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New Quality Assurance Framework for needs assessments

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In 2002 Skill carried out a review of the DSA process. One of our recommendations was that needs assessments should be more consistent, as quality of assessment reports and waiting times varied depending on which area of the country a student was in. The result of this was that the Department for Education and Skills set up a group to look at the needs assessment process and how to ensure that students get a good service.

The outcome of this group is a new Quality Assurance Framework for needs assessors. The aim is to ensure that students get a consistently good quality needs assessment and report, and that students do not have to wait for months because of the lack of needs assessors in particular areas of the country.
All needs assessors will be invited to join the new framework and they will all be attached to a regional centre. The framework will ensure their ongoing professional development, and will ensure that all assessment centres and assessors are licensed and audited.

If you would like to know more about the framework, you can read the documents for the Quality Assurance Framework on the DfES website at
http://www.dfes.gov.uk/studentsupport/dsa_.shtml.

[25th June 2003]

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