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Check the list of acronyms and terms used in school.

 

Achievement

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

AFL

Assessment for Learning – 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.

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 must study these subjects up to Key Stage 4.

CPD

Continuing Professional Development.

Creative Curriculum

  1. are numerous different interpretations that 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, the new name for the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).

DfE

Department for Education

EAL

English as an additional language

EBD

Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EHC Plan

Educational Health Care Plan – A document that says what support a child or young person who has special educational needs should have.

EWO

Education Welfare Officer

EYFS

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

FSM

Free School Meals

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

G & T

Gifted and Talented. Gifted are those with a high ability in one or more academic subjects and the talented are those with high ability in sport, music, visual or performing arts.

HLTA

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HMI

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools

ICT

Information and Communication Technology

IEP

Individual Education Plan for SEN Pupils

Inclusion

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

Inset

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

ISA

Independent Safeguarding Authority

IWB

Interactive Whiteboard

Key Stage One

Aged 5-7 (Years 1 & 2)

Key Stage Two

Aged 7-11 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

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.

NC

National Curriculum

NOR

Number on Roll

NPQH

National Professional Qualification of Headship

NQT

Newly Qualified Teacher

Ofsted

Office for Standards in Education

PE

Physical Education

Performance Table

Published by the DfE to compare schools’ results

Phonics

  1. refers to the method for teaching speakers of English to read and write in their language. It involves connecting the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters and teaching them to blend the sounds of letters together to produce approximate pronunciations of unknown words.

PPA

Planning, Preparation and Assessment time to which teachers are entitled.

PSHE

Personal Social Health and Economic Education

PTA

Parent Teacher Association

QTS

Qualified Teacher Status

RE

Religious Education

SATS

Standard Attainment Tests – National curriculum Tests which take place at the end of KS1 and KS2

SEAl

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

SEN

Special Education Needs

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SIP

School Improvement Plan

SLT

Senior Leadership team

SMCS

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

TA

Teaching Assistant

Transition

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

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