Glossary - d

Definitions of all our inspection terms.

  • Department for Education and Skills (DfES)

    The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) is a directorate in the Welsh Government that provides leadership for education, skills and the Welsh language in Wales.

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

    This is the government department that deals with unemployed people and helps them to find work.

  • Detached youth work

    Detached youth work is free from the constraints of centre-based work. It aims to develop learning opportunities with those who are not using or failing to access other youth provision.
  • Disapplication

    Removal or lifting of a programme of study, attainment target, assessment, or any other component of the National Curriculum, or any combination of these including entire subjects or the entire National Curriculum through relevant regulations.

  • Displaced people

    A displaced person is a person who has had to move to another part of their country or to another country to seek safety.

  • Dragon Sport

    Dragon Sport is managed by the Sports Council for Wales and funded by the National Lottery. It aims to encourage 7-11 year-olds to be more active by introducing them to a range of sports outside school physical education lessons. The programme provides pupils with opportunities to feed into and progress through sports development programmes in clubs and the community.

  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

    A voluntary, non-competitive and flexible programme of cultural and adventurous activities for young people. The award has four sections with three levels of achievement:
    •  Bronze (for those aged 14 and over);
    •  Silver (for those aged 15 and over); and
    •  Gold (for those aged 16 and over).
  • Dysg

    Until recently, Dysg was a division within the Department for Children, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS), which focuses on improving the quality of teaching and learning in the post-14 education and training sector. Dysg has now merged with the new Learning and Teaching Strategies Branch within the Learning and Professional Development Division of DCELLS.