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RARPA (Recognising and recording progress and achievement)

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.

RARPA Training

Natspec provides a series of workshops on RARPA which will help you understand and implement the process.

We also offer an external quality review service for those looking for extra rigour in their process. The review provides quality improvement and assurance.

RARPA resources

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.

All the RARPA resources, case studies and templates are available to download from the SEND excellence gateway. There is also a webinar you can watch introducing you to the topic.

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