JARGON BUSTER

Glossary of common education and related terminology.

 
Academies

Academies are independent state-funded schools. These schools have more freedom over their finances, the curriculum they teach and teachers’ pay and conditions. These schools are funded directly by central government rather than by the local authority. Some academies are sponsored and these sponsors can come from a range of backgrounds (businesses, other successful schools, universities, charities and faith bodies). Sponsors are held accountable for improving the performance of their schools.

 

AfL

Assessment for Learning - From September 2009, all UK schools were expected to implement an assessment for learning program. Day-to-day assessments would include effective questioning; observations of children during teaching and while they are working; holding discussions with children; analysing work and reporting to children; conducting tests and giving quick feedback.

 

APP

Assessing Pupils' Progress - APP is a structured approach to periodically assessing maths, science, reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

 

DfE

The Department for Education - They responsible for education and children's services in England.

 

EAL

English as an Additional Language - Refers to children whose first language(s) is/are not English and who may not yet be speaking English fluently or even at all. 

 

EBD

Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

 

ESOL

English for Speakers of Other Languages or English as a Second or Other Language - If English is not your main language you can take part in a course to help you improve your English. These courses are called ESOL.

 

EWO

Education Welfare Officer - Person employed by the Local Authority to help parents and the LA meet their statutory obligations in relation to school attendance. 

 

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage - A framework for care and education of children from birth to five years of age.

 

FSM

Free School Meals

 

G & T

Gifted and Talented

 

HLTA

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

 

ICT

Information and Communication Technology

 

IEP

An IEP or Individual Education Plan is a plan or programme designed for children with SEN to help them to get the most out of their education. An IEP builds on the curriculum that a child with learning difficulties or disabilities is following and sets out the strategies being used to meet that child's specific needs.

 

INSET

In-Service Education and Training - Training for teachers which takes place during the school year.

 

ITT

Initial Teacher Training

 

KS1

Key Stage 1 - 5-7 years old

 

KS2

Key Stage 2 - 7-11 years old

 

LA

Local Authority

 

LSA

Learning Support Assistant

 

LSP

Learning Support Plan

 

MFL

Modern Foreign Languages

 

MLD

Moderate Learning Difficulties

 

NQT

Newly Qualified Teacher

 

Ofsted

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills is an independent organisation, which reports directly to Parliament. Ofsted inspects and regulates services, which care for children and young people and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted sets out to raise standards in British schools through regular inspections.

 

PE

Physical Education

 

PPA

Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time

 

PSHE

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

 

QTS

Qualified Teacher Status

 

RE

Religious Education

 

SATs

Standard Attainment Tests/Tasks - National Curriculum Tests and Tasks which take place at the end of Key Stage 1 and at the end of Key Stage 2.

 

SEN

Special Educational Needs Provision - Support for pupils with learning difficulties.

 

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

 

SLD

Severe Learning Difficulties

 

SLT

Senior Leadership Team

 

SMSC

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

 

TA

Teaching Assistant