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teaching jargon buster

Teaching job jargon buster

The education sector makes plentiful use of acronyms, so we've put together a handy guide to commonly used teaching jargon to help you plan for career success.

ATL

Association of Teachers and Lecturers. A trade union and professional association for teachers, lecturers and support workers.

Common entrance

Exam set by the Independent Schools Examination Board and marked by individual schools that assesses students’ ability to join an independent senior school. Can be sat at age 11, 12 or 13.

Contact time

The time teachers spend with students.

CPD

Continuing professional development. This is teachers' ongoing training provision.

DBS

Disclosure and Barring Service. Overseen by the Home Office, this organisation is responsible for carrying out criminal records checks.

DfE

The Department for Education that oversees children's services and education in England. It sets the curriculum and, via Ofsted, is responsible for inspections.

DENI

Department of Education in Northern Ireland. Government department responsible for education in Northern Ireland.

EAL/EFL/ESL

English as an additional/foreign/second language. (See also TEFL/TESL/TESOL.)

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage. This sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five in England.

EBD

Emotional and behavioural difficulties.

EWC

Education Workforce Council, the organisation responsible for regulating teachers in Wales.

Foundation Phase

This is the curriculum for children aged three to seven in Wales.

GTCS

General Teaching Council for Scotland.

GTP

Graduate Teacher Programme. This employment-based route into teaching is now available only in Wales. The School Direct training programme offers school-based teacher training in England and includes a salaried route for those with at least three years' experience.

HLTA

Higher level teaching assistant.

IAPS

Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.

Induction

Compulsory year-long on-the-job training period for all NQTs.

ISC

Independent Schools Council.

ITET

Initial teacher education and training. This involves completing a recognised teaching qualification. This term is used more or less interchangeably with ITT.

ITT

Initial teacher training. Involves completion of a recognised teaching qualification.

KS

Key stage. Each key stage covers a defined range of years in education. The national curriculum sets out what children should learn at each key stage.

LA

Local authority. These local government organisations oversee education in their area.

LSA

Learning support assistant. Person who provides classroom-based support.

NAPE

National Association for Primary Education.

NASEN

National Association for Special Educational Needs.

NASUWT

The National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers is a trade union for teachers.

National curriculum

The national curriculum for England sets the framework for what subjects schools have to teach and what pupils should learn within those subjects at different stages.

NQT

Newly qualified teacher. Teacher who has completed ITT and who still needs to complete induction.

NUT

National Union of Teachers. A trade union and professional association for teachers.

Ofsted

Office for Standards in Education. Responsible for inspecting and regulating education in schools in England. It also inspects providers of care for children and young people and of learning and skills for people of all ages.

OTT

Overseas-trained teacher.

PGCE

Postgraduate or professional graduate certificate in education. Postgraduate teacher training course available at universities and colleges and including at least 24 weeks on placement in schools. Full-time courses usually last for one academic year but part-time and flexible options are available.

PGDE

Professional graduate diploma in education. Popular one-year postgraduate teacher training course in Scotland, similar to PGCE.

PPA

Planning, preparation and assessment. Time allocated on the timetable for teachers to devote to planning, preparation and assessment.

PRU

Pupil referral unit. LA-maintained unit for students who have been excluded from other schools.

PTR

Pupil–teacher ratio.

QTS 

Qualified teacher status. The accreditation given to teachers who have demonstrated that they have met the required professional standards. You need to complete a period of ITT in order to meet the standards for QTS.

SCITT

School-centred initial teacher training. School-based on-the-job teacher training programme for graduates, who are employed by a consortium of schools/education providers. Many SCITT courses lead to a PGCE qualification validated by a higher education institution.

SEN

Special educational needs. Learning difficulties for which a pupil needs special educational help.

SEP

School Experience Programme. This offers up to ten days' experience in a secondary school.

SENCO

Special educational needs co-ordinator. Teacher responsible for co-ordinating provision for pupils with special educational needs within a school.

SMT

Senior management team. Includes the head teacher, deputy head and other senior teachers.

TA

Teaching assistant.

TEFL/TESL

Teaching English as a foreign/second language.

TESOL

Teaching English to speakers of other languages.

UAS

Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme. Awards academic credit to science, engineering, technology and maths undergraduates working with teachers in local schools.

UCAS Teacher Training

Admissions system for most teacher training courses in the UK. UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Voice

Voice is the union for education workers, including teachers, school support staff and nursery nurses. It was formerly known as the Professional Association of Teachers.

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