Electronic registration. The Department is keen to promote the use of electronic registration in schools because of its benefits in efficiently monitoring pupils’ attendance and the speedy retrieval and analysis of data.
Also see Admissions authority
English as an additional language. Having a mother tongue other than English. More than 200 languages are spoken in the homes of children attending school in England.
Also see Inclusion
Sometimes refers to children (or provision for children) within the age range 0 to 7, but usually refers to under-fives. Early Years settings include nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, childminding networks, portage services and Sure Start children's centres.
Education Action Zones. Set up between 1998 and 2000 as groups of schools tackling underachievement in disadvantaged areas. They are now being transformed into excellence clusters or EiC action zones.
Also see EiC
Every Child Matters. The shared national programme of reform underpinned by the Children Act 2004, which provides an integrated framework to support children's safety, health, achievement, social contribution and economic wellbeing.
Education development plan. Produced by every local authority, setting out its strategies for improving standards in schools and raising pupil attainment.
A shared statement of intent by Government and practitioners, which states that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development.
Also see Growing schools
Education formula spending share. The proportion of a local authority's funding to be spent on education. It is set by the Department based upon the relative circumstances of the local authority, and covers both delegated budgets allocated to individual schools and the local authority's central provision.
Excellence in Cities. A targeted programme of support for schools in deprived areas. It offers a chance to transform urban secondary education in areas where standards need to be raised.
The Early Intervention Grant is a funding stream for local authorities that enables them to act strategically and target investment early, where it will have the greatest impact.
Education improvement partnership. Enables groups of schools to work together to raise standards and take on wider responsibilities for the children and young people in their local community.
Early learning goals. These outline expectations and targets for children to reach by end of the Foundation Stage.
Also see EYFS
Education maintenance allowance. A weekly payment to help with the day-to-day costs for students who stay on at school, college or a training provider after their GCSEs.
Ethnic minority achievement grant. Government funding used to support schools and local authorities in meeting the educational needs of minority ethnic pupils.
The English Baccalaureate is a performance measure that recognises the success of young people who attain GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A*-C across a core of academic subjects: English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language.
Education welfare officer. Otherwise known as an education social workers. Are employed by local authorities to monitor school attendance and help parents meet their responsibilities.
Education welfare service. Undertakes local authorities' duty to ensure children of compulsory school age attend school regularly.
Extra-curricular services to children at the school or their parents, or wider services provided to the local community. For more information visit Extended services.
Early Years Foundation Stage. Covers education from the age of three to the end of the Reception Year.
Also see Primary National Strategy
Early Years Foundation Stage profile. A record of assessment to provide Year 1 teachers and parents with reliable and accurate information about each child's level of development as they reach the end of the stage.