Glossary

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NAA Search for term NAA

The National Assessment Agency was launched in April 2004 to develop and deliver National Curriculum tests and supervise the delivery and modernisation of GCSE and A Level examinations.

Naace Search for term Naace

National Association of Advisers for Computers in Education. Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of ICT.

NACCEG Search for term NACCEG

National Advisory Council for Careers and Educational Guidance.

NACE Search for term NACE

National Association for Able Children in Education. NACE supports the work of teachers in providing for pupils of high ability.

NACETT Search for term NACETT

National Advisory Council on Education and Training Targets. As of April 2001, the Learning and Skills Council took over the work of NACETT.

NAGC Search for term NAGC

National Association for Gifted Children.

NAGTY Search for term NAGTY

National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY). Since 2007 CfBT has taken over the management of the Young Gifted and Talented programme from NAGTY.

NAHT Search for term NAHT

National Association of Headteachers was established in 1897 and is a national association for all school leaders.

Named officer Search for term Named officer

The person from an LA who liaises with parents over all the arrangements relating to statutory assessment and the making of a statement of special educational needs.

Named person Search for term Named person

The person whom an LA must identify when sending parents a final version of a statement of special educational needs. They must be someone who can give the parents information and advice about their child's needs.

NAO Search for term NAO

The National Audit Office scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament. It is independent of Government. The NAO is headed by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

NAPCE Search for term NAPCE

The National Association for Pastoral Care in Education was founded in 1982 to establish links between all those who have an interest in pastoral care and personal-social education.

NAPE Search for term NAPE

The National Association for Primary Education is a partnership organisation which aims to promote the education of children from birth to age 13.

NAS Search for term NAS

National Autistic Society exists to support the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.

NASEN Search for term NASEN

The National Association for Special Educational Needs aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.

NASSIPs Search for term NASSIPs

The National Association of Senior School Improvement Professionals was a constituent body of the Confederation of Children's Services Managers, now the Association of Directors of Children's Services.

NASUWT Search for term NASUWT

National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers is a union representing teachers and headteachers throughout the UK.

NATE Search for term NATE

The National Association for the Teaching of English is the UK subject-teacher association for all aspects of English from pre-school to university.

NATFHE Search for term NATFHE

The National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education merged with the Association of University Teachers in 2006 to form the University and College Union (UCU).

National Agreement Search for term National Agreement

An agreement between the Department for Education and Skills, LAs and education unions to improve working conditions for teachers and tackle teacher workloads.

National Assembly for Wales Search for term National Assembly for Wales

The body responsible for education policy in Wales.

National Assessment Agency Search for term National Assessment Agency

The National Assessment Agency was launched in April 2004 to develop and deliver National Curriculum tests and supervises the delivery and modernisation of GCSE and A Level examinations.

National Behaviour and Achievement Exchange Search for term National Behaviour and Achievement Exchange

The National Behaviour and Attendance Exchange (NBAE) aims to promote effective communication and provide mutual support and professional enhancement for all who work in the field of behaviour and attendance.

National College for School Leadership Search for term National College for School Leadership

The National College for School Leadership supports school leaders and managers through training and development programmes.

National Curriculum Search for term National Curriculum

The National Curriculum covers what pupils should be taught in state-maintained schools. It provides a balanced education for pupils, covering 11 subjects, and is divided into four key stages according to age.

National Curriculum levels Search for term National Curriculum levels

For Key Stages 1, 2, and 3, the National Curriculum is accompanied by a series of eight levels. Schools send reports to parents telling them what National Curriculum levels their child has reached.

National Curriculum Online Search for term National Curriculum Online

The National Curriculum Online website (http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_7124.aspx) contains programmes of study for each National Curriculum subject, information about the National Curriculum, non-statutory guidelines for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) at Key Stages 1 to 4, citizenship at Key Stages 1 and 2 and Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage 2. See also Curriculum Online (a different and now defunct website).

National Curriculum tests Search for term National Curriculum tests

All pupils undergo national tests and teacher assessments at ages 7, 11 and 14. Schools then send a report to parents telling them what National Curriculum levels their child has reached in tests and assessments.

National Database of Accredited Qualifications Search for term National Database of Accredited Qualifications

The QCA's national qualifications database. Formerly known as openQUALS, NDAQ is a free online database of nationally accredited qualifications, units and recognised awarding bodies.

National Healthy Schools Standard Search for term National Healthy Schools Standard

The National Healthy Schools Standard supports the healthy schools programme and was introduced in 1999 to support delivery of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).

National Languages Strategy Search for term National Languages Strategy

The National Languages Strategy aims to address our society's attitudes towards language skills and increase the value people attach to learning and teaching languages.

National Literacy Strategy Search for term National Literacy Strategy

The NLS was launched in 1997 in order to provide a consistent strategy for raising standards of literacy. The literacy area of the Primary Framework contains a range of resources and materials to support the development, planning and teaching of all aspects of literacy.

National Literacy Trust Search for term National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust (NLT), founded in 1993, is an independent charity dedicated to building a literate nation. It promotes literacy initiatives, including the National Reading Campaign.

National Numeracy Strategy Search for term National Numeracy Strategy

A Government initiative which aims to raise standards of numeracy for all children in infant, primary and junior schools. It tries to involve parents as much as possible.

National Portage Association Search for term National Portage Association

The NPA exists to assist the development and promotion of the Portage model of support for children with developmental delay, disabilities or any other special educational needs.

National programme for specialist leaders of behaviour and attendance Search for term National programme for specialist leaders of behaviour and attendance

The NPSLBA Programme has been developed by the Department and key partners to provide an exciting opportunity to give professional status to behaviour and attendance specialists. NPSLBA aims to: * Strengthen participants' practical and theoretical knowledge * Develop their leadership skills * Build a professional community of specialists in this field

National qualifications database Search for term National qualifications database

The national qualifications database formerly known as openQUALS is the QCA's free online database of nationally accredited qualifications, units and recognised awarding bodies.

National Reading Campaign Search for term National Reading Campaign

The National Reading Campaign aims to ensure that as many people as possible enjoy reading. It is delivered by the National Literacy Trust and supported by the DCSF.

National Remodelling Team Search for term National Remodelling Team

The NRT is responsible for the change management programme to help schools achieve the remodelling reforms as described in the National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload.

National tests Search for term National tests

Previously known, and sometimes still referred to, as SATs, these are tests taken by children at the end of each key stage to assess ability in mathematics, English and science.

National Year of Reading Search for term National Year of Reading

The 2008 National Year of Reading is a year-long celebration of reading, in all its forms. It will help to build a greater national passion for reading - for children, families and adult learners alike. The Year will encourage people to read in businesses, homes, and communities around the country, providing new opportunities to read and helping people to access help and support through schools and libraries.

NATSOC Search for term NATSOC

The National Society for Promoting Religious Education. NATSOC provides guidance and legal advice on C of E school issues in England and Wales.

NBA Search for term NBA

The National Bursars Association is a professional group of bursars and school administrators. It provides professional support to its members.

NC Search for term NC

The National Curriculum covers what pupils should be taught in state maintained schools. It provides a balanced education for pupils, covering eleven subjects, and is divided into four key stages according to age.

NCA Search for term NCA

Net Capacity Assessment. The net capacity of a school is the number of pupil places available. It is intended to provide a single, robust and consistent method of assessing the capacity of schools.

NCB Search for term NCB

Founded in 1963, the National Children's Bureau is a charitable organisation that acts as an umbrella body for organisations working with children and young people in England and Northern Ireland.

NCET Search for term NCET

National Council for Educational Technology. NCET was a predecessor organisation of Becta, and its has now been taken over by Becta.

NCOGS Search for term NCOGS

National Co-ordinators of Governor Services (NCOGS) is the national committee of the nine regional COGS, which exists to facilitate strategic communication and promote high-quality provision.

NCPTA Search for term NCPTA

The National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations is the membership organisation for PTAs and other home-school partnerships throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCS Search for term NCS

The National Childcare Strategy is set out in the Green Paper 'Meeting the Childcare Challenge', published in 1998.

NCSL Search for term NCSL

National College for School Leadership supports school leaders and managers through training and development programmes.

NCT Search for term NCT

National Curriculum Tests, taken by all pupils along with teacher assessments at ages 7, 11 and 14. Schools then send a report to parents telling them what National Curriculum levels their child has reached.

NCVQ Search for term NCVQ

National Council for Vocational Qualifications. Merged with the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA) on 1 October 1997, to form the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, (QCA).

NCW Search for term NCW

National Construction Week.

NDAQ Search for term NDAQ

The QCA's National Database of Accredited Qualifications. Formerly known as openQUALS, NDAQ is a free online database of nationally accredited qualifications, units and recognised awarding bodies.

NDPB Search for term NDPB

Non-Departmental Public Bodies exist to carry out processes of government where operational independence from ministers is either necessary or desirable, whilst still maintaining accountability to Parliament.

NDS Search for term NDS

The New Deal for Schools was introduced in 1997 as an additional programme targeted specifically at addressing the backlog of urgent repairs to school buildings.

NEBPN Search for term NEBPN

The National Education Business Partnership Networks is the umbrella organisation and national voice for education business partnerships.

NEOST Search for term NEOST

National Employers Organisation for School Teachers.

Net capacity Search for term Net capacity

The net capacity of a school is the number of pupil places available. It is intended to provide a single, robust and consistent method of assessing the capacity of schools.

New Arrivals Excellence Programme Search for term New Arrivals Excellence Programme

High mobility within school populations has been a common feature of many cities in England for decades. In these cities schools have become accustomed to welcoming the new arrivals and supporting them with induction procedures that enable children and young people to rapidly become accustomed to schooling in the UK and to progress. Indeed, many new arrivals outperform their peers after a few years of education in the UK.

New Deal for Skills Search for term New Deal for Skills

A plan to make financial support available to students aged 16 to 19.

New pupil places (basic need) Search for term New pupil places (basic need)

Basic Need funding is a safety value mechanism, available where an LA and its schools are experiencing exceptional circumstances, such as a very high growth rate or movement of pupils.

New relationship with schools Search for term New relationship with schools

The new relationship with schools outlines the DCSF's and Ofsted's vision for the links between Government and schools and introduces changes for the future of inspections.

NFER Search for term NFER

National Foundation for Educational Research aims to contribute to improving education and training nationally and internationally by undertaking research, development and dissemination activities.

NGA Search for term NGA

The National Governors' Association is a registered charity, established to improve the educational welfare of children by promoting high standards in schools, and raising the effectiveness of governing bodies.

NGfL Search for term NGfL

The National Grid for Learning portal closed on 13 April 2006. The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) has now integrated valued components of the NGfL into its existing services.

NHSS Search for term NHSS

The National Healthy Schools Standard supports the healthy schools programme and was introduced in 1999 to support delivery of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).

NIACE Search for term NIACE

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education exists to promote the study and general advancement of adults who are continuing education.

NICE Search for term NICE

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

NICEC Search for term NICEC

The National Institute of Careers and Education Counselling is a network organisation initiated and sponsored by the Careers Research Advisory Centre.

NIHEC Search for term NIHEC

Northern Ireland Higher Education Council. NIHEC's primary role is to advise the Department for Employment and Learning on the planning and funding of higher education in Northern Ireland.

NISVQ Search for term NISVQ

National Information System for Vocational Qualifications. The purpose of NISVQ is to collect and provide detailed information on the awards of vocational qualifications made in each academic year in the UK.

NLC Search for term NLC

North Leadership Centre is part of the Newcastle University's School of Education. It provides training for NPQH and other programmes for school leadership and bursars.

NLS Search for term NLS

The National Literacy Strategy was launched in 1997 in order to provide a consistent strategy for raising standards of literacy.

NLT Search for term NLT

The National Literacy Trust, founded in 1993, is an independent charity dedicated to building a literate nation. It promotes literacy initiatives, including the National Reading Campaign.

NMSS Search for term NMSS

Non-maintained special schools are independent special schools approved by the DCSF. They are run by charitable trusts and normally cater for children with severe and/or low incidence special educational needs.

NNS Search for term NNS

The National Numeracy Strategy is a Government initiative which aims to raise standards of numeracy for children in infant, primary and junior schools.

Non-contact time Search for term Non-contact time

Non-contact time is time a teacher spends away from their class(es). NQTs are only expected to teach for 90% of the timetable. Teachers with subject leader responsibilities and Heads of Department are also entitled to non-contact time. Non-contact time is usually spent planning, attending courses, observing other teachers, talking to other members of staff about specific issues/subjects, etc.

Non-maintained special school Search for term Non-maintained special school

Independent special schools approved by the DCSF. They are run on a not-for-profit basis by charitable trusts and normally cater for children with severe and/or low incidence special educational needs.

Non-statutory guidance Search for term Non-statutory guidance

Guidance designed to inform people about legislative requirements and help them carry out their roles as effectively as possible.

Non-teaching staff Search for term Non-teaching staff

Staff members who do not teach, and whose role within the educational institution is primarily administrative or organisational, such as school secretaries.

NOR Search for term NOR

Number On Roll - the number of pupils registered at a named school.

North Leadership Centre Search for term North Leadership Centre

The NLC is part of the Newcastle University's School of Education. It provides training for NPQH and other programmes for school leadership and bursars.

Not in Education, Employment or Training Search for term Not in Education, Employment or Training

NEET. DCSF indicator for young people not engaged in education, employment or training of any type.

Note in lieu Search for term Note in lieu

A note issued to a child's parents and school when, following a statutory assessment, the LA decide not to make a statement of special educational needs, explaining these needs and why a statement was not made.

NPA Search for term NPA

The National Portage Association exists to assist the development and promotion of the Portage model of support for children with developmental delay, disabilities or any other special educational needs.

NPhA Search for term NPhA

National Primary Headteachers' Association links primary headteachers throughout England.

NPQH Search for term NPQH

National Professional Qualification for Headship has been designed to prepare candidates for the role of headship. From 1 April 2009, NPQH becomes mandatory prior to appointment to a first headship.

NPQICL Search for term NPQICL

The National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership is the first national programme to address the needs of leaders within multi-agency, early-years settings.

NPSLBA Search for term NPSLBA

The National Programme for Specialist Leaders of Behaviour and Attendance has been developed to provide the opportunity to give professional status to behaviour and attendance specialists.

NQ Search for term NQ

National Qualifications taught in Scottish secondary schools and further education colleges.

NQF Search for term NQF

The National Qualifications Framework sets out the levels at which qualifications can be recognised. It helps learners make informed decisions on which qualifications to pursue, comparing the levels of different qualifications and career paths.

NQT Search for term NQT

Newly Qualified Teacher. Once teachers have been awarded with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), the next phase of professional development begins with their induction period.

NRA Search for term NRA

National Record of Achievement. This was replaced with the Progress File, which has now also been phased out.

NRT Search for term NRT

The National Remodelling Team is responsible for the change management programme to help schools achieve the 'remodelling' reforms, as described in the National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload.

NRwS Search for term NRwS

The New Relationship with Schools outlines the DCSF's and Ofsted's vision for the links between government and schools and introduces changes for the future of inspections.

NSA Search for term NSA

National Skills Academy is a structure of employer-led centres of excellence for skills training.

NSPCC Search for term NSPCC

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children aims to protect children from cruelty, support vulnerable families, campaign for changes to the law and raise awareness about abuse.

NSQC Search for term NSQC

Nursing Student Qualification Committee.

NSSIP Search for term NSSIP

National Standards for School Improvement Professionals are set out in guidance published in early 2003 as a nationally agreed collection of skills, knowledge and tasks for all those involved in school improvement.

NTPC Search for term NTPC

The National Training Programme for Clerks has been designed to be flexible enough to accommodate both new and experienced clerks to school governing bodies.

NTPNG Search for term NTPNG

National Training Programme for New Governors. This training programme has been updated to include changes introduced by the 2005 Education Act and the New Relationship with Schools.

NTRP Search for term NTRP

The National Teacher Research Panel is a group of practicing teachers who work to bring teachers, research and policy together. It promotes teaching as a research-informed profession.

Nursery classes in state primary schools Search for term Nursery classes in state primary schools

These take children from the age of 3 or 4 and are open during school term-time. They usually offer five half-day sessions a week. There must be one fully qualified adult for every 13 children.

Nursery phase of education Search for term Nursery phase of education

Nursery schools provide early education. All 3 and 4 year-olds in England are entitled to a free early education place for up to 2 years before they reach statutory school age.

NUT Search for term NUT

The National Union of Teachers is an organisation which represents teachers in England and Wales.

NVQ Search for term NVQ

National Vocational Qualifications are work-related, competence-based qualifications. They reflect the skills, knowledge and competence needed to do a job effectively in a particular area of work.

Non-fluency features Search for term Non-fluency features

E.g. hesitations, false starts, fillers, repetitions

Non-verbal features Search for term Non-verbal features

Related to body language - gesture, facial expressions and other non-verbal elements (such as laughter) to add meaning to the speaker's message beyond the words being spoken. Also includes prosodic features - a subset concerned with the use of voice - pitch, volume, intonation, etc.