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Discussion in 'Scotland - curriculum' started by hopeful2009, Jul 14, 2011.
Has anyone had any good experiences (or bad!) with profiling? Any tips about it?
The only comment I would make is to ensure above all else that profiling is limited to points of transfer within the 3-18 range. Thus there should be pupil profiles (and associated work load) ONLY at P7 - S1 (primary to secondary) and S3 - S4 (broad general to senior phase).
Only the latter should be of concern to secondary teachers although when the system is fully in place, the existence of a profile which can be accessed by S1 teachers should be very helpful in ensuring pupil progress.
IMO , the profile at S3 should consist only of grades/levels achieved by the pupil in the various subjects studied up that point (plus literacy, numeracy and h&wb) with an additional section for target setting and self evaluation by the pupil. There are various software packages available for the latter element and some are already in use by PSE/Guidance teachers. So no re-inventing of wheels - just an assembly job of information already available to teachers.
There will be those who wish to use profiling in every year group and introduce all kinds of additional bells and whistles. They should be told very firmly to shut up. Such nonsense will add nothing to the pupil's education and will only distract teachers from ensuring effective learning and teaching.
Can you advise what the software packages are? I am having to look into this and need as much help as possible.
Have you found a site that contains examples pf profiles? My head said that there are examples of what one might look like coming out in September???
There are now examples of P7 profiles on the Education Scotland website.
We have gone for e-profiling where possible so pupils now have their own separate network folders for individual access and teacher access. (They each have private network folders too for non-profile folders). We still have paper copies of work in folders but we are aiming for more to be put on e-profiles to save physical storage space and paper.