The new body to help drive up the quality of Further Education has been launched by Education Secretary Ruth Kelly
‘The Quality Improvement Agency for Lifelong Learning (QIA) was included in the sweeping programme of reform outlined in the Government’s FE White Paper: Further Education: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances, published on 27 March.
The QIA will provide advice and support services to help colleges and providers offer high quality education and training programmes. It will also work with a range of organisations to develop a new national Quality Improvement Strategy (QIS) for FE, building on the Government’s Success for All programme. The strategy aims to:
* support better teaching and learning and develop a professional, expert workforce for the sector
* publish performance information to drive improvement and help learners and employers make well-informed choices
* intervene where necessary to tackle poor quality
* provide objective, external inspection evidence on quality and standards.’
To read the full press release from the DfES, visit the Wired Gov website.