Tipperary ETB (TETB) will strive to develop a quality assurance (QA) system that is fully documented to ensure that there are robust, documented policies and associated procedures in place for the assurance of the quality and standards of provision.
At present, TETB FET centres have an extensive suite of existing documented quality assurance policies and procedures that are guided by the relevant legacy QA agreements as follows:
- North Tipperary VEC QA Agreement
- South Tipperary VEC QA Agreement
- Institiud Thuamhumhan QA Agreement
- Transitional Quality Assurance System (TQAS) QA Agreement
Whilst there are commonalities across the documentation, the QA Steering Group and the QA Office have been working to standardise the documentation and templates in use by further education centres, particularly, in policy areas of assessment. Since the amalgamation of training services in March 2016, further work has been undertaken to integrate processes to arrive at a common set of policies, guidelines and procedures for FET. As procedures are revised, they will be uploaded into the relevant sections. In the interim, learners, FET staff and stakeholders should revert to legacy QA agreements for information that has not yet been updated.
The documentation for the external authentication, results approval and appeals processes for all FET centres are currently at the final stages of approval in TETB and will be implemented from September 2018 onwards.
The completion of TETB’s Executive Self-Evaluation (ESE) in January 2018 has supported the goal to achieve a transparent documented approach to QA by identifying and evaluating the areas of quality assurance that require attention, including the governance and management of QA. The Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) for 2018, which resulted from the ESE, now provides TETB with a priority roadmap that will support TETB in meeting its statutory requirements for the establishment and operation of internal QA procedures.
The development and implementation of an effective QA framework that is supported by documented policies and procedures for the ETB across all FET provision will be an ongoing project and will be continually guided by local needs and national agreements.