- The South African Schools Act, No. 84 of 1996 [SASA]
- The National Education Policy Act, 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996) [NEPA]
- Employment of Educators Act 76 of 1998 [EEA]
KZN Occupational health and safety policy [Reference B4 KZN OHEALT]
- Clarification of concepts
- What is induction?
According to Grobler et al. (Human Resource Management, 2002:208) induction is the process of introducing educators to the goals of the school, its policies and procedures, its values and co-workers, as well as the activities to be performed and the teaching aids to be used.
- Induction programme
Grobler et al states that an effective induction program will reduce the adjustment problems for newly appointed educators by creating a sense of security, confidence and belonging. The following benefits can accordingly result from an effective induction programme, namely:
- higher job satisfaction,
- higher performance as a result of faster learning times,
- reduction of absenteeism and
- a better understanding of school policies, vision and procedures.
- What is induction?
- Induction policy
The principal, SMT and educators should jointly draw up a properly formulated induction programme for newly appointed educators.
Orientation on the following aspects can be considered as part of an induction policy:
- The School policy
- Relevant subject policies
- The South African Schools Act
- The Employment of Educators Act and Personnel Administration Measures
- The National Curriculum Statement
- Code of conduct for learners and educators
- What constitutes misconduct?
- How to discipline
- Classroom practice
- The use of different teaching strategies
- How to conduct a parent meeting
- Safety procedures at the school
- Handling of monies
- How to deal with learners with learning difficulties
- The School Management Team
- What constitutes a proper academic standard
- Assessment of learners
- The use of teaching aids
- The Mentor System
The Mentor System should be considered. A mentor will help the educator to reduce frustrations. A mentor is a fellow educator involved in assisting the beginner educator to learn to teach in a school-based setting. The mentor can assist with discipline and classroom management, lesson planning and routines but also with moral support, guidance and feedback.