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


GMSAC
Grant Maintained Schools Advisory Committee.

GMSF
Grant Maintained Schools Foundation.

GNVQ
General National Vocational Qualification Vocational qualifications taken mainly by pupils age 16 and in full-time education.

GTC
General Teaching Council.

GTCS
General Teaching Council for Scotland.

GTP
Graduate Teacher Programme

HE
Higher Education.

HEA
Health Education Authority.

HEADLAMP
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.

HEFCE
Higher Education Funding Council for England.

HEFCNI
Higher Education Funding Council for Northern Ireland.

HEFCS
Higher Education Funding Council for Scotland.

HEFCW
Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

HEI
Higher Education Institution.

HERD
Higher Education Regional Development Fund.

HERO
Higher Education Reach Out Fund.

HESA
Higher Education Statistics Agency.

HMCI
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools.

HNC
Higher National Certificate.

HND
Higher National Diploma — 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.

Home-school agreements
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 …

HSE
Health & Safety Executive.

Hyperlink
A piece of text or image that when clicked on takes you to another part of the same page, new page, or website.

ICG
Institute of Careers Guidance.

ICT
Information and Communications Technology.

IEP
Individual Education Programme.

Internet
(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.

ISC
Independent Schools Council.

ISCED
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.

ISIS
Independent Schools Information Service.

IT
Information Technology.

ITT
Initial teacher training — most people need to take an ITT course in order to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).

ITT provider
Provider of initial teacher training — e.g. college/university, consortium of schools.

League Tables
See Performance Tables.

Learning Card
A card issued to all children over the age of 16 to remind them of their continued access to careers guidance and information.

Learning Direct
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).

LECT
League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers.

Link
See Hyperlink.

Literacy Hour
An hour of learning to read and write in school, broken down into various activities.

LMS
Local Management of Schools.

Local Authority
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 the…

LPSH
Leadership Programme for Serving Heads.

LSA
Learning Support Assistant.

LSAC
Language Sports and Arts Colleges.

LSC
Learning and Skills Council.

MA
Modern Apprenticeships.

MBS
Music and Ballet Schools Scheme.

MFL
Modern Foreign Languages.

MLD
Mild Learning Difficulties.

Multimedia
More than one concurrent presentation medium, for example on CD-ROM or website. Combination of text, sounds and/or motion video.

NAACE
National Association of Advisers for Computers in Education.

NACCCE
National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education.

NACCEG
National Advisory Council for Careers and Educational Guidance.

NACE
National Association for Able Children in Education

NACETT
National Advisory Council on Education and Training Targets.

NAGC
National Association for Gifted Children.

NAGCELL
National Advisory Group on Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning.

NAHT
National Association of Head Teachers.

NALS
National Audit Learning Survey.

NASEN
National Association for Special Educational Needs.

NASUWT
National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers.

NATFHE
National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education.

National Curriculum
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.

NCET
National Council for Educational Technology.

NCPTA
National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations.

NCS
National Childcare Strategy.

NCT
National Curriculum Test.

NCVQs
National Council for Vocational Qualifications.

NDS
New Deal for Schools.

NEBP
National Education Business Partnership.

NEOST
National Employers' Organisation for School Teachers.

NFER
National Foundation for Educational Research.

NGfL
National Grid for Learning Government body responsible for information and communications technology in schools.

NIACE
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.

NICCEA
Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.

NICEC
National Institute of Careers and Education Counselling.

NIHEC
Northern Ireland Higher Education Council.

NISVQ
National Information System for Vocational Qualifications.

NOF
New Opportunities Fund. A lottery distributor created to award grants to education, health and environment projects throughout the UK.

NPhA
National Primary Headteachers' Association.

NPQH
National Professional Qualification for Headship.

NQT
Newly Qualified Teacher.

NRA
National Record of Achievement.

NSPCC
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

NUT
National Union of Teachers.

NVQ
National Vocational Qualification — work-based qualification.

NYR
National Year of Reading.

OCA
Ofsted Complaints Adjudicator.

OCR
Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations Board.

Ofsted
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.

OH
Overhead Projector.

OPCA
Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.

OSCI
Out of School Childcare Initiative.

OU
Open University.

Oversubscription Criteria
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.

PANDA
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.