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Jargon Buster

Below is a list of words and phrases commonly used in education. Selecting them will reveal their definitions:

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A learning objective (LO) is a description of the skills, knowledge and attitudes you can expect your child to acquire.
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Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. It brings together the regulation and inspection of day care and children’s social care and the inspection of LA children’s services, schools, colleges, initial teacher training, work-based learning, adult education and more.
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A parent council is a body of parents which represents parents and provides a forum for them to put forward their views to the headteacher and the governing body of their children’s school.
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This is a formal test in June of Year 1 (age 6), when your child reads out a list of words to a teacher. It tests their knowledge of phonics (the sounds that letters and groups of letters make) rather than their reading or comprehension skills.
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Prep schools prepare children for senior school and typically take children from the age of 7 up to either 11 or 13 depending on the school. Pre-Prep schools take children as young as 2 up to 7. So Prep and Pre-Prep together are the equivalent of nursery, primary and junior school in the state sector.
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This is the most common type of early school in England and Wales. Children enter the Reception Year when they’re 4 (turning 5 during the school year). Primary schools are often divided internally into Infants and Juniors.
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SATs are Standard Assessment Tests taken in Years 2 and 6.
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Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
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Special Educational Needs and Disability.
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State schools are government-funded schools that provide education free of charge. The majority of state schools are under the control of local councils – these are known as Maintained schools. There are some other types of state schools, including Academies and Free Schools which draw their funding directly from the government.
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