Achievement

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

AfL

Assessment for Learning – is 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.

ASD / C

APC

Autism Spectrum Disorder / Condition

Alternative Provision Centre

Attainment

The actual result attained by the pupil.

Blending

To draw individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. f-l-a-p, blended together, reads flap.

Core Subjects

English, maths and science: all pupils must study these subjects up to Key Stage 4.

CPD

Continuing Professional Development

Creative Curriculum

There are numerous interpretations of the concept of ‘the creative curriculum’. In some schools it means topics or themes, in others it means asking children what they want to learn. At Ashurst Wood we do both.

DBS

Disclosure & Barring Service – refers to the new agency created out of a merger between the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), its full title is The Disclosure and Barring Service. The checks and information provided will remain the same but will be branded DBS Checks.

DfE

Department for Education

Differentiation

A wide variety of teaching techniques and lesson adaptations that teachers use to pupils of differing abilities in the same class.

EAL

English as an additional language

EBD

Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

ECT

Early Career Teacher

EHC Plan

Educational Health Care Plan – An education, health and care plan is a document that says what support a child or young person who has special needs should have.

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/Preschool and Reception Classes.

FFT

Fischer Family Trust

FSM

Free School Meals

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

HLTA

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HMI

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools

ICT

Information and Communication Technology

IEP

INA

Individual Education Plan for SEND pupils

Individual Needs Assistant 

Inclusion

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

INSET

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

ITE

Initial Teacher Education

IWB

Interactive Whiteboard

Key Stage One

Age 5-7 (Years 1 and 2)

Key Stage Two

Age 7-11 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

LA

Local Authority

LAC

Looked After Children 

MLD

Moderate Learning Difficulties

NAHT

National Association of Head Teachers

NASUWT

National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers

NGA

National Governors’ Association

NLE

National Leader of Education

NPQH

National Professional Qualification for Headship

NUT

National Union of Teachers

Ofsted

Office for Standards in Education

PE

Physical Education

Performance Table

Published by the DfE to compare school results.

Phonics

Phonics refers to the method for teaching speakers of English to read and write their language. It involves connecting the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters (e.g that the sound /k/ can be represented by c, k, ck or ch spellings) and teaching them to blend the sounds of letters together to produce approximate pronunciations of unknown words. In this way, phonics enables people to use individual sounds to construct words. For example, when taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, one can build up the words “tap”, “pat”, “pats”, “taps” and “sat.”

PPA

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

Progression

Pupils develop academically and personally from year to year and from one key stage to the next in a way which builds on what has already been achieved.

PSHE

Personal Social Health and Economic education

PTFA

Parent Teacher andf Friends Association. 

QTS

Qualified Teacher Status

RE

Religious Education

RQT

Recently Qualified Teacher

SACREs

Standing Advisory Council for 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.

SCR

Single Central Record – Schools must hold a single central record of all adults working with pupils. The records hold security and ID checks among other specific information.

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SIP

School Improvement Plan

SLE

Specialist Leader of Education

SLT

Senior Leadership Team

SMSC

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (development)

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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