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 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 forma 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.