EduStaff Glossary

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2iC

Second in Command/Charge.

 

Academy

Academies are all ability schools that cater to 11-18 year olds that have been established by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups working in a partnership with local and national government. They are free to attend and are funded by the Department for Education

 

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

 

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

 

AHT

Assistant Headteacher.

 

ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

AST

Advanced Skills Teacher.

 

BESD

Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulty.

 

Catchment Area

The local area from which the school accepts it’s pupils.

 

Community School

A Community School is a state funded school where the estate is owned by the LEA who also employs the staff and manages the school’s admissions.

 

CPD

Continuing Professional Development (various training and development courses, materials or activities that increase your skills and knowledge).

 

EAL

English as an Additional Language.

 

Early Years

The general name given to the phase of learning that covers Nursery and Reception.

 

EBD

Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

 

EP

Educational Psychologist

 

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage (see Early Years).

 

FE

Further Education.

 

Federation

A group of schools (though not more than 5) under one governing body

Foundation(see Early Years).

 

Foundation School

A school that operates like a Community School, but with more administrative freedom

 

Free School

A Free School runs like an Academy, but can be set up by local non-profit charitable trusts.

 

FSM

Free school meals.

 

G&T

Gifted and talented students are those who schools describe as having potential beyond what is expected for their age.

 

IEP

Individual Educational Plans.

 

ICT

Information and Communications Technology.

 

IPC

International Primary Curriculum.

 

KS1

Key Stage 1: the general name given to the phase of learning that covers Year 1 and Year 2 (ages 5 - 7)

 

KS2

Key Stage 2: the general name given to the phase of learning that covers Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 (ages 7 – 11).

 

KS3

Key Stage 3: the general name given to the phase of learning that covers Years 7, 8, and 9 (ages 11 – 14).

 

KS4

Key Stage 4: the general name given to the phase of learning that covers Year 10 and Year 11 (ages 14 – 16).

 

KS5

Key Stage 5: the general name given to the phase of learning that covers 6th Form / Year 12 and Year 13 (ages 16 – 18).

 

LA

Local Authority.

 

LEA

Local Education Authority.

 

LSA

Learning Support Assistant.

 

MLD

Moderate Learning Difficulties.

 

MPS

Main Pay Scale.

 

Nursery

The first phase of education that provide care for children over 2 years old and under 5.

 

NQT

Newly Qualified Teacher.

 

Ofsted

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills is a governmental body that oversees and evaluates schools and teachers (as well as others).

 

Primary

This is the general name of the education phase that covers KS1 and KS2 (and sometimes Early Years).

 

PRU

Pupil Referral Unit.

 

PGCE

Postgraduate Certificate of Education.

 

PSHE

Personal, Social and Health Education.

 

QTS

Qualified Teacher Status.

 

RE

Religious Education

 

Reception

The second phase of education (before KS1 and after Nursery) for children between 4 and 5 years old.

 

RS

Religious Studies.

 

SATs

These are exams which test pupils’ knowledge of the national curriculum. They are taken in Year 2, Year 6 and Year 9.

 

School Direct

The School Direct program is a government-run, alternative route into teaching for graduates. Participants learn ‘on the job’ rather than through theory in university classes and placements.

 

SCITT

School-centred initial teacher training.

 

SEBD

Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

 

Secondary

This is the general name of the education phase that covers KS3, KS4 and KS5.

 

SEN

Special Educational Needs.

 

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

 

SLD

Severe Learning Difficulties

 

Statement

This is a formal statement detailing the child’s SEN requirements.

 

STEM

Subjects that are the foundation of the industrial and corporate world: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

TA

Teaching Assistant.

 

TLR

Teaching and Learning Responsibility.

 

Value Added

When pupils are able to achieve above their expected performance levels, based on their ability on entry to the school.

 

VLE

Virtual Learning Environment. Software designed to help teachers manage the education of their students.

 

VI

Visually Impaired.

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