RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement)
As you will know, the government requires us to produce evidence that our learners are progressing and achieving on our non accredited courses. This requirement is called ‘RARPA’. We need to do this for all non accredited course over 9 hours.
We have recently changed how we are doing this. We have reduced the amount of formal paperwork we are asking tutors to produce. Instead, we are moderating a course from every tutor every 1 - 2 years. When moderated, we will ask you to provide concrete evidence of your students’ starting points and achievement. Details are below.
We hope you will find this a more useful, less time consuming and more realistic way of demonstrating (and celebrating!) the achievement of our learners.
What RARPA records should I keep for all my courses?
For every course you teach, you should
- Ask students to complete an Individual Record of Learning, Individual Learning Plan, or equivalent, at the beginning and end of each course. You should confirm to students what they have achieved using the IRL or equivalent.
- Produce a group profile summarising each students starting points and any implications this has for your teaching.
- Keep planning docs – a scheme of work and/or lesson plans.
- At the end of the course, complete ‘My Recording of Achievement’ in ontrack.
We will no longer ask you to keep formal records of the following for every course, but we expect as professional tutors you will still be doing the following:
- Regularly checking the progress of your students and supporting them to achieve to their potential.
- Using peer and self assessment when appropriate
- Getting feedback from your learners during the course on how they are experiencing learning.
- Keeping records of your learners progress in any way that is useful to you.
What evidence do I need to provide when I am moderated?
Once every two years we will ask you to provide more concrete evidence of your students starting points and achievement. Your department will let you know at the beginning of your course that you are being moderated and the evidence you need to collect.
Below we summarise what will be needed – though this may vary with departments:
Checklist of evidence for RARPA moderation (Word)
Other documents you may need
Individual Group Profile and Initial Assessment form (Word)
Example completed Individual Group Profile and Initial assessment (Word)
Scheme of Work template (Word)
How to record your students’ achievement on EBS ontrack (pdf)
Reflecting on your students’ learning – proforma for moderation (Word)