Public Schools Partnerships


Finding heroes and hope in South Africa’s education system

Teachers who sew together the fabric of our society sow the seeds of a more prosperous nation at the same time.  However, the picture of education in South Africa as it is unfolding on school grounds and classrooms across the country, is complex, messy and often not easy to witness.  What should give us hope […]

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Posted on 28 Jan 2019

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Public School Partnerships (PSP)

Public School Partnerships Testing a new channel for quality education in public schools through non-profit public-private partnerships Picture by Johnny Miller (unequalscenes.com) What Public School Partnerships (PSP) is a collaborative approach to public school innovation that brings together government, funders, no-fee schools and non-profit education support organisations. PSP aims to bring additional expertise, resources, flexibility […]

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Posted on 8 May 2018

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Partnerships point the way to better public education

Despite their dubious role in the financial crisis of 2008, some US banks were deemed by policy-makers to be ‘too big to fail’ because their failure would have led to a global economic meltdown. Rightly or wrongly, that conclusion triggered an unprecedented international effort to rehabilitate them and restore global financial prosperity. As South Africa […]

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Posted on 1 Apr 2018

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The public school partnership pilot – is it worth it? Let parents decide

Here is a frightening prediction: over the next decade, the number of children in private schools will increase from one-sixteenth to one sixth of all learners in South Africa. That proportion will then level off because other parents who prefer private education won’t be able to pay for it. As the State will not have […]

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Posted on 3 Nov 2017

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Public-school partnerships: Healthy scepticism, yes. Paralysing caution, no.

Is every non-State institution a private company driven by profit and neoliberal tendencies? This is the question that critics of public school partnerships need to answer. Almost all criticism of the Collaboration Schools model being tested in South Africa fails to make the distinction between civil society organisations and for-profit companies in public education. These […]

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Posted on 19 May 2017

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Collaboration Schools – concentrating energy and expertise in the poorest public schools

By David Harrison This article was first published in the Daily Maverick on 20 October 2016.  Equal Education has joined trade unions in calling for the draft Western Cape Provincial School Amendment Act to be abandoned because, among other things, it makes provision for a new category of public schools. These schools, called Collaboration Schools, […]

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Posted on 21 Oct 2016

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How collaboration can bring better prospects to children

This article was first published in The Star on 14 March 2016. Can new forms of partnership bring better prospects to children in public schools in poor communities?  This is the intention of the Collaboration Schools project to test a new model of public school partnership in the Western Cape. It will bring in non-profit […]

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Posted on 14 Mar 2016

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How can teachers be assisted to use learner results to inform effective teaching?

Significant improvements in learning can take place when teachers and learners are able to obtain and use information to help them establish where learners are in their learning.  JET carried out a pilot project to determine whether teachers could analyse and use common task assessment data, leading them to adapt their teaching strategies to improve […]

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Posted on 31 May 2013

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Improving how schools work – through better organisation and planning

Government has developed a school improvement strategy that plans to establish an annual school management cycle in all schools to improve and ensure school functionality. The burden for the implementation of this strategy lies on the school principals and district offices who often lack capacity and know-how to ensure school functionality and delivery of quality […]

Posted on 11 Oct 2011

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