By Tabitha Smith
"A one-page profile is exactly what it says on the tin. It's one page of information which has three questions. What do others like and admire about you? What is important to you? And what support do you need? We started using one-page profiles at our school four years ago because we had a year 3 class that wasn't gelling well and I wanted to find a way for the children to get to know one another, and to learn more about themselves, too. The children gather information for the answer to the first question on the profile from their friends and families. It's fun and very good for self-esteem. The other two questions are completed by children and parents, working as a team.
"The pilot worked so well that we soon found ourselves introducing one page profiles across whole year groups and then across the whole school. Then we introduced them for staff, too, as an aid to career development. The idea for one-page profiles actually came from one of our parents here in Stockport. Helen Sanderson is a former government advisor and expert on person-centred thinking. Helen had been developing detailed personal profiles for use in health and social care. She recognised that these profiles would help teachers get to know children, too, but they would need to be much simpler to work in schools – hence they became one-page profiles."
Via The Accomplished Teacher SmartBrief