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Capabilities & Learner Profile

What is the project?

The SACE Board’s Capabilities & Learner Profile project introduces the assessment of capabilities alongside academic achievement (grades) to provide a more holistic view of graduates’ achievements. 

This project is central to the SACE Board’s commitment to enable all students to thrive through provision of a connected, future-focused, and internationally sought-after qualification.

The Learner Profile will provide a demonstration of students' capabilities that will showcase their achievements following 13 years of schooling and to enable them to make better decisions about their post-school pathways that match with potential employers and further education providers.

Pilot #1

The Learner Profile project is currently undertaking its first pilot in Semester 2 2022 with approx. 30 schools and 100 teachers across all sectors.

In addition to the schools, SATAC, tertiary institutions, employers and industry bodies are key project partners, assisting the SACE Board to investigate which capabilities are most valuable in supporting student success after they graduate and how the Learner Profile can inform tertiary entry processes and enable graduates to better match with potential employers.

During the pilot phase, the project team are working collaboratively with stakeholders, actively engaging with them to gain feedback and develop prototypes. These include:

  • refining a suite of five SACE capabilities
  • creating capabilities curriculum maps
  • developing new assessment practices and tools
  • an electronic Learner Profile dashboard on Schools Online
  • an electronic graphical Learner Profile visualisation to represent and recognise  each students’ unique capabilities
  • working with industry to support leaners and influence how industry recruitment processes can utilise capabilities information
  • working with university admissions to pilot an entry process into tertiary courses

What’s next?

Analysis and evaluation will be undertaken directly following the conclusion of the pilot. Learnings and insights will be shared and inform further development for future pilot projects in 2023.

Participating in the pilot programs provides schools with the opportunity to engage with the Learner Profile to shape and influence its development. It provides a deeper dive into the pilot evaluation and findings, teacher professional learning, provision of support materials and a high level of support from the SACE project team.

Schools who have expressed interest via the SACE Change Network will receive an update about pilot #2 in 2023, before the end of the 2022 school year.

The following materials are provided to help familiarise you with the Capabilities and Learner Profile project.