In one of their recent projects, Class Act was the largest of 13 service provides to the Gauteng Primary Language and Mathematics Strategy (GPLMS). The organization worked in 462 schools and managed the work of 160 trainers, who in turn, each worked with at least 30 teachers. Class Act also developed the language lesson plans for the GPLMS (Grades 1-7) and produced a range of high quality training DVDs for both language and classroom management.
This project was developed by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and launched in January 2011 with the aim of improving the standards of language and mathematics in primary schools in the province. Approximately 830 under-performing schools were targeted at the start of the project in 2011. The programme relied on the combination of high quality lesson plans (using best practice methodologies) and regular classroom visits by coaches / mentors in order to improve teaching and learning.
The success if the project is clearly illustrated by the average 15% increase in the results of the Intersen Phase Langauge Catch-Up Programme in 2012, and the average 18% improvement in the Annual National Assessment (ANA) results for language across all grades between 2011 - 2013.
In addition to improved ANA results, teachers and learners are spending more time on task, reading and writing skills have increased significantly, many classrooms have been transformed into print rich, organized learning environments, and teachers' attitudes towards language teaching has changed.
'When the GPLMS coach, Khumbuzile Okolo arrived at my school, I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I had no idea how to effectively teach an overcrowded classroom of learners. But the GPLMS DVDs showed me how to implement each methodology, and the lesson plans showed me how and what to teach in each lesson. When I had questions, my coach was there to show me what to do - to guide and support me. I now feel so much more confident and capable, and my learners are finally reading and writing at an appropriate level.'
Mrs T. Biyela (Teacher)
Enkolweni Primary School