Blackheath Primary School Jargon Buster


Jargon Explanation
DBS Disclosure & Barring Service – DBS 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
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 educational needs should have. “

EMTAS Ethnic Minority & Traveller Achievement Service


ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages or English as a Second or Other Language – If English is not your main language you can take part in a course to help you improve your English. These courses are called ESOL.
EWO Education Welfare Officer
EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage. A framework of care and Education for children from 4 to 5 years of age. This stage typically means Nursery and Reception Classes.
CSS Children’s Support Service, this is the new name for Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
FFT Fischer Family Trust
FSM Free School Meals
FTE Full Time Equivalent
G & T Gifted and Talented – Gifted are those with high ability in one or more academic subject and the talented are those with high ability in sport,

music, visual or performing arts.

HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant
HMI Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools
ICT Information and Communication Technology
IEP Individual Education Plan for SEN pupils
Inclusion Removing barriers in learning so all pupils can participate at their own level.
ISA Independent Safeguarding Authority
ITT Initial Teacher Training
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
LAA Local Area Agreement
LAC Looked After Children
LLE Local Leader of Education
LSA Learning Support Assistant
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties
More able Higher performing pupils than the majority of the class
NAHT National Association of Head Teachers
NASUWT National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers
NC National Curriculum
NEET Not in Education, Employment or Training
NGA National Governors’ Association
NLE National Leader of Education
NOR Number on Roll
NPQH National Professional Qualification for Headship
NQT Newly Qualified Teacher
NtG Narrowing the Gap
NUT National Union of Teachers
Ofsted Office for Standards in Education
PE Physical Education
Performance Table Published by the DfE to compare schools’ results.
Phonics Phonics refers to a 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
PFA Parent Friend Association
QTS Qualified Teacher Status
RAISE Reporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self-Evaluation
RE Religious Education
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

along with other specific information.


SEAL Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning


SEN Special Educational Needs
SENCO Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Setting Putting pupils of similar ability together just for certain lessons. So, for example, it would be possible to be in a top set for Literacy and a

lower set for mathematics.

SIP School Improvement Plan
SLT Senior Leadership Team
SMSC Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (development)


SPAG Spelling, Punctuation and Grammer
Streaming Splitting pupils into several different hierarchical groups which would stay together for all lessons.
TA Teaching Assistant
Transition The movement of pupils from Key Stage to Key Stage or school to school and the procedures associated with it.”
VCOP vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation pupils are expected to use in their writing.