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Glossary

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Term Definition
Hands on Support Search for term Hands on Support

A scheme which enables schools to share and spread good practice in using ICT to enhance teaching and learning through a structured, locally driven programme, across all subjects and key stages.

HCSS Search for term HCSS

HCSS Education Group provides financial services and software to schools and LAs, including the DCSF's Financial Management Standard in Schools (FMSiS) programme.

HE Search for term HE

Higher education. There are around 170 HE institutions in the UK comprising universities (pre- and post-1992), general HE colleges and specialist institutions.

HEA Search for term HEA

Health Education Authority. The HEA was replaced by the HDA, which is now part of NICE.

Head for the Future Search for term Head for the Future

Head for the Future is a leadership development programme for serving headteachers with three or more years' experience. It replaces the Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers.

Headteacher Search for term Headteacher

A headteacher (HT) has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of a school. As the leading professional, the headteacher should ensure the school is well-managed and organised, providing leadership and direction.

Headteacher Induction Programme Search for term Headteacher Induction Programme

HIP entitles newly-appointed, first-time headteachers in England to funding for leadership development opportunities during the first three years of their headship.

Healthy schools Search for term Healthy schools

This is a Government initiative intended to help improve the health of both pupils and teachers.

Healthy Schools Initiative Search for term Healthy Schools Initiative

The HSI initiative supports the links between health, behaviour and achievement; it is about creating healthy and happy children and young people, who do better in learning and in life.

Hearing impairment Search for term Hearing impairment

Pupils are regarded as having a hearing impairment (HI) if they require hearing aids, adaptations to their environment or particular teaching strategies in order to access the concepts and language of the curriculum.

HEFCE Search for term HEFCE

The Higher Education Funding Council for England distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges.

HEFCW Search for term HEFCW

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales is responsible for the funding of colleges and institutions of higher education in Wales.

HEI Search for term HEI

Higher education institution. An institution which provides teaching primarily at the higher education level.

HEIF Search for term HEIF

The Higher Education Innovation Fund supports HEIs to engage in a broad range of knowledge transfer activities with business, public sector and community partners, for direct or indirect economic benefit.

HESA Search for term HESA

The Higher Education Statistics Agency is the central source for the collection and dissemination of statistics about publicly funded UK higher education.

Heuristics Search for term Heuristics

An educational method based on discoveries that result from learners' own investigations.

HI Search for term HI

Hearing Impairment. Pupils are regarded as having HI if they require hearing aids, adaptations to their environment or particular teaching strategies in order to access the concepts and language of the curriculum.

Hidden curriculum Search for term Hidden curriculum

Beliefs, values and understandings that are passed on to the pupil or student, not explicitly, but unconsciously and implicitly through the organisation of the institution.

Higher Education Academy Search for term Higher Education Academy

An organisation which offers support and guidance to universities on improving the quality of the education they offer.

Higher Education Innovation Fund Search for term Higher Education Innovation Fund

A fund which supports HE institutions to engage in a broad range of knowledge transfer activities with business, public sector and community partners, for direct or indirect economic benefit.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant Search for term Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HLTAs are experienced teaching assistants who plan and deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher and assess, record and report on pupils' progress.

Higher-order thinking Search for term Higher-order thinking

Evaluation, synthesis and analysis; the 'higher-level' thinking skills as defined in Bloom's taxonomy.

HIP Search for term HIP

The Headteacher Induction Programme entitles newly-appointed, first-time headteachers in England to funding for leadership development opportunities during the first three years of their headship.

HLTA Search for term HLTA

Higher-Level Teaching Assistants are experienced teaching assistants who plan and deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher and assess, record and report on pupils' progress.

HMCI Search for term HMCI

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools is the head of Ofsted.

HMI Search for term HMI

Her Majesty's Inspectors are appointed by the Chief Inspector to support him or her in their statutory duties.

HMSO Search for term HMSO

Her Majesty's Stationery Office is now known as the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI).

HN Search for term HN

Higher National qualifications in Scotland.

HNC Search for term HNC

The Higher National Certificate is a qualification which can allow entry into the second year of an honours degree.

HND Search for term HND

The Higher National Diploma is a two-year course that equates to two years of an undergraduate degree. HNDs are offered in many subject areas, mostly with a practical focus and sometimes including a work placement.

HoD Search for term HoD

Head of Department

Home tuition Search for term Home tuition

Some parents decide, as they are entitled to do, to provide suitable education by educating their children at home. The legal position in England can be summarised as 'education is compulsory, schooling is not'.

Home-school agreement Search for term Home-school agreement

State schools are required to draw up written home-school agreements, in consultation with parents. These non-binding statements explain the school's aims and values alongside the responsibilities of parents.

Homework club Search for term Homework club

Homework clubs provide a calm, informal, supportive environment for pupils to work outside of school hours.

HoS Search for term HoS

Hands on Support enables schools to share and spread good practice in using ICT to enhance teaching and learning through a structured, locally driven programme, across all subjects and key stages.

HoY Search for term HoY

Head of Year

HRA Search for term HRA

The Human Rights Act 1998 enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights in UK law. It affects many areas of educational life.

HSA Search for term HSA

Home-School Agreements are drawn up by all state schools in consultation with parents. These non-binding statements explain the school's aims and values alongside the responsibilities of parents.

HSE Search for term HSE

Health and Safety Executive, along with local Government, are the enforcing authorities who work in support of the Health and Safety Commission in regulating health and safety in Great Britain.

HSI Search for term HSI

The Healthy Schools Initiative is intended to help improve the health of both pupils and teachers. It includes a website (Wired for Health) developed in collaboration between the DCSF and the Department of Health.

HT Search for term HT

A headteacher has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of a school. As the leading professional they should ensure the school is well managed and organised, providing leadership and direction.

HTI Leadership Centre Search for term HTI Leadership Centre

The HTI Leadership Centre is responsible for creating and delivering professional development for school leaders in the West Midlands.

Humanities Search for term Humanities

A collective term for a range of subjects, including history, geography, religious studies and sociology.