GLOSSARY : Some initials and 'eduspeak words explained!

Attainment targets
the expected knowledge, skills and understanding of pupils at the end of each Key Stage. Additional to these, all pupils at Colby set their own targets regularly.

Community school
one funded entirely by the LEA, as Colby is.

DfEE
Department for Education and Employment.

INSET
In-service education and training for teachers.

KS1
Key Stage 1 (infants) - ages 5-7

KS2
Key Stage 2 (juniors) - ages 8-11

LEA
Local Educational Authority

National curriculum
the programmes of study laid down by law for children aged 5-16 in state schools.

Ofsted
The Office for Standards in Education, whose inspectors assess the school's effectiveness every 4-6 years. Colby's last inspection was in January 2001

PTA
Parent-Teacher Association - Colby Area School Helpers known as CASH.

RDA
Review and Development Advisor, the LEA officer who regularly visits the school.

SEN
Special Educational Needs. Some pupils need extra help because they are less or better able than their year group. Initially this is established by the school.

Statement
a written statement, arranged by the LEA, of a child's special educational needs and all the help they will get. This is given only in certain circumstances and parents are always involved.

SATs
Standard Assessment Tasks. These are national tests taken at primary school at 7 and 11 years.