Glossary

A

ACER

Association of Colleges for the Eastern Region. ACER represents the further education, tertiary, sixth form and land-based olleges in the East of England.
http://www.acer.ac.uk/

ADCS

The Association of Directors of Children's Services

http://www.adcs.org.uk/

AELP

Association of Employers and Learning Providers

http://www.aelp.org.uk/

ALT

Association for Learning Technology

http://www.alt.ac.uk/

AMiE

AMiE is the leadership section of ATL representing leaders and managers in schools and colleges.

http://amie.atl.org.uk/

AO

Awarding Organisation

AoC Create

AoC Create is the commercial subsidiary of the Association of Colleges. Two reasons to get to know us? All the money we make is invested back to benefit AoC members – so when you work with us, you’re supporting the further education sector. And because we operate at the heart of the college sector, no-one understands its needs better.

http://www.aoc-create.co.uk

AoC Jobs

AoC Jobs is the specialist job board for the further education sector, provided by the Association of Colleges. Visit the site at www.aocjobs.com

APEL

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning. APEL is concerned with credit-rating learning outcomes (ie what a student has achieved) gained through experience usually in the workplace, either through paid employment or in voluntary work. 

APL

Accreditation of Prior Learning. APL includes assessed learning gained from life and work experience.

AQA

Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, one of the awarding bodies in England.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

ATL

Association of Teachers and Lectures

https://www.atl.org.uk/

B

BA

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or programme.

BAAL

British Association for Applied Linguistics
http://www.baal.org.uk/

BEd

A Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) is an undergraduate academic degree which prepares students for work as a teacher in schools, though in some countries additional work must be done in order for the student to be fully qualified to teach.

BERA

The British Educational Research Association (BERA) is a member-led organisation dedicated to supporting educational researchers and promoting high quality research in education.
http://www.bera.ac.uk/

BESA

British Educational Suppliers Association. The trade association for educational suppliers.
http://www.besa.org.uk

BILD

The British Institute of Learning Difficulties (The BILD)
http://www.thebild.org/

BIS

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills. The policy areas covered by the department include skills, higher education, innovation, science, business and trade policy.
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-innovation-skills

BSc

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for science-based completed courses.

C

C&G

City and Guilds. A vocational awarding body in the UK.
http://www.cityandguilds.com/

CBI

Confederation of British Industry. The representative organisation providing a voice for employers at a national and international level.
http://www.cbi.org.uk/

CCEA

Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment is the body responsible in Northern Ireland for advising Government on what should be taught in schools, monitoring standards of qualifications and examinations and awarding qualifications.
http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/

CEDEFOP

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training

Supports development of European VET policies and contributes to their implementation.

http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/Index.aspx

CELTA

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

CERI

The Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI) does extensive research work which covers learning at all ages, from birth to old age. It goes beyond the formal education system. While having a particular concern with emerging trends and issues, CERI reflects on the futures of schools and universities.
http://www.oecd.org/edu/ceri/

CIF

Common Inspection Framework

CPC

The Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) is owned and run on behalf of the further education sector. The income generated from CPC collaboration will be invested into facilitating better procurement in FE institutions.
http://www.thecpc.ac.uk/

CPD

Continuing Professional Development

CRB

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.
https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

CSIE

Centre for Studies in Inclusive Education
http://www.csie.org.uk/

D

DBS

Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau
https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

DfE

The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for education and children's services.
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

DWP

Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy.
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions

E

e-assessment

Originally any sort of examination on a computer, but it is starting to become more common referring to work submitted and marked by computer and not by hand. This can include essays (there are a number of research projects being done comparing the accuracy of work marked by hand as opposed to work marked by software).

e-learning

The central concept is learning online, either from software on a computer or accessing materials from the internet, but in general it applies to students learning in a distance learning environment whether they are studying from home, or work, but not in a classroom or lecture setting with other students.

EAL

English as an Additional Language

EAP

English for Academic Purposes

Edexcel

Edexcel is a Pearson company. Pearson Education Limited (Pearson) is the UK's largest awarding organisation, offering academic and vocational qualifications and training to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.
http://www.edexcel.com/Pages/Home.aspx

EFA

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) funds and regulates education and training for students to the age of 19. The EFA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Education.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/education-funding-agency

EFL

English as a Foreign Language

EIS

The Educational Institute of Scotland is Scotland’s largest education trade union.
http://www.eis.org.uk/

ELT

English Language Teaching

EMA

Education Maintenance Allowance can be claimed if studying in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. EMA is now closed in England.
https://www.gov.uk/education-maintenance-allowance-ema

ESF

European Social Fund
http://ec.europa.eu/esf/home.jsp

ESOL

English for Speakers of Other Languages

ESRC

The Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues.
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/

F

FAB

Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) is the trade association for vocational awarding bodies in the UK.
http://www.awarding.org.uk/

FE

Further Education

FETL

The Further Education Trust for Leadership - www.fetl.org.uk

FL

Foundation Learning

FLLN

Family Literacy, Language and Numeracy

FS

Functional Skills

FSMQ

Free Standing Mathematics Qualification - suite of Mathematical Qualifications available at Levels 1 to 3 in the National Qualifications Framework

FT

Full time

G

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education a key qualification spanning Levels 1 and 2 of the National Qualifications Framework and primarily taken at the end of key stage 4

GEST

Grants for Education, Support and Training (CPD Programme in Wales)

GTCE

General Teaching Council for England

GTCNI

General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland

GTCS

General Teaching Council for Scotland

GTCW

General Teaching Council for Wales

GTP

Graduate Teacher Programme - this programme is designed to allow schools to employ unqualified teachers who are preparing for qualified teaching status assessment, assess them against the standards, and devise individual training plans for them.

GTTR

Graduate Teacher Training Registry

Guild HE

Recognised membership body for specialist HE providers

http://guildhe.ac.uk/

H

HE

Higher Education

HEA

Higher Education Academy – responsible for supporting academic staff with professional recognition, networking and development opportunities, and advice and support throughout their careers.
http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/home

HEFCE

Higher Education Funding Council for England
http://www.hefce.ac.uk/

HEIs

Higher Education Institutions - these encompass colleges of higher education, university colleges and universities.

HESA

Higher Education Statistics Agency. HESA is the official non-governmental agency that collects, distributes and analyses HE data

http://www.hesa.ac.uk/

I

ICT

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is often used as an extended synonym for information technology (IT).

IfL

Institute for Learning (FE professional body)
http://www.ifl.ac.uk/

ILP

Individual Learning Plan 

ILR

The Individualised Learner Record (ILR) is a collection of data about students and their learning that is requested from providers in the further education and skills sector.
http://www.theia.org.uk/ilr/

INSET

In-Service Education of Teachers (INSET) days are one of a series of days in most schools/colleges during term time,  on which school sessions are not required to be run, and the pupils do not attend school. On the inset day, the staff are required to attend training or complete administration tasks.

IoE

Institute of Education, University of London
http://www.ioe.ac.uk/

ISAS

International Survey of Adult Skills
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-survey-of-adult-skills-2012

IT

Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise. 

ITE

Initial Teacher Education

ITT

Initial Teacher Training

ITTE

Information Technology in Teacher Education

J

JANET

Joint Academic Network (Ja.net) is the UK’s research and education network.
https://www.ja.net/

JCP

Job Centre Plus is a brand used by the UK Department for Work and Pensions for its working-age support service in the United Kingdom, its services offered directly by the Department for Work and Pensions.

JCQ

Joint Council for Qualifications
http://www.jcq.org.uk/

JISC

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) represents the UK further and higher education sector on the international educational technology standards initiatives.
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/

JMC

Joint Mathematical Council of the UK
http://www.jmcuk.org.uk/

K

Key Stages

Introduced through the Education Reform Act 1988. Learning in maintained and special schools is divided into different periods of learning:

The stages are as follows:

Key stage 0 covers students aged 3 to 5
Key stage 1 covers students aged 5 to 7
Key stage 2 covers students aged 7 to 11
Key stage 3 covers students aged 11 to 14
Key stage 4 covers students aged 14 to 16
Key stage 5 covers students aged 16 to 19 (Sixth Form, FE colleges)

L

LA

Local Authority

LARA

Learning Aims Reference Application

LEA

Local Education Authority

LEC

Local Enterprise Company (part of the Scottish Enterprise Network) is a public-sector organisation in Scotland with responsibility for local economic development activities.

LEP

Local Enterprise Partnership

LGA

Local Government Association
http://www.local.gov.uk/

LLDD

Learners with Learning Difficulties and or Disabilities

LMI

Labour Market Intelligence - the data includes information about the past, present and future structure and working of the labour market and the factors that influence it.  Included is information on occupations at a local, regional and national level, average earnings, skill shortages, demand by employers and education levels.

LMS

Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses or training programs

M

MEI

Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) is committed to improving mathematics education and promotes teaching and learning through different strands of activity.
http://www.mei.org.uk/

MLP

Minimum Levels of Performance replaced by MS

MS

Minimum Standards. Nationally set standards for qualifications set by the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency annually

N

NAACE

National Association of Advisers for Computers in Education (NAACE) is the ICT association. They are a community of educators, technologists and policy makers who share a vision for the role of technology in advancing education.
http://www.naace.co.uk/

NAMA

National Association of Mathematics Advisers
http://www.nama.org.uk/

NANAMIC

National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges
http://www.nanamic.org.uk/

NAO

National Audit Office

NATECLA

National Association of Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults 

NATSPEC

Association of National Specialist Colleges (Natspec) is the membership association for independent specialist colleges that provide further education for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
http://www.natspec.org.uk/

NDAQ

National Database of Accredited Qualifications 

NDPB

Non-departmental public body

NESTA

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
http://www.nesta.org.uk/

NFEC

National Forum of Engineering Centres

NFER

National Foundation for Educational Research

NIESR

National Institute for Economic and Social Research
http://niesr.ac.uk/

NLN

The National Learning Network (NLN) is a national partnership programme aiming to increase the uptake of Information and Learning Technology (ILT) across post-16 education in England.
http://www.nln.ac.uk/

NQT

Newly Qualified Teacher

NRDC

The National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) is a consortium of partners, dedicated to conducting research and development projects into adult literacy, numeracy, ESOL and ICT.
http://www.nrdc.org.uk/

NUS

The National Union of Students is an organisation that promotes, defends and extends the rights of students and develops and champions strong local students' unions
http://www.nus.org.uk/

NVQ

National Vocational Qualification

O

OCR

Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) is a UK awarding body, providing qualifications for learners of all ages at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes awarding bodies in England.
http://www.ocr.org.uk/

OECD

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
http://www.oecd.org/unitedkingdom/

OFFA

The Office for Fair Access is an independent public body that helps safeguard and promote fair access to higher education.

http://www.offa.org.uk/

Ofqual

The Office of Examination Qualifications and Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.
http://ofqual.gov.uk/

Ofsted

Office for Standards in Education
http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/

OIA

Office of the Independent Adjudicator the final external arbiter for HE student complaints
http://www.oiahe.org.uk/

OLASS

Offenders Learning and Skills Service

OMEP

l'Organisation mondiale pour l'education prescolaire. World Organisation for Early Childhood Education
http://www.omepuk.org.uk/

OTTP

Overseas Trained Teacher Programme

OU

The Open University

P

PCET

Post-Compulsory Education and Training
http://www.pcet.net/

PGCE

Postgraduate Certificate in Education -a one-year postgraduate qualification needed to teach in English state schools

PISA

Programme for International Student Assessment - a collaborative study among 28 member countries of OECD and four others to assess the knowledge and skills of 15-year olds in literacy, numeracy and science.
http://www.oecd.org/pisa/

PMLD

Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

POS

Programme of study in individual subjects of the national curriculum taught during the four key stages

POST

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
http://www.parliament.uk/post

PT

Part-Time

Q

QA

Quality Assurance

QAA

Quality Assurance Agency , the Agency responsible for HE external quality assurance
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Pages/default.aspx

QCF

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is the national credit transfer system for education qualification in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

QSR

Qualification Success Rate

QTS

Qualified teacher status required by teachers to work in maintained schools and special schools in England and Wales

R

RAPAL

Research and Practice in Adult Literacy - independent network organisation focusing on the role of literacy in adult life.
http://rapal.org.uk/

RARPA

Recognising and Recording Progress and achievement-a recognised method for recording progress for students with learning difficulties or others on non qualification courses

REF

Research Excellence Framework – system to assess the quality of research in UK HEI. It will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and will be completed in 2014.
http://www.ref.ac.uk/

RSA

Royal Society of Arts
http://www.thersa.org/

S

Scottish Funding Council

The distributor funding from the Scottish Government to the countries colleges and universities 

SEDA

Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK,
http://www.seda.ac.uk/

SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SFA

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) the Agency funds and regulates education and training for adults, except higher education. The SFA is an Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/

SLC

The Student Loans Company works with Local Authorities in Wales, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, the Education and Library boards in Northern Ireland, Higher Education Institutions and HM Revenue & Customs, to provide student financial support in the UK.

http://www.slc.co.uk/

SLD

Severe Learning Difficulties

SLDD

Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

SPA

Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) works with universities and colleges to enhance good practice, excellence and professionalism in the recruitment and selection of students to higher education.-

http://www.spa.ac.uk/

SpLD

Specific Learning Difficulties

SQA

Scottish Qualifications Authority is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees 

SSC

Sector Skills Councils are independent, employer-led, UK–wide organisations designed to build a skills system that is driven by employer demand

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – key subjects covered.

Study Programmes

All students in full or part-time education aged 16 to 19 are expected to follow a study programme tailored to their individual needs, education and employment goals, including students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

T

TEFL

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

TES

The Times Educational Supplement

TESOL

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

TPS

Teachers' Pension Scheme now known as Teachers’ Pensions

TUC

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) is the national trade union centre in the UK, representing the vast majority of organised workers.
http://www.tuc.org.uk/

U

UCAS

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
http://www.ucas.com/

UCEA

Universities and Colleges Employers Association
http://www.ucea.ac.uk/

UCET

Universities Council for the Education of Teachers
http://www.ucet.ac.uk/

UCLES

University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate. The non-teaching department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation. Cambridge Assessment is the brand name of UCLES.
http://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/

UCU

University and College Union. A trade union formed by the merger of Natfhe and AUT. UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK.
http://www.ucu.org.uk/

UfI

University for Industry. A charity that provides funding for initiatives that improve the accessibility and delivery of adult learning through the use of technology.
http://www.ufi.co.uk/

UKCES

UK Commission for Employment and Skills
http://www.ukces.org.uk/

ULF

Union Learning Fund. Fund, sponsored by the DBIS, that aims to support unions working in partnership projects to develop workplace learning opportunities for employees
http://www.unionlearningfund.org.uk/

ULN

Unique Learner Number

ULR

Union Learning Representative. The union learning representative is a category of union activist, trained in advising members on learning needs and opportunities.

UTCs

University Technical College

UUK

Universities UK (UUK) is the recognised membership organisation for universities in the UK.
http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/

V

VLE

Virtual Learning Environment

W

WBL

Work Based Learning

WBSN, The Network

Workplace Basic Skills Network (WBSN) is now known as The Network. It is a national organisation based at Lancaster University working with other agencies to help to establish and manage workplace basic skills development.

WEA

Workers' Educational Association (WEA) is a charity and the largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in the UK.
http://www.wea.org.uk/

Whole Organisation Approach

An approach to Skills for Life that demands literacy, numeracy and language provision be a priority for all levels of the organisation. Embedding Skills for Life in teaching programmes is central to this. 

Y

YCS

Youth Cohort Study

YOI

Young Offender Institution

YOP

Youth Offender Panel

YOT

Youth Offending Team