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Glossary

A-level

Advanced level

A2

The second part of an A-level qualification

academy

Publicly funded independent school that provides free education to pupils of all abilities (can be primary, secondary or special)

ACAS

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Access courses

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

ADD

Attention deficit disorder

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

AfL

Assessment for Learning

APP

Assessing pupils' progress

APS

Average point score

AQA

Formerly the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance

ARA

Assessment and reporting arrangements

AS-level

Advanced subsidiary level; either a stand-alone qualification or the first part of an A-level

ASCL

Association of School and College Leaders

ASD

Autistic spectrum disorder

ASL

Additional and specialist learning

AST

Advanced skills teacher

ATL

Association of Teachers and Lecturers

BESD

Behaviour, emotional and social difficulties

BIS

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BME

Black and minority ethnic

BSL

British sign language

CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CAT

Cognitive ability test

CC

Charity Commission

CFR

Consistent financial reporting

cluster

Group of schools that comes together for a particular purpose

community schools

State schools in England and Wales that are wholly owned and maintained by the local authority (LA). The LA has main responsibility for deciding arrangements for admitting pupils

community special schools

The special school equivalent of community schools, which cater wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs

COSHH

Control of substances hazardous to health

CPD

Continuing professional development

CTF

Common transfer file

CVA

Contextual value added (no longer calculated)

D&T

Design and technology

DBS

Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau)

DCSF

Department for Children, Schools and Families (now DfE)

DDA

Disability Discrimination Act (has been replaced by the Equality Act 2010)

DED

Disability equality duty

DENI

Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

DES

Disability equality scheme

DFC

Devolved formula capital

DfE

Department for Education

DH

Department of Health

DPA

Data Protection Act 1998

DSBM

Diploma of School Business Management

DSG

Dedicated Schools Grant

EAB

Examinations Appeals Board

EAL

English as an additional language

EBacc

English Baccalaureate

EBD

Emotional and behavioural difficulties

EBITT

Employment-based initial teacher training provider

EFA

Education Funding Agency

EHCP

Education, health and care plan

EHRC

Equality and Human Rights Commission

ELCI

Employers’ liability (compulsory) insurance

EMAS

Ethnic minority achievement service

EPS

Education psychology service

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

EWO

Education welfare officer

EWS

Education welfare service

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage

EYP

Early years professional

EYPS

Early years professional status

FE

Further education

federation

A formal agreement by which schools share a single governing body

FEI

Further education institution

FFT

Fischer Family Trust

FGB

Full governing body

FOIA

Freedom of Information Act

foundation school

An LA-maintained school that has more freedom than a community school, e.g. to manage its own admissions

foundation special school

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

Free school

All-ability, state-funded independent school set up due to local demand

FSM

Free school meals

GAG

General Annual Grant

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education

GEAP

Gender equality action plan

GES

Gender equality scheme

GIA

Gender impact assessment

GLH

Guided learning hours

GRT

Gypsy Roma Traveller

G&T

Gifted and talented

GTP

Graduate Teacher Programme

HI

Hearing impairment

HLTA

Higher level teaching assistant

HMCI

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools

HMI

Her Majesty's Inspectorate

HND

Higher national diploma

HoD

Head of department

HoY

Head of year

HSE

Health and Safety Executive

ICO

Information Commissioner's Office

ICT

Information and communication technology

IEB

Interim executive board

IEP

Individual education plan

IiP

Investors in People

IM

Information memorandum

IMS

Information management service

IMS

Information management system

INSET

In-service education and training

IoE

Institute of Education

ISA

Independent Safeguarding Authority

ISR

Individual school range

ITE

Initial teacher education

ITT

Initial teacher training

KS1/2/3/4/5

Key Stages 1/2/3/4/5

LA

Link adviser

LA

Local authority

LACSEG

Local authority central spend equivalent grant

LD

Learning difficulty

leadership group

Headteacher, deputy heads, assistant heads, bursars and others as decided by the headteacher and/or the governors

Leading Edge

National network for high performing schools

LGA

Local Government Association

LM

Learning mentor

LSA

Learning support assistant

LSCB

Local safeguarding children board

LSU

Learning support unit

MED

Medical needs

MFG

Minimum funding guarantee

MFL

Modern foreign languages

middle school

A school with KS2 and KS3 pupils. Depending on the age balance of those pupils, the school can be deemed primary or secondary

MIS

Management information system

MLE

Managed learning environment

MLD

Moderate learning difficulties

MPR

Main pay range

NAHT

National Association of Head Teachers

NAPTA

The National Association of Professional Teaching Assistants

NASBM

National Association of School Business Management

NASEN

Formerly the National Association for Special Educational Needs

NASUWT

Formerly the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers

National College

National College for Teaching and Leadership

NC

National Curriculum

NDPB

Non-departmental public body

NFER

National Foundation for Educational Research

NGA

National Governors’ Association

NHSP

National Healthy Schools Programme

NHSP

Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

NHSS

National Healthy Schools status

NLE

National Leaders of Education

NLG

National Leaders of Governance

NLS

National Literary Strategy

NOR

Number on roll

NPQH

National Professional Qualification for Headship

NQF

National Qualifications Framework

NQT

Newly qualified teacher

NSS

National support school

NUT

National Union of Teachers

NVQ

National Vocational Qualification

OCR

Ofsted childcare register

OCR

Formerly Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations

OEAP

Outdoor education advisers' panel

Ofsted

Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

OSC

Office of the Schools Commissioner

OTT

Overseas trained teacher

OTTP

Overseas trained teacher programme

PAN

Published admission number

PD

Physical difficulty

PE

Physical education

PFI

Private finance initiative

PGCE

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

PHE

Public Health England

PM

Performance management

PMLD

Profound and multiple learning disabilities

PPA

Preparation, planning and assessment (time)

PPD

Postgraduate professional development

PPP

Public private partnership

PPS

Parent partnership service

PRP

Performance-related pay

PRU

Pupil referral unit

PSED

Public sector equality duty

PSHE

Personal, social and health education

PSHEE

Personal, social, health and economic education

PSVE

Personal, social and vocational education

PSP

Pastoral support programme

PTA

Parent-teacher association

PTA-UK

National charity supporting PTAs

QTS

Qualified teacher status

QCF

Qualifications and credit framework

RAISEonline

Reporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self Evaluation. Provides interactive analysis of school and pupil performance data

RAP

Raising attainment plan

RBA

Raising boys' achievement

RIDDOR

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations

RIPA

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

RoSPA

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

RPA

Raising the participation age

SA

School action

SACRE

Standing advisory council for religious education

SAP / SA+

School action plus

SCITT

School-centred initial teacher training

SCR

Single central record

SDP

School development plan

SEAL

Social and emotional aspects of learning

SEF

Self-evaluation framework/form

SEMH

Social, emotional and mental health needs

SEN

Special educational needs

SENCO

Special educational needs co-ordinator

SEND

Special educational needs and disability

SES

Socio-economic status

SGOSS

Formerly the School Governors' One Stop Shop

SIP

School improvement plan

SIP

School improvement partner

SLCN

Speech, language and communication needs

SLD

Severe learning difficulties

SLT

Senior leadership team

SMSC

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural

SMT

Senior management team

SpLD

Specific learning difficulties

STA

Standards and Testing Agency

STPCD

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document

STRB

School Teachers’ Review Body

TA

Teaching assistant

TA

Teaching Agency (now incorporated into the National College)

TDA

Training and Development Agency for Schools (decommissioned)

Teaching school

School offering school-centred initial teacher training

TES

Traveller education service

TES

Times Educational Supplement

TLR

Teaching and learning responsibility

TNA

Training needs analysis

TOIL

Time off in lieu

UPR

Upper pay range

VA

Value added

VA school

Voluntary aided school, maintained by the LA but responsible for its own admissions and employment

VC school

Voluntary controlled school, maintained by the LA. The LA controls admissions and is the employer

VfM

Value for money

VI

Visual impairment

VLE

Virtual learning environment

WRL

Work-related learning