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Subject Leader Glossary

Created on 23 November 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 05 April 2013 by ncetm_administrator


Subject Leader Glossary

A | B | C | D-E | F-H | I-L | M | N | O-P | Q-R | S | T-Z
Assessment for Learning
Able, Gifted and Talented
Assessing Pupils' Progress
Assessment Criteria
Criteria for judging National Curriculum levels of attainment
Association of Teachers of Mathematics - a subject association for school mathematics teachers (www.atm.org.uk)
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Behaviour for Learning
A term used by the National Strategies to describe those strategies for managing behaviour which recognise that positive behaviour gives rise to and arises from good learning situations.
A set of innovative problems, each taking 3-5 lessons, designed to develop thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills. Bowland Maths also includes Professional Development materials. (www.bowlandmaths.org.uk)
Building Learning Power
A programme developed by Guy Claxton which puts forward a  systematic approach to building students' learning capacities and dispositions. 
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Cognitive Acceleration in Mathematics Education: a project and a set of teaching materials based around the idea of pupils reconstructing the underlying mathematical concepts for themselves.
Continuing Professional Development
Creative Curriculum
A carefully planned, thematic approach to teaching and learning designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity.   
Curricular Target
Curricular targets identify areas of learning and are expressed qualitatively (as opposed to numerical targets which identify numbers of children achieving targets, or the levels they achieve).
Contextual Value Added
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D - E
The process by which differences between learners are accommodated so that all students in a group have the best possible chance of learning.
The way in which a range of abilities are catered for within a single class.
Differentiation can often be achieved by a mixture of content and outcome.
Department Improvement Plan
English as an Additional Language
Every Child Matters is a shared programme of change to improve outcomes for all children and young people.
Ethnicity, Social Class and Gender Achievement
Early Years Foundation Stage
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F - H
Further Mathematics Support Programme
Formative assessment
Assessment where the evidence is used to adapt the teaching to meet the learners' needs
Free School Meals
Free Standing Mathematics Qualifications
Functional Skills
The practical skills in English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and mathematics, that allow individuals to work confidently, effectively and independently in life.
Gifted and Talented - now known as AGT (Able, Gifted and Talented)
Graduate Teaching Programme
Guided group work
A way of working in the classroom, originally designed for primary literacy teaching (notably reading) where a selected small group of six to eight pupils work with the teacher and the rest of the class works independently of the teacher, individually, in pairs or groups.
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
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I - L
The principle that all learners, whatever their specific needs, have the right to learn alongside their peers in mainstream settings wherever possible. 
The name for any teaching programme, strategy or action aimed at individual pupils or group of pupils who are not making the progress expected of them for their age.
Intensive Support Programme
Interactive Teaching Programmes - a suite of small pieces of software to support the teaching and learning of aspects of mathematics - 1, 2, 34.
Knowledge, Understanding and Skills  
Layered Targets
This refers to a National Strategy process of layering targets, which includes five steps: set whole-school curricular target from Strategy key objectives, assign year-group curricular target, differentiate the year-group target into targets for different groups using language accessible to children, link curricular target to learning and teaching and review progress against targets.
Learning to Learn
A process of discovery about learning involving a set of principles and skills used to help learners learn more effectively and so become learners for life.
Learning and Skills Improvement Service - The Learning and Skills Improvement Service is the new sector-owned body, formed from CEL and QIA to develop excellent and sustainable FE provision across the sector. Combining the best aspects of two different and highly successful sector bodies – the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) and the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA)
Long Term Plan
A planned programme of work for a subject across the school, covering one or more key stages.
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The Mathematical Association: a subject association for school mathematics teachers (www.m-a.org.uk)
Made to Measure
The title of an Ofsted report into standards of mathematics in primary and secondary schools, published May 2012.
Main teaching activity
The main part of the 3-part lesson as defined by the National Strategies for teaching input and pupils' activities.
Maths4Life, a Skills for Life programme funded by the then DfES, was based at the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) between July 2004 and March 2007. A major part of the Maths4Life project was the production of the Thinking Through Mathematics materials to support the professional development of teachers of adult numeracy.
Medium Term Plan
A planned sequence of work for a subject (or for more than one subject) for a period of weeks, such as a half term or term, or for a number of lessons.
Mental Oral Starter
First part of the National Strategy 3-part lesson - "whole class work to rehearse, sharpen and develop mental and oral skills" (Framework for Teaching Mathematics: Reception to Year 6).
Moderate Learning Difficulties  
A Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.
Mathematical Processes and Applications - The name for Attainment Target 1 in the KS3 and KS4 programme of study.
Multiphase lesson
A lesson structure where there are distinct phases to that lesson.
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National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
National College for Teaching and Leadership (previously the National College and the Teaching Agency.
The proficiency which involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires a understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an inclination and ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts.
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O - P
Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulators - the regulator of qualifications, exams and tests in England.
Optional tests
Optional SATs style tests providing additional evidence that can contribute to teachers’ periodic assessment of their pupils. Further details are available on the DfE website.
P levels
Levels of attainment below National Curriculum level 1 - P8 through to P1.
Post-Graduate Certificate of Education: the qualfication. 
Most commonly used to describe the 3rd part of the National Strategy 3-part lesson structure where the whole class comes together to review learning, sort out misconceptions and identify progress.
Personalised Learning and Thinking Skills. 
Primary National Strategy
Process Skills
Those skills not related to specific mathematical content e.g. Skills of "representing", "analysing", "interpreting and evaluating" and "communicating and reflecting".
Pupil conferencing
The process of discussing with pupils (in small groups or in a one-to-one situation) various aspects of the teaching and learning of a subject or aspect of the curriculum - i.e. what they know, understand and can do; their views on how they best learn, what lessons, they like, etc.
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Q - R
Question Level Analysis
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Sample Medium Term Plans
Materials produced by the National Strategies to support teachers in planning across a number of weeks or a term.
School-Centred In-Service Teacher Training
Social and emotional aspects of learning
Self-Evaluation Forms - forms which support schools in evaluating their own strengths and areas for development.
Special Educational Needs
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Short Term Plan
A set of activities for a week, a day, or a lesson.
Secondary National Strategy
Standards Unit Box
Colloquial term for the publication Improving Learning in Mathematics, published by the DCSF Standards Unit. A multi-media resource that encourages a more active way of learning through the use of group work, discussion and open questioning. Content focussed mainly on KS3, KS4 and A-level. 
Colloquial term for the mental-oral starter; the first part of the National Strategy 3-part lesson. 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Study Plus
An approach that has been developed by the National Strategies, Secondary, to improve the GCSE results of a target group of pupils. For more details see http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/secondary/intervention/studyplus 
During periodic assessment, judgements for each Attainment Target can be refined into 'Low', 'Secure' or 'High' within the level. Some schools choose to record these sub-levels broadly as a/b/c for the purpose of recording and tracking data.
Success criteria
Criteria which enable the teacher and the learner to judge if success at a particular concept has been achieved.
Summative Assessment
Assessment that is usually undertaken at the end of a period of learning in order to generate a grade that reflects the learner's performance.
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T - Z
Talk partners
A system of pairing learners up in classrooms to enable frequent discussion between them at intervals during the lesson.
A software tool for creating activities in a form of jigsaws or dominos for use in a classrooms as a learning activity.
T & L
Teaching and Learning
Understanding the Score
The title of an Ofsted report into standards in mathematics primary and secondary schools, published September 2008. 
Use of Maths
An AS qualification in Mathematics, different from others because there is less emphasis on content and more on applying, understanding, reasoning and communication. 
Virtual Learning Environment 
Stands for "We Are Learning To" and used in acronym form in classrooms as a way of signalling the focus of learning for a lesson or sequence of lessons
Stands for "What I'm Looking For" and used in acronym form in classrooms to signal what the teacher is expecting in terms of learning outcome for a lesson or sequence of lessons.
Williams review
Major independent review of mathematics in primary schools - led by Sir Peter Williams.
Work Scrutiny
The term used to describe the activity of examining a sample of pieces of written work (exercise books, projects, displays, etc) in order to evaluate standards and progress in a given subject or aspect in the curriculum. 


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30 January 2010 15:59
A really helpful resource for Governors who often find all these confussing - thanks
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