What the threpis all that about?

8th September 2006 at 01:00
September, and the torture of the English language resumes in the nation's schools, courtesy of the pre-term Inset days used by heads everywhere to, er, motivate staff.

So, "edu-babble" most frequently used this week, according to tickveegee on the TES website was: achieving potential, personalised learning, and focus on teaching and learning.

Joining the fray, Applecrumble contributes, "think outside the box, assessment for learning, targets targets targetsIsef sef sefISIP SIP SIP."

Random 178, disappointed that PANDA is "sooo last year" contributes RAISE online and "drilling down" to each child. And then the favourites come fast and thick: review our achievements, collate evidence of learning, rack up our targets, highlight G and T, provision mapping, threp, and - Diary's current favourite: "don't take our eyes off the middle ground".

Or as Lardylegs interprets it: "Make the thick kids clever, keep the clever kids occupied, and don't forget to teach the average ones while you're at it. Oh, and write everything down on at least three different forms."

At least it's not just us: Aussie contributor JWalker says familiar jargon (contextual, embedded, key stakeholders) is alive and well Down Under. But she adds one glorious homegrown version which deserves to take root here:

"You should be able to explain anything at all in the time it takes to drink a glass of wine at a BBQ!"

More examples, anyone? The Diary will provide a bottle of wine for the best -and also, to anyone who can explain what a threp is.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now