Project Overview


The overall goal of STEP is to improve the performance of learners in programme schools so that they acquire the skills, knowledge and values to live and function independently as adults in local, national and global contexts. To this end, and in partnership and co-operation with the primarily accountable provincial education departments and other partners, STEP will capacitate school managers at senior and middle management levels, teachers and school governors to engage in strategies, methods, tasks and activities that deliver ongoing and institutionalised effective learning and teaching in their institutions. In this regard, STEP works from the premise that only fully functional schools will be able to deliver maximum effectiveness in learning and teaching.

Project Objectives

  • To develop schools around Pretoria into fully functional and effective institutions delivering ongoing improvement of learner performance for the eventual increase of employment levels in the target communities.
  • To institutionalise best practices in leadership, management and administration at project schools.
  • To raise literacy and numeracy levels among intermediate school leavers in the target areas by at least 20%.
  • To improve the quantity and quality of Grade 12 (high school leaving) passes in ‘gateway subjects’ Mathematics, Physical Science and English by at least 20%.
  • To improve the involvement level of the parent/caregiver community in schools through focused support and training of School Governing Bodies (SGBs).
  • To improve teacher efficiency and morale by training and guidance on the implementation of national curriculum statements and learner assessment requirements.
  • To improve and institutionalise regular internal monitoring of teacher and learner performance in the target schools.

Key Indicators

  • Ambitious but realistic improvement and performance targets in place at all project schools.
  • Time on task performance as per school hours and time tables.
  • Teachers know the content of their subjects and understand and implement the relevant
    curriculum statements and assessment practices.
  • Talented and committed learners are identified and supported towards further study in
    gateway disciplines.
  • Lesson planning and classroom implementation monitored regularly.
  • Learners’ work monitored and feedback given to learners regularly.
  • Managers coach and monitor junior managers and teachers.
  • All schools keep all required registers and records up to date.
  • All schools have developed all required school policies, and implement them.
  • Sound financial controls are in place and school finances are audited annually at all schools.
  • School premises are neat, clean and present a welcoming environment.
  • Learners have access to a variety of extra-mural activities.
  • Feeding schemes for the poor are in place and proper nutrition is provided to needy children.
  • Counselling is provided to troubled or traumatised children.
  • HIV/Aids awareness among learners and staff, and suitable guidance programmes are in place.
  • Orphans receive care and support even beyond the school gates.
  • The Integrated Quality Management System is implemented both firmly and sympathetically.