When a pupil misses (or is absent from) at least 1 possible school session.
Counted in sessions, where 1 session is equivalent to half-a-day.
There are 4 types of absence:
Lasts from 1 August to 31 July. Generally broken into 3 terms - autumn, spring and summer.
Throughout the service this is shown in the format ‘2012/13’ to describe the year from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013
Accredited ITT providers
ITT providers can only provide courses that lead to a recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS) if they are accredited by the Department for Education (DfE). In order to be accredited, providers must design training which meets the Secretary of State for Education’s ITT criteria. Providers need to ensure that all programmes of ITT comply with the criteria. The ITT criteria also includes information on the withdrawal of accreditation. Further information is available here
Ad hoc statistics
Releases of statistics which are not part of DfE's regular annual official statistical release calendar.
Appeal submitted by a parent/guardian against not being offered a place at a school via the coordinated admissions process.
The way in which schools prioritise the children who have applied for a place via the coordinated admissions process. For all schools the first (top priority) criteria has to be children looked after, other examples are passing a selection test, having a sibling in the school, or living closer to the school than the other children being considered.
APAD (admissions appeals data collection)
Data collection made by local authorities each January, giving aggregated numbers of appeals lodged, heard and the result from schools under local authority control (mainstream voluntary controlled and community schools).
Applications and offers
The process by which places for the main entry points of each school (for example reception year in primary schools) are allocated. Applications are submitted via the coordinated admissions process by parents/guardians to their local authority, listing their school choices in order. All the applications are assessed against the schools` published admissions criteria, and an offer of the highest preference school for which they meet the criteria is made.
Assessment Only (AO) route
Assessment Only is for experienced teachers with a degree who have not been awarded qualified teacher status (QTS) in England and those with a teaching qualification from different countries who satisfy the entry requirements. It allows teachers to do the necessary assessment and skills tests to qualify for QTS. It is a way for existing unqualified teachers, support staff or teaching assistants to demonstrate that they already meet all the QTS standards, without the need for any further training. AO is open to those with relevant teaching experience who hold a degree, or for those with a teaching qualification from another country. Candidates undertaking AO do not complete a course to achieve QTS but are instead assessed against the Teacher’s Standards. The entry criteria for AO are the same as those for all initial teacher training (ITT) courses and must be met in full prior to registration. Only DfE-approved accredited providers of ITT can assess and recommend AO candidates for QTS.
Attendance case management
Attendance case management involves early intervention and a pupil specific approach to tackle absence problems. Common features of attendance case management include:
- regular monitoring and follow-up of absence,
- identification of underlying causes of absence or mitigating circumstances,
- engagement with parents to prompt them to focus on their responsibilities to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school and
- application of sanctions, for example prosecution, if improvements are not made within an agreed timeframe.