National Quality Standards in Education (3-16 years)



Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research & Innovation



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1. Background

The Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education (DQSE) within the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation, responsible for the quality assurance of schools (3-16) is currently in the process of updating the National Quality Standards in Education (3-16 years)

Standards in education establish a means which enables the evaluation of schools’ effectiveness and their capacity for improvement. These set clear and measurable goals on what is considered as high-quality outcomes in education. Standards are also a signpost for schools when carrying out their internal review and in the planning, implementation and monitoring of their school development plans.   Establishing national standards in education also contribute towards raising the level of expectations for all learners. These standards also allow for the setting of clear targets towards achieving a quality education which is in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 which focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of Lifelong Learning opportunities for all.

The standards and their corresponding criteria reflect national frameworks (NCF, 2012; Framework for the Education Strategy for Malta, 2014; A National Inclusive Education Framework, 2019; Learning Outcomes Framework) and policies in education, international literature (Education Development Trust, 2016; European Commission: Quality assurance for school development, 2018; Hattie, 2012) and good practices observed in schools. They focus on three main areas that lead to quality education: Leadership and Management, Learning and Teaching, and School Ethos.

The DQSE appointed a number of focus groups made up of different stakeholders in the field of education. These focus groups together with a wider public consultation exercise aim to provide feedback on the draft of the proposed standards.
2. Consultation questions
  • Do you see the link between these Standards and current National and International Policies and Legislations?
  • Do you think that these standards are comprehensive enough in addressing inclusion, equitable education for all and lifelong learning?
  • Do you think that the document provides thorough standards as to what stakeholders should expect from good quality education
3. Documents