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2020-05-04
Newsletter 305 - The Search for Simplicity - School Development & Improvement Planning - SDP & SIP


The Search For Simplicity (SFS)

With all the research and opinions which forms the South African Education landscape; the search for simplicity is ongoing. Some have argued for "back to basics" to envisioning a total revolution. On this continuum I am adding my voice by identifying a few (in line with my 5-finger rule) variables to bring simplicity to school improvement.

The Variables

  1. Standards (set by school)
  2. Expectation (three dimensions - parents/teachers/authorities)
  3. Targets (set by school)

ASSUMPTIONS

  • Minimum resources for functionality
  • Competent collective leadership
  • Competent support from authority

The School as an Organisation & Primary Provider of Schooling

  • Schools are similar
    • ?People
    • Systems
    • Procedures
  • Schools are unique
    • ?Context
    • Dynamic
  • Schools are dynamic
    • ?Constantly changing
  • Schools have context
    • ?Unique

TYPES OF SCHOOLS

School 1 HS/HT/HE School 2 LS/LT/LE
  • High Standards
  • High Targets
  • High Expectations
  • Low standars
  • Low Targets
  • Low Expectations
School 3 HS/HT/LE School 4 LS/LT/HE
  • High Standards
  • High Targets
  • Low expectations
  • Low standards
  • Low Targets
  • High Expectations
School 5 HS/LT/HE School 6 LS/HT/LE
  • High Standards
  • Low Targets
  • High Expectations
  • Low Standards
  • High Targets
  • Low expectations
School 7 HS/LT/LE School 8 LS/HT/HE
  • High Standards
  • Low Targets
  • Low Expectations
  • Low Standards
  • High Targets
  • High Expectations