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We’re drowning in jargon, from Girfec to Shanarri

Every new policy seems to bring with it confusing terms, reinforcing a barrier that prevents parents from fully engaging with their child’s schooling, writes Tina Woolnough

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What is the difference between interdisciplinary learning and cross-curricular learning? Or between a subject, a discipline and a curricular area? Between a department and a faculty? Between a term, a semester and a session? Between a school report, a learning journal, a personal profile and a pupil progress report? Or between a parents’ evening and a parent consultation? An IEP, PLP, CSP and an ICP? Sometimes nothing, and sometimes everything.

When children start school, parents and families are faced with a barrage of new and unfamiliar words. This specialist vocabulary does two things: it ...

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