We are aware that in education lots of phrases are reduced to a series of acronyms. Hopefully, this will serve as a reference page for you.


Common Acronyms

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
AfL Assessment for Learning
AHT Assistant Headteacher
APDR Assess, Plan, Do, Review
BSP Behaviour Support Plan
C&I Communication and Interaction
C&L Cognition and Learning
DP Designated Person
DPO Data Protection Officer
DSL Designated Safeguarding Lead
DT Design Technology
EAL English as an Additional Language
EHA Early Health Assessment
EHCP Education, Health and Care Plan
EP Educational Psychologist
EWO Education Welfare Officer
EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage
FSM Free School Meals
FSW Family Support Worker
GB Governing Body
GDPR General Data Protection Regulation
GLD Good Level of Development
G&T Gifted and Talented
H&S Health and Safety
HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant
HMI Her Majesty's Inspectorate
HT Headteacher
ICO Information Commissioner's Office
ICT Information and Communications Technology
IEB Interim Executive Board
KCSIE Keeping Children Safe In Education
KS Key Stage
LA Local Authority
MAT Multi-Academy Trust
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties
NC National Curriculum
NFER National Foundation for Educational Research
OFSTED Office for Standards in Education
PE Physical Education
PMLD Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
PSHE Personal, Social and Health Education
PSP Pastoral Support Programme
PTA Parent-Teacher Association
QTS Qualified Teacher Status 
RE Religious Education


Relationship and Sex Education
SAR Subject Access Request
SBM School Business Manager
SDP School Development Plan
SEMH Social, Emotional, Mental Health support
SEND Special Educational Needs and / or Disability
SENDCo Special Educational Needs and / or Disability Co-ordinator (inclusion leader)
SMSC Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
SpLD Specific Learning Difficulty
SLT Senior Leadership Team
TA Teaching Assistant
UPN Unique Pupil Number
URN Unique Reference Number


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