Schools Improvement Iniative

SII work

School-based activities

The SII works in eight focus partner schools (six primary and two secondary schools) offering management support programmes which includes leadership; SMT and SGB development as well as teacher professional development and pyschosocial support for learners and teachers. Support of the principals takes place through an established community of practice and individual mentoring.

Broader university engagement

The SII works with the following faculties and departments across the university:

  • Faculty of Health Sciences: Occupational Therapy; Speech-Language Therapy; Audiology; Physiotherapy; School of Medicine
  • Humanities: School of Education; Department of Social Development; Drama Department
  • Engineering & the Build Environment: School of Architecture
  • Faculty of Commerce: Information Systems
  • Student organisations: Ubunye: TeachOut and Inkanyezi
  • The UCT Knowledge Coop

Partner collaboration

  • The Bookery
  • Rotary
  • Nal'Ibali
  • SchoolAid SA
  • Wordworks
  • Read SA
  • EDULIS, the Education Library and Information Service of the Western Cape Education Department
  • Western Cape Education Department
  • Lifeline
  • Empilweni Place of Healing

 Supporting the WCED’s goals

The SII supports the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in achieving their goals to  improve learner performance at all levels of the education system. The school-based work of the SII can assist the WCED directly in its district-level operationalisation of their objectives – with a key focus on supporting and training teachers and school managers.To optimise the resources of the SII – particularly the expertise of the SDU– the SII works closely with Metropole East Education District (MEED) officials.

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