Jargon Buster

The following Jargon buster was compiled with the Parent Council in order that parents and carers can have a better understanding if we occasionally lapse into ‘educational jargon’ speak. If we do use a term that you do not understand and you feel it may well benefit inclusion in the jargon buster, then please do email this to office@attleboroughacademy.org

Academy

A state funded school which is directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of Local Authority control.

Academy Converter

A school that has chosen through Governing Body Resolution and application to the Secretary of State to become an Academy under the Academies Act 2010. They can be a ‘stand alone’ Academy or choose to join a sponsor.

Academy (Sponsor Led)

A school that was directed by the Secretary of State to become an Academy under the Academies Act 2010. They can be a ‘stand alone’ Academy or choose to join a sponsor.

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

A condition whereby a child has difficulty in maintaining concentration and is unable to stay on task due to hyperactivity.

AFL

Assessment for Learning

Using evidence from assessment to check student progress and inform teachers’ planning.

APP

Assessing Pupil Progress

A system for using assessment criteria to assess progress and inform planning.

ASSESSMENT

Ways of judging how well students are progressing.

ATTAINMENT

What students accomplish.

ATL

Attitude to Learning

Every student is graded on this in every subject each term.

BFL

Behaviour for Learning

A code that sets out the behaviour expected of students.

BRIDGE CENTRE

The Bridge Centre is the informal name of the Inclusion Centre and is the place where the Student Support Team are based.

BRITISH VALUES

A Government initiative to promote tolerance and equality. The British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individul liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

CAGS

Centre Assessed Grades

In 2020, CAGs were used to replace exams. They were estimated by teachers based on what the students would most likely have achieved if there had been exams.

CATCHMENT AREA

A defined geographical area from which a school takes its students.

CBT

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

CENTRE

Exam boards and the JCQ refer to schools as ‘centres’ the places where exams take place.

CITIZENSHIP

The subject which covers three inter-related areas: social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy.

CODE OF PRACTICE (SEND)

A guide to schools and Local Authorities (LAs) about the help they can give to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Schools wholly funded by the Local Authority (LA).

CORE CURRICULUM

English, Mathematics and a Science; those subjects which must be studied by all students.

CURRICULUM

All the courses and learning opportunities a school offers or a course of study being followed by a child. What is taught, when it is taught and how it is taught.

DFE

The Department for Education

DIFFERENTIATION

The way in which the school’s curriculum and teaching methods are adapted to meet the needs of children of differing abilities.

DSL

Designated Safeguarding Lead (and Alternates)

The members of staff responsible for Child Protection. At Attleborough Academy, the DSL is Michala Parks and the Alternate DSLs are Elliot Bloomfied, Michele Caddamy, David Nevard and Caroline Phoenix.

DYSCALCULIA

Dyscalculia affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Sufferers may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts and often have problems learning number facts and procedures.

DYSLEXIA

A learning difficulty of which the chief manifestation is a particular difficulty with reading and spelling. For more information go to the British Dyslexia Association.

DYSPRAXIA

Dyspraxia is generally recognised as an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement. Associated with this may be problems of language, perception and thought.

EBACC

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a school performance measure linked to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). It is not a qualification. It measures the percentage of students in a school who achieve 5+ A*- C grades in traditionally academic GCSE subjects (English, Mathematics, Science. History or Geography and a Language).

EBD

Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EHCP

Education, Health and Care Plan

An EHCP is a legal document which sets out a description of your child’s needs (what he or she can and cannot do) and what needs to be done to meet those needs by education, health and social care. Generally, only a very small number of children with especially complex and severe needs which require very high levels of support areissued with an EHCP. They are a more comprehensive replacement for ‘statements’.

EFA

Education Funding Agency

The EFA administers education revenue and capital funding for learners between the ages of 3 and 19, or up to 25 for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

It also supports building and maintenance programmes for schools, academies, free schools and Sixth Form colleges.

EFA is an executive agency of the Department for Education.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

The principle of non-discrimination which emphasizes that opportunities in school should be freely available to everyone irrespective of their age, race, sex, religion, political association, ethnic origin, or any other individual or group characteristic unrelated to ability, performance, and qualification. The chance for everyone, no matter what their ability background to participate in school life/curriculum.

EVALUATION

The making of a judgement about the success of something e.g. how well did it work?

EXAM BOARDS

The organisation who decide on the content for exam courses and set and mark the exam questions.

FACULTY

At Attleborough Academy, subjects are loosely grouped into faculties. The core subjects are led by a Head of Faculty and other subjects are individually led by Subject Leaders.

FE

Further Education

The FE sector in England includes further education colleges, Sixth Form colleges, specialist colleges and adult education institutes. It does not include universities.

FSM

Free School Meals

FSM – EVER SIX

Any student who has been registered for Free School Meals in the last six years.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

Functional Skills are practical skills in English, Maths and ICT that help learners gain the most out of work, education and everyday life.

G&T

Gifted and Talented

The gifted are those with high ability in one or more academic subject and the talented are those with a high ability in sport, music, visual arts and/or performing arts.

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education

GOLD GROUPS

At Attleborough Academy, we have vertical tutor (form) groups from Year 7 to Year 10. Year 11 stand alone and are split into ‘Gold’ groups in order to prepare for GCSE.

GROWTH MINDSET

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great achievement.

HLTA

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HOF

Head of Faculty

HOUSES

Every student at Attleborough Academy is organised into one of four houses:

  • Boudicca
  • Cavell
  • Kett
  • Nelson

Houses are led by Progress Leaders (a teacher) working with House Captains (students).

IAG

Information Advice and Guidance

To inform students about their options for further education and training.

ICT

Information and Communication Technology

IEP

Individual Education Plan

Drawn up by a school’s SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator). It sets targets for a child to achieve and a date for a review of progress.

INCLUSION

The process by which schools, Local Education Authorities and others develop their cultures, policies and practices to include and provide for ALL students’ needs no matter what their background or ability is.

INSET DAYS

In- Service Education and Training

INSET days are set aside to allow teachers to update their skills and knowledge in order to raise student achievement.

JCQ

Joint Council for Qualifications

The National organisation that oversees examination administration.

KEY STAGE (E.G. KS3,KS4)

Your child’s progress through school is measured in Key Stages. Key Stage 1 covers students aged from 5-7, Key Stage 2 from 7-11, Key Stage 3 from 11–14, Key Stage 4 from 14–16 and Key Stage 5 from 16-18.

LA

Local Authority

A body responsible for providing education for pupils of school age in its area. It also has responsibility for early years, the youth service and adult education.

LAC

Looked after Children

The term ‘looked after children’ is defined in law under the Children Act 1989. A child is looked after by a Local Authority if he or she is in their care or is provided with accommodation for more than 24 hours by the authority.

LEA

Local Education Authority

This was the part of the Local Council that was responsible for education. The phrase is now obsolete in official use and has been replaced by the Children Services Authority or commonly known as Local Authority.

LEARNING DIFFICULTY

If a child has a learning difficulty, he or she may find it harder to learn, understand and communicate than it is for other children.

LSA

Learning Support Assistant

A non-teaching member of staff who helps to meet the educational needs of children. LSAs support teachers in classes and work with small groups or individual students in extraction.

LT

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is made up of the Executive Principal, Deputy Principal and Assistant Principal, Associate Assistant Principals, Director of Administration and Director of Student Support.

MEG

The Minimum Expected Grade a Key Stage 4 student should be aiming for.

MEL

The Minimum Expected Level a Key Stage 3 student should be aiming for.

MLD

Moderate Learning Difficulties

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

The basic framework setting out what children aged 5-16 in state schools should learn.

OFQUAL

The Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulations

The Government body that oversees exams/qualifications.

OFSTED

Office for Standards in Education

The body which inspects state funded schools. OFSTED inspectors produce education reports to help improve schools.

PARTICIPATION

Do all students join in? Can they?

PEEP

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan

PEX

Permanent Exclusion

PFL

Prepared for Learning

This is our protocol to ensure students are ready for lessons (i.e. have the correct stationary equipment etc).

PL

Progress Leaders

PP

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

PROGRESS 8

Progress 8 is a measure of the progress children make between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school. It considers English, Maths and six other subjects.

PTFA

Parents, Teachers and Friends Associate

A fund raising organisation for Attleborough Academy.

SAFEGUARDING

To promote the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff at Attleborough Academy. This includes Child Protection.

SEMHD

Social, Emotional Mental Health Difficulties

SEN

Special Educational Needs

Learning difficulties, talents or other needs, for which a child requires extra help.

SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

The teacher in a school who is responsible for arranging the extra help for childrenwith Special Educational Needs.

SET

Sapientia Education Trust

The family of schools that Attleborough Academy belongs to.

SLT

Senior Leadership Team

The Academy’s Senior Leadership Team includes the Executive Principal, Deputy Principal and Assistant Principal.

SMT

Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team is made up of members from the Senior Leadership Team, the Leadership Team, the Wider Leadership Team, the SENCO, Heads of Faculty and Progress Directors (Upper and Lower School).

Sp.L.D.

Specific Learning Difficulty

A child has a Specific Learning Difficulty if they have an identified problem with one or more areas of the curriculum, usually reading, writing, spelling and/or number work.

SSM

Student Support Mentor

Student Support Mentors form the Student Support Team.

STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM

The team of support staff that are student focussed. This includes Attendance, Behaviour, Special Educational Needs, Re-Integration and Vulnerable students.

SUPPORT STAFF

Members of staff employed by the Academy to provide all support other than teaching.

TAGS

Teacher Assessed Grades

In 2021, TAGs were used to replace exams. They required teachers to gather, mark and moderate evidence to show what grades students were working at.

The grades given have to be based on evidence only.

TARGETS

The individual goals set for a child. Targets are a way of checking the child’s progress.

VERTICAL TUTOR GROUPS

Tutor groups made up of students from Year 7 to Year 10.

VSR

Virtual Staff Room

WLT

Wider Leadership Team

The Wider Leadership Team is made up of members from the Senior Leadership Team, the Leadership Team and the Heads of Faculty for Maths and for Science and the Operations Manager.

WORK EXPERIENCE

A system which allows students approaching the end of secondary education the opportunity to take part in work placements.

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