Student ‘Education Passport’ will profile students school achievements

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and Customer Services Minister Victor Dominello discuss the new ‘Education Passport’ with Sydney high school students. Photo: NSW Department of Education.

 

A DIGITAL ‘Education Passport’ for students is being developed by the NSW Government to compile students academic, sporting and extra-curricular achievements to ease and verify the job and tertiary education application process.

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

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

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“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.”

Customer Services Minister Victor 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.”

The new NSW Student Learner Profile will be a young person’s passport to future education and employment.

It will let school students keep and share a verified record of all their capabilities and achievements in one place such as HSC results and ATAR, vocational education and training (VET) competencies, extra-curricular and sporting achievements, work experience, volunteering, caring responsibilities and hobbies.

Eventually, students may be able to share their digital Learner Profile with potential employers or when applying for further education and training.

The profile is aimed to show the full breadth of a student’s experience and capabilities beyond formal assessment results.

A new app for parents and carers of NSW public school students has also been released 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.

 

By Emma DARBIN

 

A NSW Education Parent App has been released by the NSW Government which will eventually replace the need for paper forms travelling to and from school. Photo: Emma Darbin.

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