There is a wealth of information online to help inform the decisions you make about your career in teaching. Below are a few that you may find useful.
Common education abbreviations
Continuous Professional Development. This is any activity that helps to increase teacher’s knowledge, understanding or effectiveness. Sometimes known as CPLD, Continuous Professional Leadership and Development
Common Pay Scale – starting point for teacher’s salary scales although academies and free schools can set their own pay scales
Department for Education
English as an Additional Language – children whose first language is not English, who may not speak English fluently or at all
Early Career Framework
Early Career Teacher. This replaced the term NQT from September 2021.
Early Years Foundation Studies
Education Health and Care Plan
Higher Education (Institutions)
Head of Department
Head of Year (or even AHOY – Assistant Head of Year)
Initial Teacher Education
Initial Teacher Training
LSA or LSTA (or simply TA)
Learning Support or Teaching Assistants – this is a widely used job title for assistants who provide in-school support for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Modern Foreign Languages
Newly Qualified Teacher
The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills – the regulatory and inspection body for education and children’s care service providers.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (10% of teachers’ time is allocated to PPA)
Pupil Premium Funding – sometimes referred to as PP, this is additional funding allocated to schools per student receiving fee school meals. PPF status will also be considered for school trips, for example.
Not an acronym, but a key person for any ITT, NQT or RQT the Professional Tutor has responsibility for ensuring that trainees receive wider training opportunities within the school, such as a programme of professional studies sessions, visiting and observing teaching in other classes, meeting subject co-ordinators and spending time in other partnership schools.
Qualified Teacher Status
Special Educational Needs – provision to support pupils with learning disabilities. A SENDco is the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
Recently Qualified Teacher
School Based Training
School Centred Initial Teacher Training
School Direct (Tuition / Salaried)
Senior Leadership Team