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Jargon Buster

There is a lot of jargon used in schools. If you have ever been confused what your child meant when they talked about PPA or wondered what EYFS meant then hopefully this will help!

  • Cover Supervisor.

    A Teaching Assistant who is qualified to take classes when teachers are out for shorter periods e.g. single lessons or part of a day.

  • EAL – English as an Additional Language.

    Children with English as a second language. EAL children may be fluent in English but it isn’t their first language.

  • EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage.

    A framework of care and education of children from birth to five years of age. (Nursery and Reception Class).

  • FSM – Free School Meals.

    Some pupils are entitled to free school meals. This criteria is set out by the local authority.

  • Genres.

    A type of text eg diary writing, non-chronological reports, stories with a familiar setting.

  • G&T – Gifted and Talented.

    A register of provision for pupils who are identified as being gifted and talented.

  • HLTAs – Higher Level Teaching Assistants.

    HLTAs are qualified to cover lessons when teachers are out of class.

  • KS1 – Key Stage 1.

    Years 1 & 2.

  • LKS2 – Lower Key Stage 2.

    Years 3 and 4.

  • UKS2 – Upper Key Stage 2.

    Years 5 and 6.

  • LA – Local Authority.

    Brackenhill Primary School is in the Bradford Council Local Authority.

  • NC – National Curriculum.

    A framework which sets out what pupils should be learning. Teachers plan and deliver lessons based on the National Curriculum.

  • NtE – New to English.

    Refers to children whose first language(s) is/are not English and who may not yet be speaking English fluently, if at all. 

  • MFL – Modern Foreign Languages.

    Refers to the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages such as French, German and Spanish. At Brackenhill, pupils learn French.

  • PE – Physical Education.

    Refers to the teaching of physical education, including games, athletics, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor adventurous activity.

  • PPA – Planning, Preparation and Assessment.

    Release time for teachers to complete the stated tasks. Children are divided into different activities and taught by a variety of different teachers/providers.

  • PSHE – Personal, Social, Health Education.

    Lessons that focus on the personal, social and health education of pupils.

  • RE – Religious Education.

    The teaching of faiths and beliefs. Teaching focusses on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

  • SATS – Statutory Assessment Tests.

    Assessments of pupils in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science carried out in years 2 and 6.This is statutory and pupil results are submitted to the Local Authority.

  • TA – Teaching Assistant.

    Teaching Assistants work to support pupils. They work alongside class teachers.

  • EHCP - Educational Help Care Plan

    An EducationHealth and Care plan (“EHC plan”) is a legal document which describes a child or young person's special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve.

  • SNA - Special Needs Assistant

    Special Needs Teaching Assistants work to support pupils. They work alongside class teachers.

  • ICT - Information Communication Technology

    ICT is the study of computers and how they work in day to day life and how that technology helps improve our lives and how it surounds us. The ICT Lessons incorporate Internet Safety and how to use computers. This is taught by their teachers and the ICT Apprentice.

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