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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify and respond to learners with special needs and barriers to learning 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
10294  Identify and respond to learners with special needs and barriers to learning 
ORIGINATOR
SGB ABET Educators 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Adult Learning 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify learners who have special learning, counselling or health needs, refer these learners to relevant services and take appropriate action within the learning situation.
  • Identify barriers to learning and take appropriate action within or outside of the learning situation, which includes dealing with problems of absenteeism and dropout. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define own role, as an ETD practitioner, in learner support. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Distinction between counselling (empathy, information, referral) as opposed to directive advice is fully explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Learners' right to ask for or receive extra-curricular support is acknowledged. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Learners' right to confidentiality is acknowledged. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Own role is defined in terms of existing skills and qualifications.
    (e.g. A health worker undertaking this ETD qualification may reasonably offer advice on health issues.) 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Recognise learners who have special needs. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Special needs are identified as:
  • Physical disability such as sight or hearing impairment; impairment of movement or motor skills; Learning disability as a cause of impaired performance in writing, reading, spelling, numeracy ability.
  • Personal problems such as substance abuse, obvious emotional distress or health problems. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Instances when a learner's inability to match the performance of peers may be due to a learning or physical disability, are recognised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Implications of the learning or physical disability for an individual's learning, are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Eyesight problems are identified, using a simple sight test. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Instances when a learner's inability to match the performance of peers may be due to a personal problem or barrier, are recognised. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal problems or barriers include both situational and attitudinal barriers, e.g. substance abuse, obvious emotional distress, poor health, lack of self-confidence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Need for intervention by someone other than the educator involved, is identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Discuss with learner the need for further intervention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Discussion is conducted in a manner which is sensitive, supportive, non-judgemental and confidential. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Issue of how the disability or problem may affect learning is included in the discussion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Need for positive interventions, such as testing and referrals, is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Learner is involved in joint decision-making concerning referrals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Advice is in the form of support, information and referral, rather than direct advice or instruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Refer learner for further intervention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Person or agency to whom the learner should be referred, is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Coherent reasons for referral are presented to the relevant person. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reporting should include samples of work which caused concern; description of difficulties encountered in the learning situation, e.g. access for wheelchairs, identified personal problems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Adequate information on the referral is provided to the learner in order to reduce anxiety.
    (e.g. address, time, nature of referral, people involved) 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Implement strategies to assist learner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Willingness to help the affected learner to learn is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Learning environment is organised to alleviate difficulties.
    (e.g. seating learner closer to the front, negotiating help from other learners) 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Recommendations from testing or referral agency are implemented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Progress and reasons for progress or non-progress are recorded and learner has access to these at all times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Recognise when own interventions are not succeeding and refer timeously to relevant person for discussion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Success/failure of recommendations is reported to the relevant authority. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Report should include areas in which the programme was successful or was not successful.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Learner's progress and the intervention strategy are re-assessed at regular intervals agreed to by the learner and practitioner 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Investigate and respond to absenteeism and drop-out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Unusual incidents of absenteeism or drop out of learners are identified and investigated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The investigation may include, but is not limited to group discussions with learners, visiting or telephoning learners, questioning friends or relatives, consulting other development agents in area.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Plausible reasons for absenteeism and dropout are presented and analysed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The analysis indicates whether the barriers to attendance are motivational or situational and whether responses lie within or outside the learning programme.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Strategies or solutions, which are consistent with feedback received, are proposed.
    (e.g. changing class times, negotiating changes with employers and trade unions, changing own facilitation style or approach) 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Support for the proposed strategy is sought from relevant people or agencies in the local context.
    (e.g. consultation with employers, trade unions, transport providers, local councillors) 



    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display responsible decisions made using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's actions responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set of related system by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard aims to be in line with the White Paper on learners with special needs, which requires that all ETD qualifications acknowledge learners with special needs.
    It also aims to ensure extra-curricular support for learners.

    1) This standard is aimed at facilitating an initial, restricted, sympathetic and confidential response to problems of learners in the form of a referral. It must be emphasised that ETD practitioners should never be encouraged to function as psychologists.

    2) The practitioner is expected to show sensitivity to particular cultural norms and practices so that these are not confused with learning difficulties.

    3) At level 5, a practitioner is not expected to design programmes for special needs. Knowledge of the relevant person within the learning organisation, or of relevant local resources is therefore required.

    There is some overlap between this standard and unit standard in the level 4 qualification, 'Identify and respond to learners who have special needs'. However this standard is more complex and wide ranging.
    Most candidates will enter the level 5 qualification from a usual FETC, without having completed the level 4 standard.
    Providers of training to the minority of candidates who did complete the related level 4 standard (and qualification) can make adjustments when planning curricula to avoid duplication of material covered. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50332   Further Education and Training Certificate: Occupationally-Directed Education Training and Development Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  49061   National Certificate: Master Craftsmanship (Electrical)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Core  20159   National Diploma: ABET Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  50333   National Diploma: Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  20483   National Higher Certificate: ABET Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  20485   National First Degree: ABET Practice  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2021-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Fundamental  13740   Certificate: Occupation-directed Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2003-10-11  Was ETDP SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  50334   National Certificate: Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  49277   National Diploma: Braille Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  64650   National Diploma: Early Childhood Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49087   National Diploma: Orientation and Mobility Practice for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-07-29  Was ETDP SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  50330   Bachelor: Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. A5 Competence Evolution 
    2. ABASUNGULI TRAINING SPESIALISTS (PTY) LTD 
    3. Abinet Training and Development 
    4. Academy for Continuous Professional Development 
    5. Academy of People Development Primary Co-operative Limited 
    6. Access Employment Skills & Development Agency 
    7. Accreditation & Training Services 
    8. Adelaine Training Solutions Pty Ltd 
    9. Advantage Training Services cc 
    10. AFRICA COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT (PTY)LTD 
    11. African Learning & Development Academy (Pty) Ltd (ALDA) 
    12. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    13. Amaqamu Project Management and Consulting 
    14. Amogelang Marketing and Training 
    15. AQUARIUS SKILLS SOLUTION 
    16. Aquila Summa Offensa Responsio Iugales Praestructio (ASORIP) (NPC) 
    17. Arden School of Management 
    18. Assessment & RPL College (Pty) Ltd 
    19. Assessment and Entrepreneurship Centre 
    20. ASSESSMENT COLLEGE OF SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    21. ATS Institute 
    22. Berry Rose Project Consultants & Service Providers 
    23. Bogolo Ba Thuto Training Academy 
    24. Bohlali Provider Support 
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    26. Bonang Training & Development 
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    28. BORDERGATE EVENTS MANAGEMENT AND PROJECTS 
    29. BPK Trading and Project 
    30. Brain Boosters Business Education (PTY) LTD 
    31. Brainwave Projects 1997 CC 
    32. Breakeven 59(PTY) Ltd 
    33. Bull's Business and Skills Training Institute 
    34. Business Development Unit (PTY)Ltd 
    35. Business Intelligence Trading 48 (PTY) LTD 
    36. Cale Developments 
    37. Caversham Education Institute 
    38. Chartall Business College 
    39. Children's Disability Training Centre 
    40. Colleen Osorio Skills Development Consultancy cc 
    41. Compass Academy of Learning 
    42. Cool Ideas 1 (PTY) LTD. t/a VERYCOOLIDEAS 
    43. CORE TRAINING INTERNATIONAL 
    44. CURMO Designs (Pty) Ltd Co 
    45. D and D Lwazi Renaissance Research and Development Institute 
    46. D M Management and Consulting 
    47. Dabulamanzi & Njabulo Ndaba Consulting cc 
    48. Diligence Defined Projects PTY Ltd t/a Deligence Defined 
    49. Directflo 
    50. Ditebogo Consultancy 
    51. Ditshiamiso Business Enterprise cc 
    52. Divine Inspiration Trading 704 PTY Ltd 
    53. DM Training Consultants 
    54. Durban Institute of Skills Training cc 
    55. Early Learning Foundation Montessori Teacher Training 
    56. EDU-Bless College 
    57. Edu-Build Development 
    58. EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION ASS INC 
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    60. EDUTEL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PTY LTD 
    61. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    62. Emergence Learning Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    63. Empire Conferencing and Training 
    64. Enjo Consultants 
    65. Environment and Language Education Trust 
    66. FALSE BAY TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING COLLEGE 
    67. Fizazad Projects t/a Kajal and Associates 
    68. Future Performance Training and Development 
    69. Goldfields FET College 
    70. Gotsec Skills Training 
    71. Grassroots Adult Education and Training Trust 
    72. GWALA TRAINING SERVICES 
    73. HAGGIE STEEL WIRE ROPE (MEMBER OF SCAW METALS GROUP) (Cleveland) 
    74. Happy Day Training and Development Services 
    75. HDPSA 
    76. Headspace Consulting (PTY) Ltd 
    77. HEART Solutions 
    78. Hlengana Sibiya Training and Associates cc 
    79. HRD Performance Consultants 
    80. ICM t/a Institute for Career Management 
    81. Igugu Training and Investments 
    82. IMPI TRAINING (PTY)LTD 
    83. IN TUITION 
    84. Inkwazi Learning Network 
    85. INKWENKWEZI PRIVATE COLLEGE - SKILLS DEVELOPMENT cc 
    86. Institute of Professional Studies and Services 
    87. Isamon Integrated 
    88. Isamon Vocational College of Excellence Pty Ltd 
    89. Isibani Skills Academy 
    90. Isibani Soluntu Development Trust 
    91. IYAM Investments (Pty) Ltd 
    92. Jale Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    93. JESUA CONSULTANTS (Hartenbos) (WA) 
    94. Josmap Training Institute 
    95. Jothavir Skilling t/a Eduskills Rainbow 
    96. Kapoko Trading Enterprise 5 
    97. Karabo Info Centre and Trading 
    98. Katiso-kuno Consulting 
    99. Keetileafrika Training Institute 
    100. Kgaka Kgolo Institute 
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    102. Khaas Training Academy 
    103. KHULISANE ACADEMY 
    104. Khululeka Community Education Centre 
    105. Kimomanzi Training Academy Pty Ltd 
    106. kitso Interventions 
    107. KITSO TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    108. Klein Karoo Resource Centre 
    109. Learnership Support Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    110. Learning Performance Link 
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    114. Little Elephant Training Centre For Early Educationt/a LETCEE 
    115. Loago Business Consulting 
    116. M3i Skills Development 
    117. Maccauvlei Learning Academy 
    118. Mapheto Business Enterprises t/a MBE 
    119. Marematlou Training Institute 
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    124. MENTORNET (PTY) LTD 
    125. MGM Apparels cc 
    126. Mgwezane Training and Events Management CC. 
    127. MIET 
    128. MN Psychological Consulting 
    129. Mochochonono Training Solutions cc 
    130. Montessori Teacher Training Centre South Africa 
    131. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
    132. Mthimkhulu Skills Development Services 
    133. Mtk Corporation Solutions 
    134. MWG Logistical Services 
    135. National Versatile Training Institute 
    136. Ndzalama Training 
    137. Nero Training Consultants cc 
    138. Netgrow Training Solutions 
    139. Networx for Career Development 
    140. Nkinane Training Institute and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    141. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    142. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    143. Northern Cape Urban College: Kimberley Campus 
    144. NORTHLINK COLLEGE 
    145. Northshore Trading 19CC t/a Makakhaunye Training and Development Agency 
    146. Ntevho-Ketso Training and Recruitement Consultancy cc 
    147. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    148. Nyelati Trading Enterprise 
    149. OMNI HR CONSULTING PTY LTD 
    150. Opehst Trading 
    151. Orbit FET College - Rustenburg Campus 
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    153. Pachi Global Foundation 
    154. Paradise Institution Training and Learning Centre 
    155. Paradise Skills Development 
    156. PC Educational Holdings 
    157. PCS LEARNING SOLUTIONS 
    158. Petra institute of Development (PTY) Ltd 
    159. Phangwana Consulting and Training Services 
    160. Pholo Human Capital 
    161. Pineridge Training Centre 
    162. Pitt Institute T/A Imithombo Institute 
    163. PMA Holding (Pty) Ltd 
    164. PND Academy of Learning cc 
    165. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    166. PRIOR LEARNING CENTRE 
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    168. Pro-Ed Training 
    169. Professional Development and Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
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    171. QPD CONSULTANTS 
    172. Qubelisa Enterprise Empowerment & Training 
    173. Reflections Development Institute 
    174. Regenesys Management (Pty) Ltd 
    175. Renaissance Training Services cc 
    176. Resonance Institue of Learning 
    177. Retshetse Training Project 
    178. Rhodes University 
    179. S A Skills Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    180. Saint Colonel Graduate Institute (PTY) Ltd 
    181. SAKHISISIZWE PROJECTS 
    182. Sanchaa Connection 
    183. SANTS College 
    184. Scan Training Solutions 
    185. SEOPOSENGOE TRAINING CONSULTANCY CC 
    186. Sigodi Development Services and Associates (SDS) cc 
    187. Sirius Training 
    188. Sisazi Consulting 
    189. Siyahluma Education Institute 
    190. Sizani Consulting cc 
    191. SKILLS DYNAMICS AFRICA PTY LTD 
    192. South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind 
    193. Southern African Institute of Learning (SAIL) 
    194. SPS Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    195. Starplex 489 cc 
    196. Sustainability Institute Trust 
    197. Tembe Service Providers 
    198. Thabelanang t/a Thabelanang Trading Enterprise 
    199. Thasha Training and Consulting 
    200. The College of Modern Montessori 
    201. The Institute of People Development 
    202. The Iscariota Group (Pty) Ltd 
    203. THE SKILLS COLLEGE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING(PTY) LTD 
    204. THE SKILLS FACTOR 
    205. Thembekile training consulting 
    206. Thobologo Training and Education Group (Pty) Ltd 
    207. Thuba Segole Bed and Breakfast and Enterprise 
    208. Thuto Adult Centre 
    209. Thuto Botshabelo Training Academy 
    210. Thuto Ya Setshaba Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    211. Thuto-Botshabelo Training and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    212. Tinissa Trading 29 PTY Ltd 
    213. TMG Quality Services 
    214. Train 2 Teach (PTY) Ltd 
    215. Training Answers 
    216. Tshase Education Group (Pty) Ltd 
    217. TSHEPANG EDUCARE TRUST 
    218. Tshwane sign language centre and interpreting services 
    219. Tshwane South College for (ECD Academy) 
    220. Ulwazi Training & Development 
    221. Umzansi Educational Programs Centre 
    222. Unathi Training 
    223. Ungaphelamandla Consultancy Private College (PTY) LTD 
    224. UNIVERSAL COLLEGE OUTCOMES SA 
    225. Vuselela FET College - Potchefstroom Campus 
    226. Winston Academy 
    227. WonderKids Academy 
    228. Wonderkids Montessori Training Centre 
    229. World Wide Education Providers(Pty)Ltd 
    230. Zamsiba Development Consultants 
    231. Zisize Educational Trust 



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