A programme to enable successful schools to share their expertise with other local schools, to raise standards and tackle underachievement.
Also see Achievement and attainment table
A range of learning difficulties that includes dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia (motor difficulties), dyscalculia, attention deficit disorder, Asperger's syndrome and autism.
Salaried staff who work with school and college students to help them address barriers to learning. This is designed to enable the students to engage more effectively in learning and achieve appropriately.
Staff that work alongside teachers in the classroom to help pupils gain the most from their learning.
Schools must open for 380 half-day sessions (190 days) in each school year. The governing body decides when sessions should begin and end on each school day. Sessions must allow enough lesson time to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that includes the National Curriculum and religious education.
A (now defunct) list owned by the Secretary of State containing the names of individuals considered unsuitable to work with children in education settings. List 99 was replaced on 12 October 2009 by the barred lists administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority under provisions in the SVG Act.
Also see CRB
Formerly known as local education authority (LEA). The Department and local authorities are committed to work in partnership to achieve high-level common outcomes and objectives.
Operated from 2001 to 2007 to provide community groups with small grants to support local projects and activities for 0- to 19-year-olds experiencing disadvantage and social exclusion.
A five-year partnership between Government, schools and boroughs to raise educational standards in London's secondary schools.
Local Public Service Agreement. A plan setting out what a local authority will deliver, in the form of measurable targets, during the public expenditure review period.
Learning support unit. A school-based centre for pupils who are disaffected, at risk of exclusion, or vulnerable because of family or social issues. It provides short-term teaching and support programmes tailored to the needs of pupils who need help in improving their behaviour, attendance or attitude to learning. The unit is designed to keep pupils in school and working while their problems are addressed and to help reintegrate them back into mainstream classes as quickly as possible.