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Regulatory Compliance

 

Regulatory compliance is an important factor to Tate. This provides both security for the Parents and their children, knowing that your child is in an approved and compliant school. Tate International School (Pty) Ltd (Tate) is a fully compliant registered independent private school and as such is registered on the South African national database for educators with its EMIS registration number as 0100000640. The license is without any restrictions. 

Tate international school is compliant to the following regulations: 

  • Section 29 of the the constitution of South Africa 1996 as it relates to education

  • The South African Children's Act (Act no. 38 of 2005) as it relates to education

  • South African Schools Act (Act 84 of 1996 Chapter 5 for independent schools)

  • General and further education and training quality assurance act (Act 58 of 2001 South Africa)

  • Protection of Personal Information Act (Act 4 of 2013 South Africa)

  • Electronic Communications Act (Act 36 of 2005 South Africa)

  • The Companies Act (Act 71 of 2008 South Africa)

In line with the requirements of these acts and the constitution, Tate International School has designed its policies to accommodate and to guide our decision making and conduct at our schools. These policies are:


REGISTRATION, ADMISSION & OFFER

  1. Registration: Registrations must be done through our online registration platform. Please see our enrolment page for details.

  2. Previous Reports: The registration procedure requires that you submit and attach reports from previous schools, therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. Our systems are compliant to the data and information privacy requirements of the various acts of South Africa and as stipulated.     

  3. Admission Assessment: Admission process includes an interview with the child’s parents. In addition, the child will spend three days visiting Tate International School. During this period we will assess your child and ascertain that the child will cope with the standard of the Cambridge aligned curriculum. 

  4. Admission Fees: Refundable admission fees must be paid prior to the Admission Assessment. Fees will be refunded within 24-hours in the unfortunate event that Tate is unable to offer admission to your child.

  5. Offers are subject to: (i) An internal report from the teachers following the 3-day assessment of your child, (ii) A review of the submitted historic reports and subsequent discussion with the school principal, should it be required, (iii) availability in the applied for grade, (iv) Admission fees being paid, (v) Final Discretionary approval by the Executive Management of Tate and (vi) Signing of the Tate International Agreement and Policy Documents. The offer will be in writing and may contain additional requirements based on the assessments made. Please Note:  acceptance is on a first-come-first-accepted basis based on the date of receiving the signed Admission Agreement. 

  6. Probation: Tate has a 3 month probation period for all children who join us. This period gives each child the opportunity to settle in and show progress, emotionally and academically. If after a 3-month period no progress has been made, a consultation with the child’s teacher, the Principal, the child’s parents and any other therapists and/or professionals involved with the child will be held to discuss further options. Options may include (i) reasonable adjustments that may allow the child to continue at Tate International School or (ii) provide alternative recommendations for schools that will better suit the child.

  7. Admission Agreement: The parent or legal guardian tuition agreement with Tate is directly with Tate International School (Pty) Ltd and not with any subsidiary, affiliated school or franchised school. This is to ensure protection for our parents and ensure that Tate International assumes responsibility for the standards and quality of the students education at Tate. You may review our full Admission Agreement during the registration process or on the parent documents panel after logging in.   


DISABILITY, ALLERGIES & SPECIAL NEEDS

  1. Enrolment: Tate needs to be aware of any known disability, allergies or special educational needs which may affect a child's ability to take full advantage of the facilities provided at Tate. Parents of a child who has any disability or special educational needs should provide us with full written details before the child comes to visit for assessments. We need this information so that, in the case of any child with particular needs, we can assess those needs and consult with parents. Tate will then decide if we are able to cater for these needs and if the child will cope with the academic standard of our curriculum.

  2. Review: Similarly, if special educational needs or a disability become apparent after admission, Tate will consult with parents about reasonable adjustments that may allow the child to continue at Tate International School or provide alternative recommendations for schools that will better suit the child.

 

EQUAL TREATMENT

We use English as our medium of instruction but welcome children from many different ethnic groups, backgrounds and creeds. Human rights and freedoms are respected but must be balanced with the lawful needs and rules of Tate International School, as well as the rights and freedoms of others. All candidates for admission will be treated equally, irrespective of their, or their parents’ race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, orientation, property, birth or other status.


COMPLAINTS POLICY & PROCEDURE

  1. Four Stage Approach: Tate has a Four Stage complaints management procedure. At Tate we actively seek to maintain an open dialogue with parents. The aim of this policy is to ensure that a concern or complaint is managed sympathetically, efficiently and at the appropriate level, and resolved as soon as possible. Doing so is good practice, it is fair to those concerned and it helps to promote parents' confidence in our ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of their children. Our aim is therefore to resolve every concern or complaint in a positive manner, with the aim of putting right a matter which may have gone wrong and, where necessary, review our internal procedures. Every complaint will be investigated and we will provide feedback on the outcome of the investigation within 28 days of the complaint being received. 

  2. Record of Complaint: Complaints are raised on our electronic platform, this ensures that our group compliance officer is able to review all complaints and ensure that (i) complaints are appropriately dealt with, (ii) decisions are consistently applied throughout the group. 

You may review our full Complaints Policy and Procedures during the registration process or on the parent documents panel after logging in. 


SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

  1. Exposure & Risk: Nativity plays, sports days, class assemblies and almost all other events and activities at school are some of your proudest parenting moments. Many of which take place within the school walls, and it's natural to want to share your photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp groups and Instagram. It's also natural to use social media to vent if you're having a problem with your child's school life or teacher. But the internet is not always a safe or private place, and 'oversharing' could potentially put your child and others at risk.

  2. Purpose of Policy: Tate International School has a formal Social Media Policy and all stakeholders (management, teachers, students, parents) of Tate International explicitly agrees to adhere to this policy as a matter of courtesy to each other, to the school and to ensure the safety and welfare of all other children at Tate schools.

  3. Enforcement: At Tate International we take social media misconduct in a very serious light in order to protect all children at Tate schools.  

You may review our full Social Media Policy during the registration process or on the parent documents panel after logging in.

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINARY POLICY

It is the policy of Tate International School (Pty) Ltd to support the principles of fair discipline and the consistent application of appropriate, corrective and progressive disciplinary measures where necessary. The policy and procedures are documented and issued to ensure that corrective action and discipline are administered consistently, promptly and fairly. The objectives of the Tate Disciplinary Policy are to:

  • Encourage students to comply with Tate’s rules and regulations

  • Establish fair and reasonable social behavioural standards

  • Explain the possible consequences of contravening Tate’s rules and regulations

  • Describe the procedures used during disciplinary action, and give the students who are accused of misconduct a fair opportunity to state their case before any disciplinary steps can be taken against them

  • Rectify unacceptable conduct rather than take punitive action

  • Establish, maintain and develop sound student relations at Tate

  • Implement procedures taking into account the principles of natural justice, substantive and procedural fairness.

At Tate we have three levels of Disciplinary Action, with level 3 that may lead to dismissal. 

All Disciplinary Action and application of Corrective Action is documented on the Tate administration platform and monitored by the Tate group's Compliance Officer. You may review our full Student Disciplinary Policy during the registration process or on the parent documents panel after logging in. 

 

STUDENT BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT POLICY   

The Tate Behaviour Management Policy aims to ensure that the behaviour of students at any Tate International School is managed effectively and in a manner appropriate for their stage of development and particular individual needs.


The objectives of the Policy is to ensure that:

  1. All Stakeholders: We expect everybody, adults, students, parents and anyone connected to Tate to be kind, honest, considerate, trustworthy, courteous, responsible, co-operative, friendly and hardworking. We should all respect others’ feelings and be ready to help; give praise and encouragement; be sympathetic to others’ needs; try our best; tell the truth. We are reliable in carrying out our duties, are polite, show respect for property, be punctual and ready for lessons.

  2. Students: As a student you show kindness and courtesy to all members of Tate, work to the best of your ability, ask for help when necessary, listen carefully and be involved fully in the life at Tate. 

  3. Teachers: Teachers promote a happy environment for their students, ensure the safety of their students to the best of their ability, establish high expectations and maintain appropriate behaviour in their lessons, deliver the best possible lessons to their students through careful planning, careful assessment and relevant feedback, show courtesy at all times in their dealings with parents of students.

  4. Parents: Parents should support Tate in their tuition and discipline of the children, show courtesy at all times in their dealings with all members of staff at Tate, observe the given term dates and ensure their children are punctual and collected punctually. 

 

ASSESSMENT POLICY

The purpose of our Assessment policy is to ensure that we meet our objectives. Our methods of assessment has been designed to be non-invasive, with reduced stress while providing near instant feedback to teachers, parents and above all the student. This enables our students to quickly "reap rewards" or "take corrective action".

  1. Ongoing Assessment: Our assessments are therefore ongoing and systemised in order to achieve this outcome. 

  2. Exclusivity: Due to the Group Structure of Tate International School all assessments are on the electronic platform of Tate and Tate International (Pty) Ltd is the exclusive issuer of any and all Assessment Certification for each grade achieved by the student. 

  3. Strategy: At Tate we follow a particular assessment strategy to balance the demand of future independent exit exams whilst delivering tuition in a low stress, personally focussed environment.

You may review our full Student Assessment Policy during the registration process or on the parent documents panel after logging in.