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Education jargon

The following jargon is commonly used in the Education profession.

Abbreviations/ Acronyms Definition/ Meaning
ACC Assistive and Augmentive Communication
ACT Autism and Communication Team
AEN Additional Educational Needs
ALP Accelerated Learning Programme
ALS Additional Literacy Support Programme
APP Assessing Pupil Progress grid
BSL British Sign Language
BST Behaviour Support Team
CAF Common Assessment Framework
CC Children's Centre
CDT Children's Disabilities Team
CFC Cause for Concern
CFP Cause for Praise
CPC Continuing Professional Development
CYPS Children and Young People's Services
DCD Development Co-ordination Difficulties
DDA Disability Discrimination Act
DfE Department for Education
EAL English as an Additional Language
EALIP English as an additional language Intensive (Introductory) Programme
EBD Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
ECAR Every Child a Reader
ECAT Every Child a Talker
ECAW Every Child a Writer
ECC Every Child Counts
EHCP Education Health Care Plan
ELS Early Literacy Support
EMS Education Management System
EOTAS Education other than at School
EP Educational Psychologists
EPS Educational Psychologists Service
EWO Education Welfare Officer
EYA Early Years Action
EYA+ Early Years Action Plus
EYC Early Years and Childcare
EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage
FFT Fisher Family Trust Literacy Programme
FS Foundation Stage
FS1 Foundation Stage 1
FS2 Foundation Stage 2
FSM Free School Meals
FTE Full Time Equivalent
HE Higher Education
HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant
IBP Individual Behaviour Plan
IEP/ILP Individual Education Plan/ Individual Learning plan
INCO Inclusion Co-ordinator
INSET In-Service Education and Training
ITT Initial Teacher Training
KS Key Stage
LA Local Authority
LAC Looked After Child
LM Learning Mentor
LSA Learning Support Advisor
LSI School based Learning Support Programme
LSP Learning Support Programme (written by a specialist teacher)
LSS Learning Support Service
MAGS Mapping Attainment Grid
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties
NC National Curriculum
NEET Not in Education, Employment or Training
NGfL National Grid for Learning
OFSTED Office for Standards in Education
P Levels Assessment tool for pupils working below Level One of National Curriculum
PAT Phonological Awareness Training
PECS Picture Exchange Communication System
PIVATs Performance Indicators for Value Added Target Setting (an assessment tool for schools to break down levels into smaller steps).
PLASC Pupil Level Annual Schools Census
PPA Planning, Preparation and Assessment
PRU Pupil Referral Unit
PSA PArent Support Advisor
PSD Personal and Social Development
PSHE Personal, Social, Health Education
PSP Pastoral Support Programme/ Plan
QTS Qualified Teacher Status
READ Rotherham Enhanced Action for Dyslexia
RNIB Royal National Institute for the Blind
RP1 the correct name is 'formal assessment of SEN' - this is the number of the form so professionals tend to use it instead
S Statement of Need - to become EHC
SA School Action
SA+ School Action plus
SDP School Development Plan
SEAL Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning
SEBD Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties/ Development
SEN Special Educational Needs
SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SEND Special Educational Needs or Disability
SENDIST Special Educational Needs or Disability Tribunal
SIMS Schools Information Management System
SLCN Speech Language and Communication Needs
SLE Specialist Leader in Education
SLT Senior Leadership Team
SMART Soecific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely (targets)
SMSA School Meals Supervising Assistant
TA Teaching Assistant