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Jargon Buster

In everyday life we come across many abbreviations such as BBC or RAC. Schools have their own abbreviations which can sometimes be confusing. Below is a list of school “Jargon” and what it really means!


APP – Assessing Pupils’ Progress – APP is a structured approach to periodically assessing maths, science, reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

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.

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

EBD – Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

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.

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.

FSM – Free School Meals

G & T – Gifted and Talented

GTP – Graduate Teacher Programme

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 – Learning Support Assistant

LSP – Learning Support Plan

MFL – Modern Foreign Languages

MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulties

NQT – Newly Qualified Teacher

PE – Physical Education

PPA – Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time

PSHE – Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

QTS – Qualified Teacher Status

RE – Religious Education

SCITT – School Centred Initial Teacher Training (replaces the GTP)

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.

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

SENCO – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SLD – Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT – Senior Leadership Team