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Teaching Glossary

Below are some of the most commonly used abbreviations for the UK education sector. Please feel free to visit the download section for a more in depth document containing almost 200 UK education abbreviations.

Authorities, Associations or Governing Bodies

CRB
Criminal Records Bureau
DfES
Department for Education & Skills
Formerly: DfEE (July '95 - June '01), DFE (July '92 - '95),
DES (pre 1992)
GTC
General Teaching Council
 
NUT
National Union of Teachers
OfSTED
Office for Standards in Education
The body which arranges and sets standards for school inspections

General Terms

PPA
Planning, Preparation & Assessment time
 
TA
Teacher Assessment
Assessment of the work of each pupil carried out over the year
TES
Times Educational Supplement

Key Stages, National Curriculum and Exams

A Level
Advanced Level
 
AQA
Exam board formed from an amalgamation of former boards
 
BTEC
Business Technology Education Council
 
EAL
English as an Additional Language
Formerly ESL-English as a Second Language
ESL
English as  a Second Language
Now EAL-English as an Additional Language
GCSE
General Certificate of Secondary Education
 
GNVQ
General National Vocational Qualification
 
KS1
Key Stage 1
Pupils in Years 1 & 2 (5-7 year olds)
KS2
Key Stage 2
Pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 (7-11 year olds)
KS3
Key Stage 3
Pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 (11-14 year olds)
KS4
Key Stage 4
Pupils in Years 11 & 12 (14-16 year olds)
NVQ
National Vocational Qualification
 
OCR
Oxford & Cambridge Exam Board
 
SATs
Standard Assessment Tasks
National tests/tasks set by SCAA:
Age 7 - KS1 SATs; Age 11 - KS2 SATs
Age 13 - KS3 SATs; Age 16 - GCSE

Special Needs

 EBD
 Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties
 
 MLD
 Moderate Language Difficulties
 
 PMLD
 Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties
 
 SEN
 Learning difficulties for which a child needs special educational help
 SENCO
 Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
 
 SLD/SpLD
 Severe Learning Difficulties
e.g. Dyslexia, Aspergers Syndrome, Autism, Dispraxia

Teacher Type & Qualifications

BEd Bachelor of Education
BEd (Hons) Bachelor of Education with Honours
BScQTS Bachelor of Science with Qualified Teacher Status
CACHE NN Qualification
Cover Supervisors Cover a class in absence of teacher, delivering prepared work
HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant
NQT Newly Qualified Teachers with QTS Teachers after their first year of teaching
PGCE
Post Graduate Certificate of Education
A teaching qualification which includes a period of practical teaching experience
PGDE Post Graduate Diploma in Education
QTS Qualified Teacher Status

 
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