The A+ Approach

1

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.

2

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.

3

Provide the whole school with professional training to the member school. View Yearly Breakdown

4

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

5

Collaborate with government, civil society, the arts, education, business and local communities in the interests of developing schools.

6

Generate research to inform action.

7

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.


View the A+ Essentials below

1

Arts

Music | drama | storytelling | the visual arts | dance & movement | creative writing. Valued as essential to the learning process, taught daily and included in planning.

2

Curriculum

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.

3

Enriched Assessment

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.

4

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.

5

Experiential Learning

Hands-on real world application of learning. A concrete, experiential, differentiated approach that supports the development of innovative and critical thinking.

6

Collaboration

Acknowledges and intentionally strengthens the role that parents, caregivers and communities play in their children's development.

7

Infrastructure

Organises time, space, technology and resources to support transformative learning.

8

Climate

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.


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