Glossary - m

Definitions of all our inspection terms.

  • Maintained schools

    Schools that a local authority has a duty to maintain, which include:
    •  any county or voluntary school;
    •  community schools and community special schools;
    •  foundation schools and foundation special schools; and
    •  any maintained special school not set up as a hospital.
  • Makaton

    This is a system of communication that uses a vocabulary of ‘key word’ manual signs and gestures to support speech, as well as graphic symbols to support the written word. It is used by and with people who have communication, language or learning difficulties.

  • Making the Connections

    The policy for public service reform in Wales. It sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for a prosperous, sustainable, bilingual, healthier and better-educated Wales.

  • Mathematics and play

    This is a programme designed for parents and carers and their pre-school children. It is part of Basic Skills Cymru
  • Maytas

    A customisable management information system (MIS) developed by the Tribal Group. It is designed for work-based learning but can be adapted to suit the needs of different providers.

  • Mentor

    An adult who acts as an adviser or guide for the learner.

  • Mid-YIS

    Middle Years Information System. ALIS, YELLIS and Mid-YIS are monitoring systems produced by the University of Durham. They use data from tests and questionnaires completed by students to provide an external comparative analysis of the data as well as data on pupil progress (value added).
  • MIND

    The National Association for Mental Health in the United Kingdom

  • Minority ethnic achievement grant

    The objective of MEAG is to improve educational opportunity for all minority ethnic learners for whom English or Welsh is an additional language, to offer asylum seeker pupils the special support they need and, broadly, to improve minority ethnic pupils’ standards of achievement across the board.

  • Modern Apprenticeship

    These give employed learners training to National Vocational Qualification level 3 or higher. The learners also need to complete key skills and technical certificates.

  • Monitoring inspections

    Her Majesty’s Inspectors in Estyn carry out monitoring visits each year to independent schools that cater for pupils with special educational needs. The purpose of these visits is to provide a report to the Welsh Government on the standards and quality of education and to identify important issues for improvement in these schools.

  • Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin

    This is the organisation for Welsh-medium nursery education. It aims to give every young child in Wales the opportunity to benefit from early years services and experiences through the medium of Welsh.