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Principals and SMT leadership development initiative -Report for Siyawela

Read the Principals and SMT leadership development Initiative Reports for Siyawela: 2013-2016 and Project overview: 2013-2015.

 

 

2013-2015 Report

In December 2015 the project reached the end of its third year.  It was launched in March 2013 by GMSA Foundation in partnership with Old Mutual, through the Foundation’s replication agency Siyawela, as a pilot project in 12 historically disadvantaged high schools in the townships and Northern Areas of the Port Elizabeth District of the Eastern Cape Education Department.

The aim of the project is to develop and strengthen the leadership of Principals and Senior Management Teams (SMTs), with the long-term view to sustained improvement in the quality of learner achievement.

This initiative took place against the background of poor morale among school leadership and teachers, low learner achievement and the perceived failure of conventional school leadership development interventions.

The first phase, completed in 2013, aimed primarily at engagement.  In 2014 the project moved into its second phase of consolidation at building institutional strength.  The theme for 2015, intended as the final year of the project, was sustainability.  Using a combination of regular afternoon contact sessions, tasks and activities and the support of mentors, the project reached over 80 principals and SMT members directly.  Nearly 400 educators were reached indirectly and ultimately more than 13 000 learners fell under the influence of this intervention.

Throughout, the project achieved extremely high levels of attendance and enthusiastic participation.  The innovative methodology, flexible and interactive programme and use of mentoring resulted in significant impact on the leadership and team work in the twelve target schools.  Evidence of this was in changes of attitude, morale and behaviour as well as in the successful introduction of systems, processes and procedures that will be the foundation for long-term learner success.

 

2016 Report:

In December 2016 the project reached the end of its fourth year.  It was launched in March 2013 by GMSA Foundation in partnership with Old Mutual, through the Foundation’s replication agency Siyawela, as a pilot project in 12 historically disadvantaged high schools in the townships and Northern Areas of the Port Elizabeth District of the Eastern Cape Education Department.

The aim of the project is to develop and strengthen the leadership of Principals and Senior Management Teams (SMTs), with the long-term view to sustained improvement in the quality of learner achievement.

This initiative took place against the background of poor morale among school leadership and teachers, low learner achievement and the perceived failure of conventional school leadership development interventions.

The first phase, completed in 2013, aimed primarily at engagement.  In 2014 the project moved into its second phase of consolidation at building institutional strength.  The theme for 2015, intended as the final year of the project, was sustainability.  In 2016 the project moved into its independent phase of accountability. Using a combination of regular afternoon contact sessions, tasks and activities and the support of mentors, the project reached over 80 principals and SMT members directly.  Nearly 400 educators were reached indirectly and ultimately more than 13 000 learners fell under the influence of this intervention.

Throughout, the project achieved extremely high levels of attendance and enthusiastic participation.  The innovative methodology, flexible and interactive programme and use of mentoring resulted in significant impact on the leadership and team work in the twelve target schools.  Evidence of this was in changes of attitude, morale and behaviour as well as in the successful introduction of systems, processes and procedures that will be the foundation for long-term learner success.

An internal assessment was completed in February 2016 with the 2 main questions in mind: “What has been put in place (or has changed) since the start of the project in 2013?” and “How did this happen – what actions took place?” keeping the themes of Leadership, Critical Issues, Institutional Strength, Communication, Planning, Sustainability, Environment, Development, Support and Delivery at the forefront of the process. According to the final report, every one of the participants expressed the critical and profound effect the programme had on their personal and institutional development. “The overall impression one gets from the interview process and the literature review is that the Principals and SMT Leadership Development Initiative has played a significant role in building and strengthening leadership capacity at all the schools in which it was implemented.” It was stated time and time again that if it weren’t for the SIyawela/OMEFP there would be absolutely no support in our schools.

A highly successful certificate ceremony was held for the participating school communities at the end of 2016 which was addressed by representatives of the Old Mutual and Siyawela.


Source: Report for Siyawela

Title: Principals and SMT leadership development initiative -Report for Siyawela

 

 

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