The A+ Approach
Capacitate the whole school (principal, educators, assistants, support staff) in creating a collaborative arts-based teaching environment that nurtures creativity and supports each child’s ability to learn.
Work within the context of each school to get the best results for educators and children regardless of the environment in which the school and community finds itself.
Provide the whole school with professional training to the member school. View Yearly Breakdown
Provide the whole school with on-going on-site A+ implementation support to the member school. The support needs are determined each year by the school staff. View Yearly Breakdown
Collaborate with government, civil society, the arts, education, business and local communities in the interests of developing schools.
Generate research to inform action.
Belong to the international A+ Schools network.
The A+ Essentials
We are bound by a firm commitment to the eight A+ Essentials™. Years of independent research tell us that this framework effectively supports whole school transformation.
Music | drama | storytelling | the visual arts | dance & movement | creative writing. Valued as essential to the learning process, taught daily and included in planning.
A+ is not a curriculum. The arts are integrated into the school learning programme so that they complement and support the aims and outcomes of the South African national school curricula.
Evaluates achievement by allowing children to demonstrate mastery through multiple means. Assessment becomes a meaningful evaluation process that is an integral part of teaching and learning.
Multiple Learning Pathways
Provides opportunities for learning to be absorbed in a variety of ways because nobody is the same. Accommodates different learning styles and entry levels.
Hands-on real world application of learning. A concrete, experiential, differentiated approach that supports the development of innovative and critical thinking.
Acknowledges and intentionally strengthens the role that parents, caregivers and communities play in their children's development.
Organises time, space, technology and resources to support transformative learning.
Teachers and children are respected, and the creative process is highly valued. Share a common vision and mission.
Join the A+ Network
Africa A+ accepts three new member schools each year. Each school is professionally developed, mentored and supported for three years. After the third year a school enters a maintenance phase and the A+ development and support is on request by the school.