St. Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

Healds Road, Dewsbury, WF13 4HY01924 462053

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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.
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.
SEMH - Social, emotional and mental health needs
SEND – Special Educational Needs or Disabilities Provision – Support for pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities.
SENCO – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SLD – Specific Learning Difficulties
SLT – Senior Leadership Team