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Glossary

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Term Definition
BA Search for term BA

Bachelor of Arts / British Association (for the advancement of science)

BA with QTS Search for term BA with QTS

Bachelor of Arts with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is an arts degree-level initial teacher training (ITT) qualification leading to QTS. It is one of the main routes into primary teaching.

Bachelor of Arts Search for term Bachelor of Arts

BA is an undergraduate-level higher education qualification in an arts and humanities subject normally obtained after three or four years' study, although some courses take longer and may be studied part-time.

Bachelor of Science Search for term Bachelor of Science

BSc is an undergraduate-level higher education qualification in a science subject normally obtained after three or four years' study, although some courses take longer and may be studied part-time.

BAGA Search for term BAGA

British Amateur Gymnastics Association. Now known as British Gymnastics.

Banding Search for term Banding

Pupil banding involves schools making prospective pupils sit a test, and then admitting pupils equally across broad ability bands, ensuring a comprehensive intake.

Baseline assessment Search for term Baseline assessment

Baseline assessment has now been replaced by the Foundation Stage profile.

Basic Skills Agency Search for term Basic Skills Agency

The BSA aims to help people of all ages who struggle with words and numbers in their everyday lives. They provide advice, information and teaching resources for anyone working to improve basic skills in literacy, numeracy and language.

BDA Search for term BDA

The British Dyslexia Association aims to represent the needs of dyslexic people on leaving school, in higher education and in work, enabling all dyslexic people to reach their potential.

BEACO Search for term BEACO

Behaviour and Attendance Coordinator in secondary schools. Most schools should have a member of staff who coordinates policy and provision to promote positive behaviour and regular attendance.

Beacon school Search for term Beacon school

The Beacon Schools Programme as a central Government funded programme was phased out by August 2005 and, as a result, there will not be any further designations or renewals of contracts in the future.

Becta Search for term Becta

Becta is a UK government agency which supports all four UK education departments in their strategic ICT developments. The word Becta was formerly an acronym - see also British Educational Communications and Technology Agency - but is now the proper name for the organisation.

BEd with QTS Search for term BEd with QTS

Bachelor of Education. This is a degree-level initial teacher training (ITT) qualification leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is one of the main routes into primary teaching.

Behaviour Search for term Behaviour

In the context of educational research, this is defined as the combined observable responses of a person stimuli.

Behaviour 4 Learning Search for term Behaviour 4 Learning

A website which focuses on developing trainee skills and insights to foster a classroom ethos of behaviour for learning. The need for this was identified by the TDA as a result of its own yearly surveys of NQTs.

Behaviour Improvement Programme Search for term Behaviour Improvement Programme

BIP was the targeted element of the national programme for improving behaviour and attendance in schools, providing extra funding and intensive support to key areas. The programme came to an official end in summer 2006.

Behaviour management Search for term Behaviour management

Structure and support offered to pupils to develop appropriate behaviour by building on the pupils' strengths and developing their confidence in their own abilities.

Behaviour support plan Search for term Behaviour support plan

BSPs were repealed as part of the Government's streamlining of planning requirements for children's services. Arrangements for the education of children with behavioural difficulties is now covered by the Children and Young People's Plan.

BEI Search for term BEI

The British Education Index office in Leeds University Library provides a number of information services relevant to the work of researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the fields of education and training.

Benchmarking Search for term Benchmarking

Comparing a school's costs and income with those of a similar school.

BERA Search for term BERA

The British Educational Research Association aims to sustain and promote a vital research culture in education.

BERR Search for term BERR

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform was set up in June 2007 to bring together functions previously undertaken by the Department for Trade and Industry. It drives regulatory reform, and works across Government and with the regions.

BESD Search for term BESD

A series of study topics around the subject of behaviour, emotional and social difficulties (BESD). Note that BESD is also used for the British Educational Software Database.

BEST Search for term BEST

Behaviour Education Support Teams are multi-agency teams that work closely with defined groups of schools to address the needs of children and young people with emotional and behavioural problems.

Best value Search for term Best value

A set of principles intended to promote value for money and service efficiency.

BETT Search for term BETT

The British Education and Teaching Technology show is an annual show of ICT hardware and software for schools, usually held in January in London. It also features a programme of seminars and presentations.

BHA Search for term BHA

The British Humanist Association represents the interests of ethically concerned but non-religious people in the UK. Their website includes an area of educational resources, some of which are recommended by the DCSF.

Big Lottery Fund Search for term Big Lottery Fund

BIG is responsible for giving out half the money for good causes raised by the National Lottery (about £630 million a year), covering health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

BIP Search for term BIP

The Behaviour Improvement Programme was the targeted element of the national programme for improving behaviour and attendance in schools, providing extra funding and intensive support to key areas. The programme came to an official end in summer 2006

Birth to three matters Search for term Birth to three matters

Primarily aimed at practitioners, Birth to three provides information on child development, effective practice, examples of play activities to promote play and learning, guidance on planning and resourcing and meeting diverse needs. The framework also reflects the diversity of types of organised provision for children in this age group and recognises the importance of wider issues including equal opportunities and relationships with parents.

BITC Search for term BITC

Business In The Community is an organisation which promotes and facilitates contributions made by businesses to their communities.

Black-Caribbean boys Search for term Black-Caribbean boys

This project entailed working in close partnership with three schools who trialled and developed whole-school strategies focused on ensuring the attainment of their Black Caribbean boys.

Bloom's taxonomy Search for term Bloom's taxonomy

Widely used instructional objectives model developed by the educator Benjamin Bloom in the 1950s. It categorises the cognitive, affective and conative domains and includes a systematic list of thinking skills.

Book trust Search for term Book trust

An independent educational charity established to promote books and reading among readers of all ages and cultures.

Bookstart scheme Search for term Bookstart scheme

A national programme that encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible.

BPS Search for term BPS

The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.

Brain-based learning Search for term Brain-based learning

A range of techniques and approaches to teaching and learning which take their inspiration from research into how the brain works to identify implications for teaching.

Brainstorm Search for term Brainstorm

A technique for rapid production of ideas without critical examination, evaluation or elaboration.

Breadth Search for term Breadth

A curriculum that covers more and diverse subjects, including vocational study, critical thinking, key skills, enrichment and citizenship activities, and additional study programmes.

BREEAM Search for term BREEAM

The Building Research Establishments Environmental Assessment Method for schools. Under the sustainable schools programme it is a capital funding condition for new schools to achieve at least a 'very good' rating.

British Association Search for term British Association

The British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA) is a charity which exists to advance the public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering.

British Council Search for term British Council

The British Council aims to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and to increase appreciation of the UK's creative ideas and achievements.

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency Search for term British Educational Communications and Technology Agency

Becta is a UK agency which supports all four UK education departments in their strategic ICT developments. The expanded form of the name is no longer in use: Becta is no longer an acronym but the name of the organisation.

British Educational Software Database Search for term British Educational Software Database

The Becta Educational Software Database has now closed. Information about educational software can be found on the Curriculum Online site. Note that BESD is also used for behaviour, emotional and social difficulties.

British Gymnastics Search for term British Gymnastics

Formerly known as BAGA, the association is the only recognised governing body for the sport of gymnastics within the UK.

British Humanist Association Search for term British Humanist Association

The BHA represents the interests of ethically concerned but non-religious people in the UK. Their website includes an area of educational resources, some of which are recommended by the DCSF.

BSA Search for term BSA

The Basic Skills Agency aim is to help people of all ages who struggle with words and numbers in their everyday lives. They provide advice, information and teaching resources for anyone working to improve basic skills in literacy, numeracy and language.

BSc Search for term BSc

Bachelor of Science. An undergraduate-level higher education qualification in a science subject normally obtained after three or four years' study, although some courses take longer and may be studied part-time.

BSc with QTS Search for term BSc with QTS

Bachelor of Science with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is a science degree-level initial teacher training (ITT) qualification leading to QTS. It is one of the main routes into primary teaching.

BSF Search for term BSF

Building Schools for the Future is the biggest single Government investment in school buildings for over 50 years. The aim is to rebuild or renew every secondary school in England over a 10-15 year period.

BSL Search for term BSL

British Sign Language is the first or preferred language of around 250,000 deaf people in the UK. It is a language of space and movement using the hands, body, face and head.

BSP Search for term BSP

Behaviour Support Plans were repealed as part of the Government's streamlining of planning requirements for children's services. Arrangements for the education of children with behavioural difficulties is now covered by the Children and Young People's Plan.

BTEC national Search for term BTEC national

A qualification equivalent to two A Level courses. Subjects include nursery nursing, business studies, and art and design. There are considerable practical elements to the courses with work placements offered.

Budget regulations Search for term Budget regulations

The short title for 'LA Budget, Schools Budget and Individual Schools Budget Regulations'. These regulations define the scope of the various budgets that make up the funding for education.

Building bridges Search for term Building bridges

The Independent / State School Partnership scheme (or 'Building Bridges' as it has come to be known) was set up to encourage collaborative working between independent and maintained schools.

Building Schools for the Future Search for term Building Schools for the Future

BSF is the biggest single Government investment in school buildings for over 50 years. The aim is to rebuild or renew every secondary school in England over a 10-15 year period.

Burgundy book Search for term Burgundy book

The common name for the conditions of service for school teachers in England and Wales document. This details conditions of service, not covered by statute, negotiated between the national employers and trades unions.

Bursars Search for term Bursars

School bursars are employed to ensure the most effective use of all school resources. Their role is essential to supporting teaching and learning. They are also involved in strategic planning and risk management.

BVP Search for term BVP

A Best Value Policy reviews how LAs uphold and improve their services.

Back channel Search for term Back channel

Words, phrases and non-verbal utterances used by a listener to give feedback to a speaker that the message is being followed and understood.

Booster Search for term Booster

This term refers to additional teaching that is provided for targeted groups of pupils in advance of the end of key stage tests or examinations. Booster work is designed to help borderline pupils secure level 4 or 5 in the tests or examinations. Materials to support booster sessions in English, mathematics and science are available. There is a GCSE booster pack for Key Stage 4.