QQI- Challenges for Further Education

The last few months have presented unparalleled challenges for the education and training system in Ireland.  No corner of Ireland has been unaffected by this unprecedented disruption to normal activities and commendable efforts have been made across the board to implement a range of modified teaching, learning and assessment alternatives at short notice.  As we emerge from lockdown, our efforts move from contingency planning to a strategic approach to a short-term future of maintaining on-campus engagement in a blended learning context for, at the very least, the remainder of 2020 and well into 2021.

As an agency whose activities span the full spectrum of higher and further education and training activities across the country, QQI has an important role to play an active part in supporting and maintaining confidence in the tertiary education and training system throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

For QQI, many of our processes had to evolve immediately and more will have to change in the medium and long-term – how we recreate on-site visits as part of our quality assurance reviews; how moves to blended learning models require new ways of approaching quality assurance and safeguarding the integrity of assessment.  QQI has advice and guidance to offer in relation to these and many other challenges being experienced by our stakeholders.

We also thank you for the feedback we received to our stakeholder survey which will help us better understand your needs now and in the future.  Your insights will help us plan, develop and deliver our services in a way that is relevant to your needs, support you in quality improvement and align with your planning for the short, mid and longer term. We look forward to sharing the outcomes of our survey with you in the near future.

Kind regards

Padraig Walsh
Chief Executive