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?Publication of QQI White Paper: Inaugural Review of Quality Assurance in Education and Training Boards

?QQI’s White Paper on the Inaugural Review of Quality Assurance in Education and Training Boards (ETBs) outlines the proposed approach to the first review of quality assurance within the ETBs to be completed under section 34 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act (2012). As the inaugural reviews will constitute the first such activity of its type in this sector, this will be a unique and discrete review event. 

The White Paper outlines the proposed:
? principles under which a Policy for the inaugural reviews (and any related procedures) will be developed;
? purpose of the reviews;
? scope of the reviews; and
? review model and methodology.

Following consideration of consultation responses, QQI will develop a Policy on ETB reviews, which will govern the development of more detailed procedural arrangements.

QQI is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the approach outlined in the White Paper. Responses should be provided by email to Please include ‘White Paper: Inaugural Review of Quality Assurance in ETBs’ in the subject line. The deadline for submissions 28 June 2019.


??QQI launches five-month consultation on new-format draft awards standards for Early Learning and Care (ELC) 

?Quality and Qualifications Ireland has published proposed new awards standards for Early Learning and Care.  These are now open for public consultation with stakeholders until 30 September 2019.  The new standards (at NFQ Levels 5 and 6) will replace the current Early Childhood Care & Education standards published in 2011.  

One of the major changes is that the new standards will be based on the NFQ Professional Award-type Descriptors.  This will have a significant positive impact for a sector which saw nearly 25,000 major awards (including those at Levels 5 and 6) in the last 7 years.  For example, it will help facilitate the development of efficient progression pathways between different tertiary ELC qualifications in the NFQ.  

A consultation event on was held 7 May 2019 with full attendance. You can view the presentation from the Department of Education and Skills delivered on the day here. The programme from the day can be viewed here