Glossary

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WAMG Search for term WAMG

The Workforce Agreement Monitoring Group provides guidance and support for schools in implementing the changes to teachers' contracts following the National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload.

Wave 3 Search for term Wave 3

Wave 1 plus increasingly individualised programmes, based on independent evidence of what works. Wave 3 support will accelerate and maximise progress and minimise performance gaps. This will involve one to one or very small group support via a specialist teacher, highly trained teaching assistant or academic mentor, to support pupils towards the achievement of very specific targets.

Weighted average Search for term Weighted average

An average in which pupil projection data from one or more years has a greater effect than other years.

WF Search for term WF

The Work Foundation is not-for-profit evidence-based research and management consultancy which aims to inspire and deliver improvements to performance through improving the quality of working life.

Which way now? Search for term Which way now?

Advice from Connexions for students, parents and teachers about getting the best from the study choices for 14-16 year-olds.

White paper Search for term White paper

A document issued by the Government to explain policy, such as the 2005 schools White Paper, 'Higher Standards, Better Schools for All - More Choice for Parents and Pupils'.

White working class boys Search for term White working class boys

This small-scale, closely focused school-based project began with an exploratory review paper, commissioned by the Key Stage 3 Strategy Inclusion Strand, to look at elements of gender, social class and underachievement in writing. Its purpose was to establish what was known, in the wider teaching and learning field, about gender and underachievement in writing and to explore the main features of successful practice in making boys from all social backgrounds more accurate, capable and confident in their writing. This would then provide some possible routes to raising achievement in the target group - white working class boys - on an empirical, investigative basis.

Whole-life costs Search for term Whole-life costs

This includes not only the cost of acquiring a facility but also that of maintenance over its whole life.

Widening participation allocation Search for term Widening participation allocation

A budget provided by the HEFCE which funds initiatives to attract more people from diverse backgrounds into higher education.

Wired for Health Search for term Wired for Health

Part of the Healthy Schools Initiative.

Word level Search for term Word level

Word level refers to phonics, sight vocabulary, handwriting, spelling and vocabulary extension.

Work experience Search for term Work experience

A period of time spent in the workplace learning about the world of work.

Work Foundation Search for term Work Foundation

Formerly the Industrial Society. A not-for-profit evidence-based research and management consultancy which aims to inspire and deliver improvements to performance through improving the quality of working life.

Work-related learning Search for term Work-related learning

Work-related learning is planned activity designed to use the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding that will be useful in working life, including work experience.

Workforce agreement Search for term Workforce agreement

The national agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload, signed by Government, employers and school workforce unions in January 2003, introduced significant changes to teachers' conditions of service.

Workforce Agreement Monitoring Group Search for term Workforce Agreement Monitoring Group

The WAMG provides guidance and support for schools in implementing the changes to teachers' contracts following the National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload.

Wraparound childcare Search for term Wraparound childcare

Childcare in primary schools provided on-site or through other local providers, with supervised transport arrangements where appropriate, available from 8am to 6pm.

Waiting time Search for term Waiting time

Involves the teacher waiting about three seconds both before a pupil answers a question and after they have answered to allow the pupil thinking time before answering and also time to reflect on their response and to add to or qualify it.

Wave 1 Search for term Wave 1

Tailored teaching in classes. High quality inclusive teaching supported by effective whole-school policies and frameworks, clearly targeted on all pupils' needs and prior learning. This results in schemes of work that are designed to move all pupils from where they are to where they need to be. Wave 1 teaching anticipates the needs of pupils based on effective use of yearly transition data and information.

Wave 2 Search for term Wave 2

Wave 1 plus additional, time-limited, tailored intervention support programmes. Wave 2 support is designed to increase rates of progress and secure learning for groups of pupils; putting them back on course to meet or exceed national expectations. This takes the form of tight, structured programmes of small group support, carefully targeted and delivered by teachers or appropriately skilled teaching assistants to help pupils achieve their learning objectives. This can occur outside (but in addition to) whole-class lessons, or be built into mainstream lessons as part of guided work. Critically, intervention support needs to help pupils apply their learning in mainstream lessons.

Wave model Search for term Wave model

This is the model of intervention recommended by the Primary and Secondary National Strategies.

Work scrutiny Search for term Work scrutiny

The diagnostic review of pupils' work to identify patterns of strength and comparative weakness so that they can be addressed in future learning.

Writing Challenge Search for term Writing Challenge

This scheme to boost level 3 writers in Year 7 and level 3 or 4 writers in Year 8 is based on one to one coaching of pupils by volunteer coaches, mentors or teaching assistants. The coaching is focused by a diagnosis of the pupil's most pressing writing difficulty and is designed to remedy it.