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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 Tuesday 7 May 2019 will explain the new standards and their implications for potential programme developers, programme coordinators, quality assurance staff and others involved in ELC. Further events may be arranged as required.

Notice of intention to deactivate unused and little used CAS awards
QQI is responsible for ensuring that all awards standards for further education and training are fit for purpose and relevant. 
Starting in 2019 we will annually analyse the levels of certification for each Common Awards System (CAS) award to identify those that are long established and yet either unused or little used.  This is required to ensure the integrity of the CAS and the National Framework of Qualifications. The criteria for deactivation are as follows:
• All classes of CAS awards developed prior to 2014 that have never been certified.
• All classes of CAS awards developed prior to 2014 that have been certified fewer than 20 times in the years prior to 2018.

For further information on how this will be done and how providers and stakeholders can respond go to here
Providers and other stakeholders will have a two-month window to let us know if the withdrawal of any of the awards presents a problem that we need to consider.

This consultation closes on 8 June 2019