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This is a brief report on the training that was recently undertaken under the aegis of the NATU Teacher Development Institute. In this interim report I focus on the Positive School Culture (PSC) Programme. This Programme was sponsored by the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) which provided hard copies of study manuals and connectivity data to all participants. The participants were broken down into two groups of 150 members each. However, for Group 2, NATU’s Central Executive Board paid for 20 more members in addition to the 150 sponsored by the NECT. The first group comprised NATU members from Ulundi and Abaqulusi regions, while the second group consisted of members from the Ilembe, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Estcourt regions. There was also one member from the North-West Region. Owing to the challenges of subject coverage, training could only take place on Saturdays. Thus, for Group 1, the training was conducted on 29 May and 5 June, while for Group 2, it took place on 12 and 19 June 2021. Altogether, a total of 320 members (150 for Group 1 and 170 Group 2) were invited to participate in the Programme and credited with data. The actual total number of participants who turned up for training will be given in the final report.
The training was conducted virtually on the Zoom platform, supported by hard copy study manuals. It took place over two half-day sessions per group, starting at 08h00 and ending at 13h00. Participants contributed towards their own professional development by availing their own devices.