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Glossary of common education and related terminology.

AfL - Assessment for Learning - From September 2009, all UK schools were expected to implement an assessment for learning program. Day-to-day assessments would include effective questioning; observations of children during teaching and while they are working; holding discussions with children; analysing work and reporting to children; conducting tests and giving quick feedback.

DfE - The Department for Education - They responsible for education and children's services in England.

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.

EBD - Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

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.

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.

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

FSM - Free School Meals

HLTA - Higher Level Teaching Assistant ICT - Information and Communication Technology (Computing)

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 Ofsted - The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills is an independent organisation, which reports directly to Parliament. Ofsted inspects and regulates services, which care for children and young people and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted sets out to raise standards in British schools through regular inspections.

PE - Physical Education

PPA - Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time

PSHE - Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

QTS - Qualified Teacher Status

RE - Religious Education 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.

SENDCO - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SLD - Severe Learning Difficulties SLT - Senior Leadership Team

SMSC - Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

TA - Teaching Assistant