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

Professional Association of Teachers.

A project which is testing out a Government policy over a defined period prior to its full implementation.

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Performance Tables
The Department for Education and Skills publishes comparative secondary and 16 to 18 performance tables each year. The tables report achievements in public examinations and vocational qualifications in secondary schools and Further Education sector colleges. Primary school performance tables are published by local authorities and report the achieve…

Postgraduate Certificate of Education — postgraduate-level Initial Teacher Training qualification.

Physical Education.
Personal Education Plan (PEP) PEPs are schemes developed for young individuals in public care, designed to support their education.

Parents Information Network.

The time at the end of a lesson in which the teacher finds out what children have learnt and re-emphasises the main points of the lesson.

Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.

Pre-school playgroups
These generally take children between the ages of three and five and most offer half-day sessions. Usually non-profit making and managed by volunteers and parents. There must be at least one adult for every eight children and at least half of the adults must be qualified leaders or assistants.

Private nursery schools
These take children between the ages of two and five and offer half or full-day sessions and some stay open in the school holidays. There must be at least one adult for every 13 children and at least half of the staff must be qualified teachers.

A school's prospectus is a brochure containing useful facts and figures, which the governing body must publish each year for parents and prospective parents. Ministers set minimum requirements for content, so that parents can easily make comparisons between different schools. Copies will be available at the school for reference or free of charge to…

Potential Schools Budget.

Personal and Social Education.

Personal, Social and Health Education.

Parent Teacher Association.

Pupil Teacher Ratio.

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

Qualifications Data Collection Steering Group.

Qualified Teacher Status The professional status you need to obtain to teach in state maintained schools in England and Wales. QTS is normally awarded after successful completion of an Initial Teacher Training course.

Quality in Education and Training Associates.

Race Employment and Education Forum.

Remodelling is set out in a national agreement signed by the Secretary of State that aims to reform the school workforce. It is about giving teachers more time, extra support and renewed leadership in order to reduce teacher workload, raise standards, increase job satisfaction and improve the status of the profession.

Register of Independent Schools.

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Special Agreement School.

School Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

School- Centred Initial Teacher Training School-based teacher training course leading to Qualified Teacher Status.

Scottish Vocational Educational Qualification equivalent to BTEC and Advanced GNVQ.

Scottish Executive Education Department.

Self-governing schools
Scottish schools which are equivalent to grant-maintained schools in England.

Special Educational Needs. This denotes any child that has been identified as having some form of educational need either as a result of learning difficulty or if they are deemed as particularly bright or gifted. These children receive additional support either from within the school or outside agencies. Consult the DfES booklet SEN: A Guide for Pa…

Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

Society of Education Officers.

Secondary Heads Association.

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

Statutory Instrument.

Schools Information Management Systems.

Student Loans Company.

Severe Learning Difficulties.

Students with Learning Difficulty and/or Disability.

Senior Management Team.

Schools Organisation Committee.

Scottish Office Education and Industry Department.

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers.

Special Schools
State schools in England and Wales which are provided by local education authorities for certain children with special educational needs.

Specialist Schools
This type of school includes technology, languages, sports and art colleges operating in England.

Specialist Schools Programme
Additional funding enables secondary schools to develop strengths in a particular subject area, supported by local industry and in partnership with local schools and the wider community to share resources and expertise, while still delivering a National Curriculum-based education.

Scottish Qualifications Agency.

Safer Routes to School. A government initiative to make the environment safer to encourage children to walk or cycle to school, thereby avoiding school car runs. Schools and local education authorities work with local community and transport planners to facilitate safer routes to school.

Social Services Department.

Secondary Subject Shortage Scheme.

Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association.

State Nursery Schools
These take children from the age of three or four and are open during school term time and normally offer five half-day sessions a week. There must be at least one adult for every 13 children. Staff are qualified teachers and assistants.

State Schools
Otherwise known as publicly funded schools and attended by over 90 per cent of pupils. Parents do not pay any fees. Scottish state schools are maintained and controlled by the local education authority.

School Teachers Review Body.

Study Support
Voluntary learning activity outside normal lessons which aims to improve children's motivation, build their self-esteem and help them to become more effective learners.

Subject Classification.

Sure Start
A new, innovative cross-departmental strategy to improve services for children under four and their families in disadvantaged areas. Over the next three years it will support the development of at least 250 local programmes across England. These programmes will involve parents and carers as much as possible.

Scottish Vocational Qualifications.

Technology Colleges.

Technology College Trust.

Teacher Assessment
A formal assessment made by a teacher when your child is aged 7, 11 and 14. Used alongside the national tests to judge a child's educational progress.

Training and Enterprise Council.

Times Educational Supplement.

The National Assembly for Wales
The body responsible for education policy in Wales.

Times Higher Education Supplement.

Teacher's Pension Scheme.

Teaching Quality Assessment.

Teacher Training Agency, Responsible for raising standards in schools in England by attracting able and committed people to teaching and by improving the quality of teacher training.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service — central agency for processing applications for undergraduate courses including degree level initial teacher training courses (BEd, BA/BSc with qualified teacher status).

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.

Universities Funding Council.

University for Industry.

UK Council for Overseas Student Affairs.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Uniform Resource Locator — the addressing system for the World Wide Web.

Vice Chancellor.

Visual Display Unit.

Vocational and Educational Training.

Voluntary aided school
Schools in England and Wales which are maintained by the Local Education Authority, with a foundation (generally religious) which appoints most of the governing body. The governing body is the admissions authority.

Voluntary controlled school
Schools in England and Wales which are maintained by the local authority, with a foundation (generally religious) which appoints some — but not most — of the governing body. The LA is the admissions authority.

Voluntary grammar schools
Grant-maintained, integrated schools in Northern Ireland which take both Protestant and Roman Catholic pupils

Voluntary Maintained Schools
Schools in Northern Ireland which are mainly managed by the Catholic Church.

Virtual Teacher Centre. A service for schools professionals providing news, support for professional development and the facility to search resources across the National Grid for Learning.

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WWW — World Wide Web
Technical definition: all the resources and users on the Internet that are using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) computer language. A broader definition, from the organisation WWW Consortium, co-founded by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, is: 'The World Wide Web is the universe of network-accessible information, an embodiment of human knowledge…