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Multigrade Rural Schools Intervention. Ten years ago participants of the World Conference on Education recognised that. more than 100 million children had no access to primary education more than 100 million children failed to complete basic education programmes

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Multigrade RuralSchools Intervention


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Ten years ago participants of the World Conference on Education recognised that

  • more than 100 million children had no access to primary education

  • more than 100 million children failed to complete basic education programmes

  • millions more satisfied the attendance requirements but did not acquire essential knowledge and skills during programmes


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Rural Schools in South Africa

  • We find the same situation in our own rural schools where low numbers force educators to teach more than one grade in a single class (ie multigrade teaching)

  • Research shows that the performance levels in literacy and numeracy of children in these schools are at least a good two years behind their counterparts in developed countries


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Rural Schools in South Africa

  • To enable generations to break out of the recurring cycle of unskilled labour and resultant poverty State education must deliver learners who are able to read, write and who are numerate

  • However, because South African teachers have never been trained for a multigrade system, they still teach these classes as if the learners were all in a single grade.


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International research identifies six key variables for successful teaching in rural multigrade schools:

  • Classroom organisation

  • Classroom management and discipline

  • Instructional organisation and curriculum

  • Instruction delivery and grouping

  • Self directed learning

  • Peer tutoring


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A National Priority

  • Educational problems in rural schools are a national priority - our president has emphasised the need for effective, coherent strategies

  • Our Intervention rests within broader strategies addressing the problems experienced by rural communities

  • The Western Cape Education Department has approved a plan to eliminate these appalling conditions - The Multigrade Rural Schools Intervention


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President Mbeki:

INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE RURAL

DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

1 Corporate Plan 2000-2004: Rural Programme 2: School

Effectiveness & Educator Professionalism

Project 2: Status & Quality of Teaching

2 Implementation Plan: Consolidating & Enhancing Education

Initiatives in Rural Areas of South Africa.

Directly linked to 4 Tirisano priorities

WESTERN CAPE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

MULTIGRADE RURAL SCHOOLS PROJECT

Directly linked to Corporate Plan

& Implementation Plan of NDoE

The Intervention within the nation & province


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IF

The Multigrade Rural Schools Intervention

  • Teachers are trained to efficiently manage and organise their multigrade classrooms

  • Relevant learning programmes and resources are developed and made available to schools

  • Teachers in these schools are trained to use, develop and apply such learning programmes optimally with the support of Information and Communication Technologies

  • EMDC officials are trained to provide ongoing support to such teachers

THEN

  • The quality of teaching in mullti-grade schools will improve

  • Learner participants and performance in reading, writing and mental mathematics will improve


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Extent of the Intervention


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Strategy

1 Theory at residential inservice training

2 Demonstration and practical application by peers

3 Classroom support by key teachers

4 Online support by multifunctional teams

5 Online communication, support and curriculum delivery using ICTs

6 Life-long learning and accreditation

Professional development of teachers

R E S E A R C H


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Course Content

  • Classroom organisation and management

  • Literacy focussing on reading and writing

  • Numeracy focussing on mental maths

  • ICT skills and online support strategies


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Demonstration

  • Viewing and discussing a series of videos to visually demonstrate the course content

  • Live demonstrations and discussions with peers

  • Coaching and practicising of relevant skills and knowledge to build teaching expertise

  • Planning of lessons and learning resources

  • Presenting demonstration lessons to learners

  • Reflection


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Key Teachers

  • Select and train experienced multigrade teachers

  • Key teachers support classroom teachers for one week in the classroom to apply the content and strategies they’ve been taught

  • Provide an unthreatening, supportive learning environment for teachers


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Multifunctional Teams

  • Comprised of circuit manager, SLES, and teacher co-ordinator

  • Identify problems and successes

  • Support classroom teachers

  • Supply resources and advice

  • Record and report on activities


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Communications and materials delivery

WCED

Project

Office

Head office + EMDCs

Wellington

Clusters of rural schools

Cluster management

Cluster management


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Communications and materials delivery

WCED

Project

Office

Email

Cluster management

Cluster management


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Communications and materials delivery

WCED

Project

Office

Website

Email

Cluster management

Cluster management

Online learning

community


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Communications and materials delivery

WCED

Project

Office

Website

Email

Cluster management

Cluster management

Online learning

community


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Communications and materials delivery

WCED

Project

Office

Website

Email

Cluster management

Cluster management

Online learning

community


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Communications and materials delivery

WCED

Project

Office

Fileservers +   databases for delivery + monitoring

Website

Email

Cluster management

Cluster management

Online learning

community

Technical support

Learning support


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Ongoing communication and materials delivery 2004 

EMDC

HO

Fileserver +  database for delivery + monitoring

Website

EMDC

EMDC

Clusters

Technical support

Learning support


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Using Information and Communication Technologies

  • Customised software for teachers

  • Computer literacy training and skills

  • Online mentoring and facilitation


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Teacher Training

  • Face to face training:Curriculum Development and IT Unit: Computer literacy focusing on basic computer skills including email, web browsing and use of document browser

  • Online training:SchoolNet SA: Specialised multigrade module focusing on online communication, accessing curriculum and resources via the web

  • CD Rom and print resources


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Multifunctional Team Training

  • Face to face training:Project Team: Introductory course on cluster management, accessing and delivering curriculum and resources via the web

  • Online mentoring and facilitation course:SchoolNet SA:Specialised multigrade module focusing on online communication and community building, peer support,

  • CD Rom and print resources


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Life-long Learning and Accreditation

  • Accredited training modules – NQF

  • Certification of teachers by tertiary institutions

  • Developing further study opportunities and courses in multigrade teaching

  • Promotion and career opportunities in multigrade education

  • Recognising the value of multigrade education - a teachers story…


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WCED plan, co-ordinate, MM training, resources, videos, demonstrate

DEMONSTRATION schools

Training, resource development

Pilot schools

Key Teachers

Pilot multifunctional teams

Training

Preparation,

school

visits

First implementation 

Second implementation 

Third implementation 

Fourth implementation

INTERVENTION TIMELINES DEMONSTRATIONPILOT IMPLEMENTATION

2002 Pre-Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 2003 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

2002 Pre-Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 2003 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4


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Steering Committee            

P

Executive Committee            

P

Assessment com  

Curriculum com     

P

Evaluators 

MGI: Human Resources ~ a c c o u n t a b l e s t r u c t u r e s ~

ICT committee        

Video committee    

P

Mental Maths task team      

Literacy task team      

P

Multifunctional teams/ school training teams                 

P

PlanningImplementation     

P


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Steering Committee            

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Executive Committee            

P

Assessment com  

Curriculum com     

P

Evaluators 

MGI: Human Resources ~ a c c o u n t a b l e s t r u c t u r e s ~

ICT committee        

Video committee    

P

Mental Maths task team      

Literacy task team      

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Multifunctional teams/ school training teams                 

P

PlanningImplementation

P


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WCED Head Office

  • Chief Director: Regional Services (Rural)

  • Chief Director: Education Planning

  • Director: Communication

  • Director: Curriculum Development

  • Director: Human resources

  • Director: Education Research

  • Director: Specialised Education Support Services

  • Director: Media Services

  • Manager: Khanya Project

  • Curriculum Planners


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WCED Rural EMDCs

  • Director: Westcoast/Winelands EMDC

  • Director: Breede River/Overberg EMDC

  • Director: South Cape/Karoo EMDC

  • Chief Curriculum Advisers

  • Curriculum Advisers

  • Media Advisers

  • Principals and teachers


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PAWC

Schools IT Unit

IT Advisers


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Edumedia

Video production unit

Print unit

DTP Unit


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Project Office

Project manager

Operations manager

Administration


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External Evaluators


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1st implementation: Aug - Dec 2002

2nd implementation: Nov 2002 – Mar 2003

3rd implementation: Mar 2003 – June 2003

4th implementation: Jun – Sep 2003

5th implementation: Sep – Dec 2003

6th implementation: Nov 2003 – Mar 2004

7th implementation: Mar – June 2004

Multigrade school

clusters

8th implementation: Jun – Sep 2004

9th implementation: Sep - Dec 2004

Expansion of the Intervention


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Testing components

  • pre and post tests of basic skills

  • standardised tests

  • external project evaluation


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Aligning the Intervention life cycle with appropriate evaluation activities

Pilot version of Intervention implemented [Partial coverage of target group]

Standard version of Intervention implemented at scale

Conceptualisation and design of Intervention Programme

Intervention outcomes/ benefits

Interactive process evaluation [Formative purpose]

Programme Monitoring [Evaluation of delivery and proper implementation

Outcome Evaluation / Impact Assessment / Cost-Benefit Analyses

Evaluability Assessment

Intervention Life Cycle

Evaluation Activities


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The essential focus of the Multigrade Intervention…


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