Jargon Buster

We have put together this handy guide which we hope will help you to understand the things we have talked about on the website. If there are any other words we use that do not make sense-please contact us and we will add them onto here.

AfL – Assessment for Learning
AfL involves using assessment in the classroom to raise pupils’ achievement. It is based on the idea that pupils will improve most if they understand the aim of their learning, where they are in relation to this aim and how they can achieve the aim (or close the gap in their knowledge).

CAF: Common Assessment Framework
A CAF is a Common Assessment Framework that works in partnership with families in difficulty and agrees a multi-agency support package to help them. It's a way of making sure you get the right help as soon as possible. CAF packages are put in place when families are struggling for a variety of reasons such as:

  • if family members need help with drug problems;
  • if child/young person not meeting their developmental milestones;
  • if child/parent/carer has a health issue;
  • if child/young person is skipping school;
  • if parent/carer needs general help looking after child/young person;
  • if child/young person has behavioural problems;
  • Or if family life is generally a struggle and help is required to get back on track.

CPD - Continuing Professional Development
A balance of personal, professional development, attendance at nationally accredited courses and small-scale school-based activities for teaching and non-teaching staff.

DfE - Department for Education

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.

ECM – Every Child Matters
There are five outcomes of Every Child Matters. These are Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution and Achieve Economic Well-being.

ELGs – Early Learning Goals
These set out the learning and development skills most children should have achieved by the end of the school Reception year.

EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage
A framework of care and education of children from birth to five years of age. (Our Nursery and Reception classes.)

EWO – Education Welfare Officer
A person employed by the Local Authority to help parents and the Local Authority meet their statutory obligations in relation to school attendance.

FSM - Free School Meals
This applies to children who are able to receive Free School Meals because one of their parents is on a qualifying benefit. The School receives extra funding (pupil premium funding) and if any parent thinks they may be entitled to claim, please go to the office and ask for a form.

G&T - Gifted and Talented
These pupils are generally referred to as more able pupils.

Members of a school's Governing Body. In schools they have responsibility for raising school standards through the three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring & evaluating school performance.

HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant
An HLTA is further qualified to support the class teacher in undertaking specific roles such as teaching the whole class during PPA time or working with small groups.

ICT – Information Communication Technology
Refers to all resources and teaching related to IT. Includes the use of laptops, digital media, software and so on.

IEP – Individual Education Plan
An IEP identifies the special educational needs of a child and outlines targets and strategies to support their learning. These are completed by the class teacher in consultation with SENCo.

KS1 –Key Stage One
Years 1 & 2.

KS2 – Key Stage Two
Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.

LA – Local Authority
Felixstowe is in Suffolk County Council.

MFL – Modern Foreign Languages
Refers to the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages such as French, German, Spanish. Teaching of a foreign language is compulsory in KS2 (at Causton Junior School)

NQT - Newly Qualified Teacher
Teachers who obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) must successfully complete an induction period of three school terms (or equivalent) in order to remain eligible for employment as a teacher in maintained schools and non maintained special schools.

Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational therapy is the use of the purposeful activity and play to help a child attain maximum level of functional performance.

OFSTED - Office for Standards in Education
The body which sets standards and arranges school inspections.

PE – Physical Education
Refers to the teaching of physical education, including games, athletics, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor adventurous activity.

PPA – Planning, Preparation and Assessment
Teachers are entitled to ten percent of their weekly teaching time out of the classroom. During this time, teachers will plan future lessons, mark children’s work, undertake small assessment tasks or work alongside colleagues.

PSHE – Personal, Social, Health Education
Lessons that focus on the personal, social and health education of pupils.

RAP- Raising Attainment Plan
This is a termly plan with targets that are linked to School Improvement. The targets are based on Ofsted actions plus actions that we have noticed from analysis of our School data.

Speech & Language Therapy (SALT)
The SALT is a health care profession, the aim of which is to enable young adults and children with speech, language and communication difficulties to reach their maximum communication potential and achieve independence in all aspects of life.

SATs – Statutory Assessment Tests
Assessments of pupils in reading, writing, maths and science carried out in Years 2 and 6. This is statutory and pupil results are submitted to the Local Authority.

SDP – School Development Plan
A projection of what a school hopes to achieve within a prescribed time limit (yearly)

When letters (phonemes or diagraphs) are split up to help read the word. They are then blended back together.

SEN – Special Educational Needs
Provision to support pupils who experience difficulties with their learning. In the majority of instances, these are undertaken in school under the guidance of the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). Outside agencies may become involved if the school and/or parents feel is will be of benefit to the child.

SLT – Senior Leadership Team
This consists of the Executive Head Teacher, Heads of School and Assistant Head of School.

Supply Teacher
Staff who provide cover for teachers to attend courses or in the case of illness. Where possible, the school will try to use regular supply teachers who are familiar with the children and school routines.

TA – Teaching Assistant
Can also referred to as LSA (Learning Support Assistant). A member of staff who assists and supports the class teacher in delivering daily lessons to small groups or individuals.