Glossary

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Definitions of all our inspection terms.

  • Language and play

    This is a programme designed for parents and their pre-school children. It is part of the Basic Skills Strategy.

  • Learn Direct

    Learn Direct is an organisation that provides flexible online training opportunities via a network of 2000 online learning centres in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

  • Learning area

    This means something different in different sectors. In further education and work-based learning, subjects are grouped together into recognised ‘learning areas’. Offender learning and adult community-based learning also use the term learning areas to group different subjects. In prisons, there are three learning areas: literacy, language and numeracy, employability and vocational training, and personal and social development.

  • Learning core

    The learning core is one of the six parts of Learning Pathways 14-19. It is concerned with the skills, knowledge, understanding, values and experiences that all young people need to prepare them for life.

  • Learning coaches

    Learning coaches provide learners with an opportunity to discuss learning and progress on a regular basis. They help learners develop learning skills, make best use of and develop their learning styles and maximise their development.

  • Learning Country: Vision into Action

    A Welsh Government document outlining the vision for education

  • Learning Pathways 14-19

     
    The Welsh Government’s strategies for developing and improving education and training opportunities for 14 to 19-year-olds referred to in ‘The Learning Country’ (2001) and ‘Learning Country: Learning Pathways 14-19’ (2002).
  • Level 2 threshold

    This includes GCSE qualifications and a range of equivalent non-GCSE qualifications, including vocational qualifications, and represents a volume of qualifications at level 2 equivalent to the volume of five GCSEs at grades A*-C.

  • Level 2 inclusive threshold or level 2 threshold including a GCSE A*-C in English or Welsh first language and mathematics

    This includes GCSE qualifications and a range of equivalent non-GCSE qualifications, including vocational qualifications. It represents a volume of qualifications at level 2 equivalent to the volume of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, but also includes GCSEs in English or Welsh first language and mathematics at grades A*-C.

  • Level 3 threshold

    This includes A level outcomes and the full range of approved level 3 qualifications and represents a volume of qualifications at level 3 equivalent to the volume of two levels at grades A-E.

  • Life in the UK test

    All those wishing to settle in the UK and gain British citizenship are required to take and pass this test.

  • Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR)

    Data on post-16 learners across Wales is gathered via the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR), which has been developed to be the unified way in which learning providers must submit data electronically for funding, monitoring and analysis.

  • A member of the local authority education team who has lead responsibility for liaison with specified schools

  • Pre-school provision, usually held on school premises for children before they join a nursery class. Link up groups allow children and parents time to familiarise themselves with school life and form a partnership with the school.

  • Local authority

    An authority or council responsible for providing a wide range of public services, including education for pupils of school age, in a particular area.

  • Local authority monitoring

    This is a category of follow-up. If a school is generally good, but has a few areas where it needs to improve, we ask the local authority to monitor the school’s progress in relation to the inspection recommendations. After a year, the local authority writes a report for us. We decide whether the school has improved enough to be removed from the list or if we need to monitor it ourselves.

  • Looked-after children

    Children whom the local authority has legal parental responsibility for. The term is used to describe all children who are named in a care order, or who are provided with accommodation on a voluntary basis for more than 24 hours. Used to be called ‘in care’.