The Classroom Teacher Training and Support Programme takes place for a minimum of one year in any one school assisting teachers to implement simple techniques to ensure better teaching and learning takes place. Through nurturing and support, teachers’ own specific needs are addressed, building confidence not only in the development of better teaching techniques, but improving teachers own English language capacity. Some of the services S.M.I.L.E. provides are:
- Specific Skills Training Workshops – assisting with CAPS Implementation, as well as Term and Daily Planning
- Hands on classroom demonstration lessons, optional observation lessons and ANA revision and Examination revision lessons.
- HOD support and guidance in management and moderation of assessment.
In KwaZulu Natal in 2015, the Anglo American Chairman's Fund is supporting 14 Primary Schools and assisting 30 Grades 4 to 7 teachers and 2387 Grades 4 to 7 learners in the Stanger, Hammarsdale, Umlazi and Ndwedwe Communities. N3 Toll Concession is providing S.M.I.L.E. support to 8 specific Primary and High schools, 13 teachers and 2221 learners along the N3 between Howick and Mooi River. Chateau Gateaux is assisting some of these schools with S.M.I.L.E. Learner Textbooks to ensure constructive teaching and learning takes place. The Solon Foundation is providing 5 Primary Schools in the Ndwedwe, Mandeni and Imfume communities, with training for 12 teachers and classroom interventions reaching 1152 learners.
" I believe that great techniques for teaching can be learnt and then practised. We at S.M.I.L.E. are part of that learning process. We provide our teachers with quality material from which to teach and develop their teaching techniques. This ranges from supporting teachers in their own skills development to inspiring teachers to design great lessons. Motivating the teachers I work with to make every lesson count, is my role as a trainer at S.M.I.L.E."
Nicky Lyle, Training Co-ordinator