ISWB POLICIES

ACADEMIC POLICY

The academic affairs of the school are managed by the Principal directly and through teachers which comprises all the head of academics for the High School and the head of the academics for the Primary School.
These academic heads meet with the teachers twice a term under the chair of the Principal and deals with all issues relating to the academic activities of the school. The body creates policy and ensures that policy is adhered to. They will ensure that the academic programme for the year is properly planned and executed, including the assessment procedures, timing of assessment, and the administration of mid and end of year assessment and examinations. They will also ensure the maintenance of academic standards through the moderation of results reported on by each department in special promotions meetings. Part of their responsibility is to ensure an annual review within departments of their teaching and learning programmes, including decisions to be implemented to ensure improvements on a regular basis.

ISWB IS A ACCREDITED CIE CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATION CENTRE

The students at ISWB write three external examinations (CIE Checkpoint, IGCSE and AS Level), set and marked by examiners at Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
We also enter our pupils from other schools across the country for the IGCSE or AS Level certificate.

LANGUAGE POLICY

The official language of teaching and learning is English, and the administration of the school is in English. We offer to teach three other languages – Afrikaans as Second Language, German as first foreign language and Portuguese as second foreign language. Additional languages such as English for foreigners and Spanish for beginners are offered through our Language Centre.
All learners take three official languages up to the end of Grade 9. From Grade 10, they may choose German as an additional (official) language, and if they have received exemption from having to study a second official language, they can take Mandarin or Spanish as an additional language.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment occurs in all subjects on a regular basis, and is monitored in the following ways. In Grades 4 – 6, there are regular mark reports twice a term and the same procedure is followed as in other grades. In Grades 7 to 9, there are mid year and end of year exam/tests.
There are meetings to which all parents are invited during which a review of the student’s performance takes place, and parents sit with their child and go through each performance.
In Grades 10 – 12, there are regular mark reports, weekly cycle tests, in which a similar process of bringing together all the assessments of the period into a percentage figure which is then combined to produce continuous assessment mark. There should have been at least three assessments conducted during each mark period. The Cas Mark is discussed with the student, communicated with the parent and forms part of the student performance.
There are exam or assessment sessions at the mid year and at the end of the year in all Grades. Exams would be written, assessed and the results combined into reports which are then sent to the student’s parents, together with detailed comment on each subject from the class teacher and the Principal.
The Grade 9 Fourth term exam is a CIE Exam in English, Maths and Science.

MODERATION

Moderation occurs in a number of ways during the course of teaching and assessment.
Moderation of tests and at exam times: Within departments, individuals are delegated to set tests or exams which apply across the whole grade. These exams and tests are taken to department meetings where all the other members of the department moderate the questions to ensure appropriateness, comprehensiveness and correctness. If the marking of the exam is undertaken by several persons across the grade, then moderation of the marking should take place to ensure consistency of approach. Once the various exam results are combined to produce a final result for a particular subject, the staff members of the department will meet and moderate the marks for appropriateness.
Once the marks for all of the subjects have been combined, there is a special Marks
Moderation meeting of the teachers meet to consider the overall marks. Moderation at other times (i.e. Oral assessments by different teachers) is the responsibility of the subject teacher to ensure that consistent and appropriate standards are set in these situations.

STAFF ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT

Staff Development is a major concern of the school’s executive committee, and is the responsibility of the Principal. Academic development is one of the aspects of this, and a number of opportunities for staff academic development are built into the ongoing programme of Staff development. All Staff take part in the Staff Conference at the beginning and the end of the year, and the Seminar which takes place during the midyear. In addition, staff are encouraged to take part in professional growth seminars organized by appropriate bodies.

HOMEWORK POLICY

All pupils are expected to do homework daily during school terms. The purposes of homework include follow-up from the day’s lesson; preparation for the next lesson, working on projects and assignment scheduled in the term planner. Homework also encourages self-study practices, and allows for development of self-discipline and time management skills. The expectation is that pupils should be doing about two hours of homework each night.

PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING

A policy has been developed for responding to instances in which plagiarism or cheating is detected or suspected. This provides for decisions about marks to be awarded as well as for actions to be taken to try and inculcate more meticulous and honest behavior on the part of learners.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The school’s computer laboratory is a sophisticated one allowing for many administrative tasks and advantages; it is also the hub of the computer-based teaching and learning that happens during ICT lessons taught throughout Primary and Secondary School. In Year 10, 11 and 12 all students should acquire a laptop. A good deal of teaching is done via the laptop; where material has been prepared beforehand, this would be available for students at this level through intranet. The intranet also allows for work to be delivered to students electronically, and handed back by them on-line, and of course it gives students easy access to an extensive array of learning programmes, resources, planning materials and storage capacity. The school has four qualified teachers to assist when computers give trouble, and if a machine has to be sent away for repair then a student may use computers from the laboratory, so that a student’s ability to work is not interrupted. It goes without saying that using ICT for teaching and learning the subjects in the curriculum also teaches the skills relating to ICT that all students need to acquire to be successful in the world at large.

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