Jargon Buster

Here you will find a helpful list of acronyms/jargon that may be used by your child’s setting…

AfL – Assessment for Learning – a programme of teaching and learning activities which are designed to provide information to be used as feedback to modify the learning activities. Examples of AfL activities are: effective questioning, observations of students during teaching and learning activities, class discussions, analysing work and providing feedback to students.

CPD – Continued Professional Development – any activity that increases teachers’ knowledge or understanding, or effectiveness in schools.

PL – Professional Learning to further develop teachers’ pedagogy and understanding.

EAL – English as an Additional Language – refers to children whose first language is not English, and may not speak English fluently or at all.

OPP – One Page Profile in regards to ALN.

ALN– Additional Learning Needs.

EHCP – Education Health and Care Plan – Students who are issues with an EHCP have serious special educational needs, and will receive extra assistance in their learning. Plans outline the child’s needs and required support, and are reviewed annually.

EYEarly Years – Typically Nursery or Reception class

FSM – Free School Meals – Students on FSM will have access to extra funding to support their learning activities inside and outside of the classroom

HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant – a HLTA does all the things a regular teaching assistant does but they have a greater level of responsibility, such as being able to teach classes on their own, cover planned absences and allow teachers time for planning and marking.

IEP / IPP – Individual Education Plan / Individual Progress Plan – identifies the special educational needs of a child and outlines targets and strategies to support their learning.

LA / LEA – Local Authority / Local Education Authority – local government with responsibility for education

ALNCO – Additional Learning Needs Co- ordinator

SMT / SLT – Senior Management / Leadership Team

TA – Teaching Assistant – the role of a teaching assistant varies but usually includes some or all of the following: working in 1-2-1 or small groups of students, supporting students with learning difficulties or disabilities, preparing the classroom for lessons, creating displays, helping on school outings or events.

CfW – Curriculum for Wales.

AOLEs – Areas of Learning Experiences e.g. Health and Wellbeing, Expressive Arts.

PS – Progression Steps.

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