The Post-14 Mathematics Inquiry

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Making Mathematics Count

The Report of Professor Adrian Smith's Inquiry into Post-14 Mathematics Education

Appendix 3 - Glossary

This list includes abbreviations and acronyms commonly used throughout this report, as well as further information about some of the terms used.
A2 From September 2000, the second stage of GCE A level programme. Cannot be taken as a stand alone qualification, tied to the AS level
ACCAC Awdurdod Cymwysterau Cwricwlwm ac Asesu Cymru/ Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales – is the body responsible in Wales for regulating external qualifications and keeping under review all aspects of the curriculum for compulsory school age pupils in maintained schools
ACME Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education
AEA Advanced Extension Award introduced for first examination in 2002 as part of C2K reforms
AoN Application of Number, the numeracy qualification from the key skills suite, available at levels 1 to 4 in the National Qualifications Framework
AQA Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, one of three Unitary Awarding Bodies in England
AS Level Introduced for first teaching from September 2000, GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level, can be taken as a stand alone qualification or as the first stage in an A level course
AST Advanced Skills Teacher – teachers who are deemed ‘excellent’ in a range of skills’ in which they train colleagues
BA Bachelor of Arts, first degree
BEd Bachelor of Education, first degree
BSc Bachelor of Science, first degree
C2K Curriculum 2000 – Qualifying for Success reforms introduced for first teaching in September 2000
CCEA Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment is the body responsible in Northern Ireland for advising Government on what should be taught in schools, monitoring standards of qualifications and examinations and awarding qualifications
CPD Continuing Professional Development
DfES Department for Education and Skills
Edexcel London Qualifications Ltd (formerly Edexcel Foundation) one of three Unitary Awarding Bodies in England
ELB Education and Library Boards (NI only)
FE Further Education
FSMQ Free Standing Mathematics Qualification – suite of Mathematical Qualifications available at levels 1 to 3 in the National Qualifications Framework
GEST Grants for Education, Support and Training (CPD programme in Wales)
GCE General Certificate of Education, comprising AS and A2, is a key qualification at level 3 of the NQF and primarily taken post-16
GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education a key qualification spanning levels 1 and 2 of the NQF and primarily taken at the end of Key Stage 4
GNVQ General National Vocational Qualification available at levels 1 and 2 of NQF
GTC General Teaching Council for England
GTCNI General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland
GTCS General Teaching Council for Scotland
GTCW General Teaching Council for Wales
GTP Graduate Teacher Programme – this programme is designed to allow schools to employ unqualified teachers who are preparing for QTS assessment, assess them against the standards for the award of QTS, and devise individual training plans for them.
GTTR Graduate Teacher Training Registry
HE Higher Education
HEIs Higher Education Institutions – these encompass colleges of higher education as well as universities.
HoDMS Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences
ICT Information and Communication Technology
INSET In-Service Education of Teachers
IT Information Technology
ITT Initial Teacher Training
KCL King’s College London (University of London)
JMC Joint Mathematics Council
Key Stages Introduced through the Education Reform Act 1988. Learning in maintained and special schools is divided into four periods of learning: key stage 1 covers pupils aged 5 to 7, key stage 2 covers pupils aged 7 to 11, key stage 3 covers pupils aged 11 to 14, key stage 1 covers pupils aged 14 to 16
KS 3 Strategy Key Stage 3 Strategy introduced in 2000 is a multi strand approach which includes mathematics and is designed to support teachers, trainee teachers and others working to improve mathematics at Key Stage 3.
LEA Local Education Authority
LSC Learning and Skills Council
LTSN Learning and Teaching Support Network
MEI Mathematics in Education and Industry
MMP Millennium Mathematics Project based at the Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences
NAMA National Association of Mathematics Advisers is a professional association with the aim of ensuring that inspection, advice and guidance and support make an effective contribution to mathematics education
NINS Northern Ireland Numeracy Strategy
NNS National Numeracy Strategy introduced in September 1999 to support teachers, trainee teachers and others working to improve numeracy in primary schools
NQF National Qualifications Framework (see Appendix 4)
NQT Newly Qualified Teacher
OCR Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations, one of three Unitary Awarding Bodies in England
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Ofsted Office for Standards in Education (formally Office of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools in England).
OST Office of Science and Technology
OTTP Overseas Trained Teacher Programme
OU The Open University
PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education – a one year postgraduate qualification needed to teach in English state schools
PISA Programme for International Student Assessment is a collaborative study among 28 member countries of OECD and 4 others to assess the knowledge and skills of 15 year olds in literacy, numeracy and science
POS Programme of study in individual subjects of the National Curriculum taught during the four key stages
postgraduate A student on a course which normally requires a first degree as a condition of entry
QCA Qualifications and Curriculum Authority – is the body responsible in England for regulating external qualifications and keeping under review all aspects of the curriculum for compulsory school age pupils in maintained schools
QTS Qualified teacher status required by teachers to work in maintained schools and special schools in England and Wales
RTP Registered Teacher Programme – a DfES programme for people that have completed recognised teacher training overseas, and who have been accepted onto a UK course leading to a first degree (or equivalent qualification). Schools employ RTP trainees, working in partnership with HEIs, since participants must complete a degree at the same time as qualifying as a teacher. This programme requires maths, English and science standards.
SEAs Science and Engineering Ambassadors programme – this is sponsored by DTI and DfES, and encourages scientists and engineers to help in schools
SET Science, Engineering and Technology – includes mathematics for the purposes of this report
SETNET Science Engineering Technology and Mathematics Network that represents Government, industry, the engineering professional associations, education and education charities to ensure that there is a flow of well-motivated, high quality people from schools to specialise in engineering-related subjects
SQA Scottish Qualifications Authority is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees
TPLF Teachers’ Professional Learning Framework, produced by the GTC, it outlines the professional development opportunities that teachers should be entitled to
TTA Teacher Training Agency
UCAS Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
UCEA Universities and Colleges Employers Association
undergraduate Student working towards a first degree, higher education certificate or diploma or equivalent
VCE Vocational Certificate of Education designed as a vocationally-related alternative to GCE A level at level 3 of NQF

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