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Teaching Practice Improvement

Teaching Practice Improvement

Unit Description

Teacher professional development in the Western Cape is critical to educational improvement and ensuring quality education in the region. The Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) plays a central role in offering a range of professional development programs to teachers, school leaders, and support staff.

The focus of the Teaching Practice improvement unit is to train teachers from Grades R-12 to improve their content knowledge and skills in Languages (with a focus on reading) and Mathematics and to equip each teacher with new pedagogies to teach the curriculum effectively in the classroom. Opportunities are created during the training sessions for teachers to share their experiences and best practices.

Courses We Offer

Unit Function

    Functions of the Teaching Practice Improvement unit include:

  1. Continuous Skill Enhancement: Professional Learning Opportunities (PLOs) offered by the Teaching Practice Improvement unit aim to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers to improve teaching and learning outcomes. These programs help teachers stay current with the latest educational practices and research.
  2. Curriculum Alignment: CTLI develops programs aligning with the South African national curriculum, ensuring teachers have the knowledge and resources to implement the curriculum in their classrooms effectively.
  3. Professional Learning Communities: CTLI fosters professional learning communities among teachers, enabling them to collaborate, share best practices, and learn from each other's experiences.
  4. Assessment and Monitoring: The institute provides training on assessment and monitoring practices, helping teachers design and implement practical formative and summative assessments.
  5. Technology Integration: Given the growing role of technology in education, CTLI offers programs to help teachers integrate educational technology into their teaching methods.
  6. Research and Development: CTLI also engages in research and development activities to continuously improve teacher professional development offerings based on the evolving needs of the education sector.
  7. Phase-Specific Courses: CTLI offers phase-specific courses to address the unique needs and challenges of teachers in different phases, including the Foundation Phase, Intermediate and Senior Phase, and FET Phase.

  • Foundation Phase Programme

    The Foundation Phase Programme caters for Grades R-3 teachers. We deliver a wide range of learning opportunities. Our course topics and modules are structured in different modes to cater to your availability and learning styles. You can choose to attend and make use of the following modalities:

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    Intermediate and Senior Phase:

    These programs provide professional learning opportunities for in-service teachers in grades 4 to 9.
    These Professional Learning Opportunities consist of
    • formal 30-hour/3-week courses
    • short courses from 2 hours to 5 days
    • Microlearning opportunities and
    • seminars and webinars

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    Inclusive Education Programme

    Inclusive Education in South Africa is anchored in a culture that celebrates diversity and embraces all students as valuable contributors to the school community. The fundamental philosophy is to normalise the diversity among our learners and provide essential support to educators, enabling them to thrive in this inclusive environment.

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    Further Education and Training

    The FET (Further Education and Training) Sub-Directorate at the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) is dedicated to enhancing the professional development of teachers working in the FET phase.

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    Unit Team


    Gavin De Bruyn

    Chief Education Specialist (Programme Delivery)
    (021) 900-5053
    [email protected]

    Magdalena Benn

    Foundation Phase Programme Coordinator
    (021) 900-5016
    [email protected]

    Natasha Fouche

    Intermediate and Senior Phase Programme Coordinator
    (021) 900-5018
    [email protected]

    Adele Smith

    Inclusive Education Programme Coordinator
    (021) 900-5055
    [email protected]