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Examples of School Leadership and Management Initiatives

Siyawela / Old Mutual Education Flagship Programme: Principal and SMT Leadership Initiative

Siyawela / Old Mutual Education Flagship Programme: Principal and SMT Leadership Initiative

This initiative was launched in March 2013 by GMSA Foundation in partnership with Old Mutual, through the Foundation’s replication agency Siyawela, as a pilot project in 12 historically disadvantaged high schools in the townships and Northern Areas of the Port Elizabeth District of the Eastern Cape Education Department. 

 

Overview of some school leadership initiatives

Brief descriptions of CSI in school leadership.

Principals and SMT leadership development initiative -Report for Siyawela

Principals and SMT leadership development Initiative Reports for Siyawela: 2013-2016 and Project overview: 2013-2015.

Old Mutual Education Flagship Project: Botshabelo

Old Mutual Education Flagship Project: Botshabelo

The Old Mutual Education Flagship Project (OMEFP), a national education initiative started in 2013 to invest R350 million over seven years into under-resourced schools in key provinces. The overarching goal of the Old Mutual Education Flagship Project (OMEFP) is to increase the number of bachelor passes (university entrance) of Grade 12 learners who have maths and science in their subject choice. By doing so, the number of students who access university education increases, with the end result of more professional skills in the economy.

Old Mutual Education Flagship Project: Richard Varha Secondary School, King WIlliams Town, Eastern Cape

Old Mutual Education Flagship Project: Richard Varha Secondary School, King WIlliams Town, Eastern Cape

Strengthening a school’s governance, operations and management is a key part of improving subject expertise and results. Through the Old Mutual Education Flagship Project, the principals, educators and pupils of Richard Varha Secondary School have worked closely with organisations such as SEED Educational Trust, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and Columba Leadership to start producing improved maths and science results. The community has noticed these changes and now want their children to attend this successful school.

Learning Schools Initiative

Learning Schools Initiative

 In 2003 the GMSAF launched the Learning Schools Initiative which integrates a number of school improvement approaches, programmes and tools contextualised within a whole school evaluation and whole school development process. Central to this process is the question ‘what does it take to bring about meaningful and sustainable school transformation and development in South Africa?’

Personal and Professional Leadership Development Programme

Personal and Professional Leadership Development Programme

The primary objective of the Personal & Professional Leadership Development Programme is to equip school leaders with important personal, relational and leadership skills that will empower them in these areas. The programme also focuses on change and organisational culture (especially the concept of a learning organisation) as essential components that need to be addressed to ensure the success of the programme at school level.

Leadership Development in Primary Schools

Effective leadership has consistently been identified as the key characteristic of a good school. In addition, leadership quality is a vital determinant of the extent to which schools are considered to be successful, not just in terms of outcomes, but also with respect to how they provide an educational environment that nurtures and develops the ‘whole’ student.

Independent evaluation of Symphonia for South Africa’s Partners for Possibility Programme

Independent evaluation of Symphonia for South Africa’s Partners for Possibility Programme

Partners for Possibility is a programme that enables co-learning and co-action partnerships between school principals of under-resourced schools and business leaders. 

Through this programme, business leaders and school principals join in a formally managed partnership programme designed to improve both partners’ leadership skills and address the unique challenges facing each school. 

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