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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

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

General Terms

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

Key Stages, National Curriculum and Exams

A Level
Advanced Level
Exam board formed from an amalgamation of former boards
Business Technology Education Council
English as an Additional Language
Formerly ESL-English as a Second Language
English as  a Second Language
Now EAL-English as an Additional Language
General Certificate of Secondary Education
General National Vocational Qualification
Key Stage 1
Pupils in Years 1 & 2 (5-7 year olds)
Key Stage 2
Pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 (7-11 year olds)
Key Stage 3
Pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 (11-14 year olds)
Key Stage 4
Pupils in Years 11 & 12 (14-16 year olds)
National Vocational Qualification
Oxford & Cambridge Exam Board
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

 Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties
 Moderate Language Difficulties
 Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties
 Learning difficulties for which a child needs special educational help
 Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
 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
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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