Glossary of common education and related terminology.
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.
CP - Child Protection
CPD - Continuing Professional Development - ongoing training provision for teachers and staff
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.
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
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
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 and Health Education
QTS - Qualified Teacher Status
RE - Religious Education
RQT - Recently Qualified Teacher
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.
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
SENDCO - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulties
SLT - Senior Leadership Team
SMSC- Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development
TA- Teaching Assistant