Jargon Buster

Glossary of common education and related terminology.

APPlan – Accelerating Progress Plans- APPlans are used to provide additional support for identified pupils in order to accerlate progress. The plans will usually focus on Reading, Writing or Maths and will be delivered and measured over a half term period.

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.

EBD – Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

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.

FSM – Free School Meals

G and T – Gifted and Talented

HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

ICT – Information and Communication Technology

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 Practitioner

IEP – Individual Education Plan

MFL – Modern Foreign Languages

MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulties

NQT – Newly Qualified Teacher

PE – Physical Education

PPA – Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time

PSHE – Personal, Social, Health and Economic 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.

SEN – Special Educational Needs Provision – Support for pupils with learning difficulties.

SENCO – Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SLD – Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT – Senior Leadership Team