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Accommodated: Child looked after the Local Authority by agreement with the parent. the importance is that the Local Authority does not acquire parental responsibility
ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Admissions Authority: The body that decides the rules on how children will get a place at the school and who is offered a place.
Admission limit: The maximum number of pupils it is intended to admit into any year of a school
Admission number: The number of pupils that must be admitted into the year of entry if demand requires
AEN: Additional Educational Needs
Agreed syllabus: The syllabus of religious education, agreed between the Religious Bodies, the LEA and Teachers' Representatives for use in schools
Aided schools: Schools set up and owned by a voluntary body, usually a church body. The governing body employs staff, and controls pupil admissions and religious education
AIM: Attendance Improvement and Monitoring
AIO: Attendance Improvement Officer. A professional employed by the LEA to help parents and LEAs meet their statutory duty in relation to school attendance.
AMB: Area Management Board
Annual Review: Review of statement by LEA that must occur at least annually
Appeals: The Education Acts give parents rights of appeal against certain decisions relating to admission to schools, special educational provision and permanent exclusion from school.
AQA: Assessment and Qualifications Alliance - the largest examining board in the UK.
Area Governors' meetings: Meets for governors on an area basis (5 in Leeds). Once a term governors met to discuss issues in their own area.
Articled teacher: An unqualified person working as a teacher in a school under the guidance of an experienced member of staff who acts as his/ her mentor.
ASD: Autistic Spectrum Disorder
AST: Attendance Strategy Team. AIO's work within this team name.
Attainment target: The knowledge, skills and understanding which pupils of different abilities and ages are expected to have by the end of each National Curriculum Key Stage.