Seat Academy is excited to be launching our Home schooling programme on 1 July 2020.  Applications are now open.

We know that the decision to home school your child is a very important decision given the current global context and we would like to assist you in this journey.

We believe that Seat Academy is a place where learners can grow into mature, independent, well rounded and creative individuals; able to work well on their own, as well as with others.

We also believe in preparing learners for the challenging world of they will be entering and our programme is geared toward affording learners the opportunity to partake in an online educational experience that is world-class and competitively priced.

WHY ONLINE?

Studying online is a safe way to study and allows your child to work at a pace which is comfortable for them.

REGISTRATIONS

Registrations are open now until June 30th 2020 and classes will begin on July 1st 2020. Please note that places are limited, so register early to secure your child’s place!

COSTS

Unlike many tutoring services which charge per subject, SeatSA offers our Online Tutoring at a flat fee per month.

We charge an initial registration fee of only R499 which needs to be paid before the end of June 2020 in order to secure your child’s place in our classes and R499 per month thereafter.



CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

For more information, you can email our support at support@seatsa.co.za or fill in the Contact Form.


PAYMENT OPTIONS

Payment can be made by clicking on the button below. This will take you to our third party payment partner, PayFast. If you should encounter any difficulties using PayFast, please contact Support and request additional payment methods.

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SUBJECTS OFFERED

All subjects are CAPS aligned.

FOUNDATION AND INTERMEDIATE PHASE
Grades R – 1
  • English Home Language
  • Life Skills
  • Mathematics

Choice of one first additional language

  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • isiXhosa First Additional Language
  • isiZulu First Additional Language
  • Setswana First Additional Language

Choice of one second additional language

  • Afrikaans Second Additional Language
  • isiXhosa Second Additional Language
  • isiZulu Second Additional Language
  • Setswana Second Additional Language
Grades 2 – 3
  • English Home Language
  • Life Skills
  • Mathematics

Choice of one first additional language

  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • isiXhosa First Additional Language
  • isiZulu First Additional Language
  • Setswana First Additional Language
Grades 4 – 6
  • English Home Language
  • Life Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences and Technology
  • Social Sciences

Choice of one first additional language

  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • isiXhosa First Additional Language
  • isiZulu First Additional Language
  • Setswana First Additional Language

SENIOR PHASE AND FET PHASE
Grades 7 – 9
  • Economic Management Sciences
  • English Home Language
  • Life Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences and Technology
  • Social Sciences

Choice of one first additional language

  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • isiXhosa First Additional Language
  • isiZulu First Additional Language
  • Setswana First Additional Language
Grades 10 – 12
  • English
  • Life Orientation

Choice of one first additional language

  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • isiXhosa First Additional Language
  • isiZulu First Additional Language
  • Setswana First Additional Language

Choice of one maths based subject

  • Mathematics
  • Maths Literacy

Choice of three electives

  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Life Sciences
  • Physics
  • Religious Studies
  • Tourism

IT SPECIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

You can use any desktops, tablets laptops. It is recommended that tablets run on at least Android 7.0 and later (7.0 was released in 2016) and iPads need to run iOS 11 or later (released in 2017).

Minimum internet speeds of 4mb per second are the minimum required (if only one pupil is online, for more pupils you will require a higher internet speed). Each learner will need approximately 10 GBs a month depending on how often they watch and re-watch the content


HOW ONLINE LEARNING WORKS

You are able to work at your own pace anywhere. At any hour of the day, you can log onto your profile, access your subjects and work on the content on your dashboard.

You will receive weekly feedback from your dedicated tutors (Friday afternoon). We encourage you to engage regularly with your tutor on issues that require clarity.

Remember that grade 10 to 12 CAPS learners must stick to the standard 4 term calendar to ensure that they meet the mandatory deadlines for submissions.


TECHNOLOGY AS A SUCCESSFUL METHOD OF DELIVERY FOR EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

We are of the view that online education utilizing technology as a means to create socialization is an effective means to traditional classrooms and affords learners the opportunity to learn at their own pace.

Hence we see the online approach as the way of the future as many higher education institutions are choosing to go this route. For a learner to be successful they must be willing to put in the required time and effort to achieve their goals of success – parents play a pivotal role in this! 

At SEAT, our aim is to offer interactive and supportive, technologically advanced solution to ensure learner’s success.


ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Alternative schooling is permitted in South Africa. SEAT is in the process of seeking registration with the relevant institutions as a priority and we will strictly follow the requirements for learners to obtain their National Senior Certificate.


LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

The medium of instruction (home language) is English. However, we do offer a choice of 5 languages as the first additional language.


LEARNER/TUTOR INTERACTION

In addition to providing pre-recorded video lessons and constant assessments, Tutors will be available on a daily basis to work through difficulties.  Our aim is to have learners who are able to work through material on their own. However, if they do get stuck, a Tutor is available to either assist immediately or within 24 hours (Mondays to Fridays).  

We also aim to continuously improve our methodologies and online prerecorded video lessons, based on our students feedback.

In Addition, we also aim to have multiple teachers teaching the same work, so that your child will have multiple options, in terms of teaching styles they may prefer.Our goal is to assist your child to master their work.  All our teachers and systems are geared towards being responsive, and proactive in assisting your child to reach both their academic potential as well as develop a high level of EQ, independence as well as the ability to work well with others in achieving individual and group goals.


DOE ACCREDITATION

SeatSA is a registered private company which has been around for four years.

Our curriculum is CAPS aligned and in accordance with the standards set by the Department of Education. Furthermore, our Grade R-12 homeschooling syllabus falls in accordance with Portfolio of Evidence requirements as stipulated by the department.

We have qualified educators and tutors developing and conveying classes and lessons. Our online tutoring service acts as an additional resource to aid mainstream schooling.

If your child is between grades R – 9, there is currently no provision in the act for a registered Home schooling company. According to the Schools Act, as well as the Department of Education’s policy on Home Schooling – parents primarily take responsibility for ensuring that their children receive an education and that the necessary requirements are in place to effect the learning process.

For grades 10 – 12, we are registering with Umalusi and are looking at the most cost effective way of helping the matrics to write the exam. We will be aiming for approval by Umalusi by September 2020.  Our first Grade 12 learners will be completing their Senior Certificates in 2021.

Parents may enlist the assistance of Tutors to facilitate the learning process and also assist with assessments.


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REGISTRATION

The South Africans Schools Act (section 51) provides for the registration of learners for home education. The process is as follows:

REGISTRATION OF LEARNER FOR EDUCATION AT HOME
  1. A parent may apply to the HOD for the registration of a learner to receive education at the learner’s home.
  2. The HOD must register a learner as contemplated in subsection (1) if he or she is satisfied that
    1. the registration is in the best interests of the learner;
    2. the education likely to be received by the learner at home;
      1. will meet the minimum requirements of the curriculum at public schools; and
      2. will be of a standard not inferior to the standard of education provided at public schools; and
    3. the parent will comply with any other reasonable conditions set by the HOD.

We suggest that parents makes written application to the Department of Education (DOE) informing the DOE of their intentions and also informing the school concerned of their intention to home school. We further suggest that parents obtain written  feedback from the school concerned.


COMPULSORY SCHOOLING AGE IN SOUTH AFRICA

It is incumbent on every parent to ensure that every learner for whom he or she is responsible for attend a school from age seven years until the age of fifteen years or the ninth grade, whichever occurs first (South African Schools Act Section 3 (1)).


ASSESSMENTS

We continuously assess learners via the online platform, using a combination of Assessment tools. Some of these assessments can also be used in attaining the minimum outcomes standards

In Addition, for Home Schooling, parents are responsible for keeping a Portfolio of Evidence and submitting that portfolio on a yearly basis.  At Seat Academy, we assist with that process.

According the Policy, at the end of every phase (Grade 3, Grade 6 and Grade 9), the learner needs to write an exam under strict conditions.  We assist with setting up and marking that exam. Your responsibility as a parent is to find an invigilator to assist with exams. This can be any trusted adult (Parent, grandparent etc.)


TERM REPORTS

We are able to provide reports to parents of the results of the online assessments which learners have completed.

For Home schooling, a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) needs to be provided to the Department of education at the end of every year that must meet the minimum outcomes standards.   

We provide parents with a comprehensive report of all assessments completed, which can assist parents to complete the POE.  We do assist parents with the skill set and framework necessary to assist learners to complete the Portfolio of Evidence.

At the end of every phase (Grade 3, Grade 6, Grade 9), a moderated assessment needs to be done and submitted to the Provincial HOD.  We do assist with the preparation and marking of that assessment.


RETURNING TO PHYSICAL SCHOOLING

As long as the Provincial Department of Education has approved Home Schooling for your child, and you’ve submitted yearly POE/Assessments to the Provincial Department of Education, you will be able to get a letter from them, which will allow your child to move to the next grade at a physical school.


HOMEWORK POLICY

We believe that online home schooling, using our E-learning platform, is a more efficient way of learning than the traditional school system.

Because learning is self-paced, and continually self-assessed (although our tutors, allocated to learners do check on results), homework is usually not necessary.


GRADE 12 EXAMINATIONS

We are in the process of registering with Umalusi.  That is the organisation responsible for administering the Senior Certificate for Home Schoolers (I.E. the Matric exams). 


GOVERNMENT HOMESCHOOLING REQUIREMENTS AND SEATSA’S ROLE

According to the act, it is compulsory to register your child for home schooling, if they are between the ages of 7 and 15 years old (or Grade 9 level). 

The policy stipulates that the environment needs to be suitable (a place where your child would study).

The important aspect to note, is that the quality of education that your child receives at home needs to be at least at the same standard they would have received had they gone to school.

At Seat Academy, our qualified and experienced tutors (all qualified teachers), are here to assist with this process.  You are allowed to enlist the services of a tutor, and we are here to assist with both assisting your child to master the work, as well as to assist with assessments.


STEPS FOR HOMESCHOOLING APPLICATION

According to the act, it is compulsory to register your child for home schooling, if they are between the ages of 7 and 15 years old (or Grade 9 level). 

You need to apply to the HOD (Head of Department) of your province.

There is a form to complete, per province.  Our Administrators can assist with any questions you may have related to that form.


HOME EDUCATION APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Visit the following departmental website:
    https://www.education.gov.za/Programmes/HomeEducation.aspx.
  2. On the website you will find Home Education Application Forms for All Provinces, The Policy on Home Education and other relevant material which you may need.
  3. Select the application form relevant to your Province,
  4. The first page of the application form has a list of documents required.
  5. Prepare certified copies of all required documents, scan and save them in your computer.
  6. Complete the application form relevant to your province. Follow these instructions to complete the form
    1. Type on the spaces provided and tick the check box to select the applicable information
    2. “Please select” provides you with a list of options to choose from.
    3. Complete the form correctly
    4. On the last page of the application form there is a SUBMIT button. If you have completed all fields correctly the SUBMIT button will generate an outlook email for you.
    5. Attach all certified scanned document on the same email and send it.
    6. If an email is not generated, save the form in your computer and create an email where you will attach the form and the required documents.
  7. Parents applying for more than one child must complete separate application forms for individual children (One Application Form per learner).
  8. Follow up with an official to confirm if your email has been received.
  9. Official(s) acknowledge receipt by sending acknowledgement email to parents.
  10. The Provincial Home Education Coordinator/ duly authorised official will contact you to arrange a home visit to verify the information submitted and provide guidance where necessary. A verification form will be completed together with the parent.
  11. Submission for application is developed and is sent en route via protocol:
    1. Director
    2. Chief Director
    3. Deputy Director General
    4. Head of Department (HOD) for the HOD’s signature and
    5. back to the Office of the Director
  12. Parents are informed of the outcome telephonically and a registration letter/ certificate with registration number is issued.
  13. A parent whose application is declined can appeal his/her disapproval of their application to the MEC. Check the policy on Home Education.
    NOTE: If a parent is unable to access the electronic form, kindly contact the provincial officials for assistance.

RESULTS RECOGNITION

All our results are accepted by the Department of Education.

Up to grade 9, all portfolios are sent to the HoD of the Provincial Department of Education.

The Grade 12 final examination is verified by Umalusi, in the same way as a normal NSC. This is recognized Senior Certificate, which will give your child access to Higher Educational Institutions, on condition that the student meets their requirements in terms of the course which they apply for.


EXAM PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES UNDER HOMESCHOOLING CONDITIONS

Up to grade 9, exams take place at home, under strict supervision.  At this stage the policy from WCED (Western Cape Education Department), is that at the end of every phase (Grade 9, being the end of a phase), an exam needs to be done under exam conditions and the invigilator needs to submit an Affidavit stating that it was done.  

The process will be:

  1. Seat Academy will set up the exams and send it through electronically (either via Email or via our Learning Management System).
  2. The learner will write at a certain time (Example; over a 2 week period from Mondays to Fridays), with an Adult (could be a grandparent or parent).  We are trying to get permission for us to be able to allow the learners to do it remotely, online, with one of our online Tutors being the invigilator.
  3. The exams are submitted online.
  4. The exams (as well as other assessments) are added to the Learners Portfolio of Evidence.

In addition, we will be doing weekly or bi-weekly assessments, and keep a record of that as a Portfolio of Evidence.  We will give Parents access to that.  Education Departments want to have evidence that Learning and Assessment is taking place at the same level as school.  We do have qualified and experienced Teachers who will assist with this process.

It is important to note that exams under ‘exam conditions’ are compulsory at the end of every phase (Grades 3, 6 and 9). For Grade 12’s, at this stage a physical exam needs to take place, which we will arrange from 2021 onward for our Grade 12 learners.


ACCESSING THE LESSONS

We currently make our lessons available either via a web browser or via the eLearnSA App.


WEBCAM USE

At this stage a Webcam is not compulsory. 

If we get the go ahead from the HOD’s and Umalusi to do online home assessments for Grades 10 and 11, a webcam might be needed.  However, we will communicate when this happens.