Jargon Buster

Education is full of acronyms it would be impossible to list them all and people invent new ones almost every day!  Here's a selection of the most common and useful ones:

  • AfL – Assessment for Learning
  • AHT – Assistant Headteacher
  • APL – Accreditation of prior learning
  • APP – Assessing Pupil Progress
  • AST – Advanced skills teacher
  • CAF – Common Assessment Framework
  • CPD – Continuing professional Development
  • DCSF – Department for Children Schools and Families
  • DDP – Department development Plan
  • DHT – Deputy Headteacher
  • EAL – English as an Additional Language
  • ECM – Every Child Matters
  • EWO – Education Welfare Officer
  • EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage
  • FE – Further Education
  • FSPs – Foundation Stage Profile points
  • GTCE – General Teaching Council for England
  • HE – Higher Education
  • HOD – Head of Department
  • HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • ICT – Information Communication Technology
  • IEP – Individual Education Plan
  • INSET – In-service Educational Training
  • ITT – Initial Teacher training
  • KS – Key Stage, e.g. KS2 Key Stage 2
  • LA – Local Authority
  • LSA – Learning Support Assistant
  • NC – National Curriculum
  • NQF – National Qualification Framework
  • NVQ – National Vocational Qualification
  • OFSTED – Office for Standards in Education
  • PPA – Planning Preparation Assessment
  • QCDA – Qualification Curriculum Development Agency
  • QTS – Qualified Teacher status
  • SATs  - Standard Assessment Tasks
  • SDP – School Development Plan
  • SEAL – Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning
  • SEF – Self Evaluation Form
  • SEN – Special Education Needs
  • SENCO – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
  • SLT – Senior Leadership Team
  • SMT – Senior Management Team
  • TA – Teaching Assistant

Contact Details

Charles Darwin Community Primary School

Darwin Street
Castle, Northwich
Cheshire
CW8 1BN

Main Contact: Mr Adam Croft (Headteacher)

Tel: 01606 75194
Fax: 01606 784143
admin@charlesdarwin.cheshire.sch.uk

SEND Contact: Miss Joanne Tilley

jtilley@charlesdarwin.cheshire.sch.uk
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