Glossary

These are some of the abbreviations and phrases that are regularly used in school. Please let us know if we have left anything out!

 

AHT

Assistant Headteacher

Member of the Senior Leadership Team, third in seniority to the Headteacher.

 

 

 

DHT

Deputy Headteacher

Member of the Senior Leadership Team, second in seniority to the Headteacher.

DBS

Disclosure and barring service check.

Replaces CRB (Criminal record Bureau). It is required for all adults who work in school unsupervised with children.

DT

Design technology

Curriculum area concerned with teaching the skills of design and technology.

EAL

English as an Additional Language

Children and parents for whom English is not their first language.

EP

Educational Psychologist

Local authority officer offering assessment and advice for children who have special educational needs.

EWO

Education Welfare Officer

Local authority officer who monitors school attendance.

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage

Phase of education including Nursery and Reception, i.e. ages 3-5.

FGB

Full Governing Body

Comprised of parent, staff, Local Authority and community representatives, responsible for strategic governance.

FOLM

Friends of OLM

Parents group committed to fundraising for the school. Formerly the Parent Staff association (PSA).

FS

Foundation Stage

Phase of education including Nursery and Reception, i.e. ages 3-5.

FSM

Free School Meals

Available to families who are entitled to certain benefits.

GB

Governing Body

Also known as FGB, full governing body

HT

Headteacher

 

ICT

Information Communication Technology

Subject area including the use of computers, programmable toys, electronic devices etc.

INSET

In-service Training

Days when the school is shut to pupils for staff training.

KS1

Key Stage 1

Phase of education including years 1 and 2, i.e. ages 5-7.

KS2

Key Stage 2

Phase of education including years 3 to 6, i.e. aged 7-11.

LA

Local Authority

London Borough of Haringey.

LP

Lower Phase

Phase of education including years 1, 2 and 3, i.e. ages 5-8.

LSA

Learning Support Assistant

Member of staff who is qualified to support children with special educational needs in teaching and learning.

NQT

Newly Qualified Teacher

Teachers who are completing their first, probationary, year of teaching.

OT

Occupational Therapy

Specialist support for children who have difficulty with physical development and processing skills.

PL

Phase leaders

Senior members of staff with responsibilities for  a phase (Early years, Y1/2/3 and Y4/5/6).

PE

Physical Education

Curriculum area concerned with developing physical and sports skills

PPA

Planning, preparation and assessment

Time to which teaching staff are entitled, equivalent to 10% of a teaching.

RE

Religious Education

Curriculum area concerned with the teaching of the catholic faith as well as other world religions.

SATs

Standard Assessment Tests

Tests and tasks taken nationally by children in Y2 and Y6

SBM

School Business Manager

Member of the leadership team of the school, with strategic responsibility for admin and finance

SDP

School Development Plan

Document summarising the actions which the school needs to take to continue to improve

SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Physical, learning, speech and language or behavioural difficulties which affect children’s learning.

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Member of staff responsible for coordinating provision.

SMSA

School Meals Supervisory Assistant

Playground and dinner hall staff.

SLT

Senior Leadership Team

Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher and Phase leaders.

SMSC

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

TA

Teaching Assistant

Member of staff who is qualified to support teachers and children in teaching and learning

UP

Upper Phase.

Phase of education including years 4,5 and 6, i.e. ages 8 - 11.