Adult Advancement and Careers Service (formerly ACS)
Association of Accounting Technicians
Annual Assessment Visit
Adult Basic Education
Awdurdod Cymwysterau Cwricwlwm ac Asesu Cymru/Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales - is the body responsible in Wales for regulating external qualifications and keeping under review all aspects of the curriculum for compulsory school age pupils in maintained schools.
Association of Colleges for the Eastern Region. ACER represents all 36 Further Education, Tertiary, Sixth Form and Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges in the East of England.
Association for ICT in Education
Adult and Community Learning
Association of College Management
Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education
Advancement and Careers Service (for adults)
The Association of Directors of Children's Services
Adult Financial Literacy Advisory Group
Adult Dyslexia Support
Advanced Extension Award introduced for first examination in 2002 as part of Curriculum 2000 reforms
Average Level of Funding
Adult Learning Inspectorate
Adults Learning Mathematics
Association of Learning Providers
Association of Learning Technology
Association of Northern Ireland Colleges
The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges and provide members with professional support services. As such, we aim to be the authoritative voice of Colleges based on credible analysis, research, advocacy and consultation with Colleges and the first choice destination for guidance and advice for members. AoC was established in 1996 by Colleges themselves as a voice for further education and higher education delivered in Colleges at national and regional level. Our membership includes General and Tertiary Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges and Specialist Colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Application of Number, the Numeracy qualification from the key skills suite, available at levels 1 to 4 in the National Qualifications Framework
Accreditation of prior experiential learning
Accreditation of prior learning
Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, one of the three unitary awarding bodies in England. Came into existence in April 2000 following the merger of the Associated Examining Board and the Northern Examinations and Assessment Board.
Assessment Reform Group
Introduced for first teaching from September 2000, GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level, can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as the first stage in an A level course.
Advanced Skills Teacher - teachers who are deemed 'excellent' in a range of skills in which they train colleagues.
Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education
Bachelor of Arts, first degree
British Association for Applied Linguistics
British Computer Society
1970 British Cohort Study
British Educational Communications & Technology Agency
Bachelor of Education, first degree
British Educational Research Association
British Educational Supplies Association
Bedford Group for Lifecourse and Statistical Studies
British Institute of Learning Difficulties
Basic Skills Agency
Bachelor of Science, first degree
City and Guilds. The leading vocational awarding body in the UK, awarding almost 50 per cent of all National Vocational Qualifications.
Curriculum 2000 - Qualifying for Success reforms introduced for first teaching in September 2000.
Computer aided learning
Confederation of British Industry. Subscription-based organisation consisting of small and large companies which claims to be the UK's premier independent business organisation.
Computer based learning
Computer based training
Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment is the body responsible in Northern Ireland for advising Government on what should be taught in schools, monitoring standards of qualifications and examinations and awarding qualifications.
Centre for Developing and Evaluating Lifelong Learning
Centre for the Economics of Education
Centre for Excellence in Leadership - now part of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
Centre for Education Research and Innovation
Centre for British Teachers. CfBT is a not-for-profit education service provider, and lead member of the consortium working on the SfLQI.
Common Inspection Framework
Community Learning & Development
This training aims to familiarise basic skills tutors with the Core Curriculum documents for literacy, numeracy and ESOL.
Centres of vocational excellence
The Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) is owned and run on behalf of the further education sector. The income generated from CPC collaboration will be invested into facilitating better procurement in FE institutions.
Continuing Professional Development
Criminal Records Bureau
Centre for Studies in Inclusive Education
Cambridge Training and Development
Diploma Aggregation Service
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) was formed in 2009 following a merger of the Departments for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Business, Energy and Regulatory Reform. It was created to â€œbring all of the levers of the economy together in one place. Our policy areas â€“ from skills and higher education to innovation and science to business and trade policy â€“ can all help to drive growth.â€
Diploma Development Partnership
The Department for Education (DfE) was formed on 12 May 2010 and is responsible for education and children's services.
New qualification for 14-19 year olds.
Funding drawn by training providers directly from the Learning and Skills Council. This funding is on a per learner basis and is automatically given to all British residents
Department of Trade and Industry
Department for Work and Pensions
Originally any sort of examination on computer, but it is starting to become more common referring to work submitted and marked by computer and not by hand. This can include essays (there are a number of research projects being done comparing the accuracy of work marked by hand as opposed to work marked by software.)
The central concept is learning online, either from software on a computer or accessing materials from the internet, but in general it applies to students learning in a distance learning environment whether they are studying from home, or work, but not in a classroom or lecture setting with other students.
Entry to Employment
English as an Additional Language
English for Academic Purposes
Education Action Zone
London Qualifications Ltd (formerly Edexcel Foundation) one of three unitary awarding bodies in England
English as a Foreign Language
Educational Institute of Scotland
Education and Library Boards (Northern Ireland only)
Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department (Scotland)
English Language Teaching
Education Maintenance Allowance
Extended Project Qualification
Economic and Social Data Service
European Social Fund
English as a Second Language
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Educational Software Publishers Association
Economic & Social Research Council
Education Training and Skills
Federation of Awarding Bodies
Further Education Resources for Learning
Family Literacy, Language and Numeracy
Framework of Regional Employment and Skills Action
Free Standing Mathematics Qualification - suite of Mathematical Qualifications available at levels 1 to 3 in the National Qualifications Framework
General Certificate of Secondary Education a key qualification spanning levels 1 and 2 of the National Qualifications Framework and primarily taken at the end of key stage 4
Grants for Education, Support and Training (CPD Programme in Wales)
General National Vocational Qualification, available at levels 1 and 2 of National Qualifications Framework
General Teaching Council for England
General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland
General Teaching Council for Scotland
General Teaching Council for Wales
Graduate Teacher Programme - this programme is designed to allow schools to employ unqualified teachers who are preparing for QTS assessment, assess them against the standards for the award of QTS, and devise individual training plans for them.
Graduate Teacher Training Registry
Higher Education Funding Council for England
Higher Education Institutions - these encompass Colleges of higher education as well as universities.
Higher Education Staff Development Agency
Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences
Higher Professional Diploma
1.International Adult Literacy Survey 2.Institute for Applied Language Studies
Information and Communication Technology. Although in the past ICT and IT have often meant the same thing, distinction is being made between the two. ICT extends beyond just the technological use of computers and concerns the use of critical cognitive skills such as literacy, reading and numeracy as well as the application of technical skills and knowledge ("Digital Transformations", Educational Testing Service, 2002)
Institute for Learning (FE professional body)
Individual Learning Account
Individual Learning Plan
1. Institute for Learning and Teaching (HE professional body) 2. Information and Learning Technology - the application of IT or ICT within teaching and learning
In-Service Education of Teachers
Institute of Education, University of London
Information Technology. Although in the past ICT and IT have often meant the same thing, distinction is being made between the two. IT refers to the use of computers and the technical skills to use computers and software
Initial Teacher Education
Initial Teacher Training
Information Technology in Teacher Education
Joint Academic Network
Job Centre Plus
Joint Council for Qualifications
Joint Information Systems Committee
Joint Mathematics Council
King's College London (University of London)
Introduced through the Education Reform Act 1988. Learning in maintained and special schools is divided into four periods of learning: key stage 1 covers pupils aged 5 to 7, key stage 2 covers pupils aged 7 to 11, key stage 3 covers pupils aged 11 to 14, key stage 4 covers pupils aged 14 to 16.
King's-Medway-Oxfordshire Formative Assessment Project
Key Stage 3 Strategy introduced in 2000 is a multi-strand approach which includes mathematics and is designed to support teachers, trainee teachers and others working to improve mathematics at Key Stage 3
Learning Aims Database
Learning Activity Management System
Local Education Authority
Local Enterprise Company (part of the Scottish Enterprise Network)
Lifelong Education and International Development (at the Insitute of Education)
The Literacy, ESOL and Numeracy Scholarship Communityof the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
Local Government Association
Learners with learning difficulties and disabilities
Life Long Learning
Literacy, language and numeracy
Literacy Research Centre, Lancaster University
Local Learning and Skills Council
Formerly the London Language and Literacy Unit, a national consultancy and professional development centre for staff working in the areas of literacy, numeracy, dyslexia, family learning and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Based at London South Bank University
Learner Manager System
London South Bank University
Learning and Skills Council. There are nine regional learning and skills councils in England, as well as a national LSC office, based in Coventry. The LSCs are government agencies responsible for supplying funding to centres of adult learning, including Colleges, adult and community learning centres, professional development centres and other such organisations.
Learning and Skills Development Agency, replaced by Quality Improvement Agency and Learning and Skills Network in April 2006.
Learning and Skills Improvement Service - new body established on 10 June 2008, merging Centre for Excellence in Leadership and Quality Improvement Agency
Learning and Skills Network (see LSDA)
Learning and Teaching Support Network
A three-year project which aims to stimulate a positive approach to teaching and learning in mathematics and numeracy in England, focusing on adults from Entry Level to Level 2
Mathematics in Education and Industry
Managed Learning Environment
Minimum Levels of Performance
Millennium Mathematics Project based at the Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Machinery of Government - common term for changes outlined in the Raising Expectations White Paper
Master Professional Diploma
National Association of Advisers for Computers in Education
National Association of Mathematics Advisers
National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges
National Audit Office
National Apprenticeship Service
National Association for Staff Development in the Post-16 Sector
National Association of Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults
National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (merged with Association of University Teachers in June 2006 to become the University and College Union).
Association of National Specialist Colleges
National Database of Accredited Qualifications
Non-departmental public body
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
National Foundation for Educational Research
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
National Institute for Economic and Social Research
Northern Ireland Numeracy Strategy
National Learning Network
National Numeracy Strategy introduced in September 1999 to support teachers, trainee teachers and others working to improve numeracy in primary schools
National Qualifications Framework
Newly Qualified Teacher
National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (in the US)
National Health Service University. Dissolved in July 2005
National Vocational Qualification
Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations, one of three unitary awarding bodies in England
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
The Office of Examination Qualifications and Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.
Office for Standards in Education.
The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is an independent office of HM Treasury, established to help Government deliver best value from its spending.
Offenders Learning and Skills Unit
l'Organisation mondiale pour l'education prescolaire. World Organisation for Early Childhood Education
Organisational Needs Analysis. A whole-organisation approach to needs analysis, often carried out prior to the start of a training programme at an organisation
Office of Science and Technology
Overseas Trained Teacher Programme
The Open University
Projects in a specified area which try out new approaches and assess their impact through practical activities
Post-Compulsory Education and Training
Professional Development Centres. Normally, they are formed from existing Colleges, and may supply training for basic skills tutors, or serve as advice and guidance points within their regions
Professional Development Forum
Parent Empowerment through Family Literacy
Postgraduate Certificate in Education -a one-year postgraduate qualification needed to teach in English state schools
Programme for International Student Assessment - a collaborative study among 28 member countries of OECD and four others to assess the knowledge and skills of 15-year olds in literacy, numeracy and science
Diploma Principal Learning
Practitioner Led Research Initiative(NRDC project)
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
Programme of study in individual subjects of the national curriculum taught during the four key stages
Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency - the body responsible in England for regulating external qualifications and keeping under review all aspects of the curriculum for compulsory school age pupils in maintained schools.
Qualifications and Credit Framework
The Quality Improvement Agency - now part of LSIS
Qualification Success Rate
Qualified teacher status required by teachers to work in maintained schools and special schools in England and Wales
Research Assessment Exercise
Research and Practice in Adult Literacy
Regional Development Agency
Read On, Write Away
Royal Society of Arts
Regional Training Organisers. As part of the Skills for Life Quality Initiative, Regional Training Organisers aim to ensure that those involved in supporting language, literacy and numeracy have access to appropriate training that matches the needs of their organisations.
Registered Teacher Programme - a programme for people who have completed recognised teacher training overseas, and who have been accepted onto a UK course leading to a first degree (or equivalent qualification). Schools employ RTP trainees, working in partnership with higher education institutions, since participants must complete a degree at the same time as qualifying as a teacher. This programme requires Maths, English and Science standards
Scottish Council of National Training Organisations
Science and Engineering Ambassadors programme - a Govenment sponsored programme that encourages scientists and engineers to help in schools
List of qualifications approved for funding by YPLA
Staff and Educational Development Association
Special Educational Needs
Science, Engineering and Technology - includes mathematics for the purposes of this report
Science Engineering Technology and Mathematics Network that represents Government, industry, the engineering professional associations, education and education charities. Aimst to interest pupils in engineering-related subjects
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funds and regulates education and training for adults, except higher education. The SFA is an Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Skills for Business Network
Scottish Further Education Funding Council
Scottish Further Education Unit
Scottish Further and Higher Education Association
The SfLQI is an initiative funded by the national Learning and Skills Council, being carried out by a consortium of organisations led by CfBT, and including NRDC, LSDA, LLU+, NIACE, CTAD and others. The two major aims for 2004-05 were: ensuring the professionalism of the Skills for Life workforce; building a whole-organisation approach to Skills for Life development to ensure the entire organisation takes a responsibility for Skills for Life.
Skills for Life Strategy Unit. Part of the Department for Education and Skills, responsible for implementing the Skills for Life strategy, overseen by a Cabinet Committee across all the relevant government departments
Scottish Higher Education Funding Council
The national strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy skills introduced in 2001
Severe Learning Difficulties
Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
The computer programs that control and run the computer as well as carry out the specific functionalities such as Word Processing.
Specific Learning Difficulties
Scottish Qualifications Authority is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees
Sector Skills Council (employer bodies)
Sector Skills Development Agency
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Training and Development Agency for Schools
Training and Development Lead Body
Training and Enterprise Council
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
The Times Educational Supplement
Teaching English as a Second Language
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Teachers Pay Initiative
Teachers' Professional Learning Framework, produced by the General Teaching Council for England, it outlines the professional development opportunities that teachers should be entitled to
Teachers' Pension Scheme
Teaching Qualification in Further Education
Teacher Training Agency - became Training Development Agency for schools in September 2005.
Trades Union Congress(Learning Services)
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
Universities and Colleges Employers Association
Universities Council for the Education of Teachers
University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate
University and College Union. New union formed by the merger of Natfhe and AUT
University for Industry
UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Union Learning Fund. Fund, sponsored by the DBIS, that aims to support unions working in partnership projects to develop workplace learning opportunities for employees
Unique Learner Number
Union Learning Representative. The union learning rep is a new category of union activist, trained in advising members on learning needs and opportunities.
University Technical College
Vocational Certificate of Education designed as an alternative to GCE A level at level 3 of NQF
Virtual Learning Environment
Work Based Learning
Workplace Basic Skills Network. National organisation based at Lancaster University working with other agencies to help to establish and manage workplace basic skills development
Workers' Educational Association
An approach to Skills for Life that demands literacy, numeracy and language provision be a priority for all levels of the organisation. Embedding Skills for Life in teaching programmes is central to this.
Youth Cohort Study
Young Offender Institutions
Youth Offender Panels
The Young Peoples Learning Agency provides financial support to young students, by funding Academies for all their provision and by supporting local authorities to commission suitable education and training opportunities for all 16-19 year olds. The YPLA is an agency of the Department for Children, Schools and Families.