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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. Sponsors are held accountable for improving the performance of their schools. We are part of a Multi-academy Trust (MAT) called DBAT (Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust)

Assessment     Ways of judging how well pupils are progressing.

Attainment      What pupils accomplish.

Core Curriculum  English, Mathematics and Science – subjects which must be studied by all pupils.

Curriculum  All the courses and learning opportunities a school offers or course of study being followed by a pupil

DBAT  Diocese of Bristol Academies Trustthe MAT we belong to

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

DSL  Designated Safeguarding Lead - more information can be found here

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. 

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

Exclusion  A child may be excluded from school by the head teacher if they act in a way that prevents the teaching and learning of the school community.

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

F1   Foundation 1 (Nursery)

F2   Foundation 2 (Reception)

FSM   Free School Meals

GTP   Graduate Teacher Programme

H&S  Health and Safety

HLTA  Higher Level Teaching Assistant

IBP  Individual Behaviour Plan. A plan that is written for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). This plan supports the child in meeting their targets.

ILP  Individual Learning Plan. A plan that is written for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). This plan supports the child in meeting their targets.

Inclusion  A process by which schools, local authorities and other develop their cultures, policies and practices to include pupils.

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

IT   Information technologyall aspects of computing including coding.

ITT   Initial Teacher Training

JLT   Junior Leadership Team

KS1   Key Stage 1 - 5-7 years old

KS2   Key Stage 2 - 7-11 years old

LA   Local Authority

MFL   Modern Foreign Languages

MLD   Moderate Learning Difficulties

N.N.E.B   Nursery Nurse

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

PHSCE  Personal, Health, Social  and Citizenship 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.

SCITT   School centred Initial Teacher Training

SDP   School Development Plan

SEF   Self Evaluation Form

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

SENDCO   Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SLD   Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT   Senior Leadership Team

SMSC  Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development

TA Teaching Assistantmay be working to support many children or on a 1:1 or 1:small group basis