Supplementary Education

We improve the learning outcomes of children in no or low fee public schools.  Schools are under pressure from the Department of Basic Education to deliver the curriculum. We don’t get in the way. Rather we offer sustained, branded programmes to supplement the learning that happens at school.

It’s about building stronger bridges at times of academic transition, bringing fun and informal learning opportunities to school, and making good use of the time and space around the school day. It’s about the core school and the after school programmes working together. It’s about two parts making a greater whole. An independent evaluation has found that learners in our after school programmes improve their academic results while developing confidence, independence and a positive attitude to learning.

Research

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Supplementary Education

After school programmes

We improve the learning outcomes of children in no or low fee public schools.  Schools are under pressure from the Department of Basic Education to deliver the curriculum.  We don’t get in the way.  Rather we offer sustained, branded programmes to supplement the learning that happens at school. It’s about building stronger bridges at times of academic transition, bringing fun and informal learning opportunities to school, and making good use of the time and space around the school day.

It’s about the core school and the after school programmes working together.  It’s about two parts making a greater whole.  An independent evaluation has found that learners in our after school programmes improve their academic results while developing confidence, independence and a positive attitude to learning.

After school programmes

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Grade R Academy

Grade R Academies build stronger early literacy and numeracy foundations by creating play based and informal learning opportunities for children after school to supplement what is offered during the school day.  A fun and informal approach to learning helps children achieve Grade 1 readiness with a focus on cognitive, language and gross and fine motor development.

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Grade 4 Academy

Academies improve literacy and numeracy performance by offering fun and engaging classes after school to Grade 4 learners as they transition from tuition in mother tongue (Grade 1-3) to tuition in English (from Grade 4).  In Grade 4 new subjects and new teachers are also introduced.  This is arguably the most challenging year in the life of a primary school child, and it is when she needs the most support.

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Grade 5 Academy

Grade 5 Academies build further on the strengthened foundation of children who have progressed from Grade 4 Academies.  For example, while the focus is on Grade 4 is on learning to read, in Grade 5 the programme shifts to encouraging reading for enjoyment and reading for learning.  There are five interconnected strands of mathematical proficiency.  We focus on all of these in the academies, but in Grade 5 our biggest focus it towards developing a productive disposition to maths by offering activities that are fun, project based and show the relationships between the maths, other subjects and the world around us.

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Grade R Academy

Grade R Academies build stronger early literacy and numeracy foundations by creating play based and informal learning opportunities for children after school to supplement what is offered during the school day.  A fun and informal approach to learning helps children achieve Grade 1 readiness with a focus on cognitive, language and gross and fine motor development.

+ Grade 4 Academy
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Grade 4 Academy

Academies improve literacy and numeracy performance by offering fun and engaging classes after school to Grade 4 learners as they transition from tuition in mother tongue (Grade 1-3) to tuition in English (from Grade 4).  In Grade 4 new subjects and new teachers are also introduced.  This is arguably the most challenging year in the life of a primary school child, and it is when she needs the most support.

+ Grade 5 Academy
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Grade 5 Academy

Grade 5 Academies build further on the strengthened foundation of children who have progressed from Grade 4 Academies.  For example, while the focus is on Grade 4 is on learning to read, in Grade 5 the programme shifts to encouraging reading for enjoyment and reading for learning.  There are five interconnected strands of mathematical proficiency.  We focus on all of these in the academies, but in Grade 5 our biggest focus it towards developing a productive disposition to maths by offering activities that are fun, project based and show the relationships between the maths, other subjects and the world around us.

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A supplementary education case study

A day in the life of Vuyani Primary in Gugulethu, Western Cape. The school hosts Social Innovations after-school academies that offer children fun, engaging activities while providing academic support at points of transition during their school journey.

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The Grade Rs are making stick puppets in response to a story.

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The Grade 4s are designing masks in preparation for a dramatisation of a story they have written as a class.

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The Grade 5s are writing their own recipe books.

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Learners who have attended after school academies
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Number of learners enrolled this year
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Teachers in our after school programmes this year

Learners who have attended after school classes

School libraries

Social Innovations delivers stand-alone libraries as well as classroom box libraries into schools.  Depending on the school, the context and the aims of the library programme, we offer a range of other support including:

  • Developing learner activities based on books
  • Helping the school integrate the library into the life of the school through scheduling and starting a library committee
  • Bringing in a library management system
  • Oversight and mentorship to ensure a fully functional library so that learners are offered the opportunity to regularly engage with a wide range of reading materials.
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Read more about our Sizwile School for the Deaf library

Research

We provide research that informs and inspires better quality schooling and a stronger performing public schooling system.
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Read more about our work on can-do South African teachers here
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Read more about our intermediate phase maths literature review here
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Read more about our EduBytes, open source resources for the school and after school sector
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