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Curro Uitzicht is an independent school in Durbanville, Cape Town that provides high-quality assisted learning for learners from Grade 8 to Grade 12. Our approach to specialised education within the mainstream enhanced curriculum is meant for learners who need additional support to achieve expected competencies in the core academic skills – literacy and numeracy. Our dedicated teachers and specialised therapists build a close relationship with each learner within our small class sizes, so that their unique educational needs can be accommodated.
Senior phase: Grade 8 to Grade 9
At Curro Uitzicht, our Grade 8 to Grade 9 learners are guided to adjust to a greater workload of higher intensity, while still receiving the support they need. Our teaching is aimed at developing innovative and critical thinking, while a problem-solving approach is taken to subjects such as Mathematics. As a Curro Assisted Learning school our learners receive guidance when choosing their elective subjects at the end of Grade 9 as well as emotional support from our on-site support team of specialised therapists to ensure that they can handle the expected pressure that accompanies high school. We also arrange assessment concessions such as having a scribe or reader based on the learner’s needs upon approval from the Department of Education.
FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 12
In the FET phase our enhanced curriculum prepares learners for the NSC exams written at the end of Grade 12. However, emphasis is placed on a greater world-readiness rather than a purely examination-driven approach. Our learners are taught to think innovatively, express their ideas and take charge of their own lives to be valued members of the community. Our learners receive continued guidance and assistance from teachers and on-site support staff, as well as emotional support to ensure that they are prepared for their final exams, as well as for further studies or the workplace. We also arrange assessment concessions such as having a scribe or reader based on the learner’s needs upon approval from the Department of Education.
See which subjects we offer on our fact sheet (see Downloads).
Curro Uitzicht is a Curro Assisted Learning school that offers high-quality assisted learning within the mainstream curriculum for learners from Grade 1 to Grade 12. Our approach to specialised education is meant for learners who need additional support to achieve expected competencies in the core academic skills – literacy and numeracy. Our dedicated teachers build a close relationship with each learner, so that their unique educational needs can be accommodated. We accommodate learners who have trouble with reading, writing and mathematics, as well as learners with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and dyspraxia.
What is assisted learning?
Children learn in different ways and some may require assistance in developing increased competencies in reading and other fundamental processes, in order to perform to the best of their abilities. Therefore, assisted learning provides high-quality, immediate support to learners who need additional help in order to achieve the expected competencies in the core academic skills.
Assisted learning helps children who benefit from immediate support and small class sizes where they can get the support they need and not risk falling behind their classmates. Learners can still write the national matric exams with the necessary support and concessions provided by the Education Department and the school.
How does our assisted learning stream work?
Our learners follow the regular mainstream CAPS curriculum, but our small class sizes allow our dedicated teachers and specialised therapists to build a personal relationship with each learner and help them in the classroom as needed. Thereby, we can accommodate each learner according to their unique needs. We also arrange for additional one-on-one sessions in the support centre when we notice that more in-depth assistance is needed.
Our classrooms are designed to promote concentration and serenity, while our daily school times and schedules remain consistent throughout the year. Thereby, we create a great sense of security for learners prone to emotional or routine-related needs. We also minimise visual and tactile obstacles by considering the learning environment as a whole. Overhead lights are strategically placed, assessments are often printed on off-yellow paper rather than stark white paper, font sizes are often enlarged on assessments, and learners may apply for other assessment accommodations during exams.
What is the difference between assisted learning and remedial learning?
Remedial learning involves a tailored study path to address a learner’s specific difficulties and learners often remain in remedial learning throughout their school careers. Assisted learning, however, allows learners to gain immediate support while still following the traditional enhanced curriculum. For learners to benefit from assisted learning, they need to be able to maintain the basics of the mainstream curriculum with the support provided by the school. Learners who are unable to do so, would benefit more from remedial learning than assisted learning.
How is assisted learning different from mainstream schooling?
Besides providing academic intervention, assisted learning offers a nurturing environment that helps learners to develop self-esteem and the life skills necessary to function in a mainstream society. Furthermore, learners gain access to assessment accommodations and other means of assistance that might not have been available at a mainstream school.
While teachers at mainstream schools care deeply and want to help learners who need assisted learning, they often don’t have the necessary skills or support system in place to do so. Therefore, teachers at assisted learning schools undergo wide varieties of training to ensure that they can support their learners as best possible.
Is assisted learning meant for learners with severe disabilities or impairments?
Assisted learning aims to reintegrate learners into mainstream environments. Therefore, it is not suitable for learners with high-intervention needs who are unable to manage in mainstream environments, such as severe physical disabilities, intellectual impairment or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Learners with severe disabilities or impairments would benefit more from remedial education or schools that specialise in providing specific intervention.
Curro Uitzicht activities
As a Curro Assisted Learning school we don’t offer internal sports and cultural activities at Curro Uitzicht, but learners who enjoy sport could join the programme of nearby Curro Durbanville. Contact us to find out how your child’s interest in sport could be accommodated.
Curro Uitzicht alumni
Curro Alumni aims to reconnect former matriculants with each other and keep them updated on developments within the Curro family. By treasuring our past, we can build our future together. We hope to build a meaningful and personal connection with our members by sharing their success stories and staying updated on their lives through social media.
Alumni members enjoy several benefits, including exclusive offers for their children at selected schools. View Curro Alumni’s website for more information.