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Teachernet - A to Z of School Leadership
Category: Education > School leadership
Date & country: 15/12/2007, UK
Words: 234


School uniform
There is no legislation that deals specifically with the wearing of school uniform. It is for the governing body to decide whether there should be a school uniform and, if there is, what it should consist of.

School websites
Before setting up a website, schools need to consider the objectives for doing so, its purpose, the audience to be addressed, and how to protect their students, such as not revealing their identities and pictures etc.

Self evaluation
Rigorous self-evaluation lies at the heart of well managed and effective school improvement.

Sensory difficulties
There is a wide spectrum of sensory, multi-sensory and physical difficulties.

Sex and relationship education
Governing bodies of maintained primary schools must decide whether Sex and Relationship Education should be included in their school's curriculum and, if so, what the educational provision should consist of and how it should be organised.

Specialist schools
The Specialist Schools Programme helps schools, in partnership with private sector sponsors and supported by additional Government funding, to establish distinctive identities through their chosen specialisms and achieve their targets to raise standards.

Speech and language therapy
Prime responsibility for the provision of Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) services to children has rested with the NHS since 1974.

Staff recruitment
Head teachers have a professional duty to participate in the selection and appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff other than head teachers.

Standards fund
The Standards Fund is a programme of specific grants which enables schools and LEAs to achieve improvements in education standards set out in targets agreed between them. It includes such programmes as the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies and Excellence in Cities, as well as support for devolved capital spending by schools.

Study support
Study support is broadly defined as activity outside normal lesson time in which young people participate voluntarily. Activities can include homework, study and breakfast clubs; sports and outdoor activities; the creative arts; mentoring; opportunities to pursue particular interests such as languages or ICT and developing study skills. Its purpose…

Supply teachers
The Government is taking steps to raise the status and quality of supply teaching.

Support staff
On 15 January 2003, Ministers signed a national agreement with key partners including the local authority employers and school workforce unions. Key features of the agreement include contractual changes for teachers to bring about a progressive reduction in teachers' overall hours, a concerted attack on unnecessary paperwork and bureaucratic proces…

Sure start
Sure Start is part of the Government's drive to eradicate child poverty in 20 years and to halve it in 10.

Sustainable development
A sustainable development strategy for schools is being rolled out by the DfES in gradual stages over 2003/2004.

Target setting
Governing bodies of all maintained primary and secondary schools, including special schools (except special schools in hospitals), must set targets each autumn for improving pupil performance.

Taught time
Schools have considerable flexibility in how they develop their curriculum from the statutory requirements, for instance, in how much time is allocated to each curriculum area and whether subjects should be taught discretely. The time spent on each subject is for the school to decide and they can organise their timetable to reflect the school`s ind…

Teacher recruitment
Individual schools and governing bodies are responsible for recruiting and retaining their staff, and hold most of the budgets.

Teachers' pay
The School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) reports on pay and conditions of school teachers in England and Wales.

Teaching assistants
There is a wide variety of terminology used to describe adults who work in classrooms alongside teachers in schools. The term teaching assistant is an umbrella term the DfES uses to include classroom assistants, learning support assistants and others whose primary role is to assist the teacher in the classroom.

Teaching timetable
Schools have considerable flexibility in how they develop their curriculum from the statutory requirements, for instance, in how much time is allocated to each curriculum area and whether subjects should be taught discretely. The time spent on each subject is for the school to decide and they can organise their timetable to reflect the school`s ind…

Term dates
The Department does not control the length and timing of school holidays in Scotland and Wales; the Scottish Office and the Welsh Office make that decision.

Threshold assessment
Threshold assessment provides good teachers with an opportunity to apply for a consolidated pay increase of £2076 and access more pay.

TIPD
Teachers' International Development Programme - Launched in 2000 the TIPD programme enables teachers to experience international educational systems by participating in visits to overseas schools to study themes of relevance to the curriculum.

Training & Development Agency (TDA)
The Training & Development Agency (TDA) was set up by the Education Act 2005.

Training schools
Training schools were established to improve standards in initial teacher training as outlined in the Government's Green Paper, Teachers - Meeting the Challenge of Change.

Trespassers
Schools are not public places to which any member of the public is entitled to have access.

Uniform
There is no legislation that deals specifically with the wearing of school uniform. It is for the governing body to decide whether there should be a school uniform and, if there is, what it should consist of.

Unions
Unions and associations can be useful sources of information and advice for members.

Value added
Value added shows the progress made by an individual or a group compared with the average progress made by similar pupils nationally between Key Stages, i.e. the relative progress they have made.

Value for money
The Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998 has made changes to the ways in which schools are funded so that a greater proportion of funding is devolved to schools for them to spend.

Volunteering
If young people are to get the maximum benefit from their years at school, then the support that volunteers provide in supporting teachers, administration of the school and helping young people with particular needs is vital.

Work experience
Work experience is an important part of a young person's education.

Working with business
How working with businesses can help raise standards in schools.

Young carers
In 1996, it was estimated that there were 51,000 young carers in the UK, but estimates from a study from the Children Society released in May 2003 suggest that this may be as high as 149,000.