2015 IQAA Early Childhood Development Model

2015 IQAA Early Childhood Development Model

IQAA has developed a quality assurance model for Early Learning Development establishments. This will be implemented in 2015 in schools that have ELD facilities. It is closely modelled on the ‘Guidelines for Early Childhood Development Services’ published by the Department of Social Development; the ‘National Early Learning Development Standards’ published by the Department of Basic Education, and the draft ‘South African National Curriculum Framework for Children from Birth to Four’.

2015 Onsite Training Procedures

2015 Onsite Training Procedures

The lead mentor allocated to the school will liaise with the school once the information requested on the Information Document has been received by the IQAA office.
As part of the onsite training, if appropriate, there is a break-away session for the members of the school evaluation team who represent the Pre-Primary phase.
A mutually convenient time will be arranged by the mentor when onsite training of the school evaluation team, including the Head of School, can take place. Training normally requires a minimum of two hours but may last longer.
The school will be invoiced by IQAA for the onsite training.

IQAA Services


  1. Core Model Evaluation of
    • Teaching, learning and attainments
    • Functioning of school
  2. Add-on services to the Core Model, including
    • Governance and Management
    • Values and Society Involvement
    • Distinctive Areas
    • LSEN
    • Boarding
  3. School Improvement Plan Implementation Evaluation
  4. Stand-alone Opinion Survey Service (opinion surveys are also offered online, in either English or Afrikaans)

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The Independent Quality Assurance Agency (IQAA) provides quality assurance through evaluation of schools.

IQAA also encourages an attitude and atmosphere of constant internal self-evaluation in schools.

IQAA is based in Cape Town, South Africa and operates in many African countries.

IQAA began pilot evaluations of schools as early as 2004. It has subsequently assessed over 700 schools in southern Africa, including Angola, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. While the major part of IQAA’s work is related to the independent school sector in South Africa, the company has been involved with quality assurance for NGOs and INTEL. Currently, the Independent Quality Assurance Agency is embarking on work in Zimbabwe and Nigeria

Each school evaluated, its pupils, staff, parents and community, are given complete respect and concern by IQAA, especially in relation to the school's own distinctive mission, ethos and aims. All of IQAA’s services can be tailor made to suit the specific needs of individual schools and other clients.

The Opinion Survey service is now  available online to parents, learners and teachers, in both  English and Afrikaans. This service should benefit all participating schools. All that is needed is access by the school community  to computers, laptops, iPads, tablets or phones with 3G capacity. The service is particularly useful to schools with boarding facilities, as it enables parents to give instant feedback without the necessity of handing out or collecting survey forms.

Ideas to Consider

Changing the Mirror

Quod vides in  speculo, si non placet, speculum non iuvat mutare.

If you look in a mirror and don’t like what you see, it doesn’t help to change the mirror.

Confront your reality

You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.

~ Jim Stockdale, quoted by Jim Collins

Crooked Stick

To make a crooked stick straight, we bend it the contrary way.

~ Montaigne


Do not think of making a case for a particular point of view.  Let us just have the cold-blooded facts.

~ Winston Churchill

Failure and success

… until we have begun to fail we have no way of working out our success.

~ Thomas Merton

Greatest of Faults

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.

~ Thomas Carlyle

Largest room

What is the largest room in the world?

~ Room for improvement.

Medicine, Law, Teaching

If  surgery and the law were practised as privately as teaching, we would still treat most patients with leeches and dunk defendants in millponds.

~ Parker J Palmer

Quality of decisions

If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgments.  We need to respect that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that – sometimes – we’re better off that way.

~ Malcolm Gradwell

School Improvement

The process of school improvement cannot be viewed as a stuttering sequence of disjointed activities. Rather, it must be introduced as an integral part of life and professional activities in the school.

~ St Benedict’s Prep School