The Directorate: Specialised Education offers a range of services for learners who experience barriers to learning, require additional support, are vulnerable, as well as capacity building for educators to provide for these learners. These services include:
- psychological, social work, education therapy, learning support, positive behaviour programmes and clinical services.
- education programmes in ordinary schools (including full-service | inclusive schools) and special schools.
The directorate manages 71 special schools. Specialised Support Services are also based at district offices in all 8 education districts of the Western Cape. Four of the district offices are in the metro region of Cape Town and 4 are in the rural areas. Each circuit in a district has a team comprising a social worker, psychologist and learning support advisor. Other services at district level include a manager for specialised support services, senior therapist, senior psychologist, senior social worker, learning support coordinator and a HIV Care and Support Coordinator.
The WCED policy is to provide support to the learners in the ordinary schools as far as possible, taking the support to the learners rather than the learner to the support. Itinerant learning support teachers provide support in ordinary schools. Selected ordinary schools, have been developed into full-service | inclusive schools to provide moderate level support. Only learners with high support needs are placed at special schools. Designated special school resource centres have outreach teams that support ordinary schools, particularly full-service | inclusive schools.
Learners access services according to their level of need via the WCED support pathway which incorporates the national Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support protocol. Applications for high level support are via school-based support teams to the district-based support team.
There is collaboration with the departments of health and social development to access supplementary services and to implement the integrated school health programme.
The directorate with other role-players is striving to develop an inclusive education system with support available in a range of settings for all those learners who require this.
Guidelines for COVID-19 Psycho-Social Support
The COVID-19 Psycho-social support plan is a detailed and multi-levelled plan to support teaching in responding to the social and emotional needs of learners upon their return to schools. The mantra of "Maslow before Bloom" put the psycho-social needs of the child in priority focus whilst allowing the learner to reclaim their positions within education.
Guidelines for School Managers and School Management Teams
These important letters, notices and guidelines were issued to principals, school management teams and school governing bodies in preparation for the re-opening of schools after the COVID-19 schools lockdown period.
PSS Learner Check-In forms
The Psycho-Social Support (PSS) Learner Check-in forms are tools for teachers to engage in conversation with learners upon return to gauge learner well-being.
- Form A-1: Learner Check-In Foundation Phase
- Form A-2: Learner Check-In InterSen and Older Learners
- Form A-3: Check-In All Ages
- Form A-4: Check-In South African Sign Language
- Form C: Referral form | To be used when making a referral to the School-based Support Team for Post-Lockdown Support needs.
- School Guidelines for Post COVID-19 Lockdown
- Form B: Learner Well-being Questionnaire | A tool for teachers to gauge the well-being of the classroom and to provide the support services with information to render appropriate support.
Dr Andre Rowan explains how to complete the PSS Forms.
The videos below were scripted and prepared by the ISLES Team of the Cape Winelands Education District and can be viewed by clicking on the link above.
- Sukkkel om goed te proe or ruik?
- Do not go out! Stay home!
- ISLES Post Lockdown for schools Part 1
- ISLES Post Lockdown support Part 2
- ISLES Post Lockdown support Part 3 Support Pathway
The CTLI offers courses for teachers, principals, deputy principals and heads of department. Visit the website to engage some of the training possibilities.
The institute is run by Dr Jacqui von Cziffra-Bergs and is committed to training psychologists, social workers, counsellors and teachers in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) thinking and techniques.
A team of occupational therapists, speech therapists, educational psychologists, remedial teachers and special needs facilitators providing quality services online for children, parents and teachers in their home or school.