An online Specific Learning Difficulties tool, personalised for sixth form colleges

Do-IT Solutions is pleased to bring you Student+ Profiler, a state of the art online screening tool that aims to help sixth form college students unlock hidden talents. Using a suite of modules, it will provide screening for both Specific Learning Difficulties traits such as for dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia (DCD), dyscalculia (maths) and social and communication challenges and Study Skills.

Student+ Profiler provides an extensive personalised report for both the university and the student, with links to online resources.

Student+ Profiler has been developed over the past ten years by internationally-renowned experts. It looks to maximise student’s skills and understand the challenges relating to many aspects of life.

Below are some brief questions and answers that will help you understand Student+ Profiler better, and know if it is right for your needs. Or you can watch a short video.

For more detailed costings for your organisation, please contact us.

Why use it?

As a sixth form college, you want to know which students need help and support early on in their journey.

Student+ Profiler provides a cost and time effective solution allowing students to be provided with support early on in the year with self-managed guidance, and allows staff an instant view of their students to understand their strengths and potential areas of challenge. Tools in the past have looked at Dyslexia in isolation despite all specific learning difficulties overlap. Study skills are not considered alongside despite lots of students with learning difficulties having challenges.

Student+ Profiler takes a more bio-psychosocial approach to assessment providing the means to deliver person-centred guidance to each and every student in your college from day 1, while capturing this information for staff to access on the robust management information system.

Who can this be used with?

Student+ Profiler has been designed for a sixth form setting.

How will it help the students?

Challenges for most colleges is to deliver a cost and time effective system that allows students to gain appropriate support. Ideally this is delivered before there are ‘real difficulties’ and students are at risk of ‘dropping out’.

Not all students come with a ‘label’. Some students may be re-entering education after a long break; others may have had challenges since school days and know they need help and want this straight away. Student+ Profiler offers an equitable approach to pin point early who needs support and delivers a person-centred approach. Student+ Profiler provides guidance and resources in response to the student’s profile.

Some sixth form colleges have deployed its use across the campus as part of the induction process, they can have support of their needs from the beginning of their year, rather than just before exams as so often happens.

What is in the reports?

How will it help the students?

The Student+ Profiler reports are personalised, depending on the responses given by the student and come in two formats: one for the tutor and one for the student. They contain relevant links to resources, including external websites, as well as support for the organisation. Click here to view a sample report.

Is it accessible?

How will it help the students?

The system is accessible and the student has the option to change the colours of the page and size of font and it is voiced where appropriate.

The report and guidance is delivered in a range of formats to suit the different learner. The reports can also be read using standard text to speech software.

Can we try before we buy?

The system is tried and tested, so we know it works. But we also know that it can be good to have a small scale pilot study before committing to a bigger expense. For this reason we are offering two types of packages: a) the institution-wide package, and b) the 10 licenses packages. The first is very cost efficient as it is open to every single student, and thus the cost per student is very low. The second allows you to try on a select few before buying the institution version. (N.B.The cost of the ten licenses for your pilot will be discounted off your institution cost if you purchase it within three months of the ten licenses purchase.)

How do we get started?

You can purchase a site license for Student+ Profiler:

  • An annual site license is a very cost effective way of screening all students entering your college, and can easily be used to screen up to 20,000 users at one time. Alternatively, you can buy blocks of licenses.
  • The site will be set up with your logo and you can tailor the front cover of the report to send students to the services you provide.
  • You can quickly upload your courses to the site.
  • All data is stored on the Cloud.
  • Students can access the site from home or from the college.
  • Videos and a comprehensive manual assist you with support and a telephone help line is available for any queries.

Alternatively you can buy blocks of licenses if you wish to use it with fewer than 200 students in a year.

Can this be used by all students?

Student+ Profiler is a modular system. It is being used by sixth form colleges to deliver a tiered approach.

All students generally complete personal information and background information on the student, study skills and learning skills modules.

There are additional module packs available that can be selectively used:

  • Specialist assessments for student support services including for Dyspraxia (DCD), ADHD, and Dyslexia, assisting with report writing and action planning
  • Health and wellbeing modules
  • Preparation for employment

There are also additional modules to track performance and emotional wellbeing.
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How will it help your college?

Student+ Profiler is not just about the Equality and Diversity Act (though it helps), it’s not just about helping all students (though clearly it does), it is about providing a service that helps everybody by providing a centralised system which provides screening and support to students through a centrally managed system. All data is collected on the management information system and this allows all students to be monitored over time and also vital information to be collected about the profiles of the students which can assist with future planning.

How long does it take to complete?

This is dependent on the number of modules. The standard pack takes about 30-40 minutes to complete.

But don’t worry, the student does not have to do it all in one go. If the student has to stop half-way through, they have the option to continue where they left off.

Who else uses it?

Student+ Profiler is being used in sixth form colleges today, and feedback given has led to further refinement to make it fit for purpose this setting. We are always wanting to improve the Profiler so we are always keen to listen to new ideas for further development.

What computers do we need, or can students use their own laptop or tablet?

The system works through the computer’s or tablet’s browser, and should work on Windows, Apple and Android devices. Reasonably fast internet speed is needed to avoid frustration waiting for downloads (it includes a lot of sound files for accessibility). We do not advise accessing it on a mobile phone.

To check if a computer is compatible, please our System Checker. Click here to view.

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