The revised Quality Assurance Framework provides teachers, administrators, parents and other school community members with a practical way of understanding best practice provision of community languages education, and a tool for assessing whether the various elements of quality community language schooling are being practised. It also serves as a reference manual to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in community languages schools.
The Quality Assurance Framework is not intended as a means of assessing an individual or their performance, but as a means to enhance teaching and learning practices across school communities. Using the Framework can also demonstrate that a quality approach is currently being adopted by the school.
The QAF Dimensions
The Quality Assurance Framework consists of eight interrelated dimensions, that combine to provide an overview of best practice in teaching and learning and school operation and management within the community languages sector in Australia.
The Framework reflects the current research literature in relation to effective school practices generally, as well as what is known about the promotion of mother tongue maintenance and cultural understanding in particular. It draws on the practical experience of teachers and principals in many community language schools across Australian.
The revised Framework continues to be based on the belief that all of these dimensions need to be addressed to achieve quality in a school or a program. The dimensions work together in an integrated way, and overlap to some extent. The Dimensions of the revised Framework are represented in the figure below.