Jargon Buster

A
Achievement
Describes both attainment i.e the level achieved and the progress you have made from a starting point.

AfL
Assessment for Learning

Assessment for Learning is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to
decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there

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

AST
Advanced Skills Teacher

ATL
Association of Teachers and Lecturers

Attainment
The actual level attained and/or results.

Attainment Targets
A general defined level of ability that a pupil is expected to achieve
in every subject at each key stage in the National Curriculum

Blending
To draw individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. f l a p, blended together, reads flap

CiC
Children in Care

CLA
Children Looked After

Core Subjects
English, maths and science: all pupils muststudy these subjects up to Key Stage 4

CPD
Continuing Professional Development

Creative Curriculum
There are numerous different interpretations exist for the concept ‘the creative curriculum’. In some schools it means topics
or themes, in others it means asking children what they want to learn.

CSS
Children’s Support Service, this is the new name for Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)

DBS
Disclosure & Barring Service
DBS refers to the new agency created out of a merger between the
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and The Independent Safeguarding Authority
(ISA), its full title is The Disclosure and Barring Service. The checks
and information provided wi
ll remain the same but will be branded DBS Checks.

DfE
Department for Education
Differentiation – a wide variety of teaching techniques and lesson
adaptations that teachers use to pupils of differing abilities in the
same class.

EAL
English as an additional language

EBacc
English Baccalaureate

EBD
Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EHC Plan
Educational Health Care Plan
An education, health and care plan is a document that says what support a
child or young person who has special educational needs should have. “

EMTAS
Ethnic Minority & Traveller Achievement Service

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

EYFS
Early Years Foundation Stage. A framework of care and Education for
children from borth to fiver years of age. This stage typically means
Nursery and Reception Classes.

FFT
Fischer Family Trust

FSM
Free School Meals

FTE
Full Time Equivalent

G & T
Gifted and Talented
Gifter are those with high ability in one or more academic subject and the talented are those with high ability in sport,
music, visual or performing arts.

GCSE
General Certificate of Secondary Education

HLTA
Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HMI
Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools

ICT
Information and Communication Technology

IEP
Individual Education Plan for SEN pupils

iGCSE
International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Inclusion
Removing barriers in learning so all pupils can participate at their own level.

INSET
In Service Education and Training
Training for staff which takes place during the school year.

ISA
Independent Safeguarding Authority

ITT
Initial Teacher Training

IWB
Interactive Whiteboard

Key Stage Five
Age 16-18 (Sixth form)

Key Stage Four
Age 14-16 (Years 10 and 11)

Key Stage Three
Age 11-14 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Key Stage Two
Age 7-11(Years 3,4, 5 and 6)

Key Stage one
Age 5-7 (Years 1 and 2)

LA
Local Authority

LAA
Local Area Agreement

LAC
Looked After Children

LSA
Learning Support Assistant

MLD
Moderate Learning Difficulties

More able

Higher performing pupils than the majority of the class

NAHT
National Association of Head Teachers

NASUWT
National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers

NC
National Curriculum

NEET
Not in Education, Employment or Training

NGA
National Governors’ Association

NLE
National Leader of Education

NOR
Number on Roll

NPQH
National Professional Qualification for Headship

NQT
Newly Qualified Teacher

NtG
Narrowing the Gap

NUT
National Union of Teachers

NVQ
National Vocational Qualifications

Ofqual
Office of Qualifications & Examinations Regulation

Ofsted
Office for Standards in Education

PE
Physical Education

Performance Table
Published by the DfE to compare schools’ results

Phonics
Phonics refers to a method for teaching speakers of English to read and write their language. It involves connecting the sounds of spokenEnglish with letters or groups of letters (e.g that the sound /k/ can be represented by c, k, ck or ch spellings) and teaching them to blend the sounds of letters together to produce approximate pronunciations of unknown words. In this way, phonics enables people to use individual sounds to construct words. For example, when taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, one can build up the words “tap”, “pat”, “pats”, “taps” and “sat.”

PPA
Planning, Preparation and Assessment time to which teachers are entitled. Progression – pupils develop academically and personally from year to year and from one key stage to the next in a way which builds on what has already been achieved.”

PRU
Pupil Referral Unit

PSHE
Personal Social Health and Economic education

PTA
Parent Teacher Association

QTS
Qualified Teacher Status

RAISE
Reporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self-Evaluation

RE
Religious Education

SACREs
Standing Advisory Council for 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

SCITT School
Centred Initial Teacher Training

SCR
Single Central Record – Schools must hold a single central record of all adults working with pupils. The records hold security and ID checks among other specific information

SEAL
Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning

SEN
Special Educational Needs

SENCO
Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Setting
Putting pupils of similar ability together just for certain lessons. So, for example, it would be possible to be in a top set for French and a lower set for mathematics

SIP
School Improvement Plan

SLT
Senior Leadership Team

SMSC
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (development)

Streaming
Splitting pupils into several different hierarchical groups which would stay together for all lessons

TA
Teaching Assistant

Transition
The movement of pupils from Key Stage to Key Stage or school to school and the procedures associated with it.”

VCOP
vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation pupils are expected to use in their writing

VLE
Virtual Learning Environment