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DBSDisclosure & 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.

DfEDepartment for Education
DifferentiationA wide variety of teaching techniques and lesson adaptations that teachers use to pupils of differing abilities in the same class.
EALEnglish as an additional language
EBDEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties
EHC PlanEducational 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. “

EMTASEthnic Minority & Traveller Achievement Service


ESOLEnglish 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.
EWOEducation Welfare Officer
EYFSEarly 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.
CSSChildren’s Support Service, this is the new name for Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
FFTFischer Family Trust
FSMFree School Meals
FTEFull Time Equivalent
G & TGifted 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.

HLTAHigher Level Teaching Assistant
HMIHer Majesty’s Inspector of Schools
ICTInformation and Communication Technology
IEPIndividual Education Plan for SEN pupils
InclusionRemoving barriers in learning so all pupils can participate at their own level.
ISAIndependent Safeguarding Authority
ITTInitial Teacher Training
IWBInteractive Whiteboard
Key Stage oneage 5-7 (Years 1 and 2);
Key Stage twoage 7-11(Years 3,4, 5 and 6)
LALocal Authority
LAALocal Area Agreement
LACLooked After Children
LLELocal Leader of Education
LSALearning Support Assistant
MLDModerate Learning Difficulties
More ableHigher performing pupils than the majority of the class
NAHTNational Association of Head Teachers
NASUWTNational Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers
NCNational Curriculum
NEETNot in Education, Employment or Training
NGANational Governors’ Association
NLENational Leader of Education
NORNumber on Roll
NPQHNational Professional Qualification for Headship
NQTNewly Qualified Teacher
NtGNarrowing the Gap
NUTNational Union of Teachers
OfstedOffice for Standards in Education
PEPhysical Education
Performance TablePublished by the DfE to compare schools’ results.
PhonicsPhonics 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.”

PPAPlanning, 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.”

PSHEPersonal Social Health and Economic education
PFAParent Friend Association
QTSQualified Teacher Status
RAISEReporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self-Evaluation
REReligious Education
SACREsStanding Advisory Council for Religious Education
SATsStandard 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.


SCRSingle 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.


SEALSocial & Emotional Aspects of Learning


SENSpecial Educational Needs
SENCOSpecial Educational Needs Coordinator
SettingPutting 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.

SIPSchool Improvement Plan
SLTSenior Leadership Team
SMSCSpiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (development)


SPAGSpelling, Punctuation and Grammer
StreamingSplitting pupils into several different hierarchical groups which would stay together for all lessons.
TATeaching Assistant
TransitionThe movement of pupils from Key Stage to Key Stage or school to school and the procedures associated with it.”
VCOPvocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation pupils are expected to use in their writing.