profile. Looking forward to September, regular twilight sessions where parents can ask questions about their child’s Profile, how to update it and make changes will be available and encouraged. Our aim is that parent and child alike fully appreciate the enormous benefit from using and updating their profile.
- Development of a One Page Profile plus
As a school we strive to be fully inclusive, with the systems we have in place being appropriate and applicable to all children. However, it is important to recognise that some children have additional needs and require a more detailed profile which outlines very specifically how they learn and progress in order to ensure that their needs are fully met. The development of the One Page Profile plus presents us with an exciting challenge as we seek to optimise the education of our more vulnerable pupils. Our initial thoughts are around the following areas:
- How I communicate and make decisions
- Family One Page Profile
- Working/Not working – drawn from the Pupil Centred Review
- Outcome summary sheet
Looking to the future, we are excited at the prospect of this One Page Profile plus developing into a single 0-25 plan. A busy year ahead but full of promise for our constant drive to improve the education for all our children.