Useful Terms

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In the education system there are often a multitude of acronyms that make understanding your child’s school life very difficult at times. Here is a list that we hope will help you. If you need further assistance please contact your child’s class teacher.

General

  • A,G&T – Able, Gifted and Talented
  • AHT – Assistant Head Teacher
  • AST – Advanced Skills Teacher
  • CT – Class Teacher
  • DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal records check)
  • DfE –  Department for Education (government)
  • DHT – Deputy Head Teacher
  • EWO – Educational Welfare Officer
  • EY – Early Years
  • EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage (birth to 5 years)
  • FE – Further Education
  • FSM – Free School Meals
  • HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • HT – Head Teacher
  • ICT – Information Communication Technology
  • KS1 – Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
  • KS2 – Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)
  • KS3 – Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
  • KS4 – Key stage 4 (Years 10-11)
  • LA – Local Authority
  • LO – Learning Objective
  • LP – Learning Platform
  • LSA – Learning Support Assistant
  • NC –  National Curriculum
  • NQT – Newly Qualified Teacher
  • Ofsted – Office for Standards in Education
  • PSHE – Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
  • SATs – Standard Attainment Tests
  • SEN  – Special Educational Needs
  • SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • SIP – School Improvement Plan
  • SLE – Specialist Leader of Education
  • SLT – Senior Leadership Team
  • SMSA – School Meals  Supervisory Assistant
  • SPaG – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • TA – Teaching Assistant
  • VLE – Virtual Learning Environment

Special Education Needs

  • A,G&T – Able,Gifted and Talented
  • ADD –  Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADHD  – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • AEO  – Assistant Education Officer
  • ASD –  Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • BESD –  Behavioural, Emotional and Social Development
  • BSL –  British Sign Language
  • BSS –  Behaviour Support Service
  • CAF –  Common Assessment Framework
  • CoP –  Code of Practice
  • EA – Equality Act
  • EAL – English as an Additional Language
  • ENT – Ear, Nose and Throat
  • EO – Education Officer
  • EOTAS – Education Other Than At School
  • EP – Educational Psychologist
  • HI –  Hearing Impairment
  • MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulties
  • NAS –  National Autistic Society
  • OT –  Occupational Therapist
  • PMLD –  Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
  • PSP – Pastoral Support Plan
  • SALT – Speech and Language Therapist
  • SCD –  Social Communication Disorder
  • SEN –  Special Educational Needs/ SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • SENCO –  Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
  • SENDIST – Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
  • SLD –  Severe Learning Difficulties
  • SpLD –  Specific Learning Difficulties
  • TISM –  Transition Inclusion Support Meeting
  • TR –  Transition Review
  • VI –  Visual Impairment