Its been a while coming and its here:
Bikeability schemes will have received this proposal to quality assure Bikeability schemes. It can be downloaded here
This is work jointly done by the Department for Transport with The Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS)
There is a 4 week window to refine this process and an opportunity for scheme managers to discuss this at the TABS conference later this month.
I believe its a positive and supportive system which works to improve scheme rather than be punitive.
See what you think.
Is the conference on 21st.? Are you going David, Gary S is going from our lot, wondering whether to try and grab a day out.
Slightly off topic of this thread but one thing would like to.report.is that the take up of.training is seriously hindered by incompetance and lack.of.motivation in school office staff.hundreds of lost places due to this.
Secondly feel frustration that we still haven't created a well regarded workforce of trainers that are paid anywhere nearly enough for what's a highly responsible job
Until there's government ministers loudly and vocally saying teaching this valuable life.skill is as important as academic attainment, were gonna keep being low.priority in the scheme of things.
I'll be there on 21st as will 100+ other people from bikeability schemes across the country.
Good point about issues with schools offices is worth discussing elsewhere.
The low wage of some bikeability instructors is also an issue so perhaps look at the guild of cycle trainers thread http://www.lfgss.com/thread86720.html for discussion of this Jason
The cycle training industry (TABS) and the Department for Transport have been working together to develop a quality assurance (QA) system for Bikeability. This was in response to the industry’s desire to keep raising standards, and because of the important role Bikeability plays in the Department’s road safety and cycling policies. In many ways, it represents the next big step in the journey for the cycle training sector which began with the Government’s adoption of the National Standard for Cycle Training in 2005.
The development of the QA process began this summer with the Bikeability support team and industry representatives through The Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS) seeking feedback on a proposed system. Following various refinements the Bikeability QA system was finalised this month with the Department for Transport.
The QA system will be implemented at the scheme level. It will provide a registration (and annual registration renewal) process setting minimum standards of entry for schemes wishing to deliver Bikeability. It formalises the existing requirement for Bikeability schemes to do their own ‘internal assurance’ – a series of checks by scheme managers and lead instructors to maintain the quality of their delivery. For guidance on developing an internal assurance system, please see ‘Internal Quality Assurance: The Framework for Bikeability Schemes’. http://www.dft.gov.uk/bikeability/publications/Internal-Assurance-Framework-for-Bikeability-Schemes1.pdf.
The QA system introduces ‘external assurance’, which consists of small teams of independent industry and training experts working on behalf of the Bikeability support team. The external assurance panel will undertake a programme of visits to schemes with the aim of raising and maintaining standards and helping schemes with their own continuous improvement.
What Should Bikeability Schemes Expect?
Further detail on the QA system and what schemes can expect can be found here: http://visuals.sdgworld.net/temp/bikeabilitygrants/Bikeability%20Quality%20Assurance%20Further%20Information.pdf
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