Primary Learner Profile

BSJ's Learner Profile has long been considered the backbone of the character-based education that we offer. The ten attributes that make up the Profile (Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective) underpin everything we do, from promoting academic achievement to developing a holistic approach to life.

In a bid to make the Learner Profile more engaging for our younger learners, there have been a number of changes to it this academic year. The revamped Profile now incorporates clear, child-friendly explanations for each attribute, which are consistently understood by students and staff. Each attribute is represented by a friendly and memorable animal character, which were suggested and chosen by the students themselves through a competition. In addition, the Learner Profile's overall design has been made more colourful and fun.

As a means of reinforcing the Learner Profile and rewarding its adoption, it is now also linked to our merit system: by demonstrating the attributes, students work towards Bronze, Silver or Gold medals. The attributes are introduced to students over time, as they progress through the Primary School, so that they understand the characteristics before they are expected to evidence them.

Mrs Laura Crossland, Assistant Head for Student Wellbeing in Primary, says, "It is wonderful to hear students celebrating their achievements, proudly explaining that they were resilient when they found a maths concept tricky, or that they were adventurous when they signed up for Camping Club and slept in a tent for a whole night".

The characteristics encapsulated in our Learner Profile will help young people to succeed both professionally and personally in our forever-changing world. Alongside academic success, they remain our goal for our students.