Universal Qualities: Teachers

Learner Profiles - Universal Attitudes for Success.


Student Focus.


This section is focused on the key attitudes outlined in our VAST model.  Please use the slider to rate your learner's capacity in each, providing a score from 1 (very low) to 10 (very high).

1. Engagement in learning - how they take ownership of their learning, doing, being and becoming.


1: Doesn't take interest in learning anything. Has no interest.

  10: Loves learning. Sees teachers as guides, helping to find pathways to learning more and more. Wants to know - and wants control over what, when, where and how they learn.

2. Creating - how they take their learning to create new ideas, innovate on old ideas, invent!


1: Not creative. Does not get good ideas. Does not invent or innovate.

  10: Loves to tinker all the time. Thinks up new ideas and likes to explore ideas to see if they can innovate or design new things. Loves to create. Is a creative!.

   3. Confidence - having courage and strength to tackle new things, or to expressing views.


1: Very anxious and uncertain when approaching new learning tasks.

  10: Extremely confident and ready to try new learning activities with engagement.

Openness - being open to new ideas is about being curious.


1: Knows what they know - and is doubtful when presented with new information/activities.

  10: Loves having an open mind and is always ready to listen and accept other view points. 

Resilience - the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.


1: Feels overwhelmed when there is change, when given negative feedback, or when new things happen.

  10: Thrives with change. Manages stress well. Can see difficulties as great learning opportunities.

Excellence - the intention to give of one's personal best when set a learning activity or challenge.


1: Gives just enough - near enough is good enough.

  10: Passionately commits time and attention, working with effort to give of their very best.


Patience - a capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.


1: Needs stimulation or reward immediately - cannot wait. Is really impatient and needs gratification immediately to remain interested or calm.

  10: Is able to remain calm when waiting to achieve something. Does not need immediate gratification or reward. Is at ease when things are delayed.

Perseverance - the capacity to do something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success, working industriously to succeed with satisfaction stemming from the process not just the product.


1: Starts things but gives up quickly - especially if there is difficulty experienced.

  10: Works solidly to complete a task, overcoming difficulties. Sees challenges as hurdles to overcome as part of the learning process. Thrives on challenge as they develop when they am under pressure.


Passion - the commitment to have a conviction: an intense desire or enthusiasm for something.


1: Doesn't have anything they are passionate about - nothing seems to interest them.

  10: Has an intense focus and commitment to an area of interest. Feels compelled to succeed in this endeavour.


Positivity - Looks forward to the future. Has an optimistic outlook and a sunny disposition. Doesn't overthink or dwell on negative things.


1: Feels deeply worried about things. Catastrophises.  Overthinks negative thoughts and panics about how things may go wrong.

  10: Is very positive. Gets over things quickly. Finds they jump enthusiastically into school because every day provides a new opportunity! Loves life!!


This section is focused on the key skills outlined in our VAST model.  Please use the slider to rate your learner's competency in each, providing a score from 1 (very low) to 10 (very high).

Responsible Risk Taking - takes the initiative to give things a go, to fail forward, and to try something new or to build on some current understanding/achievement, even if they are not very good at it.


1: Does not take risks - avoids all risks. Hates to try something at which they are not good.

  10: Loves taking risks. Sees initiative as a key part of their learning growth.

Organising - using tools and strategies to maximise performance and lifts their sense of control.


1: Not organised: forgets stationery, books, times, work expectations.

  10: Very organised: manages time and resources to benefit and support optimum performance.

Thinking - awareness of and utilising different thinking types: intuition (gut hunch) and logic (rational effort).  Moving between convergent (drawing together ideas) and divergent (lateral, out of the box) thinking skills.


1: Doesn't think deeply or laterally about things. Lacks effort.  Doesn't have any thinking strategies.

  10: Is aware of different thinking systems: intuition and gut hunches; and the effort rational thinking requires. Uses thinking strategies and graphic organisers.

Questioning - the ability to ask questions and remain curious to seek out new information, ideas, processes and strategies.


1: Does not ask questions, and does not pay attention to questions of others.

  10: Loves to ask questions  - and listen to the questions of others - so they can find out more, clarify what's been said, and explore new ideas.

Practising (purposefully) - taking time to rehearse, to practice to improve by targeting areas to refine.


1: Does not like to practise.

  10: Commits to practising, such as reading, completing home-learning, to train in sport or exercise. Is committed.


Communicating - presenting ideas – verbally, expressively, visually, and non-verbally. It involves listening.


1: Does not like to communicate ideas - spoken, written, or visual representations.

  10: Loves to communicate to share ideas, to listen to feedback and to sketch out big dreams using written, visual or performance formats.


Collaborating - working together to share ideas, use each others' talents, and agree on directions in order to achieve a goal.


1: Does not like to work with others.

  10: Loves to work with other people and has great skills, ideas and talents to achieve a shared goal.

Synthesising - taking in lots of ideas and seeing how they connect and/or support new innovations.


1: Does not pull together different ideas.

  10: Has a knack for researching ideas that can develop their innovations.

Creating - innovating or developing exciting ideas that are original and new.


1: Considers themselves to not be creative.

  10: Loves being creative and is always thinking of new ideas to explore and develop.