Jargon

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. You can complete your induction year in an academy. Find out more on the DfE’s Academies pages.

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.

AT - Attainment Target - Sets out expected standards of pupils' performance at the end of each key stage.

BESD - Behaviour Emotional and Social Difficulties

BSL - British Sign Language

CAF - Common Assessment Framework: a form to co-ordinate all the agencies working with a family with problems.

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

EP - Educational Physiologist

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.

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.

FSM - Free School Meals

G and T - Gifted and Talented

HI - Hearing Impairment

HLTA - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

ICT - Information and Communication Technology

IEP  - Individual Education Plan - A document that outlines specific learning objectives for a student and how those objectives will be carried out.

INSET - In-Service Education and Training -Training for school staff, 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

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

PPF – Pupil Premium Funded

PSHE - Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

PSP - Pastoral Support Plan

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 Coordinator

SLD - Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT - Senior Leadership Team 

SMSC – Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

TA – Teaching Assistant

 

 

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. So
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; h
APP Assessing Pupils' Progress - APP is a structured approach to periodically assessing maths, science, reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.
AT Attainment Target - Sets out expected standards of pupils' performance at the end of each key stage.