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  • Safer school partnerships

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    Involve an operational police officer working in a selected school to reduce crime, make the school a safer place for learning and re-engage youngsters with their community.

    Also see  Community cohesion

  • School adjudicator

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    Appointed to make decisions on proposals for changes to school organisation and objections to admission arrangements, where it has not been possible to resolve the matter at a local level.

  • Schools White Paper

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    The Importance of Teaching, the white paper setting out the Government’s plans for education reform, published 24 November 2010

  • SEAL

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    Social and emotional aspects of learning. SEAL offers a whole-curriculum framework for teaching social, emotional and behavioural skills to all children, which is organised into seven themes.

  • SEN

    Special educational needs. Children with SEN have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. Children with SEN may need extra or different help from that given to other children of the same age.

    Also see  Inclusion and SENCO

  • SEN identification and assessment

    Early identification, assessment and provision for any child who may have special educational needs (SEN) is crucial. The Department's SEN Code of Practice, which must be observed by all schools and local authorities by law, promotes a common approach to identifying, assessing and providing for all children’s special educational needs.

  • SEN policy

    Special educational needs policy. Maintained schools must publish information about their SEN policy in the governing body's annual report. This must describe principles on allocating resources among SEN pupils, and it should be accessible to the whole school community.

  • SENCO

    Special educational needs coordinator: A teacher who has responsibility for coordinating SEN provision within that school.

    Also see  SEN

  • SIP

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    School improvement partner. A SIP provides support to schools by helping leaders to evaluate performance, identify priorities for improvement and plan effective change.

  • Special measures

    A status applied by Ofsted to schools that fail to give learners an acceptable standard of education, and under which the people leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement. Schools subject to special measures have regular Ofsted inspections to monitor improvement. Senior managers and teaching staff can be dismissed and governors can be replaced by an executive committee.

    Also see  Failing school

  • Special school

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    State schools in England and Wales provided by local authorities for certain children with special educational needs. These are approved by the Secretary of State under section 188 of the Education Act 1993.

  • Specialist school

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    A secondary school that receives additional funding to develop strengths in a particular specialist subject area. These schools are supported by industry to share resources and expertise while still delivering the National Curriculum.

  • SRE

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    Sex and relationships education. All maintained secondary schools must provide SRE. The governing body of a maintained primary schools must decide whether SRE should be included in the curriculum.

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  • State school

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    Otherwise known as publicly funded schools and attended by more than 90 per cent of pupils. Parents do not pay any fees. Scottish state schools are maintained and controlled by the local authority.

  • STRB

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    School Teachers' Review Body. This was established in September 1991 to examine and report on matters relating to the statutory conditions of employment of school teachers in England and Wales.

  • Sustainable schools

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    Models of sustainable living in their communities, demonstrating good practice by incorporating environmental projects in the school grounds and exploring sustainable-development issues in the curriculum.

    Also see  Growing schools

  • Synthetic phonics

    A tool used to teach children to decode words from their constituent sounds or phonemes. It is the learning method recommended for use in the National Literacy Strategy.