Jargon Buster - Gray's Farm Primary Academy

Jargon Buster

We may use abbreviations or acronyms on the school website. See our Jargon Buster to familiarize yourself with these. This also includes other education related terminology.

Academies Academies are independent state-funded schools. These schools have more freedom over their finances, the curriculum they teach and teachers’ pay and conditions. These schools are funded directly by central government rather than by the local authority. Some academies are sponsored and these sponsors can come from a range of backgrounds (businesses, other successful schools, universities, charities and faith bodies). Sponsors are held accountable for improving the performance of their schools.
DfE The Department for Education - They are responsible for education and children's services in England.
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
EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage - A framework for care and education of children from birth to five years of age.
GFPA Gray's Farm Primary Academy
FMS Free School Meals
HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant
ICT Information and Communication Technology (may be referred to as IT)
INSET In-Service Education and Training - Training for teachers which takes place during the school year
KS1 Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)
KS2 Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)
LA Local Authority
MFL Modern Foreign Languages
NQT Newly Qualified Teacher
Ofsted The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills is an independent organisation, which reports directly to Parliament. Ofsted inspects and regulates services, which care for children and young people and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted sets out to raise standards in British schools through regular inspections.
PE Physical Education
PPA Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time
PP Pupil Premium
PSHE Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
RE Religious Education
SATs Standard 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.
SEN Special Educational Needs Provision - Support for pupils with learning difficulties.
SENDCO Special Educational Needs Co-orindator
SLT Senior Leadership Team
SMSC Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
TA Teaching Assistant
TKAT The Kenmal Academies Trust