Thinking Tools
One Page Profile


Primary use

To introduce someone in a positive and constructive way.

Who can benefit?

Individuals:
  • there is more consistency in the way the person is understood and supported
  • It is easier for the person to adapt to new people and new situations
Parents:
  • it helps to present information about the child in an organised way
  • it is flexible enough to be adapted for different occasions
Professionals: gives head start in building a good relationship with a child.

When can you use it?

  • when your child is about to start in a new place or with a new person
  • when you feel that the people who already support your child are stuck in a rut

How can it help in the SEN system?

Some areas of the SEN statement can be addressed through one page profiles.
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One Page Profile is a tool in which you present information about your child in a very easy way. It is a quick introduction which builds on positives and is very practical.

This tool is great if your child is about to start in a new place or there is a new person coming into your child's life. This can be:
  • starting in a new nursery, school, class or club
  • starting with a new childminder, support worker, teacher, teaching assistant, therapist.

One Page Profile will not replace the normal process of getting to know your child but it will give people a head start in building a good relationship with your child. It will also help your child to adapt new people and places more easily.

How does it work?

The process of creating One Page Profile is:

  • writing down what you and other people like and admire about your child (using Like and Admire tool
  • writing down what is important to your child and how best to suport them (using Important to and Important for tool.

It is positive

First you let other people know what you and your family and friends like and admire about your child. This is why you should use "Like and Admire" tool before you create a One Page Profile.

By starting this way you prevent other people from thinking about your child with labels, like "challenging behaviour" or "autistic" or "hyperactive".

It is practical

You describe what is important to your child and how best to support your child. You can also include information from other tools (Communication Charts, Relationship Circle and others).

One Page Profiles have several benefits:

  • they let you share crucial information about your child in an easy way
  • they present your child as an individual with a personality, not as a case with a series of warnings
  • they are flexible so you can prepare several profiles for different situations

One Page Profile and the SEN statement

One Page Profiles work well because they are short (one page!) and practical. This is why some areas of your child's statement can be addressed through One Page Profiles and they will be very helpful for professionals.

If One Page Profile is used in a statement your child's aspirations will be listed in "Important to" section of the profile. Your child's needs and the provision for them will be described in "How best to support me" section of the profile.

Remember that the statement has to be specific, detailed and measurable and using One Page Profile does not mean that your child's needs and the provision can be described in general and non-measurable way.

One Page Profile and the rest of the family

Remember that you can create One Page Profile for anyone in the family. If you have more than one child, each of your children can have One Page Profile, whether they have additional needs or not.

You can create One Page Profile for yourself if you are joining a new group, for instance a parent forum.You can also create One Page Profile for the whole family.

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