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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand school management and leadership in the South African context 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115441  Understand school management and leadership in the South African context 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Education Management and Leadership 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Schooling 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This is a core unit standard at Level 5, which can be credited to the Advanced Certificate in Education (School Management and Leadership) at Level 6.

The unit standard is suitable for those in school management and leadership positions, for office-based educators supporting school managers, for aspirant school managers, and for those responsible for subject/learning area/phase leadership in schools.

This is intended to be an introductory unit standard, which sets the context for understanding the elements of school management and leadership dealt with in the other core unit standards. It is suggested that learners complete this unit standard before embarking on the other core unit standards.

Qualifying learners are able to apply a basic understanding of school management and leadership in South Africa to an evaluation of their own current management and leadership practices. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard assumes that the learner
  • Is competent in the language of instruction of the provider
  • Has knowledge and skills of teaching, learning and assessment in schools
  • Has some knowledge and practical experience of schools, the school system and the broader profession 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The site for demonstration of competence in this unit standard is:
  • The school, or
  • The subject/learning area/phase department within the school, or
  • The school in relation to the district office. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of what is involved in school management. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of what is involved in school management and leadership in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of the principles and values informing educational transformation in South Africa and how these create challenges for the management, leadership and governance of schools 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature and purpose of educational management, leadership and governance both generally and in the context of a changing South Africa 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Make an assessment of own abilities in management and leadership. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Make an assessment of own abilities in management and leadership in terms of current notions of competence and relevance in South Africa in relation to management and leadership. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Describe own current school management and leadership practices in terms of a transformative and contextualised understanding of management, leadership and governance 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Evaluate own management and leadership practices against given criteria 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reflect on evaluation results and decide on areas in which further development is necessary. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Since this is a core unit standard in the ACE in School Management and Leadership, it should follow the accreditation and moderation options as described in the ACE. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of what is involved in school management.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles and values informing educational transformation in South Africa and how these create challenges for the management, leadership and governance of schools 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  73529   Advanced Certificate: Education: School Management and Leadership  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59429   National Certificate: Inclusive Education  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  22902   National Diploma: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Assessment and Entrepreneurship Centre 
    2. DELTA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE NPC 
    3. EDUTEL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PTY LTD 
    4. Future-Teacher (Pty) Ltd 
    5. HDPSA 
    6. Kula Institute 
    7. Marematlou Training Institute 
    8. Mondo Skills and services providers 
    9. New Age Strategies 
    10. Pitt Institute T/A Imithombo Institute 
    11. Reyapele Human and Organisational Development 
    12. Vuthela Africa Development 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.