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FETAC Templates to Support Self Evaluation of Programmes and Services

FETAC has developed templates to assist Providers when conducting a Self-Evaluation:

- Self Evaluation Checklist 

- Self Evaluation Report

- Programme Improvement Plan

FETAC has also compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Self Evaluation of Programmes and Services.

FESS Resources to Support Providers in Self Evaluating Programmes and Services

These resources have been compiled by the Further Education Support Service in partnership with Providers and FETAC through a Task Group which comprised;
- Joe English, Assistant Principal, Cavan Institute of Further Education
- Angela Lambkin, Development Officer, FETAC
- Marie Rooney, Co Co-ordinator for Research and Policy Development, Co Dublin VEC
- Joanne Walsh, Quality Assurance Officer, Co Mayo VEC
- Members of the Further Education Support Service (FESS)

The FESS would like to acknowledge and thank members of the Task Group and their employers for facilitating and contributing to this process.

Resources:
FESS Self Evaluation Information Booklet for Providers
The Role of the Self Evaluation External Evaluator
Self Evaluation Sample Question Bank to Support the Collation of Information for the Self Evaluation of Programmes and Related Services
Self Evaluation Learner Feedback - Sample Questionnaires
Exemplar Samples of Provider Self Evaluation Documentation / Reports

The resources may be used as a complete package, or Providers may prefer to download individual elements when appropriate.

The Work of the FESS to Support Providers on Self Evaluation of Programmes and Services

Section 18 of the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999 requires that all Providers of Further Education and Training establish:

• A Quality Assured System
• A Self Evaluation System

Under Section 14 of this Act, the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) was established. FETAC makes awards to Learners who have completed one or more of a vast range of programmes offered by Providers. To ensure the standard of the awards FETAC,

• agrees Quality Assurance Systems with Providers
• validates programmes submitted by Providers
• monitors and evaluates the programmes

FETAC Requirements
All Providers offering programmes leading to FETAC awards are required to agree a quality assurance system with FETAC. The Provider's quality assurance agreement must demonstrate that the Provider has the capacity to deliver programmes which ensure the integrity of the award standard. The quality assurance system must demonstrate the Providers' capacity to monitor, evaluate and improve on an onging basis the quality of programmes and services it offers to learners. FETAC's requirements for Quality Assurance systems are documented in Quality Assurance in Further Education and Training: Policy and Guidelines for Providers v1.3

The Further Education Support Service continue to proactively support the Self Evaluation of Programmes and Services. To date the FESS support processes have taken a three tier format;

1. A National Conference on Self Evaluation of Programmes and Services for senior management within Providers and other interested stakeholders was held in the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Science, Dublin, in October 2007

2. A support seminar for the Self Evaluation of Programmes and Services which may be offered and delivered on a regional basis

3. The development of an online resource to support Providers in conducting the Self Evaluation of Programmes and Services.

 

 

Self Evaluation Conference 2007

National Conference on Quality Assurance in Further Education

"Improving Programmes and Services through Self-Evaluation"

Thursday 4th October 2007

 

A partnership conference organised by the

IVEA

and the

Further Education Support Service

 The following presentations were delivered at the Conference and are available for download here for your information:

Opening Address
Minister Sean Haughey TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science 

Welcome and Introduction
Ms. Miriam O' Donoghue, Manager, Further Education Support Service/ Deputy Director, CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit
Mr. Joe English, Development Officer, IVEA

Keynote Address
Professor Tom Collins, Professor of Education, Education Department, NUI Maynooth

FETAC Self-Evaluation of Programmes and Services
Mr. Walter Balfe, Development Officer, FETAC

Quality Framework Initiative (QFI): Embedding a Culture of Evaluation
Ms. Shivaun O' Brien, QFI National Co-ordinator

Self-Evaluation: A PLC perspective
Ms. Jo-Anne Walsh, QA Co-ordinator, Co. Mayo VEC
Mr. Pat Higgins, Adult Education Officer, Co. Mayo VEC

Approaches to Internal and External Evaluation in VTOS
Ms. Geraldine Condron, County Co-ordinator, Co. Dublin VEC
Ms. Catherine Byrne, Education Development Officer, Co. Wicklow VEC

 

 

Self Evaluation

Providers offering programmes leading to QQI certification have, as part of their current quality assurance system, a requirement to monitor, evaluate and improve, on an onging basis, the quality of programmes and services it offers to learners. This is achieved through a process of self evaluation. 

The Further Education Support Service continues to support providers in implementing their policy and related procedures for the self evaluation of programmes and services.

bookGraphic_43_x_43 View the FESS resource for Self Evaluation of Programmes and Services

Print the FESS Sample Question Bank in Word format