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Academy

A state-funded school  which is directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of Local Authority control.

Academy Convertor

A school that has chosen through Governing Body Resolution and application to the Secretary of State to become an Academy under the Academies Act 2010. They can be a ‘stand-alone’ Academy or choose to join a sponsor.

Academy (Sponsor Led)

A school that was directed by the Secretary of State to become an Academy under the Academies Act 2010. They can be a ‘stand-alone’ Academy or choose to join a sponsor.

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
A condition whereby a child has difficulty in maintaining concentration and is unable to stay on task due to hyperactivity.

AFL

Assessment For Learning
Using evidence from assessment to check student progress and inform teachers' planning.

APP

Assessing Pupil Progress
A system for using assessment criteria to assess progress and inform planning.

Assessment

Ways of judging how well students are progressing.

Attainment

What students accomplish.

AtL

Attitude to Learning
Every student is graded on this in every subject each term.

BfL

Behaviour for Learning
A code that sets out the behaviour expected of students.

Bridge Centre

The Bridge Centre is the place where the SAFE Team are based. It is also known as the Inclusion Centre.

Catchment Area

A defined geographical area from which a school takes its students.

CBT

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Citizenship

The subject which covers three inter-related areas; social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy.

Code of Practice (SEND)

A guide to schools and Local Authorities (LAs) about the help they can give to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Community Schools

Schools wholly funded by the Local Authority (LA).

Core Curriculum

English, Mathematics and a Science; those subjects which must be studied by all students.

Curriculum

All the courses and learning opportunities a school offers or a course of study being followed by a child.

DFE

The Department for Education

Differentiation

The way in which the Academy’s curriculum and teaching methods are adapted to meet the needs of children of differing abilities.

Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia affects the abilty to acquire arithmetical skills. Sufferers may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts and often have problems learning number facts and procedures.

Dyslexia

A learning difficulty of which the chief manifestation is a particular difficulty with reading and spelling. For more information, please visit the British Dyslexia Association.

Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is generally recognised as an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement. Associated with this may be problems of language, perception and thought.

Ebacc

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a school performance measure linked to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). It is not a qualification. It measures the percentage of students in a school who achieve 5+ A*-C grades in traditionally academic GCSE subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, History or Geography and a Language.

EBD

Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

ECHP

An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)  is a legal document which sets out a description of your child's needs (what he or she can and cannot do) and what needs to be done to meet those needs by education, health and social care.

Generally, only a very small number of children with especially complex and severe needs - which require very high levels of support - are issued with an EHCP. They are a more comprehensive replacement for ‘Statements’.

EFA

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) administers education revenue and capital funding for learners between the ages of 3 and 19 or up to 25 for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It also supports building and maintenance programmes for schools, Academies, free schools and Sixth Form Colleges. EFA is an executive agency of the Department for Education.

Equal Opportunities

The principle of non-discrimination which emphasizes that opportunities in school should be freely available to everyone irrespective of their age, race, sex, religion, political association, ethnic origin, or any other individual or group characteristic unrelated to ability, performance, and qualification. The chance for everyone, no matter what their ability background, to participate in school life/curriculum.

Evaluation

The making of a judgement about the success of something e.g. How well did it work?

Exam Boards

The organisations who decide on the content for exam courses and set and mark the exam questions.

Faculty

At AAN, subjects are loosely grouped into one of five faculties. The core subjects are led by a Head of Faculty, other subjects are individually lead by Subject Leaders.

FE

Further Education
The FE sector in England includes further education colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, specialist colleges and adult education institutes. It does not include universities.

FSM

Free School Meals

FTE

Fixed Term Exclusion

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are practical skills in English, Maths and ICT that help learners gain the most out of work, education and everyday life.

G&T

Gifted and Talented
The gifted are those with high ability in one or more academic subject and the talented are those with a high ability in sport, music, visual arts and/or performing arts.

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education

Gold Groups

At AAN, we have vertical tutor (form) groups from Year 7 to Year 10. Year 11 stand alone and are split into ‘Gold’ groups in order to prepare for GCSE.

Growth Mindset

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great achievement.

HLTA

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HOF

Head of Faculty

HOH

Head of House

Houses

Every student at AAN is organised into one of four houses; Boudicca, Cavell, Kett and Nelson. Houses are led by House Leaders (a teacher) working with House Captains (students).

IAG

Information Advice and Guidance to inform students about their options for further education and training.

ICT

 Information and Communication Technology

IEP

Individual Education Plan
Drawn up by a school’s SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator). It sets targets for a child to achieve and a date for a review of progress.

Inclusion

The process by which schools, Local Education authorities and others develop their cultures, policies and practices to include and provide for ALL students’ needs - no matter what their background or ability.

INSET Days

In-Service Education and Training
INSET Days are set aside to allow teachers to update their skills and knowledge in order to raise student achievement.

Key Stage (e.g. KS3, KS4)

Your child’s progress through the Academy is measured in Key Stages. Key Stage 1 covers students aged from 5–7, Key Stage 2 from 7–11, Key Stage 3 from 11–14 and Key Stage 4 from 14–16.

LA

Local Authority
A body responsible for providing education for students of school age in its area. It also has responsibility for early years, the youth service and adult education.

LAC

Looked after Children
The term ‘Looked After Children’ is defined in law under the Children Act 1989. A child is looked after by a Local Authority if he or she is in their care or is provided with accommodation for more than 24 hours by the authority.

LEA

Local Education Authority
This was the part of the local council that was responsible for education. The phrase is now obsolete in official use and has been replaced by the Children Services Authority or commonly known as Local Authority.

Leadership Team (LT)

The Principal, Deputy Principal and the Assistant Principals.

Learning Difficulty

If a child has a learning difficulty, he or she may find it harder to learn, understand and communicate than it is for other children.

LSA

Learning Support Assistant
A non-teaching member of staff who helps to meet the educational needs of children. LSAs support teachers in classes and work with small groups or individual students in extraction.

MEG

Minimum Expected Grade
The minimum expected grade a Key Stage 4 student should be aiming for.

MEL

Minimum Expected Level
The minimum expected level a Key Stage 3 student should be aiming for.

MLD

Moderate Learning Difficulties

NAMAT

Norfolk Academies Multi Academy Trust

NES

Norfolk Educational Services
The services provider for the TEN Group – our Academy Sponsor.

National Curriculum

The basic framework setting out what children aged 5–16 in state schools should learn.

OFSTED

Office for Standards in Education
The body which inspects state funded schools. OFSTED inspectors produce education reports to help improve schools.

Participation

Do all students join in ? Can they?

PEEP

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan

PEX

Permanent Exclusion

PFL

Prepared for Learning
This is our protocol to ensure students are ready for lessons (i.e. have the correct stationery equipment etc),

Progress

Continuous proven improvement.

Progression

Do students move forward with their learning?

PSED

Public Sector Equality Duty
The PSED is a duty on public authorities to consider or think about how their policies or decisions affect people who are protected under the Equality Act. Please see our website to view our objectives.

PP

Pupil Premium
The PP is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

PTFA

Parents, Teachers and Friends Association
A fund raising organisation for AAN.

SAFE Team

School and Family Enrichment Team

SEN

Special Educational Needs
Learning difficulties, talents or other needs, for which a child requires extra help.

SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
The teacher in a school who is responsible for arranging the extra help for children with Special Educational Needs.

SLT

Senior Management Team
The Academy's SMT includes, amongst others, LT members, HoFs and the Director of the Sixth Form. 

Sp.L.D.

A child has a Specific Learning Difficulty if s/he has an identified problem with one or more areas of the curriculum, usually reading, writing, spelling and/or number work.

SRB

Specialist Resource Base
The SRB extracts some students from lessons to give them support as individuals or in small groups.

Statement

A document that sets out a child’s needs and all the extra provision (help) that they should get.

Support Staff

Members of staff employed by the Council members to provide support staff services in school other than teaching such as cleaners, administrators etc.

Targets

The individual goals set for a child. Targets are a way of checking the child’s progress.

TEN

Transforming Education in Norfolk. The group who sponsor AAN.

Vertical Tutor Groups

Tutor groups made up of students from Year 7 to Year 10.

VLE

The Virtual Learning Environment is an integrated computer system which allows students and teachers to communicate.

Work Experience

A system which allows students approaching the end of secondary education the opportunity to take part in work placements.