Teacher support

Teacher support

Support for teachers is the cornerstone of KILT’s approach.

Funding for teachers and support staff
While the learner-teacher norm set by the Western Cape Education Department averages 40:1, this varies greatly depending on the subject taught. In practice, some classes have 50 or more learners. Some principals also identify security and basic administration as essential areas for improvement.

KILT’s first priority has been to fund additional staff appointed by the principal for each school in School Governing Body (SGB) positions. In 2017 and 2018, KILT secured sufficient funding to enable the schools between them to appoint 41 teachers, 5 assistant teachers, and 26 general staff.

These numbers will be expanded as funding becomes available.

Diamond Teachers’ Master Classes
Challenges facing teachers are complex. They are often poorly prepared for managing different language streams, remedial/special needs learners, and learners with psychological behavioural issues.

KILT’s Diamond Teachers’ Programme develops the professional and personal mastery of a select group of Master Teachers in each school, and fosters a community of practice across schools.

The Diamond Teachers’ Programme enhances the ability of Master Teachers by:

  • Creating an atmosphere, environment and attitude for learning
  • Establishing a reason to learn
  • Inspiring and training learners how to learn
  • Establishing accountability for learning
  • Continuously checking learning gains
  • Celebrating new learning.

The programme aims to ensure that the enthusiasm and knowledge of the Master Teachers will have a positive effect throughout the entire teacher body and foster professional sharing across schools.

Foundation Phase training
Foundation Phase teachers are being trained in the use of cognitive development tools and literary tools for Grade 1-3.

The LEGO Six Bricks programme fosters learning through play. Fun and short activities target skills development in the areas of

  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Speech and language
  • Emotional and social development
  • Cognitive development.

The system has a deep impact on children’s intellectual, social and academic skills. Play stimulates learning abilities by fostering creativity, which builds critical thinking, sparks intellectual curiosity and facilitates learning by doing.

The Literacy Wheel, developed by ORT SA Cape, is an innovative fun activity where learners work independently or in groups to develop their reading and writing skills. It stimulates thinking, fosters comprehension and provides opportunities to explore creative options.

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