Glossary Of Terms

As with any country’s education sector, the UK system has its own set of labels and acronyms you’ll need to get your head around. This brief list will give you definitions for the key ones, contact us to share others we might add here.

Teacher training and Teacher Status

  • PGCE: Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • B.Ed: Bachelor in Education
  • QTS: Qualified Teacher Status

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Kindergarten/Pre Primary/Prep

  • Nursery Nurse (a teaching assistant in Kindergarten/pre school)
  • Nursery Teacher (Kindergarten/pre school teacher)
  • Reception Teacher (Pre-Primary/Prep teacher)


  • KS1: Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)
  • KS2: Key Stage 2 (Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


  • KS3: Key Stage 3: Year 7, 8 and 9
  • KS4: Key Stage 4: Year 10 and 11
  • KS4: Key Stage 5; Year 12 and 13
  • HOD: Head of Department
  • 2ic: Second in charge

Support Roles

  • T.A: Teaching Assistant
  • HLTA: Higher Learning Teaching Assistant
  • LSA: Learning Support Assistant (assists SEN students, or those with behavioural or learning needs)
  • School administrator: The boss! You gotta be nice to this person – they sign your time sheets!