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The new Quality and Effectiveness Framework (QEF) has been developed to continually improve the quality of post-16 learning.

The Welsh Government funds a wide range of learning programmes for young people and adults through:

  • colleges
  • local authorities
  • third sector organisations
  • private organisations.

Skills that Work for Wales: A skills and employment strategy and action plan commits the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to establishing a new Quality and Effectiveness Framework (QEF).  This Framework will support continued improvements in the quality of post-16 learning.

The QEF, which has been developed in close partnership with Estyn, provider representative bodies, learners and other stakeholders, will help us to move the quality of provision to a new level. The Framework is being implemented in phases starting in autumn 2009.  It will challenge all providers to continually improve their performance, whilst giving a greater degree of freedom and flexibility to those which consistently demonstrate their effectiveness.