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It is statutory for every state school to offer a daily act of collective worship. Assembly is a time when a large number of children come together for a short period to: listen to a moral story; listen to a religious story from the Christian faith or another major faith group; hear about the life of a famous person who is a role model or find out more about good conduct, ethics, appropriate protocol and how to be a good citizen. At Southfield we use assembly to develop children’s understanding of school values, along with the Fundamental British values/

Booster classes

Additional classes offered, free of charge, by teachers to Year 5 or Year 6 pupils at the school to support pupils to improve at a faster rate and reach higher standards.


The Department for Education. This is the government ministry responsible for education in this country.


English as an Additional Language. The performance of EAL pupils needs to be tracked closely, especially in the early stages of learning English, as these children face an additional educational challenge.


The Early Years Foundation Stage. In simple terms: nursery and reception. This is one of the defined stages in children’s education.

Early Learning Goals

Pupils in nursery and reception are assessed according to a different set of criteria. Their progress in each area of learning is measured in scale points. Pupils work towards the Early Learning Goals (scale point 9). These are seen as the goals to aim at for every child. It is hard to reach the Early Learning Goals, though a small number of pupils do.

Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)

An EHCP (formally known as a Statement) is a legally binding document that prescribes clearly the nature of a child’s learning difficulties and the objectives that need to be met in order to ensure that the child concerned makes strong progress. Pupils with an EHC Plan receive some additional support from a learning support assistant. The amount of support the child receives is in proportion to their level of need. All pupils with an EHC Plan have a special Annual Review of the progress they have made. Parents, teachers and other professionals that have worked with the child attend that meeting.

Extended Services

This refers to our Breakfast and After School Clubs.


Family Support Team. The team comprises of the Family Workers and the Learning Mentors


Higher Level Teaching Assistant. This refers to a teaching assistant who has received some additional training and is able to take on a greater level of responsibility.


Information, Communication Technology: using computers, programmable toys, cameras and other technological devices. ICT is a curriculum subject and children at our school are taught how to use ICT and how to ensure safe and responsible use of the Internet.


Individual Education Plan. All pupils with an EHC Plan (see below) must have an individual Education Plan every term. Parents should get a copy of these plans and the progress a pupil has made should be reviewed at the end of each term. This information should be used to set a new IEP.

KS 1

Key Stage 1. In simple terms: Years 1 and 2. This is another defined stage in children’s education.

KS 2

Key Stage 2. In simple terms: Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. This is the third and final defined stage in children’s primary education.


Learning Objective. This is a simple statement of the purpose of the lesson


Modern Foreign Languages. It is now compulsory for all pupils in Key Stage 2 to study a modern foreign language, such as French.

National performance expectation

This is an average performance target set by the government. By the end of every year an average pupil who is making steady progress with their learning should have reached a defined standard. More detail for parents about end of key stage assessment can be found here.


Physical Education


Religious Education


Standard Assessment Tests that are produced by the Department for Education. Pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 sit these tests. The outcomes are seen as a key school performance indicator. The results of these tests are published and available to all.


Success Criteria – The steps of success to meet the Learning Objective

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

A pupil is deemed to have a Special Educational Need if they are finding it harder than other pupils to make progress. It is important to point out that a pupil may have a Special Educational Need for a relatively short period of time. SEN are classified into two categories depending on the severity of the learning difficulty:

  • School Action: a mild need
  • Education Health Care Plan: a significant need.
  • A pupil with an EHC Plan requires substantial additional support.

SEN Register

In order to track the progress of pupils with SEN the school keeps a register. This is updated termly. At that time some children come off the register, because they have made good progress, whilst others join it, as there is a current concern about their rate of progress.


The Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
The person responsible for coordinating provision and support for all pupil on the SEN Register.

Statutory assessment

This is a process of gathering information from everyone who has been involved with a child with significant special educational needs. The purpose is to establish what should be written on the EHC Plan and how much support the child should receive.

TA (Teaching assistant)

A person who supports pupils’ learning but is not attached to any particular child (as an LSA is).

Talk 4 Writing

The way in which English is taught throughout the school. Children are taught a story or non-fiction text which they internalise before writing. Talk 4 Writing helps children to understand how a good piece of writing sounds which helps with accuracy.

Teacher assessment

Teachers are continually assessing pupils’ performance. Any assessments they make come under the umbrella heading of: teacher assessment. Each half term teachers submit their assessments of every pupil’s performance to the Headteacher. At the end of the year they complete a final, summary teacher assessment. This represents their professional view, based on all the evidence (in workbooks, in tests, in day-to-day interaction) of exactly what standard a pupil is performing at.


The online payment system that is used in school for parents to pay for school meals.

Unit of learning

A series of lessons focusing on a topic. For example, teachers might plan a three week unit of learning in English around a high quality text. Similarly, they might plan a series of science lessons around the topic of light.