MATRICSTRATEGY2007

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Published on February 28, 2008

Author: Carolina

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SUSTAINABLE MATRIC INTERVENTION STRATEGY:  SUSTAINABLE MATRIC INTERVENTION STRATEGY FREE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION JANUARY 2007 MS RAKOMETSI Background:  Background The 2006 FS Grade 12 results dropped by a disappointing 5,6% The Provincial Grade 12 results have shown a steady decline from 2003 to 2006 Corresponding drop in the endorsement rate for the same period Background:  Background Causes of the decline:  Causes of the decline High Grade 12 learner enrolment: Increased from 23 656 in 2003 to 29 884 in 2006 Infusion of OBE principles in the assessment standards (high order/cognitive questions) Lack of a rigorous intervention strategy – no dedicated programme to replace HIP (R8,874 million per annum) School-specific reasons for the decline will be clarified by the principals and their SMTs in the January/February 2007 meetings. Objectives of SMIS:  Objectives of SMIS Support and monitor the performing, underperforming and fluctuating schools Bring into sharp focus the Provincial target of a pass rate of 85% and a 25% endorsement rate (create excitement –hype) “Zero tolerance to under-performance in our schools” Inspire schools and school communities to perform and present quality results Improve performance in the FET schools (sustainability) Objectives of SMIS:  Objectives of SMIS Ensure the success of the Dinaledi strategy Focus on the most challenging subjects plus literacy (all languages) 2007 Interventions (SMIS):  2007 Interventions (SMIS) Action 1 All FS secondary schools must receive individual letters by 20 January 2007 in the following categories under the signature of the SG: 80-100%: Congratulatory note, appreciating good performance; urge them to sustain and improve on the quality of results SMIS (1):  SMIS (1) 60-79%: Congratulatory note, urging them to graduate to the 80-100% category while improving on the quality of results too. These schools must also submit their School Improvement Plans (SIPs). 40-59%: Highlight the disappointing performance of the school; set a target of a minimum pass rate of 60% at the end of 2007; call them to the meetings to be convened at the end of January where their SIPs will be presented to the Executive Management of the FSDoE. Every school allocated 45 to 60 minutes; to be accompanied by their SMGDs. SMIS (1):  SMIS (1) 20-39%: Highlight the unacceptable performance of the school; set a target of a minimum pass rate of 60% at the end of 2007; call them to the meetings to be convened at the end of January where their School Improvement Plans (SIPs) will be presented to the Executive Management of the FSDoE. Every school allocated 45 to 60 minutes; to be accompanied by their SMGDs. SMIS (1):  SMIS (1) The letters will be prepared by Messrs Jacobs (Convenor), Ramoeletsi & Nthunya, and Mesdames Motsoeneng and Van den Berg These colleagues will constitute the SMIS Secretariat Due date: 20 January 2007 SMIS (2):  SMIS (2) Action 2 Appointment of District Monitoring and Support Teams (DMSTs) to support the identified underperforming and fluctuating schools. SMIS (2):  SMIS (2) SMIS (2):  SMIS (2) Ms Ndaba (leader), Mr Jacobs and Mr Botsane (the newly appointed CES for the Maths, Science and Technology Strategy) to monitor and support the Dinaledi schools District Monitoring and Support Teams Maths, Science and Technology SMIS (2):  SMIS (2) NB: Two branches not mentioned will continue with pressing Departmental projects, i.e. A-G reports, expenditure patterns, infrastructure, etc. Responsibilities of District Monitoring and Support Teams include (but are not limited to): Assist their respective Districts to monitor and support the Intervention Strategy. Visit schools in their Districts in a co-ordinated manner – with 50% of schools visited from 07:30 every month to check when & how schools start in the mornings. Subsequent to the early morning visits, other identified schools may be visited by DMST members. SMIS (2):  SMIS (2) Co-ordinate and attend the first meeting where the schools will be presenting their SIPs - with SG and MEC in attendance (end of January OR early February 2007). Co-ordinate and attend quarterly SIP review meetings with individual schools -with SG and MEC in attendance. Present monthly reports to the SMLC on the progress, challenges, remedial measures, new challenges identified and plans for the following month for their Districts. SMIS (2):  SMIS (2) Appoint District-based Curriculum Multi- disciplinary Teams (CMDT) [made up of LFs and Inclusive Education specialists] under the leadership of the CES for Curriculum to: Analyse learners’ performance in different subjects, and strategies to remedy problem areas. Organise workshops for educators of underperforming subjects. Ensure that LFs double their efforts in English (LoLT), Maths and Science. Encourage team teaching. Establish functional Professional Working Groups in all subjects. SMIS (2):  SMIS (2) Ensure that markers discuss common mistakes with their peers. Monitor educators’ progress with pace-setters. Ensure that exam guidelines are discussed in all subjects at schools. Ensure that educators are workshopped on the new approaches to assessment in different subjects. Monitor Grades 10 and 11 learner performance throughout the year. Receive monthly reports from the CMDTs focusing on progress, challenges, remedial measures on classroom practice and plans for the following month, which reports will be included in the presentations to the SMLC. SMIS (2):  SMIS (2) Appoint a Management and Governance Team (MGT) under the leadership of the CES for MG to: Monitor and take remedial measures on educator and learner attendance. Ensure intensive and supervised study and focused revision during school holidays and the second semester. Conduct focused meetings with parents and SGBs. Organise motivational programmes for Grade 12 educators and learners. Organise winter and spring classes. Ensure that SMTs monitor the work of educators and learners. Ensure that learners are assessed continuously and according to the prescripts of individual subjects/learning areas. Ensure that school time is utilised effectively; where any time is lost, it must be recovered. SMIS (2):  SMIS (2) Organise twinning programmes between schools and/or teachers. Ensure that ‘catch-up’ time-tables are drawn up for educators who had backlogs. Address pregnant learners & dagga smokers, parents and SGBs; all anti-social behaviour must be addressed. Ensure that schools draw up a programme for slow leaners in different subjects. Receive monthly reports from the MGT, focusing on progress, challenges, remedial measures on challenges identified and plans for the following month; these reports will be included in the presentations to the SMLC. It is essential that District Curriculum and Management and Governance Teams meet regularly to discuss common areas of intervention where the need arises. This will of course include the MST (Dinaledi) team. Reporting structures:  Reporting structures Curriculum M and G 1. Curriculum 2. M and G 1. Curriculum 2. M and G Reporting Monitoring Support For all 5 Districts SMIS (3):  SMIS (3) Action 3 The Director: Examinations and Assessment to provide the SMLC with Grade 12 learner enrolment figures for 2007 per District, indicating growth points per school before 30 March 2007. The different DMSTs to put an extra effort into areas where phenomenal growth is experienced. Indicate the provisional endorsement entries. SMIS (3):  SMIS (3) The Directors: FET and Examinations and Assessment are to organise workshops for moderators and examiners on markers’ report writing for purposes of standardisation (ogive) engagements. The results of common examinations must be available on re-opening in the third quarter – this will allow time for whatever extra interventions the FSDoE might want to employ. SMIS (3):  SMIS (3) The Director for E and A must Ensure 100% compliance with Umalusi requirements for Examining Bodies (the CD to monitor and update the meetings). Present a progress report on all areas that Umalusi identified as needing correction in their 2005 and 2006 monitoring exercises. Finalise all planning for the marking process of November/December 2007 by May 2007. SMIS (4):  SMIS (4) Action 4 Messrs Sithole (Convenor) and Khoarai with the SMIS Secretariat (and any other co-opted senior manager) must draw clear guidelines on the elements of the SIPs to be sent to underperforming and fluctuating schools with the letters; to be dispatched on 20 January 2007. must develop guidelines on issues that need focused attention, over and above routine matters that the SMIS will be focusing on every month. SMIS (5):  SMIS (5) Action 5 All the members of the SMLC are the custodians of the SMIS. They must ensure that challenges raised by the District Management and Support Teams (DMSTs) that affect their Branches and Chief Directorates receive immediate attention. SMIS (6):  SMIS (6) Action 6 The SMLC to identify the vacancies that must be filled by April 2007 to support the SMIS. The SMLC must ensure that all the identified posts are filled by 1 April 2007. Structure of SMIS monthly meetings:  Structure of SMIS monthly meetings Opening and Welcome Feedback by Branch Heads on challenges affecting their branches as presented in the previous meeting Reports of DMSTs and MST team leaders focusing on: schools visited and by whom, progress, challenges, remedial measures on classroom practice and plans for the following month, allocation of school visits for the following month 4. Discussions (after every presentation) 5. Routine and focused matters for the following month (SG and Secretariat). Most Important:  Most Important All management meetings are compulsory. Presentations must be sent to the Secretariat 4 working days before the meetings for distribution to members to ensure that members make meaningful inputs in meetings. CONCLUSION:  CONCLUSION Will this be said of you/us? “You have approached this job in the wrong frame of mind. You have looked for difficulties. You have told yourself that it is impossible. You have defeated yourself. The situation has not defeated you.” (Author unknown) Self-fulfilling prophecy! Conclusion:  Conclusion “I approach my job with confidence. I have never failed and do not intend to fail. I have had many tougher jobs to handle than this one.” (Author unknown) The power of positive thinking! Let us not put obstacles ahead of ourselves on the road of this strategy! Slide31:  The End

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