Teacher Mentorship Programme

The Teacher Mentorship Programme was established in 2014 and currently equips 15 Foundation Phase teachers at Trevor Manual Primary School, the local government school in Fisantekraal, to deliver quality education to the children in their care. With approximately 200 children in each of the grades 1, 2 and 3, we have the opportunity to empower teachers to significantly influence the educational trajectory of almost 600 lives each year.

We are excited to announce that next year we will be extending this significant programme to include the Grade 4 teachers at Trevor Manuel Primary, thereby broadening our reach to begin to support Intermediate Phase teachers too.

Many teachers in impoverished communities like Fisantekraal themselves attended underperforming schools, then studied teaching through distance learning and therefore have had little to no exposure to what quality education really looks like

Therefore, in this programme, we coach and mentor the teachers to improve the four key areas of learning and teaching, namely; classroom set up, lesson planning, lesson delivery and assessment. In addition to this, we also mentor teachers in soft skills such as time management, professionalism, team work and effective communication.

More recently, we have had the privilege of partnering with Acorn Education, another non-profit organisation working into the school, and have received training in the Ark Model of Teacher Coaching. This has allowed us to dovetail our approach with another excellent organisation, which has allowed for wider mentoring scope in the school environment. This is done by means of meetings, class visits and coaching from our mentors as well as professional development workshops in key aspects of curriculum.