Jargon buster

This glossary of terms was last updated July 2018.




AfL: Assessment for Learning


ADHD: Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder


AHT: Assistant Head Teacher


AMP: Asset Management Plan


ARE: Age related expectation


Articled Teacher: A teacher who is being trained on the job


ASD: Autistic Spectrum Disorder


AST: Advanced Skills Teacher


Attainment Targets: ATs provide the objectives for what is to be learned in each subject set in the National Curriculum at ages 7, 11, 14 and 16


Core Curriculum: English, Mathematics and Science


CiC: Child in Care (not adopted)


CIN: Child in Need


COSHH: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health


CP: Child Protection


CPD: Continuing Professional Development


CSE: Child Sexual Exploitation


DAG: Devon Association of Governors


DAF: Devon Assessment Framework


DAPH: Devon Association of Primary Heads


Delegated Budget: Money provided under LMS which governing bodies can use at their discretion. Devolved funds are those which have to be used for specified purposes


DFC: Devolved Formula Capital


DfE: Department for Education


DSL: Designated Safeguarding Lead


DUG: depth and understanding grid


E3 Funding: LA funds for higher needs children with SEN needs.


EAL: English as an additional language


EBD: Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties


EHCP: Education, Health and Care Plan


ELG: Early Learning Goal


EWO: Education Welfare Officer, employed to help pupils and parents where there are problems, particularly regarding attendance. They are a valuable link between home and school


Exclusion: Heads may exclude pupils from school for serious misconduct but the chair of governors and the LEA must be informed and the parent has a right of appeal. Exclusions must now be either fixed or permanent


FSM: Free school meals


FTE: Full-time equivalent; used when calculating or comparing how much time is worked


GD: Greater Depth


HLTA: Higher Level Teaching Assistant


HMI: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (See OFSTED)


HT:  Headteacher


IEP: Individual Education Plan; drawn up for children with Special Needs


INSET: In-service Education and Training


Instrument of Government: The legal document setting out the composition of the governing body


ISB: Individual Schools Budget


KCSiE: Keeping Children Safe in Education (statutory safeguarding guidance)


Key Stages: The National Curriculum is divided into four stages; KS1 for pupils aged 5-7 years; KS2 aged 7-11; KS3 aged 11-14; KS4 aged 14-16. See also NCTs, Attainment Targets


LA: Local Authority


LCVAP: LA Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme  (money)


MASH: Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (safeguarding concerns)


MPS: Main Pay Scale


MTA: Meal Time Assistant


National Curriculum (NC): The curriculum required by law to be taught in all schools. The governing body shares with the LEA and the headteacher the responsibility for ensuring that it is implemented. (See also Core Curriculum)


NGA: National Governor Association

0121 643 5787 governorhq@nga.org.uk


NOR: Number on Roll


NPQH: National Professional Qualification for Headteachers


NQT: Newly Qualified Teacher


OFSTED: Office for Standards in Education; the body which arranges and sets standards for school inspections; also produces some publications.  (Tel: 0207 421 6673 Alexandra House, 29-33 Kingsway, London WC2B 6SE)


PAN: Planned Admission Number. The number of children the LEA (or the governing body of an Aided School) determines can be admitted to the school. It can be above the Standard Number (see below) but may not be below it


Portage: A scheme for providing home-based pre-school education for children with special needs


PPA: Planning, Preparation and Assessment (time for teachers)


PPG: Pupil Premium Grant


PSE: Personal, Social and Health Education


PSHE: Personal, Social, Health Education


PTR: Pupil Teacher Ratio, obtained by dividing the number of pupils by the number of teachers


Pupil Profile: A broad evaluation of a pupil’s personality, interests and capabilities. Part of his/her NRA (see above)


RE: Religious Education


Reading Age: A child’s ability to read may be compared against an average national ability level at any given age. The age level a child attains is their reading age


Rising Fives: Compulsory schooling begins at the start of the term directly following a child’s fifth birthday. Some LEAs, including Devon, admit children before this point as ‘Rising Fives’


RWM: Reading, Writing and Maths


SaLT: Speech and Language Therapy


SATs: Standard Assessment Tasks


SBM: School Business Manager


SBS: School Budget Share


SDP: School Development Plan


SEN: Special Educational Needs.


SEND: Special Educational Needs and Disability


SENDCo: Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator: teacher responsible for co-ordinating SEN provision in a school.


SIAMS: Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools – Diocesan ‘Ofsted style’ Inspection every 5 years


Sibling: A brother or sister


SIP:  School Improvement Plan


SLA: Service Level Agreement


SLT: Senior Leadership Team


SMT: Senior Management Team


SPAG:  Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar


SpLD: Specific Learning Difficulties (eg. dyslexia)


Special Measures: A school which, when inspected, has failed to provide an acceptable standard of education will need special measures


Special School: For children and young people whose needs cannot be met in a mainstream school


Standard Number (SN): The legally determined figure for the number of pupils in the admission year-group, below which the PAN (see above) may not be set


Statementing: The procedure by which a child is formally assessed under the 1981 Education Act as having significant educational needs. The statement, which must be reviewed annually, identifies these needs and the provision necessary to meet them.


STPCD: School Teachers’ Pay and

Conditions Document


STRB: School Teachers’ Review Body


TA: Teacher Assessment


TAC: Team Around the Child meeting – collective support and sharing of information regarding a child.


TAF: Team around the Family


Thrive: Working with children and families to change behaviour through understanding emotions.


TOR: Terms Of Reference


Unauthorised Absence: Absence by a pupil from school which is not otherwise authorised. Statistical information about such absences must be given in the governors’ Annual Report to Parents


UPS: Upper Pay Scale


VA: Voluntary Aided. A school set up and owned by a voluntary body (usually a church) largely financed through an LEA. The governing body employ the staff, control pupil admissions and religious education


VC: Voluntary Controlled. A denominational school wholly maintained by the LEA but with certain residual rights regarding religious education


Virement: The transfer of certain sums of money from one expenditure heading to another.


Walking Distance: The statutory distance beyond which the LEA must provide free school transport is two miles for children up to eight years and three miles for those aged eight and over


(July 2018)

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01395 443167


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