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Jargon Buster

The list below should help you understand any jargon that may have crept into our website! We understand that it can bee very irritating to be faced with terms and acronyms which are not explained. If you come across something which you do not know the meaning of, please let the school know and we will add it to this list.




Ways in which we judge how well a child is progressing


The standard at which a child has reached

Code of Conduct

The principles by which we expect all children, staff and visitors to abide by.


Continuing Professional Development. All staff are entitled and required to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. This can take the form of additional training courses or personal study.


Criminal Records Bureau. This has now been superseded by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) see below.


Disclosure and Barring Service. All adults who are employed by the school or who work with children are required to have a check from the DBS undertaken before taking up employment. This check ensures that there is no reason why a person should not be able to work with children or young people.


The Department for education


The Diocese of Chelmsford


The way in which tasks and work is adapted to meet the needs of each child’s learning


Education Welfare Officer. This is a person employed by the Local Authority who supports schools and families with attendance and ensuring that all children are getting access to their educational entitlement.


Early Years Foundation Stage. This includes the Nursery and Reception years.


In extreme circumstances, a school may exclude a child for a period of time to ensure that there is sufficient provision and strategies to keep all children safe. There are two main types of exclusion: fixed term exclusions are for a set number of days; permanent exclusion where the child is permanently excluded.

Green Pen Marking

A system which we use to enable children to respond to the marking and feedback provided by their teacher. This is largely a KS2 process with the children using green pens to identify when they have carried this out. It supports a positive dialogue between the pupil and teacher and ensures that learning opportunities are maximised.


Individual Education Plan. These have been used to set targets and strategies to support children with Special Educational Needs and are particularly important where a child is receiving support from a number of different people which can include outside agencies.


Information and Communication technology. This has been largely replaced by the ‘Computing’ curriculum.


A process by which we ensure that all pupils have access to an appropriate curriculum and that where it is needed adjustment are made to remove any barriers which may prevent this.


In Service Education Training. This is training which enables the staff of the school to develop their own skills and to share good practice. There are 5 days in the academic year when the school is closed to pupils and staff attend training. In addition, teachers also take part in weekly INSET and at specific training during the year.

Key Stage

There are 4 Key Stages which refer to the age of your child. Key Stage 1 (KS1) is for 5-7 year olds, Key Stage 2 is for 7-11 year olds, Key Stage 3 is for 11-14 year olds and Key Stage 4 is for 14-16 year olds.


Local Authority. This LA is Redbridge and they provide a range of services, including Education, to the residents of the borough.

Sometimes referred to as TA (Teaching Assistants)

Looked after Children

These are children who are in the care of a Local Authority and includes children who have been in LA care but are currently either adopted or with their birth family.


Learning Support Assistant. An additional member of staff who works alongside class teachers to support a child’s learning. This support can be for a wide range of reasons and is aimed at all ability groups of children.


Any school which is not a special school or one in the independent sector.


Newly Qualified Teacher. A teacher who has gained their teaching qualifications and is in their first year of their career.


Office for Standards in Education. This is the body which inspects all state funded schools to report on the quality of provision

Pupil Premium

Schools receive additional funding based on the numbers of children who are eligible for Free School Meals or who are Looked After Children.


Planning Preparation and Assessment time. All teachers are entitled to 10% of their teaching time as non-contact time to support them in planning, preparing and assessing their classes work. This will mean that when a teacher has their PPA time, another teacher will take their class for that period. At Wanstead Church School, we meet this need by providing regular teachers.


Standardised Attainment Tests. These are National assessments which every child in England and Wales takes at the end of Key Stage 2. Results are published to parents for individual children and publically as a summary of the overall school performance.


School Development Plan. This sets out the key priorities for the year ahead.


Special Educational Needs. Where a child has a particular need which requires additional support than that which can be provided through normal class teaching.


Special Education Needs Coordinator. This is the member of staff responsible for ensuring that the needs of all children with SEN are met.


Specific Learning Difficulty.


This is a statement of Special Educational Need. Where a child has been identified as having a need which requires significant external support or provision, a statement may be drawn up which sets out the strategies and help required. Such provision requires external agencies, including the Educational Psychologist service, to agree that this is needed. In 2014, these have been discontinued and replaced with Education and Health welfare Plans.

Synthetic Phonics

This is a structured approach to the teaching of Phonics which supports a child’s progress in both their writing and reading skills. Wanstead Church School uses the Letters and Sounds scheme but also supplements it from other strategies.


Teaching Assistant (See LSA above)


Teacher Assessment. Whilst some aspects of a child’s progress and attainment is measured by National tests, a significant part of assessment is carried out by the teacher and uses their professional knowledge and a wider selection of the child’s work to make a judgement


In core areas including Reading, Writings and Mathematics, every child has personalised targets to identify the next steps they need to continue making progress. The school also sets overall targets for each class to achieve by the end of each academic year and for the end of Key Stage 2.