GRETB strives to provide a quality education and training service to its learners. Increasing the use of quality data, analysis, research and evaluation to inform service delivery and identify emerging issues is one of our strategic priorities. To make improvements in the quality of its service and inform future decision making a number of evaluation tools are used, namely:
- PLSS/FARR: PLSS/FARR returns are analysed for inputs, outputs and outcomes. Data is gathered on admission, retention, progression and certification on secure national databases. Findings are discussed by the FET Steering Group and changes made where necessary e.g. introduction of new programmes where demand is low for current programmes.
- End-of-course evaluations. The purpose of the evaluation is to review programme suitability, delivery, assessment, and to identify issues for attention. To date, findings from the internal evaluations have generally been addressed by the centre or school with more serious issues brought to the attention of the appropriate line manager, who is a member of the FET Steering Group.
- Assessment process: Internal verification (IV) reports, external authenticators’ (EA) reports and Results Approval Panel (RAP) meetings provide information on the quality of the assessment process. Each centre/school brings its IV and EA reports to the RAP meeting, where both good practice and improvements are identified. Issues arising from the RAP meetings are brought to the QA Working Group and FET Steering Group T meetings. Follow-up on improvements is raised at subsequent RAP meetings.
- Attendance: Class attendance records are taken for each class. They inform teachers/tutors/ instructors and programme managers about one aspect of the students’ engagement. Poor attendance, either by an individual or a group, may be an indicator that there is a problem with a module or the course. Where the problem cannot be addressed internally it is brought to the FET Steering Group.
Executive Self-evaluation Report
GRETB recently completed an Executive Self-evaluation Report (ESER). In order to inform the governance section of the report GRETB engaged an external consultant. The report reviewed and analysed our current further education and training quality assurance policies and procedures. Our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), which emerged from the self-evaluation, describes areas for improvement and associated timelines. The report was presented to QQI at a dialogue meeting.
In compliance with its statutory obligations under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 GRETB will carry out a Statutory External Review of Quality assurance by the end of 2019.
As new policies and procedures are developed and formally approved they will be published to this page and will supersede older versions.