Independent panel on career pathways for teachers: final report

Description of work undertaken by the group and its recommendations for the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT).

Annex E: Glossary

Additional Support Needs (ASN) - The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 informs practitioners and organisations of their duties, and parents of their rights, in respect of the provision of support for children and young people. Additional support needs can be due to:

Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) - Independent professional network for leaders and managers in education and children's services.

Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS) - Teacher union for Headteachers, Deputes and Principal Teachers from Scotland's primary, nursery and ASN schools.

BME - Black and Minority Ethnic.

Chartered Teacher scheme - The Chartered Teacher scheme was developed as part of the teachers' pay and conditions agreement (TP21) to reward excellent teachers who wanted to advance their career without applying for management posts. The Programme was launched in 2003 and phased out as a result of the recommendations within the McCormack report.

Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) - Learning that aims to keep professional practice fresh, up-to-date and stimulating.

Coach - A coach offers support and assistance to those he or she is coaching to help them implement change and achieve desired goals.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) - The national association of Scottish councils and acts as an employers' association for its 32 member authorities.

Curricular - Different courses of study that are taught in a school

Education Reform - A number of initiatives to ensure all children and young people achieve excellence and equity in a highly performing education system.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) - Teaching union within Scotland.

Empowered Schools System - This system involves partners working together to improve outcomes for children and young people. An empowered system is one that grows stronger and more confident, working in partnership to lead learning and teaching that achieves excellence and equity for all learners. Empowerment and collaboration for improvement happen at all levels in an empowered system.

Equity and Equality - Two strategies that produce fairness. Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating everyone the same.

Faculty Head - Principal Teacher of a cluster of related curriculum subjects.

Flexibility - The willingness and ability to readily respond to changing circumstances and expectations.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) - The General Teaching Council for Scotland is a fee based registered charity and the world's first independent self-regulating body for teaching.

Headteachers Charter - To empower Headteachers to make the key decisions about learning and teaching in their schools and clarify the responsibilities that local authorities have to enable Headteachers to be the leaders of their schools.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) - Programmes provided by Higher Education Insititutions to prepare student teachers to become competent, thoughtful, reflective and innovative practitioners, who are committed to providing high quality teaching and learning for all pupils.

Jobsizing - SNCT agreed process for assessing managerial aspects of promoted teaching posts and allocation to appropriate pay point.

Literature Review - A literature review surveys books, scholarly articles, and any other sources relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, and provides a description, summary, and critical evaluation of these works in relation to the research being investigated.

Local Negotiating Committees for Teachers (LNCT) - Local Negotiating Committee for Teachers (Deals with local issues at council levels) devolved from SNCT.

Masters level learning - Masters level learning is informed by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) descriptors at Level 11. These ensure that learning:

  • Is practice relevant;
  • Is research informed;
  • Is personally and professionally transformative;
  • Is collaborative in nature;
  • Challenges assumptions and widens perspectives; and
  • Aspires to make a positive impact on Scottish Education.

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is a way of comparing Scottish qualifications. It covers achievements such as those from school, college, university, and many work-based qualifications. It does this by giving each qualification a level and a number of credit points. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. The credit points show how much learning is involved in achieving that qualification. Each credit point represents an average of 10 hours of learning. The SCQF has 12 levels and is structured around the following characteristics:

  • Knowledge and understanding;
  • Practice: applied knowledge and understanding;
  • Generic cognitive skills;
  • Communication, ICT and numeracy skills; and
  • Autonomy, accountability and working with others.

Masters credit - The allocation of credit provides information about the amount of learning and the academic demands of that learning.

Masters learning - Typically involves studying and demonstrating a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts.

Masters qualification - Is an academic qualification granted at the postgraduate level to individuals who have successfully undergone study demonstrating a high level of expertise in a specific field of study or area of professional practice informed by current practice, scholarship and research.

Mentor - A mentor may share with a mentee (or protégé) information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modelling.

MyPL - MyPL is a tool managed by GTCS to enable and support professional learning by teachers and other education professionals.

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) - National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers (UK wide).

Pedagogical - Practice of teaching and its methods.

Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) - Funding that is being provided as part of the £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund. The funding is allocated directly to schools and targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap.

Policy - Set of ideas or plans that is used as a basis for making decisions.

Post - A job in an organisation.

Primary sector - Teaching for children aged 5 years to 11 years.

Professional Review and Development (PRD) - SNCT agreed process of reviewing and agreeing development opportunities with line manager.

Professional Standards - GTCS standards which teachers are expected to maintain as a condition of employment.

Protected Characteristics - Protected characteristics are specific aspects of a person's identity defined by the Equality Act 2010. The 'protection' relates to protection from discrimination. There are nine Protected Characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

Qualitative - Relating to the quality of an experience or situation rather than to facts that can be measured.

Quantitative - Relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality.

Remuneration - Payment for work that has been done or services that have been provided.

Resource Implications - The consequences of getting recourses this includes resources relating to money, people and time.

Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RIC) - A range of professionals supporting teachers, and a range of other staff who provide support to improve children and young people's educational attainment.

Role - Particular employed position or status.

The Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) - Scottish College for Educational Leadership (now part of Education Scotland)

Scottish Government Governance Review - A review to ensure our public services are inclusive, sustainable, and effective in improving people's outcomes.

Secondary sector - Teaching of young people aged 12 years up to 18 years.

School Leaders Scotland (SLS) - School Leaders Scotland Leadership organisation for Secondary Schools in Scotland.

Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) - SNCT is a tripartite body comprising members from teaching organisations, Local Authorities, and the Scottish Government.

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) - The Scottish Branch of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (UK).

The Society for Personnel and Development (SPDS) - The collective voice of the public service HR and OD community, positively influencing workforce issues to ensure world class HR and OD practice in public services, and good practice among members.

Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association (SSTA) - Secondary teachers union.

Succession planning - Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave or retire. Succession planning increases the availability of experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume these roles as they become available.

Teacher agency - The capacity of teachers to act purposefully and constructively to direct their professional growth and contribute to the growth of their colleagues.

Voice - Independent British trade union for teachers, lecturers and other education and childcare workers in British education.



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