Jargon Buster

We hope never to confuse anyone with acronyms and teacher-speak, but if you ever come across a set of initials you’re not familiar with, this is the place to be! Don’t know ICT from ITT? Hopefully this will help.

ADDAttention Deficit Disorder
ADHDAttention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
AfLAssessment for Learning
AHTAssistant Head Teacher
APAlternative Provision (eg a PRU)
APPAssessing Pupil Progress
APSAverage points score
ASTAdvanced Skills Teacher
BESDBehavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties
CAFCommon Assessment Framework
CFCCared for Children (also known as Looked After Children)
CFFCommon Funding Formula
CPChild Protection
CPDContinuing Professional Development
CPRChild Protection Register
CRBCriminal Records Bureau
DCSFDepartment of Children, Schools and Families (now DfE)
DfEDepartment for Education (since May 2010)
DfESDepartment for Education and Skills (now DfE)
DHTDeputy Headteacher
DPAData Protection Act
DTDesign and Technology
EALEnglish as an additional language
ECAREvery Child A Reader
ECAWEvery Child a Writer
ECMEvery Child Matters
EWOEducation Welfare Officer
EYFSEarly Years Foundation Stage
FEFurther Education
FFTFischer Family Trust
FSFoundation Stage
FSMFree School Meals
FTEFixed Term Exclusion
G&TGifted and Talented
GBGoverning Body
GTPGraduate Teacher Programme
H & SHealth and Safety
HLTAHigher Level Teaching Assistant
HMCIHer Majesty’s Chief Inspector
HMIHer Majesty’s Inspectorate
HRHuman Resources
ICTInformation and Communications Technology
IEPIndividual Education Plan
IiPInvestors in People
INSETIn-Service Education and Training
ITTInitial Teacher Training
KS1Key Stage 1 (KS1 age 5 – 7 “Infants”)
KS2Key Stage 2 (KS2 age 7 – 11 “Juniors”)
KS3Key Stage 3 (KS3 age 11- 14)
KS4Key Stage 4 (KS4 age 14 -16)
LALocal Authority
LACLooked after Children (also known as Cared for Children, or Children in Care)
LEALocal Education Authority
MFLModern Foreign Language
NCNational Curriculum
NCTLNational College for Teaching & Leadership (Previously NCSL – National College for School Leadership)
NEETNot in Education, Employment or Training
NGANational Governors Association
NGfLNational Grid for Learning
NPQHNational Professional Qualifications for Headship
NQTNewly Qualified Teacher
NUTNational Union of Teachers
OFSTEDOffice for Standards in Education
PANPublished Admission Number (sometimes known as Pupil Admission Number or Planned Admission Number)
PEPhysical Education
PGCEPost Graduate Certificate of Education
PMPerformance Management
PPPupil premium
PPAPlanning, Preparation and Assessment
PRUPupil Referral Unit
PSHEPersonal Social Health Education (also PSCHE including citizenship)
PTAParent Teacher Association
PTRPupil/Teacher Ratio
QCAQualification and Curriculum Authority
QTSQualified Teacher Status
RAISEonlineReporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self- Evaluation (online)
REReligious Education
SASchool Action
SA+School Action Plus
SCSocial Care
SEALSocial and Emotional Aspects of Learning
SENSpecial Educational Needs
SENDCoSpecial Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator
SITSpecialist Inclusion Team
SLTSenior Leadership Team
SpLDSpecific Learning Difficulties
TATeaching Assistant
TDATraining and Development Agency
TESTimes Educational Supplement
UPNUnique Pupil Number
VIVisually Impaired
VLEVirtual Learning Environment
Y5Year 5 (i.e., 9 and 10 year olds)
YOTYouth Offending Team

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