QQI Inaugural Review of Quality Assurance for LWETB

Background

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland.

In 2016 and 2017, QQI established Core Statutory Quality Assurance Guidelines for all providers and Sector-Specific Statutory Quality Assurance (QA) Guidelines for ETBs. These two publications collectively addressed the QA responsibilities of ETBs as a significant public provider of further Education and Training in Ireland. The scope of the guidelines incorporated all education, training and related services of an ETB leading to any recognised awards (including non-QQI recognition).

In 2019, QQI published Policy for the Inaugural Review of Quality Assurance in Education and Training Boards. This document outlined the approach to reviews of QA for ETBs. This is a self-evaluation and review of quality including a statutory review of QA by QQI.

Key documents and dates regarding this Inaugural Review:

QQI Inaugural Review

Useful Sites

LWETB will complete a Provider Profile and Self-Evaluation Report of its QA arrangements and outline its findings. These documents will aid future developments within the organisation, guide policy and provide a “snapshot” of LWETB for the future.
After this process has completed, LWETB will submit these reports to QQI prior to 14th January 2022. QQI will appoint external reviewers (national and international) for their expertise in one or more specific areas, providing perspectives from education & training, quality assurance, learner voice, community and industry. Following on from this, from 25th to 29th April 2022, the external reviewers will conduct a number of panel meetings with various LWETB staff members to further probe and critique the findings of the submitted reports. This will be followed by a QQI Review Report published later in 2022.
Once completed, these documents will be available online on both QQI and LWETB’s websites.

Submission of Self-Evaluation Report to QQI Planning Visit Main Review Visit Draft Review Report to LWETB LWETB Advises on Any factual Accuracy Issues LWETB Provides Formal Response
14th Jan 2022 24th Feb 202225th – 29th April 2022 2nd Sept 2022 9th Sept 2022 30th Sept 2022

These reports are your report – learners, staff, wider community and industry.
As part of the self-evaluation process, your voice will be heard through questionnaires, world cafés, feedback forms and more, along with being represented on our self-evaluation steering group. Together you provide the most valuable insight into the organisation!
Throughout 2021 we will provide progress updates and how to become part of this exciting process.
If you would like to get involved or feel you have a view or opinion to share with us, we would love to hear from you. Simply email us at [email protected].