Our Work

Shaping the Learner has done some impressive work in a wide range of contexts, We aspire to be cutting edge in our approach to development. Some describe us as "social entrepreneurs" - we simply believe that we "bring about change - while we make a profit at it". This we believe is a non-exploitive win-win formula for all our clients.

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The Profiler

Web - Based Assessments:  Screen for Disability, Course Placement, Hidden Learning Challenges, Collect Social Context Factors and more...

The Profiler System is the closest assessment tool and system that one can get to the word "amazing". The Profiler is referred to as a "School Learner Profiler" (for public and private schools) and a "Student Profiler" for Higher Education Institutions (Technical Vocational Colleges, Universities), whether private or public. We have a corporate version that we customise accordingly. It is a unique South African assessment system that covers a wide range of measurement areas.

Higher Education Version - click here

Basic Education Version - click here

For Basic Education - More Information - click here

We also customise our assessment system for NGO's,Prisons, Police and Security Services as well as Corporate entities, including call centres. - call us for a discussion on your needs

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Partner with STL

Shaping the Learner has an in-depth history of quality partnerships characterised by excelllent service delivery.

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South African Radio Show Highlights Local Needs

Gerald Williams of Shaping the Learner and Dr Ian Smythe did a double act this evening on SAFM, a major South African radio station based in Johannesburg. The host, Naledi Moleo, invited them to talk about the Profiler, set within the context of dyslexia and the South African learning environment. Listen to Dyslexia Discussion on SAFM Show

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Dyslexia Research at College in SA

Literacy Teaching - Failing Learners?

Some of Our Research Work - Bulletin

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Did You Know?

Shaping the Learner and our UK partner Do-IT Solutions, spearheaded by Dr Ian Smythe and Prof Amanda Kirby having partnered with the South African Eastern Cape Dept. of Education's Inclusion and Special Needs Directorate. We have implemented our Learner Profiler - a web-based (and offline) screener for literacy, numeracy and other learning challenges. Our system is being used in over 30 districts across the Eastern Cape. We are actively engaging all interested partners, such as the Gauteng Province for example, in implementing a system of screening that allows for rapid support and turnaround of learner performance. If your province or districts are interested in partnering with us then please feel free to contact us. 

Interesting and Fascinating Facts - Read on            


  1. Whilst 88% of 10 year olds in Ireland can correctly the non-word "mip", of 8300 FET college students tested, only 51% of Afrikaans speakers, 15% of Tswana speakers and 8% of Ndebele speakers could spell the word correctly. This is part of a standard test for dyslexia.
  2. Research in South Africa shows that factors such as access to lighting for studies, access to somewhere to study and parental employment are all factors that adversely affect literacy skills, though are not related to dyslexia.
  3. There is a lack of a culture in South Africa for parents to read to their children, particularly in the language of the classroom. As a consequence, children often miss out on learning and practising literacy skills such as syllables, rhyming and other skills.

Each of the above are related to literacy acquisition and dyslexia assessments. Together they highlight the need to develop testing protocols that reflect local needs and reflect the language diversity of South Africa. Listen to Dyslexia Discussion on SAFM Show


Do You Want A Short Profiler Trial?

Why not contact us for a limited tryout of the Profiler? Contact us

Education edition

Corporate Profiler Edition

If you are a corporate and want to engage in screening employees, groups or track your CSI? Contact us. We can also partner to customise according to your needs. Lets arrange a meeting or email us? 

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