Admission criteria

The method of allocating places to schools which are over-subscribed.


The process of admitting children into the roll of the school, which must be carried out by each school in accordance with LEA policies.  Parents are able to appeal if their child is refused a place at the school of their choice.

Admissions Authority

Schools which handle their own pupil applications are admissions authorities; they send out pupil application forms and information about the school.  Local education authorities are also said to be admission authorities because they are responsible for admissions to community and voluntary-controlled schools.


Advisory Teacher.


Age-Weighted Pupil Unit.

Behaviour Support Plan

A statement which sets out local arrangements for schools and other service providers for the education of children with behavioural difficulties.


Behaviour and Education Support Team.


Behaviour Improvement Programme.

Brothers and Sisters rule

A rule applied by some admissions authorities if a parent's/guardian's school of choice is over-subscribed.  They will sometimes treat the application more favourably if the child concerned already has a brother or sister at the school.

Catchment Area

The area, usually in the immediate vicinity of schools, designated by some admissions authorities, which sometimes gives priority to children who live in it.  It is the area from which a school traditionally draws the majority of its pupils.  It does not, however, take precedence over the published admission criteria for allocating places when schools are over-subscribed.


Chief Education Officer.


Curriculum Support Teachers.


Common Transfer File. Information sent from one school to another, using the s2s system.


Director of Children's Services.


Education Action Zone; occasionally Education Achievement Zone.  Education Action Zones consist of 15-25 schools which aim to create new partnerships, raise standards and generate innovation within education.  These groups of schools receive extra money each year for up to five years.


Education Business Partnership (Company which organises links between schools and wider community).

Education Committee> The committee of elected councillors within a local government area which sets local education policy or interprets national policy for implementation by the LEA.


Excellence Cluster.


Education Liaison Officer.


Education and School Improvement Service.


Education Welfare Officer.  They are sometimes known as Education Social Workers and are employed by local education authorities to monitor school attendance and help parents meet their responsibilities.


Education Welfare Service/Education Social Work Service.

Feeder Schools

Schools which 'feed' into the next phase of education. Some admission authorities give priority to children from certain primary schools to feed into specific secondary schools.


Foundation special school, maintained by the LEA, which is specially organised to make special educational provision for pupils with special educational needs.


Higher Education Institution. Colleges and universities offering degrees, many of which also provide courses for initial teacher training in partnership with schools and courses to support the Continuing Professional Development of Teachers.


Local Education Authority.  The term 'local education authority' describes a type of council which has responsibility for providing education to pupils of school age in its area. Their overall education remit also includes early years, the youth service and adult education.  LEAs are responsible for contributing to the spiritual, moral, mental and physical development of the community by ensuring that efficient primary and secondary education is provided and ensuring that there are enough primary and secondary places with adequate facilities to meet the needs of pupils living in the area.

LEA Advisers

LEA educationalists providing professional support to teachers and governors for ‘school improvement’.

LEA Inspectors

LEA educationalists who inspect school performance and report locally. Often, LEA advisers are also LEA inspectors.

LEA Education Officers

administrators who administer and advise schools on organisational systems relating, for instance, to pupil admissions, staff appointments, school budgets and central provision for children with special educational needs.


Local Management in Community Education.


Local Management of Schools.


Local Management of Special Schools.

Oversubscription Criteria

Often referred to as those rules applied by admission authorities when a school has more applications than places. They must by law be fair and objective and must be published annually in prospectuses and by local authorities in a prospectus explaining admissions at all schools in an area.


Published (or planned) Admissions Limit.


Published Admission Number.

Parental Preference

The legal right that parents have to express a preference for the school they would like their child to attend.

Parents' Summary

A short version of the inspection report that is sent to all parents of children at a school, and to the local media.


Parent and Toddler Association.


Positive Activities for Young People.


Primary Care Trust.


Principal Education Officer.

Social Services

A department within a local government area which is responsible, among many other things, for children's welfare (in the home) under the term of the Children Act, 1989.