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Occupational Certificate School Manager – Level 6 – 101258

Occupational Certificate School Manager – Level 6 – 101258


The SAQA Qualification Occupational Certificate School Manager – Level 5 – 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 landscape

  • Legislation, 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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