An examination of young teacher experiences

Many young South African teachers are considering changing jobs. Some are looking for other options within education, some are looking at augmenting teaching incomes with other work while others plan to leave the profession entirely. This is a finding of a survey of about 400 young teachers conducted by Social Innovations and Social Surveys for Teachers CAN, a DG Murray Trust initiative that aspires to retain young teachers in the education system while encouraging them to play a leading role in education reform.

The survey was conducted to better understand the experiences of young teachers and to unite them around a Manifesto that calls them to claim their place at the heart of education reform.

Read a summary of the findings in Daily Maverick: Click here

We have a team of about 200 teachers delivering classes to almost 5000 learners this year in the afternoons.  When our mentors visit each site, they offer feedback and support, but like to leave the team with something extra to think about.  These EduBytes combine short background research with practical teaching and classroom practice tips.  We will add more throughout the year.  Feel free to download them to use in your classrooms and programmes.

A Research Review for Extra Curricula Primary Mathematics Programmes

Social Innovations commissioned a research review to help us better understand the challenges that learners face in intermediate phase maths and the difficulties of the transition from foundation phase to intermediate phase.

The report recommends how these challenges can best be addressed in an after school environment.


We hope that this report will also inform other programmes working to support intermediate phase maths.  This is an open source document.

Social Innovations surveyed stakeholders of the Zenex Foundation to inform the development of its 2019 – 2023 strategy.  We asked stakeholders for feedback on the foundations strategy, relationships, grant making approach, operations, communications and knowledge sharing. Read more about how the survey informed Zenex’s strategy.