Drighlington Primary School, Moorland Road, Drighlington, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

0113 2853000

Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Jargon Buster

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 and Disabilities Co-ordinator

SLD - Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT - Senior Leadership Team

SMSC- Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

TA- Teaching Assistant