Learner profile opening doors for students

NSW is set to lead the nation in developing a digital learner profile, with students invited to co-design their “education passport”.

21 April 2021
Two students sit either side of a female and male adult.
Image: First consultation: Macarthur Girls High students share their ideas about the learner profile with Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and Customer Services Minister Victor Dominello.

Students in NSW will have a world-class edge when applying for a job thanks to the development of a learner profile.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell and Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello visited Macarthur Girls High School yesterday to announce students would play a pivotal role in developing the nation-leading service.

The profile will allow students to store and share the verified story of their academic and personal achievements in one digital place.

Ms Mitchell said the digital learner profile would create continuity and ease for students to record their valuable learning experiences while at school.

“We know our students are more than the sum of their exam results and they want a reliable way to display all their experiences and achievements,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I am inviting students and schools to be part of the design process, so that we can help them open doors to further study and employment.

Mr Dominello said the learner profile formed part of a big vision for the establishment of a NSW education passport.

“An education passport would provide a digital record of a student’s achievements and accomplishments throughout their school journey, which can be shared with future employers, licensing authorities and tertiary institutions,” Mr Dominello said.

“Students graduating from NSW high schools in 2021 and beyond face a rapidly changing labour market, with a growing emphasis on digital skills and micro-credentials.

“Establishing a universal, digital record of educational attainment would assist students, career advisers and employers through a more efficient matching of skills to employment opportunities.

“It would be a boon for our state in terms of productivity, representing an important micro economic reform.”

A new app for parents and carers of NSW public school students was also released yesterday to allow them to easily stay up to date with news and events at their children’s schools.

Ms Mitchell said the app would eventually completely replace paper forms travelling to and from school via the bottom of the school bag.

Through the app, parents and carers will be able to receive push notifications from schools to their phones to ensure that they don’t miss any important news.

The app will also allow parents and carers with children at more than one NSW public school to get news and information from multiple schools in the same place.

Download the app by searching for NSW Education Parent App on the Google Play or Apple app store.

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