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Below you will find some examples of words or acronyms that are used in the school environment and on this website, with an explanation of what they mean.

Academy - a state-funded school independent of local authority control. Academies are self-governing non-profit charitable trusts.

Achievement - Describes both attainment i.e. the level achieved and the progress you have made from a starting point.

AfL - Assessment for Learning - Assessment for Learning is the process of finding and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers, to decide where the learners are at a point in time, where they need to go and how best to get there.

APS – Average Points Score

ARE – Age Related Expectations

ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASS – Average Scaled Score

Attainment - The actual level attained and/or results.

Attainment Targets - A general defined level of ability that a pupil is expected to achieve in every subject at each key stage in the National Curriculum.

Blending - To draw individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. f-l-a-p, blended together, reads flap

CAF – Common Assessment Form

CEO – Chief Executive Officer

CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection

CiC -Children in Care

CLL - Communication and language

CP - Children on a child protection plan

LAC - Looked After Children

Core Subjects - English, Maths and Science: all pupils must study these subjects up to Key Stage 4

CPD - Continuous Professional Development

DBS - Disclosure & Barring Service - DBS refers to the agency created out of a merger between the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

DfE - Department for Education

Differentiation - a wide variety of teaching techniques and lesson adaptations that teachers use to pupils of differing abilities in the same class.

DSL – Designated Safeguarding Lead

EAL - English as an Additional Language

EBD - Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EHC Plan - Educational Health Care Plan - An education, health and care plan is a document that says what support a child or young person who has special educational needs should have.

EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage. A framework of care and Education for children from birth to five years of age. This stage typically means Nursery and Reception Classes.

FSM - Free School Meals

GD – Greater depth (high score)

GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation

GLD – Good Level of Development is used in nursery and reception to assess children

HMI - Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools

HT – Headteacher or Half term

Inclusion - Removing barriers in learning so all pupils can participate at their own level.

INSET - In-Service Education and Training - Training for staff which takes place during the school year.

ITT - Initial Teacher Training

Key Stage one – age 5-7 (Years 1 and 2)

Key Stage two – age 7-11(Years 3,4, 5 and 6)

KPI - Key Performance Indicator

LA - Local Authority

LGB – Local Governing Body

LKS2 – Lower Key Stage 2

LTP – Long Term Plan

MAT – Multi Academy Trust

MDA – Midday Assistant

MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulties

MTP – Medium Term Plan

NC - National Curriculum

NSPCC - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

NOR - Number on Roll

NPQH - National Professional Qualification for Headship

NQT - Newly Qualified Teacher

Ofsted - Office for Standards in Education

PA – Persistent Absence

PD - Physical Development

PE - Physical Education

Performance Table - Published by the DfE to compare schools' results.

Phonics - Phonics refers to a method for teaching speakers of English to read and write their language

PP – Pupil Premium

PPA - Planning, Preparation and Assessment time to which teachers are entitled.

Progress - this refers to how well pupils have progressed in their learning from their starting point.

PSHE Personal Social Health and Economic education

PFA – Parents and Friends Association

QTS - Qualified Teacher Status

RE - Religious Education

RIDDOR - The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations

RWM – Reading, Writing, Maths scores combined

SATs - Statutory Assessment Tests - National Curriculum Tests and Tasks which take place at the end of Key Stage 1 and at the end of Key Stage 2.

SCR - Single Central Record - Schools must hold a single central record of all adults working with pupils. The records hold security and ID checks among other specific information.

SEF – School Evaluation Form

SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disability

SENDCO - Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator

Service - Children whose parents are in military service

SDP - School Development Plan

SIP – School Improvement Partner

SLE - Specialist Leader of Education

SLT - Senior Leadership Team

SMSC - Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (development)

SPAG – Spelling and Grammar

TA - Teaching Assistant

Transition - The movement of pupils from Key Stage to Key Stage or school to school and the procedures associated with it.

UKS2 – Upper Key Stage 2

VLE - Virtual Learning Environment

VRR – Vulnerable risk register (children)

WPAT – Warrington Primary Academy Trust

WTSA – Warrington Teaching School Alliance

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