The Educational Development trust (EDT) engaged Axia Digital to develop an ePortfolio that allows their clients to build a body of evidence to demonstrate organisational capability in relation to the national Quality In Careers Standard. The site went live for the initial cohort in January 2023 on time and on budget.
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Managing Director, Richard Etheridge, said:
“The key difference in this project is that it’s the school or college working towards the Quality Standard rather than an individual. Most of our ePortfolios allow individuals to build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate capability. We have developed some new tools that allow the school or college to start an application and then add collaborators thus allowing a team rather than an individual to build and link the evidence to the Standard within our ePortfolio platform”.
About the Quality in Careers Standard
The Standard is the single national quality award for careers education and guidance in secondary schools and colleges in England. It is “strongly recommended” by the Department for Education in its Statutory Guidance to schools and colleges on their careers duty.
The Standard is owned by the Quality in Careers Consortium which has appointed a number of Licensed Awarding Bodies across the country to assess, accredit and award the Standard. One of the Awarding Bodies is EDT.
You can find out more about the Standard at the Quality in Careers Consortium’s website https://www.qualityincareers.org.uk/
Our Client’s Perspective
One of the challenges EDT has had using a paper based system is demonstrating the time and commitment of the EDT Consultant and the value it adds to the process. Axia Digital added a section that allows the EDT Consultant record their hours making the involvement transparent. When completing the external summative assessment EDT Assessor are able simply to bookmark evidence while reviewing the ePortfolio. The system remembers the bookmarked items and draws them into the final report which is a significant time saving.
EDT Operations Manager, Renu Jaswal, said:
“Working with Richard and his team has been nothing but excellent, they understood our needs perfectly and when certain things didn’t work or could be improved, they came up with suggestions which really supported and navigated us through the whole process. I would recommend using AXIA in the future to any organisations thinking about moving to an E portfolio as for us, they understood the Quality in Careers Standard perfectly which in turn made the process a lot more less daunting for us.”