Occupational Certificate School Manager – Level 6 – 101258

Occupational Certificate School Manager – Level 6 – 101258


Occupational Certificate School Manager


The SAQA Qualification Occupational Certificate School Manager – Level 6 – 101258 qualification is a qualification that empowers the learner to operate as a school manager. A School Manager leads, plans, develops and manages developed systems for effective and efficient delivery of quality education by ensuring the implementation and support of a values-driven ethos for quality teaching and learning.

A qualified learner will be able to:

  • Lead and manage teaching and learning in a school

  • Plan and manage the resources of the school

  • Establish, lead and manage the relationship and impact of the internal and external community for the development of the school

  • Develop self and others through life-long learning to deliver quality teaching and learning

What are the Entry Requirements?

Teacher’s qualification with a minimum three (3) years managerial experience in the education and training environment.

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Detailed Information


  • Introduction to education leadership, management and administration in a changing education landscapeLegislation, policies and regulatory frameworks applicable in the school environment
    • Understanding the South African education goals and the dynamic context of the South African schools
    • The development of a school development plan and school improvement plan processes
    • Inclusive education, diversity, change management and social cohesion
    • Safety, security and discipline in the school community environment
  • Curriculum management and adaptation for holistic development of learners
  • Curriculum delivery and management

  • General overview of the national curriculum, curriculum change and adaptation

  • Functions, roles, responsibilities and accountability of the school principal, school governing body, head of departments and other structures for curriculum planning and implementation

  • Inclusion framework for the curriculum

  • Quality assurance strategies and implementation

  • Approaches and methodologies on teaching and learning including learning theories

  • Education processes and quality assurance systems

  • Strategies for improving teaching and learner achievement
    • Curriculum implementation, moderation, evaluation and monitoring process and reporting
    • Improving teaching and learning practices
    • Data-driven interventions and benefits for teaching and learning
    • Fundamentals, models and theories for continuous improvement and the implementation of school improvement
    • Strategies and methodologies to support teaching, learning and development
    • Alignment of intended learning, instructional and assessment practices
    • Strategies and approaches to manage specific learning needs
    • Assessment requirements and assessment practices

      • Assessment practices in the school
      • Monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of assessment practices

    Human resources development, empowerment and support of all school community

    • Processes and principles for human resources organisation and management
      • Legislation, policies and regulations related to labour relations and employment

      • Concepts, leadership models, styles and management principles

      • Processes of recruitment, hiring, retention, disciplinary and grievance procedures

      • Performance management system in schools

      • Personal and professional development needs

      • Optimal working conditions and staff performance

      • Delegation, team-building, conflict resolution, mentoring and coaching, change management and group dynamics

      • The concept of professionalism, code of conduct and code of professional ethics

      • Performance management systems

    • Continuing professional teachers’ development and support staff development
      • The framework of CPTD, including definitions, purpose, principles, CPTD points and benefits

      • Processes and tools for the planning and developing ongoing professional and staff development

      • Self-awareness, self-reflective and emotional intelligence

      • Peer collaboration, peer support and networking

    Financial and asset management

    • Financial management, budgeting, supply chain management including procurement in the school
      • Legal and regulatory requirements including guidelines for financial management

      • Budgeting cycle, process and procedures, accounting principles, and financial planning tools, allocation of funds

      • Budgeting systems, types, implementation, monitoring and evaluation cycle and financial reporting system

      • Fundraising approaches, models and techniques

      • Supply chain management, procurement processes and procedures

    • Asset management in the school
      • Types, classification, condition assessment, uses, policies, procedures and maintenance requirements

      • Safeguarding practices, key considerations in asset control including depreciation and writing-off processes

      • Risk management

    Institutional management and administration

    • Processes and principles of the strategic planning and implementation in the school environment
      • General overview of school administration

      • Concepts, elements and processes of strategic planning or school development plan

      • Purpose, functions and elements of school improvement plan

      • Attendance, assessment and reporting

    Administrative leadership and support

    • Administration of school resources and records & Administrative systems and storage systems


    • Lead and manage the development of a school strategic plan

    • Lead and coordinate the planning and preparation for the development of a strategic plan for the school

    • Lead and coordinate the development of a school development plan of a school

    • Lead and manage teaching and learning

      • Establish creative strategies and innovative approaches to improve teaching and learning

      • Develop and maintain a safe, functional and inviting school environment

      • Manage and use data to improve learner achievements

    • Manage and use data to improve learner achievements

      • Gather, analyse and use data on a range of school activities to develop and review learner achievements

    • Lead and manage continuous improvement of curriculum delivery

      • Work with teachers and peers to create a collaborative focus on learning

      • Develop instruments for monitoring and evaluating curriculum delivery in a school

      • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum, instruction and assessment

    • Lead and manage the financial management processes in the school

      • Plan and prepare for the budgeting process

      • Lead and manage the development of a school budget

      • Identify and prepare the procurement of goods and services

      • Perform fundraising activities

      • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the budget

    • Control and maintain the use of school assets

      • Manage and control the assets of the school

    • Manage and develop human resources in the school

      • Apply recruitment, deployment and staff retention strategies

      • Build a professional development portfolio for the development of self and others

    • Establish effective stakeholder engagement systems and practices

      • Identify and establish internal and external stakeholder relationships

      • Develop effective stakeholder engagement systems and practices

    Work Place

    • Plan and develop a strategic plan or school development plan for the development of the school for a period of three weeks under the supervision of a mentor or district official

    • Review or establishment processes for the development of systems and structures for curriculum delivery under the supervision of a mentor or district official

    • Work in collaboration with the school governing body in the planning and preparation of the school budget for a period of one month under the supervision of a mentor or district official

    • Prepare purchase requisitions detailing all identified specifications for the procurement of goods and services for a period of at least one month under the supervision of a mentor or district official

    • Perform routine inspections, requisitioning and maintenance of school assets and infrastructure including equipment for a period of at least two weeks

    • Perform human resources management and development functions in the school for a period of two weeks under the supervision of a mentor or district official

    • Develop a framework for stakeholder engagement in support of the school for a period of one week

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