United Kingdom - Developing an “end to end” process for quality assurance
In the United Kingdom there are differences in the structure and functioning of the VET systems in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There are also differences in how these systems are quality assured.
In England a new quality assurance system for post-16 education and training was introduced in April 2010. The system has been designed to reduce and remove the burdens and bureaucracies that existed in previous performance management arrangements.
The new system is an “end to end” process. It includes:
- contracting and commissioning training provision;
- an annual performance assessment;
- schemes to recognise and reward excellence;
- managing underperformance and intervention.
Central to the system is the reliance on provider’s self assessment which is monitored through an inspection and reporting process.
Further information can be found at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/further-education-skills/quality-assurance