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Background to the Quality and Effectiveness Framework

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This document sets out our plans for developing the new quality and effectiveness Framework and our planned timetable for its implementation.
This strategy describes the ‘One Wales’ ambition for a highly-educated, highly-skilled and high-employment Wales.
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The Quality and Effectiveness Framework (QEF) for post-16 learning in Wales replaced the previous quality assurance arrangements in autumn 2009.

The Quality and Effectiveness Framework is based on a small number of core indicators which:

  • reflect our strategic priorities, including the full range of initiatives encompassed by the Skills that Work for Wales agenda
  • are measurable
  • are easily understood and transparent, so that providers know how their performance will be measured and can use the indicators in their own self-assessments
  • can also be used to support Estyn inspections
  • can be derived from existing data returns or information which can be collected without imposing unnecessary additional bureaucracy on providers.

The phased approach to the introduction of the framework, has allowed sufficient time to develop the new measures and to test them with providers and learners themselves. We will continue our emphasis on effective leadership and management, which will primarily be evaluated through providers' own self-assessments and through Estyn inspections.