Adult and Community Learning.
Adult Learning Inspectorate. Now merged into Ofsted.
Basic Skills Agency. Independent charitable agency funded by DIUS and the Welsh Assembly Government. Now located at NIACE.
Centre for Excellence in Leadership: http://www.centreforexcellence.org.uk.
National agency to support leadership in the post-16 sector. On 1 October 2008 CEL and the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) transferred their operations to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).
The Confintea conferences on Adult Education are organised by the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning. www.unesco.org/uil
Continuing Professional Development.
Department for Children, Schools and Families, Responsible for all pre-19 learning in England and for children's services. www.dcsf.gov.uk
Department for Education and Skills. In 2007, divided into DCSF and DIUS.
Department for International Development. www.dfid.gov.uk
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. Responsible for all post-19 learning in England. www.dius.gov.uk
English as a Foreign Language.
English for Speakers of Other Languages.
First Certificate in English. For details, see www.cambridgeesol.org
National awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. www.fetac.ie/info/about_fetac.htm
General Certificate of Secondary Education.
Initial Teacher Training.
Learners with Learning Difficulties or Disabilities
Literacy, Language and Numeracy.
Lifelong Learning UK. Sector skills council responsible for the professional development of staff working in the UK lifelong learning sector. www.lluk.org
National consultancy and professional development centre for staff working in literacy, numeracy, dyslexia, family learning and ESOL. Based at London South Bank University. www.lsbu.ac.uk/lluplus
Not in Education, Employment or Training. Refers to young people aged 16-18.
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education. www.niace.org.uk
Non-ministerial government department responsible for inspecting and regulating care for young people, and inspecting education and training for learners of all ages. www.ofsted.org.uk
Post-Compulsory Education and Training.
Post Graduate Diploma in Education.
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector award.
Vocational Education and Training.