Tertiary access focus group - presentation - 18 January 2011


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An overview of the first Tertiary Access focus group meeting held in the Maths and Science Learner Support community of practice

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Tertiary access focus group - presentation - 18 January 2011

  1. 1. Tertiary Access Focus Group 18 January 2011
  2. 2. Check in Name, Organisation & Work Profile Your view on the current tertiary access debate/situation
  3. 3. What is our broad objective for today? • To agree on – What we mean by ‘tertiary’ • Broader then University • What else is there other than university? – The approach we wish to follow as a group • Understand what works, underlying theory/principles for why it works, – Our role as a group • Include other stakeholders in the field – The outcome/s we envisage • Success for those who enroll @ tertiary • Is it to influence system through the what works? How…detail the sub-steps! Actual actions we do? • Limit the challenges identified • Be a voice? What is it that which we raise?
  4. 4. History of the maths and science community for effective practice Community convened by Bridge, which brings together key stakeholders as Communities for Effective Practice and facilitates a process of identifying working practice through all interventions so as to: •Achieve alignment and common purpose; •Encourage the spread of successful working practices; and •Influence practice-based policy and improved performance of learners and education system as a whole. Bridge works in the following key focus areas: •School Leadership and Management; •Teacher development, support, assessment & accountability; •Learner support for increased performance; and •Quality of materials used in teaching and learning.
  5. 5. History of the maths and science community for effective practice • Project (supported by the Zenex Foundation) with the intention of developing a community for effective practice in maths and science eduation. • Community is for program implementers and key investors supporting learners in maths and science. • Community aimed at an increased impact on the number of quality maths and science graduates in the country. • Initial meeting of community on 30 November 2010, objectives of which were to: – share research; – identify what is required to accelerate the spread of successful maths and science programme objectives; – create a collaborative process to identify critical success factors in maths and science interventions for both pre and post Grade 12; and – establish a community for effective practice in this area.
  6. 6. History of the maths and science community for effective practice • Research carried out in preparation for first meeting. The research identified a range of themes, including: – – – – – – • The role of mentorship The challenges of monitoring and evaluation Learner selection and programme design The role of government Psychosocial issues Tertiary access An agreement was reached at the meeting that the community should be broken down into smaller interest groups and teams, with a focus on: – Tertiary access – Monitoring and evaluation – Learner selection and programme design
  7. 7. Tertiary access • Presentation made during first meeting by Robert Stephens of TEN about tertiary access, focusing on the lack of support for learners when applying for and accessing funding for tertiary education, the challenges of tertiary access and the need for strategic partnerships in the creation of a network of funders. • Comments from participants included: – The need for a network of bursary opportunities; – The need for information about who is doing what, what works, what does not work, who is funding whom, real-time information, a userfriendly database, etc.; – The issue of high-school access; – The importance of rural development; – The value of collaboration and collective wisdom; and – The role of the CDE forum.
  8. 8. Summary of Day • Concluding comments • Where to from here? THANK YOU