Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Youthreach Programme

Photo of Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail)
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308. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to allow Youthreach students receive predictive grades for QQI Levels 3 and 4 in view of his recent announcements. [6498/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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Education and Training Boards (ETBs) have agreed a framework for determining and implementing reasonable alternative methods of assessment for their learners, while ensuring that learning outcomes can continue to be assessed and approved by academic governance. Each ETB has developed more detailed contingency plans at provider level, submitted to Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), and published on each ETB’s website.  These alternative methods are currently being applied across ETB provision, including for Youthreach learners taking part in QQI levels 3 and 4 programmes. These alternative methods do not include the provision of predicted or calculated grades.

ETBs have participated fully in structures established with the higher and further education sectors to manage the response to Covid-19.  All agencies, awarding bodies and other relevant stakeholders continue to work closely to ensure that ETB learners currently undertaking, or due to undertake, assessments, or completing 2020 academic calendar courses for the purpose of progression within further education and training, or to higher education or the world of work, will be facilitated to do so.

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