Wellington Learner Profile
Learners at Wellington are:
They are not scared to make mistakes and keep going when the going gets tough. They have a range of strategies to use when they are stuck or frustrated.
They are excited about trying new things and are willing to develop their own strategies to help build upon their learning.
They are able to understand the emotional, physical and environmental factors that affect their learning. They are honest with the obstacles they may encounter and are able to organise their time in and out of school to create a well balanced life.
They have the skills to identify, extract and utilise information from a range of sources. They are competent and experimental in the use of ICT.
They have an inquiring mind, are curious and capable of asking questions of themselves, others, and the world around them.
They are able to formulate clear theories and concepts. They can identify the strengths and weaknesses of others’ ideas.
They communicate successfully with others. They consider their own personal contributions and the values and roles of other individual and cultures.
They are imaginative people who see learning as a central part of life’s journey. They see learning as fun and as a reward in itself. They value new ideas and aspire to be original in their own thinking.
They can adapt the manner in which they learn according to the specific challenges they face. They are able to look back and identify both their strengths and the areas where they need to improve.
They are able to form a vision of what they want to accomplish and can anticipate the path to take but also the obstacles they may encounter on this journey. They are flexible and adaptable learners.
At GEMS Wellington International School, we aim for excellent results in the right way.
The Wellington Learner Profile has been created by students and staff. It is a document that describes ten generic learning skills that have been identified as key skills for success in life.
The profile is at the centre of everything we do here at Wellington.The vast majority of students at Wellington will go onto some form of further education. Preparing students for this is more than just providing the necessary skills they need to pass the exams. This will get them through the door, but will be of limited use after that. Professor Tim Birkhead from the University of Sheffield whilst speaking at a recent educational conference commented upon undergraduate entrants’
“often shocking inability to engage in intellectual conversation and to organise their thoughts in writing… (they) expect to be told what to do at every stage- because they are drained of all independent thought”.
Students who wish to succeed at university require the skills that the profile sets out and it is the duty of the school to foster them.
We are all aware that life, and indeed learning does not stop once university education is finished. During his talk at the TED conference Sir Ken Robinson spoke on educating students for an uncertain future:
“It is education that is supposed to take us into this future that we can’t grasp. Nobody has a clue about what the world will be like in 10 years time; and yet, we are meant to educate our students for it”
Although it is true that we cannot teach students what the world will be like in ten years time we can teach them to be prepared for it and to have the skills and attributes to adapt to the challenges this uncertain future may hold.
We teach our students to be equipped to be successful, independent and life-long learners, who will also succeed in their exams. Our philosophy is to aim to shape our students to be rounded, adaptable individuals: who take responsibility for their learning because they know how they learn best, because they recognise challenges and because they know how to handle them. When they don’t, we believe that students must be equipped with strategies to solve their problems themselves.
At Wellington, we strive to teach lessons where the students not only acquire the knowledge relevant to the subjects, but are also challenged to complete tasks that highlight the skills of the profile. Students are also given opportunities to reflect on and evaluate what skills they have been developing so they can learn to transfer them in other subjects and outside of school.