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TDA - Teaching and training glossary
Category: Education > Teaching
Date & country: 15/01/2008, UK
Words: 131


ACAC
Qualifications, Curriculum & Assessment Authority for Wales

Access courses
Courses designed to prepare those without A-levels for the challenges of higher education

ASCL
Association of School and College LeadersFormerly the Secondary Heads Association

AST
Advanced skills teacherA school leadership role which is mainly classroom-based, allowing experienced, excellent teachers to continue developing their careers without having to take on management responsibilities

ATL
Association of Teachers and Lecturers

ATP
Approved Training Provider

AVCE
Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education

BA with QTS
Bachelor of arts with qualified teacher statusA degree in an arts or humanities-based subject which also leads to qualified teacher status. Find out more about BA with QTS courses

Becta
British Educational Communications and Technology AgencyThe lead government body for ICT in education

BEd with QTS
Bachelor of education with qualified teacher statusA degree in education which also leads to qualified teacher status. Find out more about BEd courses

BSc with QTS
Bachelor of science with qualified teacher statusA degree in a science-based subject which also leads to qualified teacher status. Find out more about BSc with QTS courses

CATE
Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education

CCEA
Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

CILT
Centre for Information on Language Teaching

City Academies
Publicly funded independent schools set up and run by sponsors, providing free education to secondary age pupils of all abilities, including provision for children with special educational needs. City Academies have state of the art facilities, through which they offer a broad and balanced curriculum, including a specialism

CLEA
Council of Local Education Authorities

Co-educational
The teaching of pupils of both sexes in the same school or college

Community schools
State schools in England and Wales which are wholly owned and maintained by the local education authority. The LEA has main responsibility for deciding arrangements for admitting pupils

Community Special Schools
The special school equivalent of mainstream community schools which cater wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs

Comprehensive
A secondary school for pupils of all abilities

Connexions
A government support service for young people which aims to ensure success through learning and a smooth transition to adulthood and working life for every young person

CPD
Continuing professional development

CTC
City Technology College

DCSF
Department for Children, Schools and FamiliesThe English government department that creates policy

DENI
Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

Denominational school
A school with its own particular beliefs, organisation and practices

DfES
Department for Education and SkillsThe former English government department that created policy – as of June 2007, DfES was replaced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS)

DfTE
Department for Training and Education (Wales)The Welsh government department which creates policy

DHT
Deputy headteacher

DIUS
Department for Innovation, Universities and SkillsThe English government department responsible for science and innovation, with further and higher education and skills

DRB
Designated recommending body (see EBITT)Â

EAL
English as an additional language

EBITT
Employment based initial teacher training (formerly DRB)

EBR
Employment-based routes into teaching (see EBTTS)

EBTT
Employment-based teacher training

EBTTS
Employment based teacher training scheme (formerly EBR)For example, the Graduate Teacher Programme and the Registered Teacher Programme

EEA
European Economic Area

Extended school
A school that provides a range of services and activities often beyond the school day to help meet the needs of its pupils, their families and the wider community

FAQ
Frequently asked question

FE
Further education

FEI
Further education institutionA school or college offering pre-degree level education

Foundation school
Type of state school which is run by the local authority but which has more freedom than community schools to manage the school and decide on its own admissions

Foundation special schools
A foundation schools that caters wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs

Foundation stage
The earliest years of schooling for UK children (ages 3-5 years)

GCSE
General Certificate of Secondary EducationExamination usually taken at the end of compulsory schooling in England and Wales

GMS
Grant maintained school

GNVQ
General National Vocational QualificationExamination in a subject which is not academic

Golden hello
A taxable bonus payment for newly qualified teachers on approved postgraduate routes in England. The bonus is paid after successful completion of the induction year. Find out more about the golden hello

Grammar schools
Grammar schools select all or almost all of their pupils with reference to academic ability

GRTP
Graduate and Registered Teacher ProgrammesAn collective term for the GTP and the RTP

GSA
Girls' Schools Association

GTCE
General Teaching Council for EnglandThe professional body for teachers and teaching in England

GTCW
General Teaching Council for WalesThe professional body for teachers and teaching in Wales

GTP
Graduate Teacher ProgrammeAn employment-based teacher training programme for graduates. Find out more about the GTP

GTTR
Graduate Teacher Training RegistryThe central agency responsible for processing applications for most postgraduate initial teacher training courses (ie PGCEs)

HEI
Higher education institutionA university, school or college offering degree-level and postgraduate education

HESA
Higher Education Statistics Agency

HLTA
Higher level teaching assistant

HMCI
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools

HND
Higher National DiplomaA two-year intermediate level qualification, equating to two years of a degree course

HOD
Head of department

HOY
Head of year

Humanities
A collective term for a range of subjects including: history, geography, religious studies, sociology and others

ICT
Information and communications technology

Inset
In-service education and trainingTraining for qualified teachers

ISIS
Independent Schools Information Service

ITT
Initial teacher trainingCourse of training that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). Find out more about initial teacher training

ITT provider
A school, college or university that offers initial teacher training courses. Find out more about ITT providers

Key stages
The different stages of compulsory schooling in the UK. The teacher training you receive will be provided according to the needs the key stages you intend to teach

KS1
Key stage 1First stage of compulsory schooling for UK children (ages 5-7 years)

KS2
Key stage 2Second stage of compulsory schooling for UK children (ages 7-11 years)

KS3
Key stage 3Third stage of compulsory schooling for UK children (ages 12-13 years)

KS4
Key stage 4Fourth stage of compulsory schooling for UK children (ages 14-16 years)

LA
Local authorityThese organisations provide services for schools in their area

Leadership group
Headteachers, deputy heads and assistant heads

Leading edge schools
Schools selected from the country's best schools to act as a lever to transform secondary education, to engineer the growth of collaborative learning communities and federations, and to promote innovation, research and development to push the boundaries of current teaching practice

LMS
Local management of schools

LPSH
Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers

LSA
Learning support assistant

Mainstream schools
Belonging or relating to the mainstream in accordance with what is 'normal' or 'standard,' as opposed to a 'special school'

Maintained school
A school that is maintained by the state

MFL
Modern foreign languagesFrench, Spanish, German

Middle school
A middle school has pupils from KS2 and KS3. Depending on the age balance of those pupils the school can be deemed primary or secondary

MPS
Main Pay ScaleDetermines classroom teachers' basic salaries. There are now two scales: one for England and Wales and one for inner London

MQ
Mandatory qualification

NAHT
National Association of Headteachers

NASUWT
National Union of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers

NATFHE
National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education

NC
National CurriculumCovers what pupils should be taught in state maintained schools. The National Curriculum embraces 12 subjects overall, and is divided into four Key Stages according to age

NCSL
National College for School Leadership

NPQH
National Professional Qualification for Headship

NQT
Newly qualified teacherA teacher who has just been awarded qualified teacher status

NUT
National Union of Teachers

NVQ
National Vocational QualificationA vocational qualification completed in the workplace and available at levels 1-5

Ofsted
Office for Standards in Education

Open schools programme
Schools which offer people considering a career in teaching a day's experience

OTT
Overseas trained teacherIndividuals who have teaching qualifications gained outside the UK

OTTP
Overseas trained teacher programmeAn individually tailored programme of training and assessment enabling OTTs to achieve qualified teacher status in England. Find out more about the OTTP

OU
Open University

Partially selective schools
Partially selective schools select a proportion of their pupils according to ability or aptitude