A Glossary of U.K. Education (Vol. 5)

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After a six month hiatus, we are pleased to present Vol. 5 of our ongoing glossary. For previous volumes, please follow these links:

Vol. 1

Vol. 2

Vol. 3

Vol. 4




Assessing Pupils’ Progress: in the 2000s, it was decided that formative assessment across the National Curriculum was not nearly time-consuming, convoluted, subjective or inaccurate enough, so the National Strategies developed APP in order to remedy this oversight.

c-word, the

/siː wəːd, ðə/


referring to an expletive that causes great offence and concern to teachers and is often heard in the corridors of schools, this is a euphemistic way of saying ‘consultant’.

engagement ring

/ɪnˈɡeɪdʒm(ə)nt rɪŋ/


a circle of teachers who will defend the right to teach the rise of the Third Reich with emojis.

exercise books

/ˈɛksəsʌɪz bʊks/


material placed in the boot of a teacher’s car to act…

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