Quality Assurance

Kerry ETB is committed to quality assurance of all its programmes and services. Kerry ETB is focused on providing quality learning opportunities for all learners on further education and training courses. Quality Assurance is about quality teaching and learning as well as the governance structures that support this. Quality teaching and learning takes place in an environment where policies, procedures, planning and evaluation are clear and transparent to all.

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Overarching Institution Quality Policy

UPDATE TO QQI ON QUALITY DEVELOPMENTS IN KERRY EDUCATION AND TRAINING BOARD
08/05/2018

Introduction
The following brief overview is intended to provide an update to QQI on quality developments in Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) that are relevant to its submission of QA policies and procedures.
Developments relating to QA policy and procedure development

The following factors have influenced the QA policies and procedures submitted to QQI by Kerry ETB:
  • Kerry ETB is developing QA policies and procedures in accordance with the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) it agreed with QQI.  In doing so, it is focusing on priority areas of development and on introducing new procedures for all of Kerry ETB’s provision that draw on the best of its current quality practices. 
  • Kerry ETB has been very active in contributing to national developments in apprenticeship and sector collaboration on assessment procedures. 
  • Kerry ETB has also made advances in the recognition of prior learning, including prior experiential learning.
  • Kerry ETB has made strong progress and now has NEW procedures for the following:
    - QA Procedures for the National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme
    - QA procedures for assessment
    - QA procedures for undertaking RPL
Governance
  • Kerry ETB has submitted a governance procedure and terms of reference for its Quality Council, Programme Governance Board and QA Governance Board.
  • Kerry ETB is currently in the process of scheduling its first Quality Council meeting.  The Quality Council will provide oversight of the quality of all Kerry ETB education and training programmes.
  • The membership of the Quality Council has been confirmed and, in addition to the FET Director, includes the following:
    a) An external Chair (Brendan Tuohy, former Secretary General)
    b) An industry representative (Irish Hotels Federation)
    c) Representation from across the education and training centres of the ETB (a teacher and principal from a PLC; a training centre instructor and manager; a representative of the VTOS programme)
    d) A member of the Commis Chef Programme Board

  • The Programme Governance Board that reports into the Quality Council has recently commenced operation.
  • Kerry ETB is currently considering how to represent the diversity of its learners in its governance membership and will be engaging with the ETB sector in relation to how it should action this.
  • Kerry ETB recognises that it will need to build capacity over time in implementing its governance system and it intends focussing on communication with colleagues across the ETB on governance and on the provision of briefings and training where helpful.
Strategy
  • The Board of Kerry ETB has approved the ETB’s strategy for the period 2018-2022 
  • The goals set out in the strategy have informed our QA policy, which is also submitted. 
Role of the QA Unit

Kerry ETB has established a Quality Unit, which is currently in the process of documenting and communicating its role.  Part of that role will be acting as liaison between the management/staff of Kerry ETB and its governance structure, and providing a bridge between the outcomes of governance at centre level and the governance of the ETB.  The unit will also be utilising the comprehensive programme data now available through the PLSS system.

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