Kerry ETB is required in accordance with Section 30 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, to request approval of it’s Quality Assurance Procedures.
- New Apprenticeship Programmes operate under the Quality Assurance Procedures for new National Apprenticeship Programmes. The governance of apprenticeship programmes is managed by the relevant National Apprenticeship Programme Board
- The wider Quality Assurance Procedures (Non-Apprenticeship Further Education and Training Programmes) of Kerry ETB were approved in June 2018. Kerry ETBs Approval of Quality Assurance (QA) Procedures.
The Quality Assurance Governance Board is responsible for maintaining and developing the standards of Kerry ETB programmes. The board recommends quality assurance policies and procedures to the Quality Council. The board make recommendations to the Quality Council on quality improvement actions and is responsible for the programme review process- making recommendations to the Quality Council on follow-up on actions arising from quality reviews, including identifying areas of risk associated with the quality assurance of programmes
The Programme Governance Board is responsible for the oversight, planning, coordination, development and quality of Kerry ETB programmes. Where modifications to programme assessment are proposed- assessment instruments are reviewed by the QA Unit and approved by the Programme Governance Board. The Programme Governance Board reviews reports on teaching and learning from the Quality Assurance Governance Board and makes recommendations for quality improvement to the Quality Council. The Programme Governance Board also agrees with the panel of External Authenticators and submits details of the panel to the Quality Council for ratification.
Managers/Principals oversee the conduct of assessment for programmes delivered at Kerry College. Adult Education Officers oversee the assessment process for programmes delivered at Further Education and Training Centres.
Kerry ETB operates and maintains a consistent approach to assessment across FET provision. A single set of assessment procedures apply across FET provision:
- Examinations: Planning, Conducting and Concluding
- Compassionate Consideration in Extenuating Circumstances: Assessment Deadlines
- Short – term Extensions: Assessment Deadlines
- Secure Storage
- Reasonable Accommodation
- Recognition of Prior Learning
- Results Appeals
- Process Appeals
- Assessment Malpractice
- Internal Verification of Results
- External Authentication
- Results Approval Procedure
- Contingency – Internal Verification of Results
- Contingency – External Authentication
Course results are approved by Results Approval Panels and ratified by the Quality Council. Feedback from learners is collated by the QA Unit and reviewed by the Quality Assurance Governance Board (as of 1st recipient) and the Quality Council (as 2nd recipient).
The National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme operates under the assessment procedure established under the Quality Assurance Procedures for new Apprenticeship Programmes.
Programme Specific Assessment Strategies apply to each new Apprenticeship Programme. The National Programme Boards devise assessment tasks (and marking criteria) for each new apprenticeship programme and ensure a consistent approach applies across multiple centres and providers. Programme Specific Arrangements are also in place for work-based assessment. Separate National Examination Boards are established for each new apprenticeship programme, reporting to the Quality Council. These Examination Boards ratify the results of the respective National Apprenticeship Programme. The results are formally approved by the Quality Council.
Programme Specific Assessment Strategies also apply to each new programme developed by Kerry ETB. Kerry ETB recognises the important role that standardised assessment instruments and peer review play in establishing consistency of approach to the assessment of learning. Standardised assessment instruments are developed by Communities of Practice coordinated by Managers/Principals of Kerry College. The QA unit supports Colleges/Centres in the development of assessment instruments- providing guidance on their design, application, review and modification.