Commonly used acronyms

We know that jargon, acronyms and unfamiliar terminology are used quite a bit in schools. While we try our best to use plain English when communicating with you, please find below a list of the ones you might encounter.   (Those you’re most likely to hear are highlighted in blue.)

ADD

Attention deficit disorder

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

AEN

Additional Educational Need

AfL

Assessment for Learning

APS

Average point score

ARA

Assessment and reporting arrangements

ASD

Autistic spectrum disorder

BME

Black and minority ethnic

CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

COSHH

Control of substances hazardous to health

CPD

Continuing professional development

CTF

Common transfer file

DBS

Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau)

DfE

Department for Education

EAL

English as an additional language

EBD

Emotional and behavioural difficulties

EHCP

Education, health and care plan

EMAS

Ethnic minority achievement service

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception)

FGB

Full governing body

FSM

Free school meals

Foundation Stage

Reception

G&T

Gifted and talented – Now called More Able

HLTA

Higher level teaching assistant

HMI

Her Majesty's Inspectorate

ICT

Information and communication technology

INSET

In-service education and training

KS1

Key Stage 1  (Years 1 – 2)

KS2

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6)

LA

Local authority

LM

Learning mentor

LSCB

Local safeguarding children board

MFL

Modern foreign languages

MIS

Management information system

NAHT

National Association of Head Teachers

NC

National Curriculum

NLE

National Leaders of Education

NLG

National Leaders of Governance

NOR

Number on roll

NQT

Newly qualified teacher

PE

Physical education

PGCE

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

PPA

Preparation, planning and assessment (time)

PRP

Performance-related pay

QTS

Qualified teacher status

RAISEonline

Reporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self Evaluation. Provides interactive analysis of school and pupil performance data

RIDDOR

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations

SCR

Single central record

SDP

School development plan (formerly SIP)

SEF

Self-evaluation framework/form

SEMH

Social, emotional and mental health needs

SEND

Special educational needs and disability

SIP

School improvement plan – now called SDP

SIP

School improvement partner – now called SPA

SLD

Severe learning difficulties

SLT

Senior leadership team
(Headteacher, Deputy Head, Assistant Head, INCO, Business Manager)

SMSC

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural

SMT

Senior management team (Year Leaders & SLT)

SPA

School Partnership Advisor

STA

Standards and Testing Agency

TA

Teaching assistant

TLR

Teaching and learning responsibility

VA

Value added

VLE

Virtual learning environment