The Independent Quality Assurance Agency (IQAA)

Provides quality assurance through evaluation of schools.

IQAA also encourages an attitude and atmosphere of constant internal self-evaluation in schools.

IQAA is based in Cape Town, South Africa and operates in many African countries.

IQAA has developed a quality assurance model for Early Learning Development establishments.

This will be implemented in 2015 in schools that have ELD facilities. It is closely modelled on the ‘Guidelines for Early Childhood Development Services’ published by the Department of Social Development; the ‘National Early Learning Development Standards’ published by the Department of Basic Education, and the draft ‘South African National Curriculum Framework for Children from Birth to Four’.

The lead mentor allocated to the school will liaise with the school once the information requested on the Information Document has been received by the IQAA office.

As part of the onsite training, if appropriate, there is a break-away session for the members of the school evaluation team who represent the Pre-Primary phase.

A mutually convenient time will be arranged by the mentor when onsite training of the school evaluation team, including the Head of School, can take place. Training normally requires a minimum of two hours but may last longer.

The school will be invoiced by IQAA for the onsite training.

  1. Core Model Evaluation of
    • Teaching, learning and attainments
    • Functioning of school
  2. Add-on services to the Core Model, including
    • Governance and Management
    • Values and Society Involvement
    • Distinctive Areas
    • LSEN
    • Boarding
  3. School Improvement Plan Implementation Evaluation
  4. Stand-alone Opinion Survey Service (opinion surveys are also offered online, in either English or Afrikaans)

2015 IQAA Early Childhood Development Model

IQAA has developed a quality assurance model for Early Learning Development establishments. This will be implemented in 2015 in schools that have ELD facilities. It is closely modelled on the ‘Guidelines for Early Childhood Development Services’ published by the Department of Social Development; the ‘National Early Learning Development Standards’ published by the Department of Basic Education, and the draft ‘South African National Curriculum Framework for Children from Birth to Four’.

2015 Onsite Training Procedures

The lead mentor allocated to the school will liaise with the school once the information requested on the Information Document has been received by the IQAA office.
As part of the onsite training, if appropriate, there is a break-away session for the members of the school evaluation team who represent the Pre-Primary phase.
A mutually convenient time will be arranged by the mentor when onsite training of the school evaluation team, including the Head of School, can take place. Training normally requires a minimum of two hours but may last longer.
The school will be invoiced by IQAA for the onsite training.

IQAA Services

  1. Core Model Evaluation of
    • Teaching, learning and attainments
    • Functioning of school
  2. Add-on services to the Core Model, including
    • Governance and Management
    • Values and Society Involvement
    • Distinctive Areas
    • LSEN
    • Boarding
  3. School Improvement Plan Implementation Evaluation
  4. Stand-alone Opinion Survey Service (opinion surveys are also offered online, in either English or Afrikaans)

IQAA began pilot evaluations of schools as early as 2004.

It has subsequently assessed over 700 schools in southern Africa, including Angola, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

While the major part of IQAA’s work is related to the independent school sector in South Africa, the company has been involved with quality assurance for NGOs and INTEL. Currently, the Independent Quality Assurance Agency is embarking on work in Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

Each school evaluated, its pupils, staff, parents and community, are given complete respect and concern by IQAA, especially in relation to the school's own distinctive mission, ethos and aims. All of IQAA’s services can be tailor made to suit the specific needs of individual schools and other clients.

The Opinion Survey service is now available online to parents, learners and teachers, in both English and Afrikaans. This service should benefit all participating schools. All that is needed is access by the school community to computers, laptops, iPads, tablets or phones with 3G capacity.

The service is particularly useful to schools with boarding facilities, as it enables parents to give instant feedback without the necessity of handing out or collecting survey forms.

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