Western Cape Primary Science Programme

The Western Cape Primary Science Programme (PSP) is a teacher in-service training and support organisation that has been working since 1985 to address the inequalities in education in South Africa.

The PSP is a centre for excellence in primary education and aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning in South African primary schools in the critical fields of Mathematics & Numeracy, Natural Sciences & Technology, Environment, Language & Literacy Development and Social Sciences.

With a core staff of highly skilled and experienced education specialists, PSP projects are implemented in the most disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape, providing comprehensive and ongoing support to primary school teachers as well developing quality teacher support materials and resources.


PSP's Voice of the Teachers Film

To celebrate improving maths and science education in South Africa for 30 years, the PSP produced a short film capturing our work with teachers and the impact of PSP's support. Check out what our teachers had to say…


Intro to PSP

Learn more about the PSP in our short introduction video…

Latest News

Latest News

PSP Wins Prestigious National Award<div class='article-sub-heading'>17 July 2015</div>

PSP Wins Prestigious National Award
17 July 2015

The PSP is delighted to announce that we have just won the award in the national SCIENCE ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION (SETI) 2014/15 NGO category, for excellence in Maths and Science education and training through teacher development.

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Anglo American Chairman’s Fund Video on the PSP<div class='article-sub-heading'>14 January 2015</div>

Anglo American Chairman’s Fund Video on the PSP
14 January 2015

Watch the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund video on PSP’s work. Their support of PSP’s mentorship project with first-time teachers is helping us to reach more teachers and improve the quality of Maths and Science education in South Africa’s primary schools.

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Happy Holidays from the PSP!<div class='article-sub-heading'>12 December 2014</div>

Happy Holidays from the PSP!
12 December 2014

Wishing all our teachers, principals, funders and partners a Joyous Holiday Season and a Very Happy and Peaceful New Year!

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PSP’ latest PROJECT BOOK is now available: Learning about Traditional Weaving!<div class='article-sub-heading'>12 December 2014</div>

PSP’ latest PROJECT BOOK is now available: Learning about Traditional Weaving!
12 December 2014

“Learning about Traditional Weaving” is the second of three PSP Project Books for Intermediate Phase learners on Indigenous Knowledge and Science now available. This book focuses on the Grade 4 curriculum.

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PSP Newsletter Term 4 / 2014<div class='article-sub-heading'>10 October 2014</div>

PSP Newsletter Term 4 / 2014
10 October 2014

PSP's latest Newsletter is now available, covering all the highlights of the fourth term of 2014, including an invitation to our Annual Mass Planning Forum on 22 October 2014 and much more.

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PRESS RELEASE: South African NGO wins Global Best Awars for Maths, Science, Engineering & Technology<div class='article-sub-heading'>10 October 2014</div>

PRESS RELEASE: South African NGO wins Global Best Awars for Maths, Science, Engineering & Technology
10 October 2014

The Western Cape Primary Science Programme (PSP) was selected as the International Education Business Partnership Network’s (IPN’s) Global Best award winner for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, in the Africa Region for its professional development work with teachers – for the second year running.

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PSP Annual Report 2013 now available<div class='article-sub-heading'>23 June 2014</div>

PSP Annual Report 2013 now available
23 June 2014

Read more about PSP's activities, programmes, projects and latest developments: PSP's Annual Report 2013 is hot off the press and available at the PSP office, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or as a low resolution version for download here!

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PSP is Global Best Award Winner 2014<div class='article-sub-heading'>09 May 2014</div>

PSP is Global Best Award Winner 2014
09 May 2014

We are thrilled to announce that the PSP has once again been selected as the winner of the Global Best Award for the Category "Science, Technology, Engineering and Math" in the Africa Region!

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PSP launches TeachSmart: The new essential Handbook for first-time teachers and schools<div class='article-sub-heading'>27 March 2014</div>

PSP launches TeachSmart: The new essential Handbook for first-time teachers and schools
27 March 2014

On 27th March, the Primary Science Programme (PSP) launched its brand new resource for newly qualified teachers – TeachSmartAttendees included officials from the Department of Basic Education, Western Cape Education Department and a number of district officials, principals and teachers. Addresses by Prof. Brian O’Connell (Rector of UWC), Mr Michael Davids (principal pf Blossom Street Primary) and Vincent Belu (first-time teacher at Wallacedene Primary) emphasized the importance and value of mentorship for first-time teachers.

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TeachSmart - the new essential handbook for first-time teachers and schools.


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Quote"Yesterday I was doubting, but in the end I found that I’m lucky to be here because I always introduced fractions only in ONE way though sometimes there is a need for intervention. I used to get stuck. But now I had a break through! Thank you PSP!"
- Grade 2 Teacher from Siyazingisa Primary School, Guguletu

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