What is RARPA?

RARPA stands for Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement. It is a tried and tested approach to ensuring the quality of non-accredited learning programmes and learning opportunities within a programme that is in addition to a specific qualification. For many learners with special educational needs, qualifications and accreditation are not appropriate options to support good life outcomes. Learning programmes must be tailored to the individual. When delivered well and quality assured, RARPA provides a structure through which learners can achieve their personalised outcomes and reach their potential.

There are five stages to the RARPA process. The stages follow a process that is familiar within all types of learning programme:

  • STAGE 1. Aims of the learning programme
  • STAGE 2. Initial assessment
  • STAGE 3. Objective setting
  • STAGE 4. Formative review of learning
  • STAGE 5. Summative assessment of achievement.

The process is specifically developed to support the personalisation of learning goals and measuring achievement at an individual level. For both short and long learning programmes the RARPA process follows the same stages.


A comprehensive step by step approach to understanding and using RARPA.

This new resource explains the RARPA process and how it can be effectively implemented for learners with SEND. It brings together the information providers need to know about recent changes in national policy and practice for learners with SEND including a self audit tool to support continuous quality improvement. There are links to resources developed by providers and a range of person-centred thinking tools to ensure the learner voice remains central to the RARPA process.

The resource is made up of a guidance document and a separate document for each of the stages. The RARPA Guide is available for download in Zipped format.

RARPA webinar

This RARPA webinar provides practical advice, guidance and tips on creating a robust and learner centred RARPA provision in a FE setting. It talks through the 5 stage process and uses examples of learner resources to track progression and achievement.