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TeacherNet - glossary of teaching terms
Date & country: 14/12/2007, UK
Grant Maintained Schools Advisory Committee.
Grant Maintained Schools Foundation.
General National Vocational Qualification Vocational qualifications taken mainly by pupils age 16 and in full-time education.
General Teaching Council.
General Teaching Council for Scotland.
Graduate Teacher Programme
Health Education Authority.
Headteachers Leadership and Management Programme.
Healthy Schools Initiative
Government scheme to help improve the health of both pupils and teachers. The initiative includes a Wired for Health website, a Healthy Teacher focus to address occupational health issues for staff and cooks' academies in schools to improve knowledge about nutrition.
Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Higher Education Funding Council for Northern Ireland.
Higher Education Funding Council for Scotland.
Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
Higher Education Institution.
Higher Education Regional Development Fund.
Higher Education Reach Out Fund.
Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools.
Higher National Certificate.
Higher National Diploma â€” a two-year course that equates to two years of a degree course. Offered in many subject areas, mostly with a practical application. HNDs may also have an industrial or commercial placement as part of the course.
All state schools are required to have written home-school agreements, drawn up in consultation in parents. They are non-binding statements explaining the school's aims and values, the responsibilities of both school and parents, and what the school expects of its pupils. Parents will be invited to sign a parental declaration, indicating that they â€¦
Health & Safety Executive.
A piece of text or image that when clicked on takes you to another part of the same page, new page, or website.
Institute of Careers Guidance.
Information and Communications Technology.
Individual Education Programme.
(Often called the Net) A worldwide system of computer networks a network of networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer.
Investing in Young People Scheme
A government initiative to help young people make the best of their abilities and to ensure that they all have access to, and are encouraged to take up education or training post 16. This could be in schools, colleges or work-based training.
Independent Schools Council.
International Standard Classification of Education which was initially designed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in the early 1970s to serve as an instrument suitable for assembling, compiling and presenting statistics of education both within countries and internationally.
Independent Schools Information Service.
Initial teacher training â€” most people need to take an ITT course in order to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).
Provider of initial teacher training â€” e.g. college/university, consortium of schools.
See Performance Tables.
A card issued to all children over the age of 16 to remind them of their continued access to careers guidance and information.
A free advice telephone line which offers information on adult education and courses wherever you live and wherever you want to study (0800 100 900).
League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers.
An hour of learning to read and write in school, broken down into various activities.
Local Management of Schools.
The term 'local authority' (or LA) describes a type of council which has responsibility for providing education to pupils of school age in its area. Their overall education remit also includes early years, the youth service and adult education. An LA is responsible for promoting high standards of education. It is responsible for contributing to theâ€¦
Leadership Programme for Serving Heads.
Learning Support Assistant.
Language Sports and Arts Colleges.
Learning and Skills Council.
Music and Ballet Schools Scheme.
Modern Foreign Languages.
Mild Learning Difficulties.
More than one concurrent presentation medium, for example on CD-ROM or website. Combination of text, sounds and/or motion video.
National Association of Advisers for Computers in Education.
National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education.
National Advisory Council for Careers and Educational Guidance.
National Association for Able Children in Education
National Advisory Council on Education and Training Targets.
National Association for Gifted Children.
National Advisory Group on Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning.
National Association of Head Teachers.
National Audit Learning Survey.
National Association for Special Educational Needs.
National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers.
National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education.
Covers what pupils should be taught in state maintained schools. The National Curriculum provides a balanced education for a child covering 11 subjects overall, and is divided into four Key Stages according to age.
National Curriculum Levels
All pupils undergo national tests and teacher assessments at ages 7, 11 and 14. The school will then send a report to parents telling them what National Curriculum Levels their child has reached in both tests and assessments.
National Numeracy Strategy
A government initiative which aims to raise standards of numeracy for all children in infant, primary and junior schools. It tries to involve parents as much as possible.
National Council for Educational Technology.
National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations.
National Childcare Strategy.
National Curriculum Test.
National Council for Vocational Qualifications.
New Deal for Schools.
National Education Business Partnership.
National Employers' Organisation for School Teachers.
National Foundation for Educational Research.
National Grid for Learning Government body responsible for information and communications technology in schools.
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.
Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.
National Institute of Careers and Education Counselling.
Northern Ireland Higher Education Council.
National Information System for Vocational Qualifications.
New Opportunities Fund. A lottery distributor created to award grants to education, health and environment projects throughout the UK.
National Primary Headteachers' Association.
National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Newly Qualified Teacher.
National Record of Achievement.
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
National Union of Teachers.
National Vocational Qualification â€” work-based qualification.
National Year of Reading.
Ofsted Complaints Adjudicator.
Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations Board.
Office for Standards in Education An official body which regularly inspects all the schools in England which are mainly or wholly state funded. Ofsted inspectors produce education reports which are meant to improve standards of achievement and quality of education, provide public reporting and informed independent advice.
Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.
Out of School Childcare Initiative.
Often referred to as those rules applied by admission authorities when a school has more applications than places. They must by law be fair and objective and must be published annually in prospectuses and by local authorities in a prospectus explaining admissions at all schools in an area.
Performance and Assessment Reports. Produced by the Office For Standards in Education (Ofsted) and issued annually to schools. The contents of each PANDA report are confidential between Ofsted, the school, and the local authority, although schools are free to disseminate the information as they see fit.