Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute

Programme Delivery

Programme Delivery
The focus of Programme Delivery is to train teachers from Grades R-9 to improve their content knowledge and skills in, among others, Languages (with 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 experience and best practices. This unit also includes Inclusive Education courses with the purpose to provide mainstream teachers with the knowledge to identify and support barriers to learning among our learners, especially in Languages and Mathematics. These courses empower teachers to apply intervention techniques to help the learners, so no one is left behind.

Additionally, we offer a variety of other programmes such as the Writing Project, Creative Arts, Natural and Social Sciences and the training of Grade R practitioners.

Conferences and seminars are hosted regularly during school holidays and weekends. Teachers are then provided with the opportunity to share best practices and learn from each other.

Technology is integrated into all the curriculum courses to empower the teachers to apply 21st century skills through the curriculum into the classroom. This exposure enables teachers to adjust and modify their teaching plans, to bring the digital world into the classroom, and so adapting to the 21st century learners' digital way of learning.

Courses we offer

  • Function

  • Foundation Phase

    The Foundation Phase programme caters for Grades R-3 teachers. We deliver a wide range of course topics and modules from two to 80 hours long. Our course topics and modules are structured in different modes to cater for your availability and you can choose to attend Contact Sessions (face to face), Blended Learning, Self-paced Online Learning and Online Live Presentations.

    The Foundation Phase Programme caters for Grade R-3 teachers. We deliver a wide range of course topics and modules from 2 hours to 80 hours long.

    These course topics are based on the 21st century teaching and learning styles; it consists of Communication, Creativity, Collaboration and Critical Thinking, which focus on how teachers should teach and how learners should learn.

    The courses are designed around the following key factors:

    • Modules are customised to suit the needs of the teacher.
    • Modules are not one size fits all programmes.
    • The pace of each module has been carefully considered.
    • Course modules are relevant.
    • Appropriate tools and applications are used which will enhance teaching and learning.
    • There is regular communication with facilitators via WhatsApp and emails.

    Participants are required to join our Learning Management System (LMS) before the course topics in order to engage actively with the facilitator and other participants and collaborate on activities. Resources are also uploaded onto our LMS. Participants will learn by exploring different tools and applications that stimulate critical thinking. Our course programmes are designed in such a way that participants can explore creative ways to teach and learn.

    All the Foundation Phase courses, modules and topics have been allocated points. In order to qualify for a South African Council for Educators (SACE) Professional Development certificate, it is expected that participants:

    • attend the presentations;
    • engage actively;
    • do the pre- and post-assessment; and
    • complete the course tasks.

    We encourage that more than one teacher in the Phase attend a course. In the pursuit of strengthening the content knowledge and skills of our teachers we always take into account what our teachers know and what they do. Therefore, we encourage the sharing of best practices on our courses. It is our belief that teachers learn best from other teachers. It is for this reason that we have also included teachers leading some of our professional development training topics. We value our Foundation Phase teachers and we believe that Teachers Learn Better Together.

    Intermediate and Senior Phase

    The Intermediate and Senior Phase programmes cater for Grades 4-9 teachers. We deliver a wide range of course topics and modules from two to 80 hours long, in the following subjects:

    • Mathematics

    • Languages (including specialized courses in reading and writing)
    • Creative Arts
    • Social Sciences
    • Natural Sciences
    • Coding and Robotics

    Our course topics and modules are structured in different modes to cater for your availability and you can choose to attend Contact Sessions (face to face), Blended Learning, Self-paced Online Learning and Online Live Presentations.

    These course topics are based on the 21st century skills, which are Communication, Creativity, Collaboration and Critical thinking. During the courses, you can expect to:

    • receive expert training and guidance from experienced trainers sourced from schools and other professionals in their field;
    • share good practices with other teachers in the course;
    • be taught sound pedagogical teaching skills and practices; and
    • develop your Information Communication and Technology skills.

    Inclusive Education

    Inclusive Education is underpinned by a culture that values diversity and welcomes all learners as contributors to the school community. It seeks to normalise the diversity within our cohort of learners and provides the necessary support to teachers so that they too may flourish.

    The Inclusive Education component at the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute seeks to provide teachers with the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to support learners who face barriers to learning. One of the ways in which we seek to achieve this is through providing culturally responsive pedagogy which fosters powerful connections between learning strategies and learners from diverse backgrounds. By building strategies to design and deliver lessons which cater for learners with different cognitive abilities and learning styles, teachers can engage with their learners more successfully, thus promoting both their academic achievement and self-confidence.


    Some of the concepts with which we engage are Barriers in Learning Languages, Barriers in Learning Mathematics (Foundation and Intermediate Phase) and Assessing and Supporting Learners (all phases).


    The focus of our language programmes is two-fold namely: identifying and supporting the building blocks of language, e.g., auditory and visual perceptual skills and supporting the reading and writing process. The mathematical programmes’ focus is on barriers within number operations and relationships as well as measurement. Our final programme is that of assessing and supporting where we focus on diagnostic assessment, metacognition, differentiation, scaffolding, ISPs, and finally, accommodations and adaptations.


    There is a variety of courses from which to choose: two-hour short, self-paced courses to 80-hour courses. Each course has facilitation/audio in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. Longer courses have facilitator led synchronous sessions and all courses are SACE endorsed.

Unit head

Gavin De Bruyn


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Foundation Phase Programme coordinator

Magdalena Benn


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Intermediate & Senior Phase Programme coordinator

Natasha Fouche


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Inclusive Education Programme coordinator

Liesl Robinson


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