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Key Terms and Acronyms

 

Find below a glossary of key terms that are often used at Bow School.

At the end is a list of acronyms that are widely used when discussing education in England.

BTEC

A BTEC course is more vocational than a GCSE course. BTEC courses are assessed by a combination of coursework and external examination, or testing.

Early Help Assessment (EHA)

Formerly called a CAF. This is an information gathering document that allows the school to gain more information around a student to then provide the student with the best possible support

Controlled assessment (CA)

A task which will be completed by students under some supervision by the teacher. These assessments have replaced coursework in GCSE courses.

Core subjects

This is the common part of the school curriculum for all students in the Upper School. At Bow School this includes, Maths, English Language, Science, PE and Personal, Social, Health and Careers Education.

Curriculum

The range of subjects that a student studies. Some subjects may be compulsory (core) and there may be choice about others (options). Students complete their curriculum in a combination of structured lessons, for example English and Maths, through guest speakers and drop days, PSHE, or through conference style learning and practical application such as Careers and Work Experience.

EBACC

English Baccalaureate. The government uses this as a success measure as it indicates students who leave school with GCSEs in English, Maths, 2 Sciences, a language and History or Geography. It is not currently an entry requirement for Bow School Sixth Form or other 16-18 colleges, however some universities, including the prestigious Russell Group Universities, have said that students with this combination, amongst a range of other qualifications and experiences, would be looked upon favourably for entry to courses.

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education. The most common form of certification at Key Stage 4. The grades awarded can be A* to G although A* to C grades are needed for many courses or occupations.

IER

Internal exclusion room – this room forms part of the behaviour system in school that is in place to support a high quality learning environment for all students

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4 refers to Years 7 to 9.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 refers to Years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 4 refers to Years 12 and 13.

LSA

The Learning support area is used to support students in school with specific learning needs

LRC

The Learning Resource Centre is open to all students, before and after school and during lunch and break times to support students with their learning. Computers are available where students can access the internet and print their work.

MFL

Modern Foreign Languages – currently at Bow we teach French up to KS4 and Spanish in KS3.

Pastoral support plan (PSP)

A school document where mutually agreed targets are set where the student, school and parents all take an active role

RIG room

The RIG room is used to support individual students who may currently be finding may stream lessons a challenge and need an alternative environment to support their needs

Russell Group Universities

The top universities in the United Kingdom, including Oxford, Cambridge and a number of universities in London, including the London School of Economics and Queen Mary University.

Terminal examination

An exam at the end of a GCSE course. This structure requires students to revise the content and skills of the whole course for a final exam.

YLM

Year Learning Manager – We have a Year Learning Manager for each year from 7 to 12.

YLA

Year Learning Assistant - Each YLM has a YLA to ensure they and their form tutors can provide the best support to the students in their respective year groups

A list of acronyms used widely in the UK when discussing education

AP

Alternative provision

AWA

Attendance and Welfare

CAF

Common Assessment Framework

CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CAT

Cognitive Ability Test

CP

Child protection

CPD

Continuing Professional Development

CRB

Criminal Records Bureau

CTC

City Technology College

EAL

English as an Additional Language

eCAF

Electronic Common Assessment Framework

EP

Educational Psychologist

EWO

Education Welfare Officer

FAP

Fair Access Protocol

FE

Further Education

FFT

Fischer Family Trust

FSM

Free School Meals

G&T

Gifted and Talented

GCE A

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education

GTC

General Teaching Council

H&S

Health and Safety

HE

Higher Education

HODs

Heads of Departments

IEP

Individual Education Plan

IHCP

Individual Healthcare plan

INSET

In-service Education and Training

JCQ

Joint Council for Qualifications

KS1

Key Stage 1 Years 1-2 (5 - 7 year olds)

KS2

Key Stage 2 Years 3-6 (8 - 11 year olds)

KS3

Key Stage 3 Years 7-9 (12-14 year olds)

KS4

Key Stage 4 Years 10-11 (15 - 16 year olds)

KS4

Key Stage 5 Years 12-13 (17 - 18 year olds)

LA

Local Authority

LAC

Looked After Children

MENCAP

Royal Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults

MFL

Modern Foreign Languages

MLD

Moderate Learning Difficulty

MSc

Master of Science

MA

Master of Arts

NAHT

National Association of Headteachers

NASUWT

National Association of School Teachers/Union of Women Teachers

NC

National Curriculum

NCSL

National College of School Leadership

NEET

Not in Education, Employment or Training

NQT

Newly Qualified Teacher

NUT

National Union of Teachers

OFSTED

Office for Standards in Education

PSP

Pastoral support plan

PE

Physical education

PEX

Permanent Exclusion from school

PGCE

Postgraduate Certificate of Education

PRU

Pupil Referral Unit

PSHE

Personal, Social and Health Education

SATs

Standard Assessment Task/Test

School Census

Pupil level statistics collected termly by DfE

SEF

School self-evaluation form

SEN

Special Educational Needs

SEND CO

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SIP

School Improvement Partner

SMART

Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-scaled targets

SMSC

Spiritual Moral Social Cultural

SLT

Senior Leadership Team

SoW

Scheme of Work

SpLD

Specific Learning Difficulty

SSP

Student support panel

TA

Teaching Assistant

UCAS

University and Colleges Admissions Service

WBL

Work Based Learning

YOT (or S)

Youth Offending Team (or Service)