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Value added - If a school adds value, it means that it has managed to support its students in reaching a higher grade than they were originally predicted. Schools can use key stage 2 and 3* levels* to measure how much value has been added. For example, a student with a level 5 at key stage 3* is normally predicted a grade ‘C’ at GCSE*. If that student then goes on to get a ‘B’ at GCSE, then the school has added value.
Vocational - Normally found at key stages 4 and 5*, a vocational course has a strong work related focus.
Voluntary aided - In voluntary aided schools (many of which are faith schools) the governing body, as opposed to the local education authority*, employs the staff, and decides admission arrangements.
Voluntary controlled - In Voluntary controlled schools, the charitable foundation which owns the school, (often a church organisation) appoints the governors, but the teachers are employed by the local education authority*, which is also responsible for admissions*.
Voluntary-aided schools - Voluntary-aided schools are usually church schools. They are partly funded by the state, with the religious body responsible for 10 per cent of capital works and having greater influence over the school.
Voluntary-controlled schools - Voluntary-controlled (VC) schools are usually church schools. They have all their costs met by the state, and are controlled by the local authority.

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