This article from 2012 explained how recruitment and training of teachers in the critical subjects was set to improve, thanks to an initiative by the Department of Basic Education in partnership with the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA) and Investec.

Read the article here

As a teacher in-service training and support organisation which has been active in education for over thirty years, the PSP aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning in South African primary schools in the critical fields of Mathematics & Numeracy, Natural Sciences & Environment, Language & Literacy development and Social Sciences.

Read more about the Primary Science Programme here

"This collaborative project is a two-year cycle of intensive training and classroom coaching and support to improve Mathematics and Science in specific project schools identified by Education Department districts.

  • Three education districts identify 20 schools to participate in the 2017-2018 Cluster Project cycle.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) commits schools and teachers to full participation in the project.
  • A comprehensive baseline Needs Analysis is conducted per school by PSP facilitators.

"A range of courses are presented to improve the Language, Mathematics & Science content knowledge and teaching skills of a wide group of teachers from surrounding communities, over three terms annually. Individual courses are accredited by the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and teachers receive professional development points for each course that they attend.

Teachers are invited to an Annual Mass Planning Forum (AMPF) facilitated by the PSP. This allows us to hear from teachers directly, and together we identify content knowledge gaps and areas for improvement to be addressed by the following year’s programmes.

Courses are developed based on the feedback received at the AMPF.

Schools register with PSP at R1000, 00 per year which allows all their teachers to attend courses throughout the year.

"A range of courses are presented to improve the Language, Mathematics & Science content knowledge and teaching skills of a wide group of teachers from surrounding communities, over three terms annually. Individual courses are accredited by the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and teachers receive professional development points for each course that they attend.

Teachers are invited to an Annual Mass Planning Forum (AMPF) facilitated by the PSP. This allows us to hear from teachers directly, and together we identify content knowledge gaps and areas for improvement to be addressed by the following year’s programmes.

Courses are developed based on the feedback received at the AMPF.

Schools register with PSP at R1000, 00 per year which allows all their teachers to attend courses throughout the year.

 

A two-year cycle of classroom mentorship, coaching, training and support for approximately 70 first-time teachers (FTTs) aged 20-30 years to fast-track their adjustment to the school environment and set good practice early in their careers.

A two-year cycle of classroom mentorship, coaching, training and support for approximately 70 first-time teachers (FTTs) aged 20-30 years to fast-track their adjustment to the school environment and set good practice early in their careers.

"A range of courses are presented to improve the Language, Mathematics & Science content knowledge and teaching skills of a wide group of teachers from surrounding communities, over three terms annually. Individual courses are accredited by the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and teachers receive professional development points for each course that they attend.

Teachers are invited to an Annual Mass Planning Forum (AMPF) facilitated by the PSP. This allows us to hear from teachers directly, and together we identify content knowledge gaps and areas for improvement to be addressed by the following year’s programmes.

Courses are developed based on the feedback received at the AMPF.

Schools register with PSP at R1000, 00 per year which allows all their teachers to attend courses throughout the year.

Courses consisting of 1-2 two hour sessions are presented by PSP facilitators and/or external specialists for three terms a year after school hours and teachers and school management teams (SMTs) attend voluntarily, in their own time.

Good quality practical teaching is strongly promoted in all training workshops."

Read more about the project here

A two-year cycle of classroom mentorship, coaching, training and support for approximately 70 first-time teachers (FTTs) aged 20-30 years to fast-track their adjustment to the school environment and set good practice early in their careers.

 

"This collaborative project is a two-year cycle of intensive training and classroom coaching and support to improve Mathematics and Science in specific project schools identified by Education Department districts.

Three education districts identify 20 schools to participate in the 2017-2018 Cluster Project cycle.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) commits schools and teachers to full participation in the project.

A comprehensive baseline Needs Analysis is conducted per school by PSP facilitators.

PSP facilitators provide 20 schools with termly training and on-site support which includes per school:

  • one six-hour workshop for Intermediate Phase Natural Science and Technology (NST) teachers
  • one six-hour workshop for Grade 7 Natural Science teachers
  • one six-hour Mathematics workshop for Foundation Phase teachers
  • one two-hour Life Skills workshop for Foundation Phase teachers
  • two two-hour workshops for school management teams in curriculum management and teacher support strategies
  • termly school visits and classroom support

PSP teacher-support materials and resources are supplied to all teachers"

Read more about the PSP Cluster project here

South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP), Investec and the Department of Basic Education are offering prospective Senior and Further Education and Training (FET) teachers specialising in the fields of Mathematics and the Sciences an opportunity to win bursaries to study for a four year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree or a one year postgraduate (PGCE) certificate at UNISA.

Read more about the intern programme here

South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP), Investec and the Department of Basic Education are offering prospective Senior and Further Education and Training (FET) teachers specialising in the fields of Mathematics and the Sciences an opportunity to win bursaries to study for a four year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree or a one year postgraduate (PGCE) certificate at UNISA.

Read more about the intern programme here

 

South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP), Investec and the Department of Basic Education are offering prospective Senior and Further Education and Training (FET) teachers specialising in the fields of Mathematics and the Sciences an opportunity to win bursaries to study for a four year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree or a one year postgraduate (PGCE) certificate at UNISA.

Read more about the intern programme here

 

"The following special initiatives to improve the quality of mathematics and science education have been introduced at the national and provincial levels:

  • The Strategy for Teaching English Across the Curriculum (EAC) seeks to strengthen the Language of Teaching and Learning, as well as its use across the curriculum. A strengthened LoLT should enhance content acquisition.
  • The Maths, Science, and Technology (MST) Strategy and Implementation Plan seeks to improve enrollment and success rates in mathematics, science, and technical subjects, and improve teacher content knowledge; address teacher demand, supply, utilization, development, and support; strengthen partnerships for education reform and improved quality; and provide resources to schools to support effective teaching of MST subjects.
  • The Literacy and Numeracy strategy seeks to develop reading and writing, and the issue of numbers (mathematics) in the General Education and Training band. This strategy flows into the MST and the EAC strategies in the Further Education and Training band."

Read more about the special initiatives here

"The following special initiatives to improve the quality of mathematics and science education have been introduced at the national and provincial levels:

  • The Strategy for Teaching English Across the Curriculum (EAC) seeks to strengthen the Language of Teaching and Learning, as well as its use across the curriculum. A strengthened LoLT should enhance content acquisition.
  • The Maths, Science, and Technology (MST) Strategy and Implementation Plan seeks to improve enrollment and success rates in mathematics, science, and technical subjects, and improve teacher content knowledge; address teacher demand, supply, utilization, development, and support; strengthen partnerships for education reform and improved quality; and provide resources to schools to support effective teaching of MST subjects.
  • The Literacy and Numeracy strategy seeks to develop reading and writing, and the issue of numbers (mathematics) in the General Education and Training band. This strategy flows into the MST and the EAC strategies in the Further Education and Training band."

 Read more about the special initiatives here

"SANRAL and the University of the Free State (UFS) have jointly launched a new chair in science, mathematics and technology education.

The R30-million donation is expected to last for five years, and is set to improve the quality of teaching in these subjects at township and rural schools. The donation forms part of the university’s School Change Project (SCP), a flagship initiative launched by the vice-chancellor Prof Jonathan Jansen."

Read more about the sponsorship here

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