Annual Centre Review
An annual quality review of all centres takes place each year to establish that policies and procedures are being applied appropriately to confirm the secure award of credit. Specific dates for each centre will be agreed between the centre and Agored Cymru. The quality review focuses on:
- monitoring the centre’s compliance with the centre recognition agreement;
- checking that policies and procedures are being appropriately applied;
- monitoring compliance with action plans and previous quality improvement plans;
- identifying any changes since previous quality review;
- identifying any staff development requirements;
- agreeing an improvement plan.
The scope and depth of the quality review for each centre is determined by the nature of conditions imposed from previous audits. This process gives Agored Cymru the opportunity to conduct cross centre/sector reviews of particular aspects of quality to inform quality improvement across the network, and to identify good practice which is disseminated both amongst Agored Cymru centres and to other key stakeholders such as Estyn.
The outcome of the quality review is discussed and confirmed with the relevant centre contact for quality assurance within the centre. The quality reviewer produces a quality improvement plan (QIP).
If there is evidence that the validity of awards / qualifications is not secure in a centre, extra monitoring to include additional external verification is imposed. This incurs additional charges to be met by the centre.
Centre recognition may be withdrawn in cases where a centre continues to give cause for concern.