Glossary beginning with A

ACASsearch for term
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. It aims: "to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. We help with employment relations by supplying up-to-date information, independent advice and high quality training, and working with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance." Employers and employees can access free advice from: 1. The website: 2. The telephone helpline: Monday - Friday 08:00 - 20:00 - 08457 47 47 47 Monday - Friday 08:00 - 20:00 - (Minicom users) - 08456 06 16 00 Saturday 09:00 - 13:00 - 08457 47 47 47 Check out in particular: The Health, Work and Wellbeingdefinition and Equalitiers Sections ACAS Website
Access to Worksearch for term
Sometimes abbreviated as AtW. Access to Workdefinition is a DWPdefinition supported employment programme for disabled people. It offers practical advice and help in a flexible way that can be tailored to suit the needs of an individual in a particular job. AtW does not replace the normal responsibilities of the employer to implement Health and Safety regulations or replace the responsibilities required by the Equalities Act (2010). An Access to Work grant helps to pay for practical support if someone has a disability, health or mental health condition so that an individual can start working and/or stay in work and/or start their own business. How much the individual receives depends on their circumstances. The money doesn’t have to be paid back and does not affect other benefits. For more information and contact details see:
ACLsearch for term
Adult and Community Learning
ADHDsearch for term
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – A neuro-developmental condition. It is not a mental health condition but people with ADHDdefinition may be particularly vulnerable to developing mental illness.
AELPsearch for term
The Association of Employmentdefinition and Learning Providers (AELPdefinition) is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain. The majority of its 600+ members are independent private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations. Membership is open to any provider committed to quality provision and it includes over 50 FEdefinition colleges involved in work based learning. Over 70% of Apprenticeships in England are delivered by AELP members and more than 70% of the Work Programme prime contractors are AELP members with many other members delivering the programme as part of a supply chain management. Source for this entry= Excellence Gateway February 2012 Website
AFANsearch for term
Acronym for All Faiths and None - a registered charity, with a team consisting of people with very different worldviews: both religious - Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Pagan - and non-religious - Humanist and Atheist - committed to exploring faith, belief and values within and across the diverse traditions we come from. For more information, see:
Affirmative actionsearch for term
Positive steps taken to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the workplace. It may encompass such terms as positive action and positive discrimination. The term, which originates from the United States of America, is not used in the Equalitydefinition Act. Source: EHRCdefinition glossary of terms,
Agesearch for term
Refers to a person belonging to a particular age group, which can mean people of the same age (e.g. 32 year olds) or range of ages (e.g. 18 - 30 year olds, or people over 50). Source: EHRCdefinition glossary of terms
Ageismsearch for term
Stereotyping, prejudice or discrimination against an individual or group of people because of their age. Derivative: Ageist (adjective and noun)
AIEsearch for term
Analysis of the Impact on Equalitydefinition
Aimhighersearch for term
Formerly known as the Excellence Challenge, Aimhigherdefinition is a government strategy that aims to widen participation in higher education in the UK, especially for those from deprived areas. Aimhigher supports the government's target of increasing participation in higher education to 50 per cent of 18- to 30-year-olds. It aims to give students information on a variety of topics, including financial support and higher education courses. Source:
ALBssearch for term
Arm's length bodies Government funded organisations which work closely with local services, and other ALBsdefinition to regulate the system, improve standards, protect public welfare, and support local services.
All reasonable stepssearch for term
In relation to the harassment of an employee it refers to all the things which the employer could reasonably have done to stop the harassment. In relation to reasonable adjustments, 'reasonable steps' is another term for the things that the employer could reasonably have done to remove the disadvantage.
ALPsearch for term
Association of Learning Providers - the voice for the independent learning providers throughout England, including private, not-for-profit, and voluntary sector training organisations.
ALSsearch for term
Additional Learning Support
Alternative formatsearch for term
Media formats which are accessible to disabled people with specific impairments, for example Braille, audio description, subtitles and Easy Read. Source: EHRCdefinition glossary of terms,
Anticipatory dutysearch for term
For service providers, the duty to make reasonable adjustments is anticipatory; within reason, it is owed to all potential disabled customers and not just to those who are known to the service provider. Source: EHRCdefinition glossary of terms,
AoCsearch for term
Association of Colleges is the voice to promote the interests of Further Education colleges in England and Wales. website: Tel: 020 7299 6980 / 020 7034 9900 Fax: 020 7299 6990 / 020 7034 9950
AOTsearch for term
Mental healthdefinition assertive outreach team
APELsearch for term
Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning – is a process that enables people to receive formal educational recognition for skills and knowledge they already possess. A person's learning and experience can be formally recognised and taken into account to: • gain entry to further or higher education courses; • give exemption from certain parts of a new course of study; and • qualify for an award in an appropriate subject in further or higher education.
APLsearch for term
Accreditation of prior learning (APLdefinition) is a means of crediting people for achievements, skills and knowledge that they have already gained. These may have been gained from a course or self-directed study. In order to use APL to gain access to higher education, applicants need to match their previous learning with the requirements set by their chosen educational institution. Credit is awarded for learning that can be demonstrated. Applicants will need to provide evidence of that learning, either in writing or through an interview. APL is of particular benefit to mature learners who want to re-enter education or training, and those who want to reduce the overall time of a programme of study. See also APELdefinition
Assimilationsearch for term
The absorption of an individual or minority group of people into another society or group.
Associated withsearch for term
Where a victim of discrimination does not have a protected characteristic but is discriminated against because of their association with someone who does e.g. the parent of a disabled child. Source, EHRCdefinition glossary of terms:
Attendance Allowance (AA)search for term
Attendance Allowance (AA)definition is a non means-tested and non contributory weekly welfare benefit to help with personal care because an individual is physically or mentally disabled and aged 65 or over. How much the disabled person is awarded depends on the level of care they need because of their disability. The other benefits a disabled person receives can increase if they are awarded Attendance Allowance. For more information see:
Awarding Bodiessearch for term
Awarding bodies, originally known as examination boards, are responsible for the regulation of public exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their main roles are to develop and publish accreditation criteria, accredit qualifications and review all aspects of qualifications. The three awarding bodies for England. AQA, Edexcel and OCR, are strictly regulated by the government. Source: