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

Professional Association of Teachers

Physical education

Postgraduate Certificate of EducationA postgraduate-level teacher training qualification. Find out more about PGCEs

Priority subjects
Mathematics, English (including drama), information and communications technology ( ICT), design and technology ( D&T), science, modern languages, Welsh – teachers teaching these subjects qualify for additional financial incentives

Performance related pay

Personal, social and health education

Parent-teacher association

Pupil referral unit
Schools established and maintained by LEAs to cater for children of compulsory school age who may otherwise not receive suitable education. Their focus is on getting pupils back into a mainstream school

Quality assessment framework

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Qualified teacher statusThe status trainee teachers achieve by meeting all of the required Standards. You must have this qualification to teach in a state-maintained school. Find out more about achieving QTS

Recommending bodyA school, local education authority, higher education institution or any other body that can organise an appropriate teacher training plan

Registered Teacher ProgrammeAn employment-based teacher training programme. Find out more about the RTP

Schools in special measure
Schools deemed by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools to be failing to provide an acceptable standard of education to its pupils

School-centred initial teacher trainingTeacher training provided by schools in partnership with higher education institutions and local education authorities. Find out more about SCITT

Special educational needs

SEN coordinatorThe teacher in school with responsibility for the delivery of services for children with special educational needs

Secondary Heads AssociationNow known as the Association of School and College Leaders, see ASCL above

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

State schools
Otherwise known as publicly funded schools and attended by over 90 per cent of pupils. Parents do not pay any fees

Teaching assistant

Training and Development Agency for SchoolsFormerly the Teacher Training Agency. Visit the TDA corporate website for more information about our organisation

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Times Educational SupplementA good source of information about teaching job vacancies

Teaching Information LineTelephone helpline staffed by specialist consultants who provide advice and information for people interested in a career in teaching

Training to Teach in London Event

Teacher training recruitment scheme in Wales

Universities & Colleges Admissions ServiceThe agency responsible for processing applications for undergraduate courses in the UK

Voluntary aided schools
Schools in England and Wales, maintained by the local authority, for which a foundation (generally religious) appoints most of the governing body

Voluntary controlled school
Schools in England and Wales, maintained by the local authority, for which a foundation (generally religious) appoints some – but not most – of the governing body

Year 1 to Year 13
The way year groups are divided in English schools, from nursery through to sixth form Reception year: 4/5-year-olds; Year 1: 5/6-year-olds; Year 2: 6/7-year-olds; Year 3: 7/8-year-olds; Year 4: 8/9-year-olds; Year 5: 9/10-year-olds; Year 6: 10/11-year-olds; Year 7: 11/12-year-olds; Year 8: 12/13-year-olds; Year 9: 13/14-year-olds; Year 10: 14/15-year-olds; Year 11: 15/16-year-olds; Year 12: 16/17-year-olds; Year 13: 17/18-year-olds.