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Academy Status - Academies receive their funding directly form the government, not from the local council. They are run by an Academy Trust which employs the staff.

Attainment - What pupils accomplish.

Citizenship - covers three inter-related areas: social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy.

Curriculum - The National Curriculum sets out the stages and core subjects your child will be taught during his/her time at school. The National Curriculum sets out the subjects taught, the knowledge, skills and understanding required in each subject and standards or attainment targets in each subject.

DfE - Department for Education: the government department responsible for education.

Differentiation - The way in which the school's curriculum and teaching methods are adapted to meet the needs of children.

EAL: English as an additional language

EHC- A document that sets out a child's strengths in areas of development, detailing the additional provision that the school will provide. This can be for academic provision or medical requirements.

Equal Opportunities - Chance for everyone to participate in school life/curriculum.

Exclusion - Exclusion means that your child may not attend lessons or go on to the school premises for a set period of time, or permanently in the case of permanent exclusion.

EYFS: Early Years Foundation Stage starting from birth up until the child is at the end of the Reception year.

FSM: free school meals

I.C.T. -  Information and Communication Technology ~ refers to the whole area of computers.

Inclusion - A process by which schools, local education authorities and others develop their cultures, policies and practices to include pupils.

INSET -  In-Service Education and Training. INSET days are set aside to allow teachers to update their skills and knowledge in order to raise pupil achievement.

Key Stage - Your child's progress through school is measured in Key Stages. Key Stage 1 covers pupils from 5-7, Key Stage 2 from 7-11

(KS1) Key Stage 1 tests cover reading, spelling, punctuation, grammar, maths, arithmetic and reasoning. The tests are taken in the month of May in Year 2.

(KS2) Key Stage 2 tests cover English reading;,English grammar, punctuation and spelling, maths, arithmetic and reasoning. The tests are taken in the second week of May of Year 6.

L.A. -  Local Authority. A body responsible for providing education for pupils of school age in its area. It also has responsibility for early years, the youth service and adult education.

Non-teaching or Support staff - Members of school staff employed by the governors to provide services in school other than teaching, such as cleaners, administrators.

NOR: number on roll

OFSTED (Office For Standards in Education) - The body which inspects state-funded schools. OFSTED inspectors produce education reports to help improve schools

PPA - Where teachers are given time out for Planning, Preparation and Assessment Strategies – Good Practice

Progress - Continuous proven improvement

Reception – ages 4 and 5

S.E.N.-  Special Educational Needs. Learning difficulties, talents or other needs, for which a child requires additional provision. 

S.E.N.C.O. - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. The member of SLT in a school who is responsible for co-ordinating the additional provision for children with special educational needs.

SAT - Standard Assessment Tests taken in Years 2 and 6. (The official name for SATs is National Curriculum tests but you’ll rarely hear it used).

TA - Teaching Assistant. A qualified adult who assists the class teacher.

Targets - The individual goals set for a child. 

TKAT - The Kemnal Academy Trust

Year Groups

Reception - The first year of statutory education is called Reception. 

Year 1 – ages 5 and 6

Year 2 – ages 6 and 7 (KS1 SATs)

Year 3 – ages 7 and 8

Year 4 – ages 8 and 9

Year 5 – ages 9 and 10

Year 6 – ages 10 and 11 (KS2 SATs)