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TeacherNet - glossary of teaching terms
Category: Education
Date & country: 14/12/2007, UK
Words: 288

Academies are a new type of school. They are publicly-funded independent schools, for pupils of all abilities, established by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups working in highly innovative partnerships with central Government and local education partners. Their independent status allows them the flexibility to be innovative and crea…

Qualifications Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales.

The main aim of Access programmes is to prepare adult learners from non-traditional backgrounds and under-represented groups for admission to undergraduate education. They often lead to GCSEs and A levels and are run by Colleges of Further Education. ACCESS to teaching would offer GCSE mathematics, English and science and appropriate A levels for I…

Advisory Centre for Education.

Association of Chief Education Officers.

Adult and Community Learning Fund.

Advisory Committee for Vocational Training (European Union).

Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder.

Admissions Authority
Schools which handle their own pupil applications are admission authorities. They send out information about the school and pupil application forms, giving a deadline for receipt. Local authorities are also admission authorities as they are responsible for admissions to community and voluntary-controlled schools.

Advanced GNVQ
Advanced General National Vocational Qualification This is similar to BTEC and the equivalent of two A levels. The subjects offered have a vocational element such as childhood studies.

Advanced Supplementary
Broader-based sixth-form studies, the same standard as A levels.

Advanced Extension Award

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

Arts and Humanities Research Board.

Association of Colleges.

Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Alliance of Parents and Schools.

Assessment and Qualification Alliance.

Advanced Skills Teacher.

Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

A file that is included with email.

BA with QTS
Bachelor of Arts — arts degree-level ITT qualification leading to QTS. One of the main routes into primary teaching.

Baseline Assessment
An assessment of a child's skills and abilities usually made by a teacher within the first seven weeks of starting primary school. It shows teachers what a child can do when starting school and helps them to plan lessons and measure progress. Areas covered include language and literacy, mathematics and personal and social development.

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency.

BEd with QTS
Bachelor of Education — degree-level initial teacher training qualification leading to qualified teacher status. One of the main routes into primary teaching.

Behaviour Support Plan
A statement which sets out local arrangements for schools and other service providers for the education of children with behavioural difficulties.

Book Trust
An independent educational charity established to promote books and reading among readers of all ages and cultures.

Brothers and Sisters
A rule applied by some admission authorities if your school of choice is over-subscribed. They will sometimes treat the application more favourably if your child already has a brother or sister at the school.

Software package which is used to view World Wide Web pages.

The act of looking through the World Wide Web, or a website, as you would do when walking through a shop.

Basic Skills Agency.

BSc Bachelor of Science
Science degree-level initial teacher training qualification leading to qualified teacher status. One of the main routes into primary teaching.

BTEC National
Qualification equivalent to two A level courses. Subjects include nursery nursing, business studies and art and design. There are considerable practical elements to the courses with work placements offered.

Cognitive Ability Test (Produced by the National Foundation for Educational Research).

Catchment Area
Some admission authorities give priority to children who live in an area around the school.

Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges.

Careers Education Guidance

Chief Education Officer.

Continuing Education and Training.

City and Guilds of London Institute.

The Support Society for Children of Higher Intelligence.

Childminders look after children under five and school age children after hours and in the holidays. The local authority decides how many children a childminder can care for, and childminders are able to register as part of a network to provide early education.

Council for Industry and Higher Education.

Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research.

Centre for Language in Primary Education.

Careers and Occupational Information Centre.

Community school
State schools in England and Wales which are wholly owned and maintained by the local authority. The local authority is the admissions authority — it has main responsibility for deciding arrangements for admitting pupils.

Controlled Schools
Schools in Northern Ireland which come under the control of Education and Library Boards.

County Schools
State schools in England and Wales which are wholly owned and maintained by local authorities.

Child Protection Issue.

Careers Research and Advisory Centre.

Continuous Student Record.

CityTechnical College. Independent all ability non-fee-paying schools for pupils aged 11 to 18. There are 14 CTCs and one CCTA — City College for the Technology of the Arts, in urban areas across England. CTCs teach the National Curriculum to pre-16-year-olds with a focus on science, mathematics and technology. They offer a wide range of vocational…

Collection of data that is organised so that its contents can be easily accessed, managed and updated.

Day Nurseries
These take children under five for the whole working day. Children can attend on a part-time or full-time basis according to their parents' needs. They may be run by local authorities, voluntary organisations, private companies, individuals or employers. There must be at least one adult for every eight children and at least half of the staff must h…

Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Department of Education for Northern Ireland.

Designated Teachers
Advocates who liaise with other services on behalf of young people in care.

Department for Education and Skills. (From July 2007 no longer in existence).

This is a subject guide on the internet. In computer file systems, a directory is a named group of related files that are separated by their name from other groups of files.

Disapplied pupils
The National Curriculum assessments have been designed to make sure that as many children as possible can be assessed. There may, however, be a small number of pupils who are not able to take part in some or all of the assessments, even allowing for the full range of arrangements that can be made. Usually this only happens if all or part of the Nat…

Desirable Learning Outcomes.

The transmission of a file from one computer system to another (often smaller) computer system. From the internet users point of view, to download a file is to request it from one computer, or from one web page to another computer, and to receive it.

Data Protection Commission/Commissioner.

Disability Rights Commission.

Education Assets Board.

English as an Additional Language.

Education Action Zones. Groups of 15 to 25 schools which aim to create new partnerships, raise standards and generate innovation within education. These groups of schools receive £1million a year for three to five years. An EAZ based on a single secondary school and its associated primaries will receive £350,000 a year. These smaller EAZs are only …

Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

Education Development Plan.

Early Excellence Centres.

EiC (Excellence in Cities)
EiC was launched in March 1999 by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State. Its aim is to raise standards in specific city areas through targeted intervention and investment. EiC is mainly focused on secondary schools. The main programs involved are: extending opportunities for Gifted and Talented pupils, expansion of the number of specialist and …

Education Maintenance Allowance.

Electronic mail carried on the internet.

European Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students.

Education Standard Spending.

Education and Training Development Agenda.

European University Institute.

The suspension or expulsion of a pupil from school for disciplinary reasons.

Extended school
A school that provides a range of services and activities often beyond the school day to help meet the needs of its pupils, their families and the wider community.

Funding Agency for Schools.

Further Education.

Further Education Competitiveness and Development Fund.

Further Education Collaboration Fund.

Further Education Development Agency.

Feeder Schools
Some admission authorities give priority to children from certain primary schools.

Further Education Funding Council.

Further Education Funding Council for Wales.

Further Education National Training Organisation.

FE Resources for Learning.

An information service for all staff working within the Post-Compulsory Education sector. It aims to support individuals and organisations in making effective use of Information Learning Technologies.

In data processing, a related collection of records.

Foundation Schools
Type of state school which is run by the local authority but which has more freedom than community schools to manage their school and decide on their own admissions.

Free School Meals.

Full-Time Education and Training.

General Certificate of Education.

General Certificate of Secondary Education.

GCSE Bitesize
A BBC revision guide which uses TV, books and the Internet to help children prepare for GCSE exams.

Grants for Education, Support and Training.

Grant Maintained (school).