The Common Assessment Framework. 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.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Provides high quality, multidisciplinary mental health services to all children and young people with mental health problems and disorders.
Also see ECM
Spending on building projects and equipment that is above a designated value.
A defined area around a school within which some admissions authorities give children priority.
The role of the chair includes running meetings, working with the head of the school and ensuring 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 it has drawn up a statement of general policy on charging.
A status launched in September 2004 to recognise and reward the skills and expertise of London teachers.
Also see London Challenge
The Children Act 1989 places a general duty on social services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and enquire when there is concern 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.
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.
According to the Children Act 1989, a 'child in need' may be
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
Also see PSHE
A former name for academies.
Also see Academy
City learning centre. A facility providing state-of-the-art ICT-based learning opportunities for 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.
This includes not only 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 the working towards a society where
Are very similar to former county schools. The local authority employs the school staff, owns the school's land and buildings, and is primarily responsible for admissions arrangements.
Also see Community
A secondary school for pupils of all abilities.
Consultations involve the public in the process of government policy making. From the Department’s e-consultations website you can respond to open consultations, or view the results of archived ones.
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.
Continuing professional development. For school staff, this is achieved through a balance of personal and professional development, attendance at nationally accredited courses and small-scale school-based activities.
The common pay scale. The starting point for teachers' salary scales.
Criminal Records Bureau. A body that provides checks on a prospective employee's background, referring to records held by police, DH and DfE.
Also see List 99
City technology college. 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. Fifteen CTCs were opened in the 1980s and 1990s; most have now converted to academies.
Common transfer file. When pupils transfer schools, the CTF is used to ensure specific information about the pupil is transferred from the old to the new school.
Also see ICES
An aggressive, intentional act repeatedly carried out by a group or individual using electronic forms of contact, against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself.
Children and young people’s plan. 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.