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Thurrock Council - Education terms and abbreviations
Category: Education
Date & country: 14/12/2007, UK
Words: 286


PPS
Parent Partnership Service

PRP
Performance - Related Pay

PRU
Pupil Referral Unit

PS
Partially Sighted

PSB
Potential Schools Budget (ref LMS)

PSE-
Personal and Social/

PSHE
Personal, Social & Health Education

PSI
Policy Studies Institute

PT
Part Time

PTA
Parent Teacher Association

PTR
Pupil/Teacher Ratio

QCA
Qualifications & Curriculum Authority

QTS
Qualified Teacher Status

Quorum
The minimum number of people require to be present at a meeting of a governing body or Committee before decisions can be taken.

RANSC
Records of Achievement National Steering Committee

RE
Religious Education

Revenue Expenditure
General running cost e.g. salaries, rates, fuel etc.

RgI-RI
Registered Inspector (OFSTED)

RISE
Research and Information State Education Trust

Rising 5s
Children admitted to school in the term before they reach statutory school age.

ROA
Records of Achievement

ROLO
Record of Learning Outcomes

RSA
Royal Society of Arts

SACRE
Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education

SAI
Schools Access Initiative

SATS
Standard Attainment Tasks

SCA
Supplementary Credit Approval

SCAA
School Curriculum and Assessment Authority

SCD
Severe Communication Difficulties

SCEA
Service Children's Education Authority

SCITT
School-Centred Initial Teacher Training

SDP
School Development (Now SIP) Plan

SEN
Special Educational Needs

SENCO
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SENTs
Special Educational Needs Tribunals

SEO
Society of Education Officers

Setting
Putting pupils into different groups for a particular subject according to their ability in that subject.

SFM
Standard Figure of Maintenance

SHA
Secondary Heads Association

SI
Statutory Instrument

Sibling
A brother or sister.

SILO
School Industry Liaison Officer

SIP
School Improvement Plan (formerly SDP)

SLA
School Library Association

SLD
Severe Learning Difficulties

SLS
School Library Service

SMT
Senior Management Team

SN
Standard Number

SOC
School Organisation Committee

SOP
School Organisation Plan

SRB
Single Regeneration Budget

SSA
Standard Spending Assessment

SSFA
School Standard & Framework Act 1998

STA
Specialist Teacher Assistant

Standard Number
The number of pupils in each year group below which the governing body cannot legally refuse admission.

Statement of SEN
A statutory document that describes a child's special educational needs and how they are to be met. The process of making the assessment is know as statementing.

Statutory school Age
The period from the beginning of the term following a child's fifth birthday until the leaving date following his/her 16th birthday.

Streaming
A type of school organisation where children are placed according to their ability into groups in which they stay for most of their work.

TAG
Thurrock Association of Governors

TASC
Teaching as a Second Career

TASC
Thurrock Association of Schools & Colleges

TBC
Thurrock (Borough) Council

TCR
Teacher Contact Ratio

TDLB
Training and Development Lead Body Standards (GNVQ)

TEC
Training and Enterprise Council

TEED
Training Enterprise and Education Directorate

TEFL
Teaching English as a Foreign Language

TES
Times Educational Supplement

TESOL
Teaching English of Speakers of Other Languages

TPHA
Thurrock Primary Headteachers Association

TQM
Total Quality Management

TSO
The Stationery Office (formerly HMSO)

TTA
Teacher Training Agency

TUPE
Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment

U3A
University of the 'Third Age

UCAS
University and College Admissions Service

UNISON
The Union for Local Government Employees

UPN
Unique Pupil Number

VA
Voluntary Aided

VC
Voluntary Controlled

Vertical grouping
Classes formed in primary schools from children of different age-groups.

VFM
Value for Money

VI
Visually Impaired

Year Groups
Under the National Curriculum, year groups are numbered from Year 1 (5/6 year olds) to year 13 (17/18 year olds). Year R represents reception classes.

YOS
Youth Offending Service

YS
Youth Service