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Allington Primary School

Allington
Primary School

Jargon & Glossary

There are many terms and expressions used in schools that can be hard to understand, here are a few definitions to help you out!

Academy

An independent state funded school.  An academy has more freedom over finance, curriculum and teachers pay and conditions.

AfL

Assessment for learning.  This is day to day assessment to inform planning and feedback to children.

D&T

Design and Technology

DfE

Department of Education

EAL

English as an additional language

EHCP

Education, Health and Care plan – previously referred to as a statement (although there is a difference).  This is a legally binding document that prescribes clearly the nature of a child’s learning difficulties and the objectives that need to be met in order to ensure that the child concerned makes strong progress.

EWO

Educational Welfare Officer

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage  - the framework of study for 0 -5 year olds (it covers our Reception classes)

FSM

Free School Meals

G&T

Gifted and Talented

HLTA

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

INSET

In-service Education and Training

KS1

Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2

KS2

Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

LA

Local authority

Looked after child

A child who is not living with either parent and is in the care of the local authority

MFL

Modern foreign language

NQT

Newly qualified teacher

Ofsted

Office for standards in Education and Children’s services

PE

Physical Education

PPA

Planning, preparation and assessment time – at Allington this is one full day per fortnight for all full time teachers

PSHE

Personal, social, Health and Economic education

PTFA

Parent, teachers and friends association

QTS

Qualified teacher status

RE

Religious Education

SATs

Standard Assessment Tests  - taken at the end of KS1 and KS2

SEF

School evaluation form.

SEN

Special Education Needs

SENCO

Special Education Needs co-ordinator

SLT

Senior Leadership Team

SMSC

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

TA

Teaching assistant

Working above

An assessment description that refers to pupil’s performance that is above the nationally expected standard for their age.

Working at

An assessment description that refers to pupil’s performance that is within the nationally expected standard for their age.

Working towards

An assessment descriptor that refers to pupil’s performance that is currently below the nationally expected standard for their age.