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Glossary

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Term Definition
VA school Search for term VA school

In a voluntary-aided school, the governing body is the employer and admissions authority. Land and buildings (except playing fields which are normally vested in the local authority) are normally owned by a charitable foundation.

Value added Search for term Value added

The progress that schools help individuals to make relative to their different starting points. Value-added measures are intended to allow comparisons between schools with different pupil intakes.

VC Search for term VC

The vice chancellor is the chief executive of a university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

VC school Search for term VC school

Voluntary-controlled schools are schools in England and Wales which are maintained by the LA, with a foundation (generally religious) that appoints some (but not most) of the governing body.

VCE A Level Search for term VCE A Level

The Advanced Vocational Certificate in Education enables students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in their area of study which will prepare them for both the world of work and higher education.

Vertical grouping Search for term Vertical grouping

Classes formed with children of different ages.

VET Search for term VET

Vocational Education and Training.

VfM Search for term VfM

The DCSF Value for Money unit provide guidance on achieving best value in schools

vGCSE Search for term vGCSE

In September 2002 eight GCSEs in vocational subjects were introduced. Available as double awards, they provide young people with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of a particular vocational area.

VI Search for term VI

Visual impairment refers to a range of difficulties from partial sight through to blindness. A pupil is considered to be VI if they require adaptations to their environment or differentiation of learning materials.

Virement Search for term Virement

A transfer of funding from one budget head to another.

Virtual Learning Environment Search for term Virtual Learning Environment

A VLE is an ICT-based environment that supports the delivery of online learning. VLEs allow controlled access to pieces of information, which can be individually assessed and recorded.

Virtual Staff College Search for term Virtual Staff College

The VSC is owned by the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS). It designs and organises professional development opportunities for education and children's services managers and advisers.

Virtual Teacher Centre Search for term Virtual Teacher Centre

This facility closed in December 2005. Valued components of the VTC were integrated into existing Becta services.

VLE Search for term VLE

A Virtual Learning Environment is an ICT-based environment that supports the delivery of online learning. VLEs allow controlled access to pieces of information, which can be individually assessed and recorded.

Vocational A Level Search for term Vocational A Level

VCE A levels are qualifications that enable students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in their area of study, and that prepare them for both the world of work and higher education.

Vocational GCSE Search for term Vocational GCSE

In September 2002 eight GCSEs in vocational subjects were introduced. Available as double awards, they provide young people with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of a particular vocational area.

Vocational Qualifications Search for term Vocational Qualifications

A wide range of VQs are accredited into the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). These cover almost every industry sector, and every level of the NQF.

Voluntary aided school Search for term Voluntary aided school

Schools in which the governing body is the employer and admissions authority. Land and buildings (apart from playing fields which are normally vested in the local authority) will normally be owned by a charitable foundation..

Voluntary controlled school Search for term Voluntary controlled school

Schools in England and Wales which are maintained by the local authority, with a foundation (generally religious) which appoints some (but not most) of the governing body.

Voluntary grammar school Search for term Voluntary grammar school

Grant-maintained, integrated schools in Northern Ireland which take both Protestant and Roman Catholic pupils.

Voluntary maintained school Search for term Voluntary maintained school

Schools in Northern Ireland which are mainly managed by the Catholic Church.

VQ Search for term VQ

A wide range of vocational qualifications (VQs) are accredited into the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). These cover almost every industry sector, and every level of the NQF.

VRH Search for term VRH

Volunteer Reading Help is a national charity that helps disadvantaged children develop a love of reading and learning.

VSC Search for term VSC

The VSC is owned by the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS). It designs and organises professional development opportunities for education and children's services managers and advisers.

VTC Search for term VTC

The Virtual Teacher Centre closed in December 2005. Valued components of the VTC were integrated into existing Becta services.

Vulnerable children grant Search for term Vulnerable children grant

This grant is intended to secure improved access to education for vulnerable children, and to provide high quality education for those whose circumstances make it difficult or impossible to attend school.

Vague language Search for term Vague language

Statements which sound imprecise, unassertive or soften meaning 'whatever', 'and so on'.

Voiced pauses Search for term Voiced pauses

E.g. 'er', 'um', 'ah' - used to give thinking time, or hold a turn in conversation.