Examples of Whole School Development

Partnerships and collaboration that enhance the quality of education in rural schools

Interview with Sizakele Mphatsoe, Education Development Programme Manager, Kagiso Trust in which he discusses what makes the KT’s Whole Schools Development model unique and the impact it has had.

Case Study: A Whole-School Development Initiative

The Edcon Adopt-a-School Programme works with the key stakeholders of adopted schools such as the principals and staff, the SGB, Department of Education, to improve teaching, learner performance, school infrastructure and the overall school environment. This approach ensures that learners receive the best possible education and perform at their best; that educators have the right skills and capacity to impart knowledge and apply the curriculum, and also helps create school environments conducive to teaching and learning.

National Policy on Whole School Evaluation

The National Policy on Whole School Evaluation was legislated in 2001 in the Government Gazette Vol.433, No. 22512 of July 2001. The overall objective of the policy was clearly spelt out as ‘to improve the overall quality of education in South African schools with its main purpose to facilitate improvement of school performance through approaches characterised by partnership, collaboration, mentoring and guidance’ (RSA, 2001:iii).  It was introduced as ‘an effective monitoring and evaluation process that is vital to the improvement of quality and standards of performance in schools’ (RSA, 2001: iii). 

The GM South Africa Foundation Learning Schools Initiative - Overview & Supporting Model Implementation Guidelines

This document outlines the development of the Learning Schools Initiative, describes the current model and provides guidelines for the implementation of this model by other agencies.