Useful Vocabulary

Access Courses - designed to prepare those without A levels for higher education
AFL - Assessment For Learning
ALPS - The Advanced Level Performance System A level National benchmarks
AST - Advanced Skills Teacher
BA with QTS - arts degree-level ITT qualification leading to Qualified Teacher Status
BEd with QTS - education degree leading to Qualified Teacher Status
BSc with QTS - science degree-level ITT qualification leading to QTS
CEIAG - Careers and Education, Information and Guidance
D&T - Design and Technology
DCSF – Department for Children, Schools and Families
DfES - Department for Education and Skills
EAL - English as an Additional Language
FEI - Further Education Institute, offers pre-degree level education
Foundation stage - Early years (3-5 years)
FFT - Fischer Family Trust (used to predict GCSE grades based on KS2 English and Maths results)
GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
GNVQ - General National Vocational Qualification
GTC(E) - General Teaching Council for England, the professional body for teaching in England
GTP - Graduate Teacher Programme, an employment-based route into teaching for graduates 24 years of age and older
GTTR - Graduate Teacher Training Registry, the central agency for processing applications for most postgraduate (PGCE) ITT courses
GRTP - Graduate and Registered Teacher Programmes, an inclusive term for the GTP and the RTP
GTTR - Graduate Teacher Training Registry - the agency that processes applications for most Post Graduate ITT courses
HEI - Higher Education Institute
HND- Higher National Diploma, a two-year course that equates to two years of a degree course
HOTS – Higher Order Thinking Skills
ICT - Information Communications Technology
INSET - In-Service Education andTtraining
ITT - Initial teacher training, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
ITT provider - schools, colleges and universities that offer initial teacher training courses
Key Stage 1 (KS1) - 5-7 years
Key Stage 2 (KS2) - 7-11 years
Key Stage 3 (KS3) - 12-13 years
Key Stage 4 (KS4) - 14-16 years
LEA - Local Education Authority
LPSH - Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers
MFL - Modern Foreign Languages
MTL - Masters in Teaching and Learning
NATFHE - National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education
NCSL - National College for School Leadership
NPQH - National Professional Qualification for Headship
NQT - Newly Qualified Teacher
NVQ - National Vocational Qualification, a work based qualification
OFSTED - Office for Standards in Education
Open Schools Programme - school open days or observation opportunities for those considering teaching for the first time or those considering returning to the profession
OTT - Overseas Trained Teacher
PE - Physical Education
PGCE - Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (no points for Masters) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (points for Masters)
PLTS – Personal Learning and thinking Skills
Priority subjects - Teachers teaching these subjects qualify for additional financial incentives. They are: mathematics, English (including drama), information and communications technology (ICT), design and technology (D&T), science, modern languages, Welsh.
PSHEE - Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
QA – Quality Assurance
QTS - Qualified Teacher Status, the professional status you need to teach in maintained schools in England and Wales
RAISE - Reporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self Evaluation (Analyses the schools performance against other similar schools and nationally)
RB - Recommending Body, a school, local education authority (LEA), higher education institution (HEI) or any other body that can organise an appropriate training plan.
RTL - Repayment of Teachers' Loans, a pilot government scheme which writes-off outstanding student loans of NQTs in certain subjects. Please seeDfES website for up to date qualification advice for this scheme.
RTP - Registered Teacher Programme, offers the opportunity to work as an unqualified teacher in a maintained school in England whilst completing the final year of a degree and undertaking teacher training
RTT - Returning to Teach programme for people taking a break from teaching but who wish to keep up-to-date with changes in the profession
SAS - Student Associate Scheme
SCITT - School-Centred Initial Teacher Training, a school-based teacher training course leading to QTS
SEAL – Social and emotional aspects of learning
SEF – Self Evaluation Form
SEN - Special Educational Needs
SENCO - Special Educational Needs Coordinator
SoW - Scheme of Work
TIL - Teaching Information Line, run by the TTA
TDA -Training and Development Agency
TTRS - Teacher Training Recruitment Scheme in Wales
UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, the agency that processes applications for undergraduate courses