The SDU develops quality education and learning in mathematics, the sciences, language and literacy, and life orientation—though school-based work, materials development, and teacher education—within the framework of the national curriculum.

By integrating current theory with the dynamic context of the classroom, the SDU not only works to improve teaching practice, but also engages with NGOs, partner organisations, and government departments. In keeping with UCT’s reputation for academic excellence, the SDU’s work is driven by research, which contributes to national and provincial education policy and curriculum development.