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Quality Review Mechanism

 

QR continues to be improvement-oriented but is more school-specific by taking kindergarten (KG)’s areas of concern as the starting point and making reference to the recommendations made in the previous QR. The Performance Indicators (Pre-primary Institutions) continue to be used by the review teams to make professional judgment on overall school performance, so as to assess if the KG has met the prescribed standards. It provides the basis for ascertaining the KG's eligibility for the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme. The second cycle of QR started from the 2012/13 school year (s.y.). The EDB notifies KGs of the exact QR dates eight weeks in advance. Each QR visit lasts from 2.5 to 3.5 days depending on the school size.

 

 

Reference Materials

1. Handbook on Quality Review for Kindergartens PDF
2. Blank Form of Written Response to "Draft QR Report" MS Word
3. QR Reports

 

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers concerning Quality Review (QR) Mechanism

1. Q: Why should QR reports be uploaded onto the EDB website?
  A: The Quality Assurance Framework under the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme aims at promoting sustainable development in schools and making it accountable to parents and the community. Uploading QR reports onto the Bureau’s website can improve transparency.
 
2. Q: What is the basis for review teams to evaluate the performance of KGs?
  A: With reference to Performance Indicators (Pre-primary Institutions), all review teams make an overall professional judgment on whether KGs concerned have met the prescribed standards, which means KGs’ performance in all domains at least meets the acceptable level. Performance Indicators (Pre-primary Institutions) have been distributed to KGs while their soft copies have been uploaded onto the EDB website.
 
3. Q: What and how many documents should KGs prepare for the QR?
  A: The rationale of Quality Assurance Framework is to enhance SSE. QR complements SSE to facilitate the sustainable development of KGs. Establishing a systematic SSE mechanism should be the priority task of KGs so that SSE can be gradually embedded in schools’ daily practices for continuous improvement. KGs should make full use of the documents and information readily available in school for SSE to avoid unnecessary preparation.
 
4. Q: Stakeholder Survey is conducted in our school every year. Do we need to conduct the Survey again when we receive notification of QR?
  A: KGs do not need to conduct the Survey again if the revised stakeholder questionnaires (revised edition 2012) provided by the EDB are used for SSE. Upon receiving notification of QR, KGs should submit the compiled results of the Survey that was conducted in the same school year as the SR was prepared.
If KGs conduct the Survey by using school-based questionnaires or an adapted version of the EDB stakeholder questionnaires, upon receiving notification of QR, KGs are required to conduct a stakeholder survey by using the revised stakeholder questionnaires (revised edition 2012) provided by the EDB and forward the results to the EDB within a specified time frame.
 
5. Q: Why would the duration of each QR visit change from 2-3 days to 2.5-3.5 days?
  A: Pursuant to the recommendations of the relevant research and feedback of KGs, the EDB combines the previous pre-visit and the QR on-site review as from the 2012/13 s.y. Depending on the school size, each QR visit lasts from 2.5 to 3.5 days.
 
6. Q: What will be the consequences for KGs that are assessed as not meeting the prescribed standards in QR?
  A: KGs joining the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme (Scheme) must meet the prescribed standards based on the Performance Indicators (Pre-primary Institutions). Any Scheme-KGs assessed as not meeting the prescribed standards may apply for a Follow-up QR by submitting an improvement plan to the EDB within two months after receiving the final QR report. A separate team of inspectors from the EDB will conduct a Follow-up QR about 12 months after the issue of the final QR report. If KGs are assessed as having met the prescribed standards in the Follow-up QR, they will remain eligible for the Scheme. For KGs that do not meet the prescribed standards in the Follow-up QR, EDB will contemplate termination of their status as a Scheme-KG and cease the provision of government subsidy.

 

Last revision date: 01 September 2016
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