The Association for Science Education

Resources - Glossary

Glossary of terms used


ASE Association for Science Education
ATSE Association of Tutors in Science Education
BA The British Science Association
BERJ British Educational Research Journal
BJET British Journal of Educational Technology
CA Classroom Assistant
CLEAPSS Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services
CPD Continuing Professional Development 
DfEE Was "Department of Education and Employment" now DfE
DfES Was "Department for Education and Skills" now DfE
DCSF Department for Children, Schools and Families
EAL English as an Additional Language
ELG Early Learning Goal
ESCalate ESCalate produces and disseminates resources for staff and students in Higher Education and Further Education involved in Education Studies, Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning and Initial Teacher Education.


FSC The Field Studies Council
GA  General Assistant
GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education
HEA  The Higher Education Academy
ICT Information Communication Technology
INSET In-Service Education and Training
ILTHE Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education(Now The Higher Education Academy)
ITT Initial Teacher Training
IJSE  International Journal of Science Education


KS Key Stages (The four stages of National Curriculum)
KS1 Key Stage 1 (5-7 years)
KS2 Key Stage 2 (7-11 years)
KS3 Key Stage 3 (12-13 years)
NIAS Northamptonshire Inspection and Advisory Service
NATFHE National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education(now merged to form the University and College Union [UCU])
NARIC National Academic Recognition Information Centre
OFSTED Office for Standards in Education
OHP Over Head Projector
OSHL Out of School Hours Learning
PDP Professional Development Portfolio
PGCE Post-Graduate Certificate of Education
PSHE Personal, Social and Health Education


QCA Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
QTS Qualified Teacher Status
RSC Royal Society of Chemistry
SATs Standard Attainment Tests
SSA Special Support Assistants
SSR School Science Review
STE Science Teacher Education
SW Support Worker
TA Teacher Assistant
TDA Training and Development Agency
TTA Teachers Training Agency now Training and Development Agency
TTRB Teacher Training Resource Bank
 UCU University and College Union


Y1 Year 1 (ages 4-5 in England and Wales)
Y2 etc Year 2 (ages 5-6) etc
Y11 Year 11 (ages 14-15)

Published: 11 Oct 2008, Last Updated: 11 Oct 2008