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ability grouping

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

Grouping pupils together in classes to be taught according to their ability. In the United Kingdom this is not usually the case, as pupils are normally grouped according to age, and within...

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Advanced Level

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(A level)

The generic term applied to the General Certificate of Education advanced level examinations taken by some students in Years 12 and 13 of their schooling, and by others,...

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advisory teacher

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A teacher, normally seconded from a teaching post in order to join their local authority advisory service and take up an advisory role for local schools in a specific curriculum area, key...

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aims

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

A statement of intent by a teacher or curriculum designer, encapsulating what they are setting out to achieve in a lesson, a series of lessons, a programme of study, or a syllabus. Aims are...

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alternative schooling

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

Education which does not conform to that provided in state schools, in terms of either the curriculum or the approaches to teaching and learning, or both of these. Widely recognized...

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awarding body

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

An organization responsible for the conduct of assessment leading to recognized awards such as the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), Vocational Advanced Levels, and key...

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barriers to learning

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

Events and conditions in pupils' lives which make it difficult or less likely that they will be able to learn effectively; for example, hunger, emotional upset, illness, family separation,...

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business studies

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

A curriculum subject which focuses on business‐related topics such as marketing, organizational structures, business legislation, finance, and human resource management. Courses and awards...

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compensatory education

Overview page. Subjects: Sociology.

Programmes for targeting special resources and schooling at so-called problem groups, in the belief that carefully designed curricula (for example in language skills) will overcome the...

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core subject

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

A subject which is central to the curriculum and must be studied by everyone. In the national curriculum, three of the foundation subjects are core subjects: English, mathematics, and...

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cross-curricular

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

If a topic, activity, skill, responsibility, or initiative is applied not just to one subject but across the curriculum as a whole, it is described as ‘cross‐curricular’. For example, in...

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curriculum development

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

The review of a whole curriculum or of specific subjects or cross‐curricular themes for the purpose of revising or improving, or even replacing, it. In its widest sense, curriculum...

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curriculum, entitlement

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

A term used to describe a curriculum of worthwhile knowledge, understanding, and experience to which every pupil should be entitled. It was coined by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools...

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Curriculum for Excellence

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

(CfE)

Published in November 2004, this document sets out the values, purposes, and principles for education in Scotland for pupils aged 3–18. It describes the characteristics which...

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curriculum, hidden

Overview page. Subjects: Sociology — Education.

Learners may, in the course of their exposure to the formal curriculum, also learn or acquire knowledge, skills, or attitudes which were not part of the formal intended learning outcomes....

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Demetrios Triklinios

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Classical philologist; fl. Thessalonike ca.1300–25.

He changed his name from Triklines to Triklinios (Τρικλίνιος) around 1316 or 1319. Triklinios studied with Thomas Magistros and...

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deputy head

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

A senior member of school staff whose role is normally to act as second in command to the head teacher, and to stand in for them in their absence. The precise duties and detail of the post...

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deschooling

Overview page. Subjects: Education — Sociology.

A term coined by Ivan Illich (1926–2002) in his book Deschooling Society (1971), in which he argues that schooling and education are by no means necessarily synonymous. He suggests that the...

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director of studies

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

Used to describe a variety of roles in schools, colleges, and universities, so that the precise definition will depend upon the institution and the context concerned. In a large school this...

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educability

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The extent to which an individual or group is considered able to benefit from a programme of education. It is a term laden with assumptions, and is used with caution by educationalists,...

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