One Page Profiles

Last modified: February 28, 2019
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What is a One Page Profile

A one page profile is a summary of what matters to the young person and how to support them well.   A one page profile has just three sections.

  • Appreciation (what we like and admire about the person)
  • Important To (what is important to the person)
  • How to best support the person

What’s their purpose?

  • They are a way for the young person to have a voice in how they are supported,
  • They are a way for the young person to have their strengths acknowledged and appreciated.  This raises self esteem and confidence.
  • They also show what is important to them as an individual acknowledged.
  • One page profiles are also a way for parents/carers to share their knowledge and expertise on how best to support their child.
  • One page profiles capture important information to enable teachers to personalise learning for each young person. This information enables teachers to be aware of the strengths, interests and specific support needs of their pupils.
  • One page profiles can also be used for other activities, such as youth clubs, for transport, for grandparents or carers.
  • One page profiles can be used to inform action planning and target setting, so that these reflect what is important to the young person and how best to support them. This can make targets more meaningful and relevant to the young person.

Is it the same as Section A of an EHC Plan?

There is some confusion about the differences between Section A of the new Education, Health and Care Plans and a one page profile.

Having a one page profile attached to an Education, Health and Care Plan will provide a great foundation for children, families and their school to ensure EHC Plans are produced using a person-centred approach but a one page profile is not a legally enforceable document.

A one page profile tells us about the child or young person as an individual.  It is a simple way to start personalising education. It is a person-centred thinking tool that provides a way to capture who each pupil is and how best to support them – as far as is possible on one page.

Section A of the new Education, Health and Care Plans is to record “the views, interests and aspirations of the child and his or her parents or the young person.” 

This should include:

  • Details about the child or young person’s aspirations and goals for the future (but not details of outcomes to be achieved).
  • Details about play, health, schooling, independence, friendships, further education and future plans including employment (where practical).
  • A summary of how to communicate with the child or young person and engage them in decision-making.
  • The child or young person’s history.

If written in the first person, the plan should make clear whether the child or young person is being quoted directly, or if the views of parents or professionals are being represented.

Section A is not a one page profile.  There are many similar aspects (e.g. how to communicate, engage in decision making, friendships, play, etc) which has lead to this confusion.  However, any school using a truly person-centred approach for their children and young people will know (or see) the potential and benefits of using One Page Profiles for all children.  

One page profiles are not just for children with EHC Plans, they are useful for all children.

  • They are a way to share information between staff, for example when supply teachers have to cover a class, and to create a smooth transition from one class to another by giving the new teacher strategies to get the best out of each and every pupil. This is really useful in building up positive relationships, as the teacher has a prior knowledge of interests and strengths.
  • One page profiles grow and develop over the school year and can be the basis for more detailed person centred plans.

How can they help?

There are many uses of a One Page Profile and we wanted to give you a few examples, in addition to using in schools, to inspire you to create one for your own child. A One Page Profile is a summary of who your child is and how best to support them.


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