SWANs is an online and fully integrated program of assessment, reporting, planning and teaching advice that is suitable to monitor and support the learning of students aged from five to eighteen years and with a diversity of additional learning needs. It includes professional advice and support in the form of easy-to-read materials that can be downloaded from within the program.
It is a skills-based assessment that draws on teachers' observations of their students' everyday behaviours in the school and classroom context. No specialised knowledge or training is required to draw on the SWANs resources. The only requirement is that the person/s completing assessments for a student must have had sufficient time to observe the student and get to know that student well. Clearly, it is not wise to base our programs of teaching and learning on incomplete or inadequate knowledge about our students.
The SWANs reports describe each student's current 'readiness to learn' as they move along a pathway of increasing skill and understanding. Learning pathways are currently available in the foundational domains of communication, literacy, interpersonal processes, personal learning skills, and emotional self-management. Additional learning pathways are currently being designed and validated in an extension to the SWANs research that begins in 2015. This new program of research is known as the SWANS – General Capabilities study.
If you would like to enquire about access to the SWANs program, or would like more information, please feel very welcome to email:
Dr Kerry Woods
Assessment Research Centre
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Want to arrange access?
If you wish to arrange access to the SWANs program for your school, you can download the SWANs Service Agreement (PDF, 133 KB).
If your school has registered for use of the SWANs program:
For advice on using the SWANs assessments and resources, you can download the Getting Started with SWANs guide (PDF, 1.3 MB).