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Our Jargon Buster

There are so many acronyms in education – they can be really frustrating and confusing.

Here is a glossary to help you make sense of it all!


ITT – Initial Teacher Training

ITE – Initial Teacher Education

PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Education

NQT – Newly Qualified Teacher (first year in the job)

RQT – Recently Qualified Teacher (year 2 onwards)

SKE – Subject Knowledge Enhancement

SEP – School Experience Programme

SLT – Senior Leadership Team

SL – Subject Leader

AFL – Assessment for Learning

SHU – Sheffield Hallam University

SU – University of Sheffield

TSA – Teaching School Alliance

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service