School Support and Development and District Partnership Project

The Pearson MARANG Education Trust develops effective in-service models for under-resourced and under-performing schools, enabling schools and officials of education districts to improve teaching and learning within the national education policy framework, through support, training, mentoring, coaching, ongoing monitoring, feedback, and reflection.
2008South Africa

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting

Location Data

Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, North West, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, and Western CapeElsie's River, Mthatha, Qumbu, Libode, Dundee, Nquthu, Tugela Ferry, Greytown; Nelspruit, Hazyview, Bushbuckridge, Vryburg, Soweto, Tembisa, Giyani. Peri-Urban, Rural, Urban
The Pearson MARANG Education Trust School Support and Development and District Partnership Project has adopted a holistic approach toward school improvement by supporting under-performing schools to become steadily achieving schools, capable of sustaining ongoing development. This three-year, school-based, capacity-building program includes extensive and intensive school-based training through change agents, monitoring, feedback, reflection, and effective resource-utilization skills so that the current Department of Basic Education's approach toward student-centered, participatory, problem-solving teaching methods can be fully understood and embraced.
Developed from a School Support and Development Project into a District Partnership Project in 2012, in a strategy to expand into significantly more schools, the Pearson MARANG Education Trust District Partnership Project enables district officials to better support senior management teams and teachers in under-performing schools.
Two main training modules focus on facilitating the implementation of national education policies and are based on international best practices and contextualized through local case studies. They are delivered once per school term, over three consecutive days in five-hour sessions during the course of the year:
School Management Team Training
  • Developing instructional and courageous leadership
  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Outdoor team building
  • Certification
General Teacher Training
  • Working in learning teams to develop a variety of teaching, learning, and assessment strategies to accommodate different learning styles and ability groups
  • Meaningful use of teaching, learning, and assessment resources including textbooks
  • Developing targeted, specific, and focused intervention strategies informed by diagnostic analysis
  • Setting manageable targets
  • Curriculum coverage through effective implementation and pacing
  • Paying attention to psychosocial aspects that impact education
  • Sharing best practices
  • Certification
The aim of the Pearson MARANG Education Trust School Support and Development and District Partnership Project is to support the Department of Basic Education to achieve its national objectives and to address the key challenges of capacity building at district and school levels. The program seeks to improve school leadership, management, and administration; to improve basic school functionality; and to significantly improve and sustain student results.

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