What is the QIA Excellence Gateway?

by | Aug 28, 2007 | Articles

The Towards Maturity e-learning project is interested in improving the effectiveness of e-learning in the workplace. But it is not just about supporting those who are implementing e-learning in their place of work but also those who are providing work based learning programmes to employers from both the commercial and public sector.

To support those in the post 16 education sector, we work very closely with the Learning and Skills Council and the Quality Improvement Agency. The lessons learned from good practice are also shared with the Further Education community via the new QIA Excellence Gateway.

What is the QIA Excellence Gateway?

The QIA Excellence Gateway is the complete online service for everyone working in the further education system in England.

By bringing together and showcasing a wide range of good practice resources from across the sector, the Excellence Gateway gives staff the opportunity to improve their own skills and share professional knowledge with a diverse community of other practitioners.

You can log on to the QIA Excellence Gateway by visiting http://excellence.qia.org.uk/

Who is responsible for it?

The Excellence Gateway is provided and managed by the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA), the body that champions and facilitates excellence and innovation in the further education system. The system covers the full spectrum of post-16 learning and skills provision, including further education colleges, sixth form colleges and school sixth forms as well as work-based learning, adult and community learning, and offender learning providers.

Increasingly, it will be further education staff themselves who help shape the Gateway’s development. Find out more below.

Why is it needed?

The Excellence Gateway is pivotal to the delivery of Pursuing Excellence, the national Improvement Strategy for the further education system. The Strategy will support the sector in its drive for excellence and help it implement the Government’s major reform programme. It aims to transform the further education system so that colleges and providers offer the highest quality and value and equip young people and adults with the skills they need for employment and personal fulfilment. This is where the Gateway can help.

There already exists a vast range of valuable online resources that further education staff can use to improve their performance. But until now this information has not been available on one single website.

The Excellence Gateway changes this. Any staff involved in further education – from leaders, managers and governors to teachers, tutors, trainers and support staff – can browse and cross-search the website for free access to a wealth of good practice resources, as well as having the opportunity to contribute their own content.

How do I find it?

Visit http://excellence.qia.org.uk/ now and register free-of-charge to get the most from the Excellence Gateway.

 


This article was originally created by the Work based e-learning project at e-skills UK and is reproduced with kind permission.

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