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Overarching Institution Quality Policy

Introduction

This overview provides an update to QQI, our partners, learners and the general public on quality developments in Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB).

Developments relating to QA policy and procedure

The following factors have influenced Kerry ETB’s QA policies and procedures.

Governance

  • QQI approved Kerry ETBs governance procedure and terms of reference for its governance units – The Quality Council, Programme Governance Board and Quality Assurance Governance Board.
  • The Quality Council provides oversight of the quality of all Kerry ETB education and training programmes. The Quality Council commenced operation in 2018 and plans to meet four times a year.
  • The membership of the Quality Council includes the following:
    • An External Chair
    • The Director of FET (Kerry ETB)
    • An industry representative (Irish Hotels Federation)
    • 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)
    • A member of the Commis Chef Programme Board
  • The Programme Governance Board and Quality Assurance Governance Board reports into the Quality Council. The Programme Governance Board and the Quality Assurance Governance Board commenced operation in 2018 and plans to meet six times a year.
  • 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 focussing on communication with colleagues across the ETB on governance and on the provision of briefings and training where helpful.

Strategy

Quality Assurance Unit

Kerry ETB has established a Quality Assurance Unit. The role of the Quality Assurance Unit is 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 is also utilising the comprehensive programme data now available through the PLSS system. The QA Unit reports directly to the Director of FET. It is the first port of call for awarding bodies and communicates information received from awarding bodies to Kerry ETB governance units and centres. All communications between Kerry ETB and awarding bodies must come through the QA Unit.

 

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