Common Acronyms and Abbreviations

As much as we try not to use acronyms or abbreviatons in our documents and letters to parents/carers, they can sometimes creep in. We are also conscious that documents from the Department for Education and Ofsted often contain shortened versions of words and phrases which are common within education, but you may not come across outside of the sector.

To address this and help readers to understand these documents, you will find a list of common acronyms and abbreviations below:

AEN

Additional Educational Needs

AfL

Assessment for Learning

APP

Assessing Pupil Progress
(Based on rigorous teacher assessment. Gathering evidence from various sources and putting together to make a judgement about pupil.)

APS

Average Points Score

BIP

Behaviour Improvement Programme

BETT

British Education and Training Technology

CAMHS

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

CL

Communication & Language (Early Years)

CPD

Continuing Professional Development

DT

Design and Technology

DBS

Disclosure and Barring Service ( Formerly CRB check)

DHT

Deputy Head Teacher

EAL

English as an Additional Language

EP

Educational Psychologist

ESOL

English as a Second or Other Language

EWO

Education Welfare Officer (deals with poor attendance)

EY

Early Years Nursery and Reception

EYFSP

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

FGB

Full Governing Body

FS

Foundation Stage Nursery and Reception

FFT

Fischer Family Trust

G&T

Gifted and Talented

H&S

Health & Safety

HT

Headteacher

ICT

Information & Communication Technology

IEP

Individual Education Plan (Used for SEN children)

INA

Individual Needs Assistant

INSET

In-service Training

KS1

Key Stage One – Years 1 & 2

KS2

Key Stage Two – Years 3,4,5 & 6

KUW

Knowledge and Understanding of the World (Early Years)

LA

Local Authority

LAC

Looked After Child

MDSA

Midday Supervisory Assistant

PCSO

Police Community Support Officer

PD

Physical Development (Early Years)

PEP

Personal Education Plan

PP

Pupil Progress

PPA

Planning, Preparation & Assessment

PSED

Personal Social Emotional Development ( Early Years)

PSHE

Personal Social Health Education

RE

Religious Education

SA

School Action (SEN pupil with Outcome Plan )

SALT

Speech and Language Therapist

SATs

Standard Attainment Tests

SEAL

Social Emotional Aspects of Learning

SEF

Self Evaluation Form

SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disability

SENCo

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SFVS

School Financial Value Standard

SIP

School Improvement Plan

SLT

Senior Leadership Team

SMSC

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

TA

Teaching Assistant

TLR

Teaching and Learning Responsibility

UW

Understanding of the World (Early Years)

VA

Value Added

VCOP

Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation

VLE

Virtual Learning Environment