Date
20 November 2019

Talk with the student and consider a learner profile

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Identifying needs and strengths, and accessing support’

Support self-advocacy with learner profiles

Support self-advocacy with learner profiles

Create opportunities where students can tell you what supports their learning and what gets in the way.

Having students create a learner profile for themselves is a great way to have them develop a better and fuller understanding of who they are as learners ...

This develops their independence and places them in a better position to self-advocate for the tools, learning materials, and presentation options that can optimise their learning experiences.

Naryn Searcy

Maximise the benefits of a learner profile

Maximise the benefits of a learner profile

Learner profiles help teachers get to know students and what's important to them.

Encourage students to:

  • express aspirations and passions
  • address assumptions
  • identify potential barriers to learning and wellbeing
  • describe their accessibility and technology needs and preferences
  • suggest beneficial teaching and learning approaches.

What to include in a learner profile

What to include in a learner profile

The purpose of a learner profile can be agreed by the student, their whānau, and the teacher.

Depending on its purpose, a useful profile (whether an official document or simply inquiry on your part) can include:

  • important people
  • cultural connections and experiences
  • languages spoken
  • things the student is good at
  • memorable life experiences
  • how they like to unwind and relax
  • likes and interests
  • dislikes and things they avoid
  • how they like to learn and what helps
  • things that make it hard for them to learn
  • what they do when they need help.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Developing learner profiles

Developing learner profiles

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF (211 KB)

Rachels learner profile NZ high school

Secondary school learner profile

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF (331 KB)

About me

About me

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF (596 KB)

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Identify needs and how to provide support”:

Return to the guide “Speech, language and communica­tion needs ”

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