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
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)