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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

0113 2853000

Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

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We hope this glossary of common education and related terminology is helpful...



Academies - Academies are independent state-funded schools. 

AfL - Assessment for Learning - Day-to-day assessments to include effective questioning; observations of children during teaching and while they are working; holding discussions with children; analysing work and reporting to children; conducting tests and giving quick feedback.

DfE - The Department for Education - They responsible for education and children's services in England.

EAL - English as an Additional Language - Refers to children whose first language(s) is/are not English and who may not yet be speaking English fluently or even at all. 

EBD - Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

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 - Person employed by the Local Authority to help parents and the LA meet their statutory obligations in relation to school attendance. 

EYFS - Early Years Foundation Stage - A framework for care and education of children from birth to five years of age.

FSM - Free School Meals

G & T - Gifted and Talented

HLTA - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

ICT - Information and Communication Technology

INSET - In-Service Education and Training - Training for teachers which takes place during the school year.

ITT - Initial Teacher Training

KS1 - Key Stage 1 - 5-7 years old

KS2 - Key Stage 2 - 7-11 years old

LA - Local Authority

LSA - Lunchtime Support Assistant

MFL - Modern Foreign Languages

MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulties

NQT - Newly Qualified Teacher

Ofsted - The Office for Standards in Education is an independent organisation, reports to Parliament. 

PE - Physical Education

PPA - Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time is a statutory requirement for teachers and they are entitled to have 10% of their teaching time out of class

PSHEC - Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship

QTS - Qualified Teacher Status

RE - Religious Education

SATs - Standard Attainment Tests/Tasks - National Curriculum Tests and Tasks which take place at the end of Key Stage 1 (Y2) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (Y6).

SEN - Special Educational Needs Provision - Support for pupils with learning difficulties.

SENDCO - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SLD - Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT - Senior Leadership Team

SMSC- Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

TA- Teaching Assistant