Schools Improvement Initiative | SII

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The Schools Improvement Initiative (SII) is one of the university’s key strategic initiatives. The Initiative draws on the university’s broader resources to support the Western Cape Education Department in improving the quality of education in this province. The SII’s operational model is based on the development of strong university-school-community partnerships for the purpose of whole-school improvement.

The SII works with its five partner schools to strengthen and extend their capacity at the level of leadership, management and classroom-based teaching. We collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to harness efforts towards improving the whole school. This includes lobbying, advocacy and research. While the SII offers a critical perspective of the complex, systemic and structural issues that confront the SA education system, the Initiative focuses closely on social responsiveness – and the importance of building robust, enduring partnerships with the broader community.

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