At The Stephen Longfellow Academy we recognise that sometimes the information you are given may be hard to understand, school talk can sometimes feel like another language. Below are explanations for many terms and abbreviations that you may see or hear in school communication:

Terms and AbbreviationsExplanation
AchievementDescribes both attainment (the level achieved) and the progress your child has made from a particular starting point.
ADPAcademy development plan. This is the academies plan of what the school will achieve and the process in which this will happen.
AfLAssessment for Learning – This is the process of gaining and interpreting evidence for use by pupils and their teachers to decide where the pupil is in their own learning and where they need to be and how to develop further.
APPDAlternative provision positive discipline. APPD is the academies behaviour policy that takes the fundamental elements of the successful PD system but allows for further supportive measures with the alternative provision setting.
Assessment pointsThis is a structured approach to assessing your child’s performance in a chosen subject. This will happen periodically throughout the year.
AttainmentThe level at which your child is working at or the grade that they have already achieved.
Attainment TargetsA general defined level of success that a pupil is expected to achieve in every subject at each key stage in the National Curriculum (based on national averages).
CICChildren in Care
CLAChildren Looked After
Core SubjectsEnglish, maths and science. These are subjects that all pupils must study until the end of key stage 4.
CPDContinuing Professional Development. CPD days are traditionally known as inset days and is an opportunity for teaching and non-teaching staff to keep their industry experience up to date.
DfEDepartment for Education
DifferentiationThe variety of different teaching techniques and strategies used by teachers to cater their teaching for every child.
EALEnglish as an additional language.
EBDEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties
EHCPEducational Health Care Plan – An education, health and care plan is a document that states the individual educational needs that a pupil may have.
Entry requirementsThese are the minimum requirements needed to gain entry onto a post 16/college course.
EnrolmentThis is the process in which your child will join the school. There may be a number of documents to complete and at least 1 meeting in school.
ESOLEnglish 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.
EYFSEarly 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.
FEFurther education (college, apprentice etc)
FTEFixed term exclusion is the process of removing a pupil from the school circulation for an agreed number of days. A FTE will be issued for dangerous or extreme behaviour and will require a reintegration meeting in school prior to the pupils return.
FSMFree School Meals
G & TGifted and Talented – Gifted are those with high ability in one or more academic subject and the talented are those with high ability in sport, music, visual or performing arts.
GCSEGeneral Certificate of Secondary Education
HEHigher education (University)
ECTInformation and Communication Technology
IEPIndividual Education Plan for SEN pupils
InclusionRemoving barriers in learning so all pupils can participate at their own level. This may be with the support of one or more other professionals.
Intervention mappingThis is the document used in school to keep a track on the support your child is accessing in school.
ITTInitial Teacher Training
Key Stage fiveAge 16-18 (Sixth form)
Key Stage fourAge 14-16 (Years 10 and 11)
Key Stage threeAge 11-14 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Key Stage twoAge 7-11(Years 3,4, 5 and 6)
Key Stage oneAge 5-7 (Years 1 and 2)
LALocal Authority
LiteracyAnother term for English.
MLDModerate Learning Difficulties
NCNational Curriculum
NEETNot in Education, Employment or Training
NumeracyAnother term for maths.
NQTNewly Qualified Teacher
NVQNational Vocational Qualifications
OstedOffice for Standards in Education
PEPhysical Education
Performance TablePublished by the DfE to compare schools’ results.
PSHEPersonal Social Health and Economic education
QTSQualified Teacher Status
RAISEReporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self-Evaluation
REReligious Education
SafeguardingProtecting individuals from a range of risks, including drug misuse, inappropriate behaviour of others, bullying etc.
SATsStandard 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.
SCITTSchool Centred Initial Teacher Training
SCRSingle 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.
SEALSocial & Emotional Aspects of Learning
SENSpecial Educational Needs
SENCOSpecial Educational Needs Coordinator
SettingPutting pupils of similar ability together just for certain lessons. So, for example, it would be possible to be in a top set for French and a lower set for mathematics.
SLTSenior Leadership Team
SMSCSpiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (development)
StreamingSplitting pupils into several different hierarchical groups which would stay together for all lessons.
TGATThe GORSE Academies Trust is our partnership of schools.
TransitionThe movement of pupils from Key Stage to Key Stage or school to school and the procedures associated with it.