Glossary

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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/

AoC Create

AoC Create is the commercial subsidiary of the Association of Colleges. 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

AQA

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

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

ATL

Association of Teachers and Lecturers

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

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/

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

CIF

Common Inspection Framework

CPD

Continuing Professional Development

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

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

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

FS

Functional Skills

G

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

ILR

The Individualised Learner Record is a collection of data about students and their learning that is requested from providers in the further education and skills sector.

IoE

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

J

JANET

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

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/

L

LEP

Local Enterprise Partnership

LGA

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

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.

N

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/

NFER

National Foundation for Educational Research

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/

OLASS

Offenders Learning and Skills Service

OU

The Open University

P

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/

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.

S

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/

SLDD

Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

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

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/

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/

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