What is RARPA?
RARPA is the process which measures progress and achievement of students on non-accredited learning programmes. The benefits of a quality assured RARPA process are:
- it demonstrates outcomes in personalised, non-accredited learning as part of study programmes
- it is consistent with the clear focus on preparing for adulthood and positive outcomes within the Children and Families Act 2014 and SEND Code of Practice
- Ofsted has said that RARPA is a powerful tool to demonstrate outcomes, and can address many of the issues raised in the ‘Moving Forward?’ report
- it provides local authorities, who commission provision for learners with high needs, with clear evidence of learning outcomes.
Above all, a sound RARPA process ensures that students, parents/carers, inspectors and funders can feel confident that:
- learning targets are challenging
- progress is measured objectively
- achievements are sound.
Natspec provides a series of workshops on RARPA which will help you understand and implement the process.
- Introducing RARPA, for curriculum managers and practitioners starting out
- Quality Assured RARPA, for quality managers and curriculum managers looking to develop a quality assured program
We also offer an external quality review service for those looking for extra rigour in their process. The review provides quality improvement and assurance.
There are a range of RARPA resources available to managers and practitioners, including templates for colleges to download and use.
The guidance is the key document which contains:
- the standards, criteria and types of evidence that need to be produced
- sets of questions to ask when reviewing the RARPA process
- an action plan pro for reviewing your own RARPA process in line with the quality assurance standards and criteria
- a template to record findings of your internal review including the strengths and gaps to be addressed
- an external check template.