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Jargon Buster 



Schools often use acronyms to cover a variety of aspects of everyday school life. We understand that for those who do not work in school some of these meanings may be unclear. Below is a list of the most commonly used acronyms in our school. We hope this helps to support our families in understanding the everyday life of a school. 



AHT –  Assistant Head teacher 

ARE –  Age Related Expectations 

APS – Average Point Score

BAME –  Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic

SBM –  School Business Manager 

CP – Child Protection

CW-  Collective Worship  

DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service

DHT – Deputy Headteacher 

DSL – Designated Safeguarding Lead 

DT – Design Technology 

EAL – English as an Additional Language 

EHCP – Education and Health Care Plan

EGPS – English, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (SPAG)

EYFS –  Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception combined) 

HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant 

HT – Headteacher

ICT – Information and Communications Technology 

IPM-  Individual Provision Map

KS1, KS2 – Key Stage 1 (5-7 year olds), Key Stage 2 (7-11 year olds) 

MFL – Modern Foreign Languages

OFSTED – Office for Standards In Education

PE – Physical Education 

PP – Pupil Premium

PPA – Planning, Preparation and Administration time 

PSHE – Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education 

PTFA-  Parent Teacher and Friend’s Association

RE – Religious Education 

RSE – Relationships and Sex Education

RSHE – Relationships, Sex and Health Education

SATS – Standard Assessment Tests

SEF – Self Evaluation Form 

SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability 

SIAMS – Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

SIP – School Improvement Plan 

TA – Teaching Assistant 

VA – Voluntary Aided