The Common Assessment Framework is a standardised approach to conducting an assessment of a child's additional needs and deciding how those needs should be met. It can be used by practitioners across children's services.
Spending on building projects and equipment above a designated value.
A defined area around a school, within which some admissions authorities give priority to children who live there.
The role of the chair includes running meetings, working with the head of the school and ensuring that the governing body's affairs are conducted in accordance with the law.
Also see Governor
In general, no charge can be made for transport, admissions, or educational visits during school hours. The local authority or governing body may not charge for anything unless they have drawn up a statement of general policy on charging.
Chartered London Teacher status was launched in September 2004, and is designed to recognise and reward the skills and expertise of London teachers.
Also see London Challenge
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services provide high quality, multidisciplinary mental health services to all children and young people with mental health problems and disorders.
Also see Every Child Matters (ECM)
The Children Act 1989 places a general duty on social services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and also to make enquiries when there is concern that a child may be suffering or is suffering harm. Child protection is the general term commonly used to describe work with children who have been identified as suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm - in other words, children requiring protection from harm.
The Children Act provides the legislative framework for ”private” and “public” law relating to children and families. Private family law covers parental responsibility (what it means and who may have it) and the role of the courts in resolving disputes. Public law deals with the duties and powers of local authorities in protecting and promoting the welfare of children.
The CYPP is a local authority's strategic plan for children's education and social services, covering all services from Sure Start to 16 to 19 education policy.
The term children in care includes: all children being looked after by a local aurhority; those subject to a care order under section 31 of the Children Act 1989; and those looked after on a voluntary basis through an agreement with their parents under section 20 of that Act.
According the Children Act 1989 a 'child in need' may be: disabled; unlikely to have, or to have the opportunity to have, a reasonable standard of health or development without services from a local authority; or unlikely to progress in terms of health or development without services from a local authority.
The Office of the Children's Commissioner is an independent organisation set up by Parliament as part of the Children Act 2004 to look after the interests and act as the voice of children and young people.
A programme that provides funding for child protection schemes and support networks. It focuses on developing services that support multi-agency working, including services that identify children showing early signs of difficulty. The aim is to prevent children falling into drug abuse, truancy, exclusion, unemployment and crime, and to raise aspirations and prevent underachievement.
A statutory subject at Key Stages 3 and 4. The three inter related components that should run through all education for citizenship are social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy.
Also see PSHE
A former name for academies.
Also see Academy
A facility providing state-of-the-art ICT-based learning opportunities for the pupils at the host school, for pupils at a network of surrounding schools, and for the wider community.
A group of schools, normally geographically close together, which is subject to an initial projection of pupil numbers.
Pupils are banded together into a cohort defined by their year group or ability.
All maintained schools provide daily collective worship for registered pupils (apart from those who have been withdrawn by their parents). This is usually provided within a daily assembly. The Department provides a model policy that schools can use as a template when devising their collective worship policy.
When pupils transfer schools, the CTF is used to ensure that specific information about the pupil is transferred from the old to the new school.
This includes not only those within schools, pupils, staff and governors but also people in the wider community, for example parents and carers, suppliers, local organisations and businesses.
All maintained schools have a statutory duty to promote community cohesion, which is defined as working towards a society where there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities; where the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued; where similar life opportunities are available to all; where strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community.
Community schools are very similar to former county schools. The local authority employs the school staff, owns the school's land and buildings and has primary responsibility for admissions arrangements.
Also see Community
A secondary school for pupils of all abilities.
Continuing Professional Development for school staff is a balance of personal and professional development, attendance at nationally accredited courses and small-scale school-based activities.
English, mathematics and science are the subjects that must be studied by all pupils at every key stage. Progress is assessed through national assessment tasks and tests.
The Common Pay Scale is the starting point for teachers' salary scales.
The Criminal Records Bureau is a body which provides checks of a prospective employee's background, referring to records held by police, DH and DfE.
Also see List 99
A free, independent secondary school, sponsored by the private sector. The aim of CTCs was to offer pupils in urban areas the opportunity to study a curriculum geared towards the world of work. 15 CTCs were opened in the 1980s and 1990s. Most have now converted to academies.
An aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself.