What is a profile?

​A profile is a snapshot of a young person’s best achievements at a given point in time. The content of the profile is decided by the young person following a conversation with their teacher or key adult.

  • As P7 pupils prepare to move from primary to secondary school they will be completing their P7 profile.
  • All S3 learners will have a profile which reflects their progress in learning and achievement.
  • Learners in the senior phase will be beginning to develop their profiles.

Spend time looking over and discussing the profile with your child.

What is the difference between a profile and a report?

A profile is a positive record of a learner's achievement and emphasises their strengths. A report includes information on your child's development and next steps in learning.

What is the purpose of profiles?

The profile is a positive statement of your child's best achievements in school, at home and in the community.

Completing the profile gives the learner the opportunity to talk about their learning and achievements with parents and others, and can challenge, motivate and support all learners.

The profile provides a way for learners to share valuable information about their achievements with parents, teachers and, in the future, staff in colleges, universities and future employers.

The profile will support good transitions when moving from primary to secondary, from S3 into the senior phase, and when leaving school to work, higher and further education.

Who will complete the profile?

The learner will complete the profile with appropriate guidance and support from the school, parents and key adult such as a youth achievement award provider.

What will it look like?

Each school/local authority will develop its own, which are appropriate to the individual learner's age, stage and needs.
The design of the profile will be agreed by schools and local authorities. The format of the profile is less important than the regular, high quality discussions that support the young person in this process.

What is likely to be in a profile?

The examples of profiles here have been shared by schools from a number of authorities to support others in their development. These are examples to reflect ongoing thinking in the schools' individual settings.

  • P7 profiles - examples of Primary 7 profiles
  • S3 profiles - examples from a number of schools which have recently been involved in further developing approaches to profiling.