Glossary

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Term Definition
OAA Search for term OAA

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities require pupils to work in teams and solve problems using particular techniques and equipment.

OBC Search for term OBC

Outline Business Case. The aim of an OBC is to set out in detail the scope, cost, affordability, risks, procurement route and timetable of a project.

OCR Search for term OCR

The Oxford, Cambridge and RSA examination board was formed in 1998 by the amalgamation of various Oxford and Cambridge-based boards, the Royal Society of Arts board, and several other organisations.

ODPM Search for term ODPM

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. As of May 2006, responsibility for regeneration, neighbourhood renewal and local government, previously held by the ODPM, is now undertaken by the DCLG.

OECD Search for term OECD

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

OFFA Search for term OFFA

The Office for Fair Access is a public body set up to ensure that the introduction of higher education tuition fees does not affect participation in higher education.

Offender learning Search for term Offender learning

A term used to cover the learning of people in prisons and young offender institutes.

Office for Disability Issues Search for term Office for Disability Issues

The focal point within Government to coordinate disability policy across all departments and take forward the Life Chances Report to ensure robust implementation of its recommendations.

Office for Fair Access Search for term Office for Fair Access

OFFA is a public body set up to ensure that the introduction of higher education tuition fees does not affect participation in higher education.

Ofsted Search for term Ofsted

The Office for Standards in Education is an official body which regularly inspects all schools in England which are mainly or wholly state funded. Ofsted also provides public reporting and informed independent advice.

Ofsted childcare register Search for term Ofsted childcare register

The Childcare Act 2006 introduces a Childcare Register with two parts, a compulsory and a voluntary part.

ONS Search for term ONS

Office for National Statistics is the Government department that provides statistical and registration services. ONS is responsible for producing a wide range of economic and social statistics.

OPEN Search for term OPEN

The Online Procurement for Education Needs (OPEN) marketplace has been specifically designed for schools to make the chore of buying goods and services quicker, easier and simpler.

Open University Search for term Open University

The OU offers supported distance and open-learning materials for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in many subjects.

openQUALS Search for term openQUALS

The QCA's national qualifications database. openQUALS is now know as the National Database of Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ).

OPSI Search for term OPSI

The Office of Public Sector Information provides a wide range of services to the public, information industry, Government and the wider public sector relating to finding, using, sharing and trading information.

OSCI Search for term OSCI

Out-of-School Childcare Initiative. This has now been superseded by the extended services initiative.

OSHL Search for term OSHL

Out-of-School Hours Learning. Also known as Study Support.

Other adults in the classroom Search for term Other adults in the classroom

This term covers a number of roles, from parent volunteers to experienced classroom assistants, special needs assistants or qualified nursery nurses.

OTT Search for term OTT

Overseas Trained Teacher. To gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), OTTs must first be qualified as a teacher overseas and work as an unqualified teacher in a school in England.

OU Search for term OU

The Open University offers supported distance and open-learning materials for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in many subjects.

Outdoor classroom Search for term Outdoor classroom

An outdoor educational setting within or beyond school grounds.

Outreach Search for term Outreach

A term used to refer to activities in which schools, teachers or other education professionals share their skills with other communities.

Outturn Search for term Outturn

A statement prepared annually by an LA showing expenditure, actually incurred by them and schools maintained by them, during the financial year.

Overseas Trained Teacher programme Search for term Overseas Trained Teacher programme

To gain qualified teacher status (QTS), overseas trained teachers (OTTs) must first be qualified as a teacher overseas and working as an unqualified teacher in a school in England.

Oversubscription criteria Search for term Oversubscription criteria

Often used to refer to rules applied by admission authorities if a school has more applications than places. They must be fair and objective and are published annually in a school's prospectus and a LA's booklet.

One to one tuition/coaching Search for term One to one tuition/coaching

This is where individual pupils receive tuition or coaching individually to meet an identified need. Programmes such as Reading Challenge are based on one to one tuition/coaching, which may be provided by teachers, but more likely by teaching assistants, mentors or older pupils.

Open questions Search for term Open questions

Questions that invite genuine speculation where the answer is either unknown or not pre-determined.