Topic 14: What are the key responsibilities of the Principal and SLT at school ?

Topic 14: What are the key responsibilities of the Principal and SLT at school ?

The most important role of any principal and his/her leadership team is to INFLUENCE all the stakeholders. In this respect, one aspect is seldom clarified namely, TO WHAT END ARE WE INFLUENCING all roleplayers ? In our ‘school turnaround methodology’ we strive towards influencing all roleplayers in order to stabilize and improve the functionality of the schools so that all […]

Topic 15: What is the role of the Principal and SLT in creating a target-setting atmosphere ?

Topic 15: What is the role of the Principal and SLT in creating a target-setting atmosphere ?

The principal and senior staff members should organise and manage the school in relation to the targets set by individual and groups of learners (topic 3-5), as well as ensuring that the planning and preparatory processes are at a level that justifies and ensures the achievement of these expectations and targets. The management of the school will therefore be driven […]

Topic 16: Target setting in writing, is expressing our dreams in public through achievable deadlines

Topic 16: Target setting in writing, is expressing our dreams in public through achievable deadlines

We have raised the importance of working towards the individual and collective targets for learners, subjects and phases. If you don’t work towards a target, then you will not be able to manage yourself or others towards an end goal, whether it is the individual or school targets. A target is an expression of a step towards your dreams, in […]

Topic 19: How do we monitor and evaluate whether our children are getting their 170/180/190 days of teaching and learning?

Topic 19: How do we monitor and evaluate whether our children are getting their 170/180/190 days of teaching and learning?

Our national school calendars are issued two years in advance and are considered to be legally binding because they are published in a government gazette. Our 2016 school calendar was published on 4 November 2014, in government gazette no. 38146. Unlike previous calendars, this one does not split our provinces into ‘inland’ and ‘coastal’ provinces, meaning that our school holidays […]

Topic 20: How can we protect the 935 hours of Teaching and Learning? (900 hours for grade 3, and 874 hours for grade R-2 in Foundation Phase)

Topic 20: How can we protect the 935 hours of Teaching and Learning? (900 hours for grade 3, and 874 hours for grade R-2 in Foundation Phase)

The number of school days as well as the hours of teaching, learning and assessment for every phase, are legislatively spelt out in the CAPS document. The ‘time allocation’ for Foundation phase is 23 hours for grade R-2, and 25 hours in grade 3. In Intermediate (Grade 4,5,6), Senior (Grades 7,8,9) and FET (Further education and training involves grades 10,11,12) […]

Topic 21: How do we monitor and evaluate whether our children are getting their 935 hours (grades 4-12), 900 hours (grade 3) and 874 hours (grades R-2) of teaching and learning ?

Topic 21: How do we monitor and evaluate whether our children are getting their 935 hours (grades 4-12), 900 hours (grade 3) and 874 hours (grades R-2) of teaching and learning ?

It is pertinent to note that the CAPS documents guides and legislates the hours outlined in this post and other posts. Unlike the 170/180/190 days which could be regarded as the monitoring and evaluation responsibility of district officials and principals, the 874/900/935 hours should be seen as the responsibility of learners, teachers, heads of departments and parents. The achievement of […]

Topic 22: What are the steps for principals to identify the 170/180/190 days in advance, through a consultative process in the school ?

We are well aware that most of our schools are not honouring the number of days that should be actively used for teaching, learning and assessment. Schools must prioritise this issue as they are not only violating legislation but also robbing our children of precious learning and teaching time. To achieve this we recommend that each school should embark on […]

Topic 23: Why is the adherence to the 170/180/190 days of teaching and learning so important, and who should manage these days ?

Topic 23: Why is the adherence to the 170/180/190 days of teaching and learning so important, and who should manage these days ?

The reason why governments spend a large percentage of their budgets on education is that education is the vehicle to ensure the prosperity and economic independence of the citizens of the country. Once they are independent and economically productive, they contribute to the tax pool of the country. This enables government to support those who are dependent on social grants, […]