Join us on a journey towards excellence!

Are you studying education via a distance university? Are you in the fourth year of your studies in 2021? Do you want to become a teacher who will make a meaningful difference? Are you motivated, adaptable and resilient? Then we would love to hear from you!

More than twenty years after democracy, high performing schools in impoverished South African communities are the exception. Our aim is to change this landscape and support no-fee public schools on their journey to become excellent.

At Acorn Education we pride ourselves on capacitating and developing school and classroom leaders. When professional development is done right, teachers feel enthused and learners in our classes achieve more.

We are currently recruiting for Teacher Internships for our schools. Often students complete their final year in education with very little practical experience. Through the Teacher Internship Programme, Acorn Education empowers and equips these future teachers with the tools to be able to successfully enter their own classrooms as first-year teachers, without the anxiety and uncertainty for the unknown.

So, what is a Teacher Intern? A Teacher Intern is a fourth-year distance learning education student working in an Acorn Education school four days a week. The position is school-based and Teacher Interns are assigned to specific classes with a Mentor Teacher. Teacher Interns are required to support their Mentor Teacher in the lesson planning, preparation and actual delivery of the lessons. Together with your fellow Teacher Interns and under the direction of the Mentor Teacher, you will support teachers to close the achievement gap of our learners. Together with your Mentor Teacher, you will focus on implementing practical strategies for engaging learners and improving their learning. All Teacher Interns will receive ongoing professional development, mentoring and instructional coaching in this role. Teacher Interns will be required to dedicate one full day per week to their studies and support will be provided by the Programme Manager where reasonably possible.

Despite the fact that there are similar opportunities across the Western Cape, we believe the following factors differentiate our internship programme from other internship programmes:

Teacher Interns are not class assistants. Teacher Interns spend time in class with their mentor teacher to observe and learn.  Mentor teachers are trained to equip the interns with techniques and skills to effectively manage classrooms in order to ultimately increase the available time spent on quality teaching and learning. Each mentor teacher is specifically chosen based on their experience and level of skills. Teacher Interns will have practical time in class with the support and guidance from both the mentor teacher and the programme manager.

We invest in your professional development. Teacher Interns spend four hours a week on professional development and receive instructional feedback from the Teacher Intern Programme Manager.

One day a week to study. Teacher Interns’ schedules are constructed to provide one day off per week that is allocated to studies. The academic success of our interns is paramount for the success of our programme.

On the completion of our programme, you can interview with our schools for a teaching post. At the end of the internship programme; once qualified and having met employment requirements, interns will have the opportunity to interview and possibly be employed as an educator in one of our affiliated no-fee schools.

Non-bursary holding Teacher Interns’ 2021 student fees for the fourth year (March – December 2021) will be covered by this programme and all Teacher Interns will receive a monthly stipend during their internship to cover travel costs etc.

At Acorn Education, we aim to transform the lives of our learners and we do whatever it takes to make this dream a reality.

Our Values

A Agile Our agility allows us to adapt and respond to what is most important at a specific time to achieve our mission.
C ‘Can do’ Every member of our team is equipped with a “can do’ attitude – enabling us to reach our own high expectation and those of our schools, teachers and learners.
O Optimistic We believe that a grateful mindset leads to an optimistic and favourable view of life.
R Resilient Our journey will not be an easy one. We are committed to persevere despite challenges that may arise.
N Nurture Just like an acorn, if something is nurtured it has the potential to grow into something greater. We not only nurture our people but those who help our schools grow.

Key responsibilities

The precise areas of responsibility for this post will be agreed based around your skills and the needs of the school, but it is anticipated that you will be able to:

  • To assist the Mentor Teacher in class with differentiation, group work and contribute to the overall quality of teaching and learning
  • Be open to being coached one on one by a teacher coach in order to develop your professional instructional teaching skills and gain practical on the job experience
  • Attend professional development workshops and actively implement new techniques shared during these workshops in class
  • Support the Mentor Teacher through general classroom management and behaviour under the guidance of your Mentor Teacher
  • Support learners with barriers with learner intervention programmes- such as group reading – under the guidance of your Mentor Teacher
  • Successfully complete your education studies in the minimum allocated timeframe
  • Support the implementation of a Systemic Test preparation programme
  • Contribute to the development of strong positive school culture and implement innovative learner-centred programmes

Necessary qualification criteria

  • In 2021 must be in your final year of a B.Ed degree at distance university e.g. UNISA or Northwest OR
  • In 2021 must be busy with a PGCE degree at a distance university e.g. UNISA
  • Must be BEE
  • Be fluent in English and Afrikaans
  • Must not have a criminal record- background checks will be conducted
  • Must cover the costs of transport to and from school
  • Must not be in arrears with your student fees
  • Must live in Cape Town and surrounding areas
  • Must be passionate about working in no-fee schools and providing a high-quality education to transform the lives of our learners
  • Excellent time management skills and an ability to multi-task and prioritise work
  • Be computer literate and MS Office proficient
  • Exhibit a genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every learner
  • Be open to innovative ideas and deviating from the status quo
  • Intend to follow a career of teaching within no-fee schools


To apply interested candidates should e-mail the following to the Head of Education, Abraham de Villiers at [email protected]
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • A motivation letter which also states which phase you are interested in

Please specify “Teacher Intern” in the subject title of your email application.

Closing date: 15 February 2021

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  Should you not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

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