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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Self-evaluation and Monitoring

Self-evaluation

In 2017 Kerry ETB introduced a process of formal self-evaluation to judge levels of effectiveness and agree activity modification. An Executive Self Evaluation was completed and 5 priority areas identified for development and improvement:

  1. Governance & Management of Quality
  2. Delivery of FET
  3. Learner Experience
  4. Information & Data Management
  5. Other Parties Involved in Education & Training 

The self-evaluation process recorded current arrangements in place for governance and quality management and captured the way in which these arrangements relate to the new QA governance, policies and procedures currently under development.

A Self Evaluation Report (ESER) and associated Quality Improvement Plan (QAP) formed the basis of a Specific Purpose Dialogue Meeting (SPDM) with QQI in Feb 2018. QQI noted that Kerry ETB’s ESER and QIP demonstrated full awareness that Core and Sector-Specific Statutory Quality Assurance Guidelines underscore Kerry ETB’s responsibilities for quality assurance of FET. Kerry ETB commenced putting in place FET governance structures in January 2018. The timeframe for development and improvement of the 5 priority areas spans a 3-4 year period- and is mapped to the Kerry ETB Strategy Statement 2018-2022.

Kerry ETB will continue to use outputs from its self-evaluation processes to support future dialogue meetings with QQI- bringing a focus to discussions on levels of effectiveness and modifications to achieve improvement to further education and training and related services. Outputs will continue to be published –promoting transparency and supporting public confidence for all stakeholders.

Monitoring

It is the intention of Kerry ETB (under the new QA governance, polices and procedures currently being established), to monitor FET programmes and services.

The Programme Governance Board has a monitoring and review role in respect of Kerry ETB Programmes: 

  • Monitor the on-going operation of programmes and carry out evaluations
  • Recommend improvements to programmes arising out of the monitoring and review process to the Quality Council, and in turn ensure that the councils approved recommendations are implemented
  • Monitor examination and continuous assessment results
  • Ensure an appropriate mix of learning modes and associated assessment methods are in place for programmes
  • Examine the effectiveness of support services and make recommendations on the use of existing resources and the need for new resources 

The Quality Governance Board has a monitoring and review role in respect of Kerry ETB: 

  • Developing a schedule of quality reviews (programme and service)
  • Receiving reports on follow-up actions arising from quality review and reporting to the FET Quality Council on issues or recommendations arising
  • Ensuring that follow-up actions arising from quality reviews are being undertaken and reported to the FET Quality Council. 

The work of the Programme Governance Board and the QA Governance Board will be supported by functions of the QA Unit: 

  • Developing a schedule for programme reviews
  • Synthesising the analysis received from centres on learner feedback
  • Coordinating the self-evaluation of the ETB in preparation for external programme review
  • Tracking and reporting on agreed actions following monitoring and review outcomes

 


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