Glossary

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Term Definition
UAB Search for term UAB

Unitary Awarding Body. The five examination boards offering GCSEs and GCE AS/A Levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Three of these - Edexcel, AQA and OCR - cover England.

UCAS Search for term UCAS

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service is the central agency for processing applications for undergraduate courses, including degree-level initial teacher training courses.

UCAS Extra Search for term UCAS Extra

A service which gives students a second chance to get a place at university if their initial application is unsuccessful.

UCET Search for term UCET

The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers acts as a national forum for the discussion of matters relating to the education of teachers and professional educators.

UCLES Search for term UCLES

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. Also known as Cambridge Assessment, UCLES incorporates three examination bodies - CIE, ESOL and OCR.

UCU Search for term UCU

The University and College Union was formed in 2006 by the amalgamation of the Association of University Teachers and NATFHE - The University and College Lecturers' Union.

UfI Search for term UfI

University for Industry, the organisation behind learndirect, aims to use technology to transform the skills and employability of the working population, in order to improve the UK's productivity.

UK NARIC Search for term UK NARIC

The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom provides information on the comparability of international qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide.

UK online centre Search for term UK online centre

Part of a network of centres around the UK providing access to computer and internet services.

UKCISA Search for term UKCISA

The UK Council for International Student Affairs provides advice and information to international students studying in the UK and to staff who work with them.

UKLast Search for term UKLast

The Local Authority School Travel forum aims to coordinate and publicise expertise, knowledge and experience in order to provide a professional and sustainable focus for school travel planning.

Unauthorised absence Search for term Unauthorised absence

Unauthorised absence is pupil absence without permission from a teacher or other authorised representative of the school. This includes all unexplained or unjustified absences.

UNESCO Search for term UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. UNESCO's educational activities include the conducting of studies, facilitation of knowledge sharing and the setting of standards.

Universities UK Search for term Universities UK

An organisation which aims to be the essential voice of UK universities by promoting and supporting their work.

University for Industry Search for term University for Industry

The UfI, the organisation behind learndirect, aims to use technology to transform the skills and employability of the working population, in order to improve the UK's productivity.

UPN Search for term UPN

Unique Pupil Number is a number that identifies each pupil in England uniquely, allocated to pupils according to a nationally specified formula on first entry to school (or in some cases earlier).

Upper pay scale Search for term Upper pay scale

Eligible teachers on the main classroom teacher scale can apply for threshold assessment and, if they are assessed as meeting the standards, have a right to be paid on the first point of the upper pay scale (UPS).

UPS Search for term UPS

Eligible teachers on the main classroom teacher scale can apply for threshold assessment and, if they are assessed as meeting the standards, have a right to be paid on the first point of the upper pay scale (UPS).

Uptake factor Search for term Uptake factor

The proportion of the identified pool of children likely to attend a particular school who actually do so. Also known as take-up rate.

Using ICT in mathematics Search for term Using ICT in mathematics

This ICT feature looks in more detail at how ICT can be used to support mathematics teaching and learning in the primary school.

Using ICT to address 'hard to teach' concepts Search for term Using ICT to address 'hard to teach' concepts

ICT offers the potential to transform teaching and learning. This project explores the use of ICT to support the teaching of identified 'hard to teach' concepts in English and mathematics.

UAM Search for term UAM

See Using and applying mathematics (UAM).

Using and applying mathematics (UAM) Search for term Using and applying mathematics (UAM)

One of the themes of the primary and secondary mathematics Framework that focuses on five themes: solving problems, representing, enquiring, reasoning and communicating.

Utterances Search for term Utterances

Stretches of talk; may be brief or extended.