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AfL Assessment for Learning. The on going process of assessing children’s progress so that the level of challenge and support can be adjusted to match their ability.

BfL Behaviour for Learning. Behaviour which reflects a strong desire to concentrate, listen, participate, try one’s best, work hard and learn. It includes the development of skills os initiative, independence, persistence and resilience.

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.

EBD Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

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

FSM Free School Meals

G & T Gifted and Talented

HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant

ITT Initial Teacher Training

KS1 Key Stage 1 covers Year 1 and Year 2: ie.5-7 years old

KS2 Key Stage 2 covers Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6: ie.7-11 years old

LA Local Authority

IEP Individual Education Plan

MFL Modern Foreign Languages

MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties

NN Nursery Nurse

NQT Newly Qualified Teacher

BASC - Breakfast or after school club run on the school premises

PE Physical Education

PPA Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time for teachers

PSHE Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education

QTS Qualified Teacher Status

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.

SBM School Business Manager

SEN Special Educational Needs Provision Support for pupils with learning difficulties.

SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator Setting Grouping children into classes based on their ability. The sets will be different for different subjects.

SLD Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT Senior Leadership Team

TA Teaching Assistant