Self-Evaluation and Monitoring
All programmes offered by MSLETB centres are reviewed on completion. Feedback is sought from learners and staff on assessment loads, assessment methods, programme resources and programme delivery. End of programme review also provides the opportunity to evaluate the continued relevance of programme module options and often results in two different types of recommendations:
- Recommendations that are the responsibility of the centre to action e.g., extra resources required for delivery.
- Recommendations that are the responsibility of the FET Leaders and PLC Principals Group e.g. making amendments to programme descriptors.
Currently, courses are monitored at centre-level with mid-course and end-of-course evaluations. This allows issues to be identified quickly and to be acted upon, and further supports to be put into place, should these be necessary. Internal Verification processes provide an opportunity to monitor the assessment processes, while the External Authentication and the Results Approval Panel (RAP) meeting provide opportunities for the monitoring of results and issues arising from that particular assessment period. RAP reports are reviewed in collated form by the QA Group, which facilitates the identification of long-term trends.
MSLETB has completed an Executive Self-Evaluation of the entire organisation and a report outlining the results of that self-evaluation is available here.
A Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) was produced from the recommendations of the Executive Self-Evaluation report. The plan is for the period February 2018 to March 2019. The plan is available here.
The 2019 Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) has been agreed and is available here.
The 2020 QIP is available here.
QQI Inaugural Review of Quality Assurance in Education and Training Boards
In 2018, MSLETB completed re-engagement with QQI through which its QA policies and procedures were formally approved. MSLETB is committed to the ongoing monitoring and improvement of the QA system that supports its FET provision, and will take part in Phase 1 of the Inaugural Review of Quality Assurance in ETBs in 2021.
Terms of Reference for the review are available here.
MSLETB has been undergoing a period of self-evaluation and a Self-Evaluation Steering Group was established to assess the effectiveness of QA processes and to prepare a self-evaluation report for the review.
Key documents are available below:
MSLETB welcomed the review team in May 2021, where the team met with a cross-section of MSLETB’s FET community including learners, colleagues, teachers/tutors/instructors, external stakeholders to name a few. The ETB welcomed the wholehearted and professional engagement that the team displayed during its visit and the clear recognition of the professionalism here in MSLETB and we will use the recommendations outlined by the team in their report to enhance and inform the journey of change and to ensure timely implementation of all recommendations.
An Action Plan was drafted in response to the 25 recommendations contained in the report. Following consultation with FET Management and the Self-Evaluation Steering Group, the final plan was approved by the FET Quality Council and submitted to QQI on 11th March 2022. Implementation of the Action Plan will be coordinated by the QA Unit and overseen by the Self-Evaluation Steering Group.