UCT Online High School

UCT Online High School secures over R4 million in learner rewards for its Academic Rewards Programme.: Image: Supplied

UCT Online High School secures over R4 million in learner rewards for its Academic Rewards Programme

UCT Online High School has teamed up with prominent South African brands to provide a variety of rewards including vouchers and discounts for learning support services and lifestyle offerings.

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UCT Online High School secures over R4 million in learner rewards for its Academic Rewards Programme.: Image: Supplied

With learning innovation at the forefront – Harnessing behavioral science and rewards in education has proven to improve learner engagement and progression.

“We are thrilled to announce that our incredible Reward partners have secured rewards exceeding 4 Million rands for the year 2024, promising an exciting and rewarding journey ahead!”

Grant Ruskovich, Chief Partnerships Officer

Data-driven online education provides valuable insights into learning behaviors and optimal learning scenarios. With this data in hand since its first cohort in 2022, UCT Online High School has been able to analyze and evolve to their learners’ progress – an aspect unique to online schooling, which is considerably more adaptable than the common brick-and-mortar schooling. 

‘’At the start of last year, we announced that we would roll out a range of enhancements ahead of the start of the new school year, including our structured flexibility model, a first-of-its-kind guardian mobile app, dynamic academic support, and a gamification and rewards program. Learners were significantly more engaged and motivated when compared to the 2022 academic year and the partners that were included in our rewards program played a big role in that success,‘’

Executive Head of School and Chief Academic Officer, Banele Lukhele

While the ConnectED’ Guardian mobile app has proved to be a vital engagement tool for parent, learner, and school interactions (otherwise known as the ‘Learning Triad’) – it is most evident that the gamified ‘Academic Rewards Programme’, which involves learning incentives for actions such as lesson completion, assignment submission, and course access, etc, has shown the most impact in learner progression. The program is delivered in a gamification-style dual interface which offers virtual, tangible, and in-person rewards and experiences available to learners who achieve the required milestones in their learning journey. 

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UCT Online High School’s gamification and rewards program allows learners to earn various rewards for positive learning behaviors.

Harnessing Behavioural Science and Rewards in Education

Effective learning hinges on fostering positive learning behaviors. At UCT Online High School, they leverage the principles of behavioral science and rewards to cater to the unique developmental stages and motivations of their learners. Here’s how these concepts are intrinsically connected:

  • Adolescent Development: Behavioural science takes into account the cognitive, emotional, and social development of teenagers, aligning reward systems with their evolving needs.
  • Motivation and Autonomy: Adolescents yearn for autonomy and control over their choices. The school’s approach empowers the learners to take charge of their educational journey by offering choices and control, using rewards as incentives.
  • Peer Influence: Recognizing the impact of peer influence and competition, they incorporate elements like leaderboards and peer recognition to harness the motivation to excel or collaborate.
  • Immediate Feedback: Adolescents thrive on instant feedback and timely rewards, making it essential to promptly deliver rewards to reinforce desired behaviors.
  • Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: Striking a balance between intrinsic and extrinsic motivations is key to engaging teenagers effectively.
  • Gamification: Rooted in behavioral science, gamification principles, including points, levels, challenges, and rewards, make learning enjoyable and motivate active participation.

At UCT Online High School, their secret weapon for cultivating good learning behavior is the online rewards platform — a realm where subjects are not just taught, they are adored. With their gamified Rewards Platform, completion rates soar, and learners become passionate advocates. It’s not just a vision; it’s a proven reality.

Rewards Categories 

Their ‘Rewards Store’ features rewards grouped into three distinct categories, ensuring ongoing variety and suitability for high school learners. Learners utilize virtual tokens to acquire rewards or enter raffles for high-value offerings. These three categories include:

  • Experiential Rewards: Opportunities for learners to engage in virtual or physical experiences, such as meeting prominent figures, interacting with industry leaders, or participating in exciting events.
  • Monetary Rewards: These rewards encompass redeemable vouchers, event discounts, online store purchases, and “buy one, get one free” specials.
  • Merchandise/Equipment Rewards: This category offers physical items that learners can acquire using their virtual tokens, including clothing, branded merchandise, tech hardware, and more.

UCT Online High School has partnered with notable brands from across South Africa to offer a wide range of Rewards and Complementary Service Partners – these vouchers, discounts, or promo codes range from learning support services, technology, and innovative products, to outdoor physical activity experiences, and popular lifestyle offerings. 

As a member of the UCT Online High School family – parents, guardians, and learners have access to a variety of Complementary Service Partners who provide an array of unique opportunities and services that enrich their learners’ educational experience. All of this with the added benefit of a unique discount only available to enrolled learners.

A commendable shout-out to all the UCT Online High School partners who have generously donated and are supporting the school’s mission of educational change for learners in South Africa!  

UCT Online High School

These rewards and complementary service offerings are available to learners and parents and offer a range of benefits: 

Rewards Partners (Available only to UCT Online High School learners)

  • A Class Tutor – Over R20,000 worth of learner rewards that offer individualized tutoring and exam prep services, which aim to guide and support a learner through their educational journey.
  • AdvantageLearn.com Further Studies – Over R20,000 worth of learner rewards in Further Studies Courses. 
  • The Angus Lowe Experience – Over R20,000 worth of learner rewards that offer life-changing, action-based adventures for personal development and growth for teens.
  • Bounce Inc Parties – Rewards that offer access to massive indoor trampoline parks for all ages at venues around South Africa.
  • Exclusive Books – Various high-value voucher rewards for learners for access to Exclusive Books’ wide range of books and products. 
  • JEFF Fitness – Over R28,000 worth of rewards in the form of 12-month subscriptions for online fitness classes and services. 
  • Planet Fitness – Over R3,5 million worth of rewards for weekly access to any Planet Fitness gym across the country. Plus exclusive branded merch packs for learners. 
  • rAge Expo – Over R75,000 worth of rewards in the form of access passes to attend rAge Expo 2024. Day Pass tickets for rAge Expo – South Africa’s go-to mega event for video gaming, technology, eSports, geek culture, and digital entertainment.
  • Reflective Learning – Over R280,000 worth of rewards in online remedial platform access that assists in closing the academic gaps in Maths and English for learners in the CAPS system. 
  • SPAZAEats – Over R60,000 worth of rewards vouchers for use on the SPAZAEats food delivery service. Register on SPAZAEats and enjoy your preferred Kasi meal worth R100 with a unique voucher code. Over 600 unique vouchers for grabs.
  • Total Ninja Obstacle & Inflatable Park – Rewards vouchers that offer access to Total Ninja Parks in Gauteng and Western Cape. Spend an hour of adrenaline rush at the obstacle and inflatable park.

Complementary Service Partners (Available to UCT Online High School learners, guardians, and staff)

  • A Class Tutors – Exclusive 10% discount to NSC and CI tutors and access to Exam preparation packages.
  • AdvantageLearn.com Further Studies – Exclusive 15% discount to improve self-discipline and critical thinking skills.  
  • The Angus Lowe Experience – Exclusive 5% discount that offers life-changing, action-based adventures for personal development and growth for teens.
  • Bounce Inc Parties – Exclusive discount that offers access to massive indoor trampoline parks for all ages at venues around South Africa.
  • Digicape – Exclusive 5% discount on all Apple Mac products available to Learners, Parents, and staff.
  • Exclusive Books – 1000 vouchers for use at Exclusive Books outlets nationwide. 
  • JEFF Fitness – Exclusive 25% discount to online gym services available to Adult Learners, Parents, and staff.
  • Planet Fitness – Exclusive discount to all types of subscriptions available to Learners, Parents, and staff.
  • Reflective Learning – Exclusive 25% discount to access Remedial Maths and English services that help students identify and close learning gaps that hold them back from reaching their full potential.
  • Snapplify Education – 1000’s free resources including past papers for NSC, CI IGCSE, and study guides. UCT Online High School set work lists are available to learners and guardians.
  • Your SchoolBox – Exclusive 20% discount on UCT Online High School’s recommended stationery requirements. 

Amplifying success through Partnerships

At UCT Online High School, they not only understand the significance of partnerships but also hold them in high regard. They believe that collaboration is key to enhancing the educational journey of their parents, guardians, and learners and are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to create value-added experiences for their extended family. Partnerships are not just a means to an end; they are an integral part of the school’s commitment to making a positive impact on the South African educational landscape. 

It takes a village to raise a child

African Proverb

As Chief Partnerships Officer, I am immensely proud of the diverse and generous partners who have joined us in supporting our groundbreaking gamified Academic Rewards program — a first of its kind in South Africa. Our success is a testament to the power of partnerships, showcasing how collaboration can motivate and empower the youth of South Africa towards academic excellence. 

Grant Ruskovich, Chief Partnerships Officer

Calling all Corporates

For corporates that would like to find out more about becoming a Rewards partner at UCT Online High School, get in touch at partnerships@uctonlinehighschool.com.

The Learner’s success is evident

UCT Online High School is immensely proud of their 2023 Grade 12 learner achievements, with one of their candidates, Tanya du Toit, being awarded 1st place across all SACAI-accredited schools in South Africa. Tanya achieved 6 distinctions and will be spending 2024 completing a study course as a part of her gap year and will be exploring more of her interests and hobbies.

‘’I am pleasantly surprised with my grades, which have surpassed my expectations. I never envisioned becoming the top achiever for UCT Online High School or SACAI, so this leaves me slightly stunned. For the most part, I am filled with an overwhelming amount of gratitude. I am so thankful for the constant encouragement from my parents throughout the year, and from my chief invigilator during the exam season. I appreciate UCT Online High School for being so supportive, and for maintaining a level of interaction between the teachers and us students. Whenever I got a positive comment from a teacher or marker, it put a huge smile on my face and motivated me to keep pushing. Thank you all for being the pillars of my achievement.’’

Tanya du Toit
Tanya du Toit achieved the top spot of being the number 1 learner of all SACAI Accredited schools in South Africa for 2023, with 6 distinctions.

In addition to this, two other UCT Online High School learners were placed in the top 12, achieving 10 distinctions between them. All three of their top achievers joined UCT Online High School in 2022 and their growth over these two years has not gone unnoticed. A special mention must be given to their parents for the commitment and engagement they provided in supporting the school’s mission.

The UCT Online High School employs a unique learning model, combining self-paced learning with structured flexibility. This approach has allowed the school to adapt its teaching methods based on data-driven insights, ensuring the best possible outcomes for learners. The school’s commitment to continuous improvement is evident in the enhancements made to its learning model throughout 2022 and into 2023, which have resulted in significant learning gains and personal developments for learners across all grades as is evident in the 2023 year-end results.

UCT Online High School welcomes learners and parents from any corner of the country, looking for a high-quality, online education. UCT Online High School does schooling differently. Forget classrooms, back-to-back lectures, and lots of wasted time. Here, the focus is on learning, and this is how they do it.


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