As part of the UCT School of Education, the SDU:
- Trains teachers;
- Assists in the development of innovative learning materials;
- Conducts school-based development programmes;
- Puts into practice the latest educational research.
The SDU aims to develop quality education and learning in the fields of mathematics, the sciences, literacy, and life skills—though school-based work, materials development, and teacher training—within the framework of the national curriculum.
By integrating cutting-edge theory with the dynamic context of the modern classroom, the SDU not only works to improve teaching practice, but also engages with NGOs, partner organisations, and government departments. In keeping with UCT’s reputation for academic excellence, the SDU’s work is driven by research, which contributes to national and provincial education policy and curriculum development.