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EduBase - School glossary
Category: Education > Schools
Date & country: 25/11/2007, UK
Words: 27


Academies
Academies are publicly funded independent schools set up and run by sponsors, who provide up to 20% of the capital costs for each Academy, with the Government providing the balance and funding the recurrent costs. They will replace schools in challenging circumstances, or are set up as part of a wider school reorganization or where there is unmet demand for school places. Academies will provide free education to secondary age pupils of all abilities, including provision for children with special educational needs and have state of the art facilities, through which they offer a broad and balanced curriculum including a specialism.

Beacon
The Ministerial award of Beacon status is awarded to high performing colleges, which have achieved an excellent FEFC inspection report (defined as five grade 1s). Special consideration was given to colleges doing a superb job in areas of social deprivation.

City Technology College
(Type of School) Independent all- ability, non fee-paying schools for pupils aged 11-18. Their purpose is to offer pupils of all abilities in urban areas across England the opportunity to study successfully a curriculum geared, with the help of private sector sponsors, towards the world of work. Also encouraged to innovate in the development, management and delivery of the curriculum.

Community
(Type of School) Similar to former County schools. LA employs the school's staff, owns the school's land and buildings and is the admissions authority (it has primary responsibility for deciding the arrangements for admitting pupils

Community Special
(Type of School) Is the special school equivalent of mainstream Community schools yet are catered wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs.

Designated Colleges
Colleges of various backgrounds, the majority of which were originally established by charitable trusts or religious foundations and this character is reflected in their constitutions. These colleges are designated by the Secretary of State as eligible for receiving public funding through the Learning and Skills Council and are thereby deemed suitable to deliver provision within the FE sector.

Diocese
A diocese is the patch to which a Bishop's jurisdiction extends.

European Schools
The European Schools exist principally to provide free education for the children of employees of European Union institutions. Where places are available, children from other backgrounds are admitted on payment of fees.

Excellence in Cities
Excellence in Cities is a programme designed to remedy successive failures in our city schools where standards have been too low for too long. It works through local partnerships between LA's and schools focusing on the needs and aspirations of individual pupils and their parents. It currently involves 58 authorities in the main programme as well as further areas where Excellence Clusters have been established.

FE Colleges
An educational institution, eligible for the receipt of public funding through the Learning Skills Council, which deals with the delivery of a full range of full and part-time vocational and academic provision, principally to those above the age range of compulsory education.

Foundation
(Type of School) At foundation schools the governing body is the employer and the admissions authority. The school's land and buildings are either owned by the governing body or by a charitable foundation.

Foundation Special
(Type of School) A special school equivalent of the mainstream Foundation school catering wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs.

LA Nursery School
(Type of School) Is maintained by a local education authority and is not a special school, providing education for children who have attained the age of 2 but are under compulsory school age.

Middle Deemed Primary
(Phase of Education) A middle school is deemed Primary if the difference between the age of 11 years and the lower age specified is greater than the difference between the age of 11 years and the higher age specified.

Middle Deemed Secondary
(Phase of Education) A middle school is deemed to be Secondary if the difference between the age of 11 years and the higher age specified is greater than the difference between the age of 11 years and the lower age specified.

Non-Maintained Special
(Type of School) Independent special schools approved by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. They are run on a not-for-profit basis by charitable trusts and normally cater for children with severe and/or low incidence special educational needs.

Nursery
(Phase of Education) Nursery schools provide education for children under the age of 5 and over the age of 2.

Other Independent
(Type of School) Any school which provides full time education for 5 or more pupils of compulsory school age, which is not maintained by a local education authority or a non-maintained special school.

Other Independent Special School
(Type of School) A special school equivalent of Other Independent catering wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs.

Playing for Success
(Type of School) Through Playing for Success, the DfES is establishing out of school hours study support centres within top football clubs and at other sports' clubs grounds and venues. The centres use the environment and medium of football to help motivate pupils identified by their schools, as being in need of a boost to help them get back up to speed in literacy and ICT.

Primary
(Phase of Education) Full time education suitable to the requirements of junior pupils who have not attained the age of 10 yrs and 6 months; and Full time education suitable to the requirements of junior pupils who have attained that age and whom it is expedient to educate together with junior pupils

Pupil Referral Unit
(Type of School) Any school established and maintained by a local authority which Is specially organised to provide education for children who are excluded, sick or otherwise unable to attend mainstream school and Is not a county or special school

Secondary
(Phase of Education) Full-time education suitable to the requirements of pupils of compulsory school age who are either Senior Pupils or Junior pupils who have attained the age of 10 yrs and 6 months and whom it is expedient to educate together with senior pupils of compulsory school age.

Sixth Form Colleges
An educational institution, eligible for the receipt of public funding through the Learning Skills Council, which deals principally with the delivery of academic provision to 16-19 year olds.

Training School
Were established to improve standards in initial Teacher Training, as outlined in the Green Paper, Teachers- meeting the challenge, Dec '98

Voluntary Aided
(Type of School) Similar to former aided schools. The governing body is the employer and the admissions authority. The school's land and buildings (apart from playing fields which are normally vested in the LA) will normally be owned by a charitable foundation.

Voluntary Controlled
(Type of School) Very similar to former controlled schools. The LA is the employer and the admissions authority. The school's land and buildings (apart from the playing fields which are normally vested in the LA) will normally be owned by a charitable foundation.