Assessment – Ways of judging how well children are progressing.
Attainment – What children accomplish.
Celebration Assembly – Celebration Assemblies happen every week on Friday mornings. We celebrate ethos building behaviour, significant achievements, attendance and punctuality. All parents and carers are invited to attend.
Code of Practice – A guide to schools and Local Authorities (LA’s) about the help they can give to children with special educational needs.
Common assessment framework (CAF) – A form that professionals complete to begin to look at what needs or support a child/young person may have. It helps to co-ordinate services so that you do not have to tell different professionals the same thing.
DfE (Department for Education) – The government department responsible for education.
Differentiation – The way in which the school’s curriculum and teaching methods are adapted to meet the differing needs of children.
EAL (English as an Additional Language) – Any child who has English as a second language or as one of their languages is classified as having EAL, even if they are fluent in English.
Equal Opportunities – The chance for everyone to participate in school life/curriculum.
EWO (Education Welfare Officer) – a person employed by the LA to make sure that children are receiving the education they need. They deal mainly with school attendance.
Exhibition of Learning – Once a term the children invite their parents and carers into school to find out about their specific topic that term and celebrate what they have learnt.
EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) – This is the stage of education for children 0-5 years old and includes Nursery and Reception years.
Family Style Lunches – Staff and children eat together in the same ‘family’ each day, made up of children from different year groups and classes.
G&T (Gifted and Talented) – A child working significantly beyond the usual age expectations in any area of the curriculum is classed as Gifted and Talented.
Governors – The school is governed by a board of governors combining local parents, teachers, business people and community leaders.
ICT (Information and Communication Technology) – Refers to the whole area of computers and other related technology, such as iPads, cameras and mobile phones.
Inclusion – Ensuring that all children have appropriate access to learning, encompassing every aspect of a child’s wellbeing, not simply academic success.
IEP (Individual Education Plan) – Drawn up by our inclusion team, it sets targets for a child to achieve and a date for a review of progress.
INSET days – INSET stands for In Service Training. All schools in England have days every year when they are closed to children to allow for staff training. They are an important part of staff training and development, ensuring that staff are up to date with latest developments so that education in our school remains ‘cutting edge.’
Key Stage 1 (KS1) – Years 1 and 2.
Key Stage 2 (KS2) – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Literacy – Reading and Writing skills taught through the National Curriculum strand of English.
Mainstream School – Any school that is not a special school or an independent school.
National Curriculum – The National Curriculum sets out the stages and core subjects your child will be taught during his/her time at school. The National Curriculum sets out the subjects taught, the knowledge, skills and understanding required in each subject and standards or attainment targets in each subject. To find out more go to http://curriculum.qca.org.uk/
Non-teaching or Support staff – Members of school staff employed by the governors to provide services in school other than teaching, such as cleaners or administrators.
NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) – All teachers new to teaching have some additional time each week to observe other teachers, attend courses and have additional preparation time. They are subject to observations throughout the year and must pass their first year of teaching in order to continue in the profession.
OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) – The body which inspects state-funded schools. OFSTED inspectors produce education reports to help improve schools.
Participation – Consideration of whether all children join in and whether they can.
Progress – Consideration of whether children are moving forward with their learning.
Parent Drop-ins – A chance for parents and carers to come in and view their child’s books or Learning Journey.
Parents’ evenings – Parents’ evenings are held twice a year. The first are in the autumn, usually the beginning of November, and the second in the spring.
PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time) – All teachers have a set time each week to prepare learning for their classes. At Tyndale, this time is covered by another teacher.
Principal/ Assistant Principal- At Tyndale, we refer to the Head Teacher as the Principal and the Deputy Head as the Assistant Principal.
Project Based Learning – An approach to teaching which provides children with engaging tasks, enabling them to explore specific real-life challenges, questions or problems.
YR/ Y1 – This is an abbreviation for Reception (the first year of school) and Year One (the second year of school).
SEN (Special Educational Needs) – Learning difficulties or other needs, for which a child requires specific help.
SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) – The teacher in a school who is responsible for co-ordinating the extra help for children with special educational needs. At Tyndale, the Assistant Principal has this role and is sometimes referred to as the Inclusion Manager.
Stay and Play/ Stay and Learn – An opportunity once a month to stay after Celebration Assembly and play with your child (Reception) or help your child to learn (Year 1).
Targets – The individual goals set for a child. Targets are a way of checking the child’s progress. These targets form part of a child’s Personal Development Plan.
Teacher Assessment – This is the teachers’ judgement about what national curriculum level a child is attaining. This judgement will be made based on evidence gathered over a period of time and from a range of pieces of work, together with test results. It is usually a more reliable judgement of a child’s attainment than a test result alone.
TA (Teaching Assistant) – While these members of staff are not teachers, they play a very important part in providing education for all of our children.
Transition – The process of change in a child’s school life, whether moving schools, year groups or having a new teacher. We know this can be a challenge and therefore we have a Transition Leader to help ensure that all of our children move smoothly into their next phase of education.
VIP (Very Important Person) – At Tyndale, everyone is a VIP, and that includes you!