We all use abbreviations and acronyms without thinking if the person we are communicating with knows what they mean. Hopefully, on our website we have eliminated or explained any used, but just in case, here is a list of the common abbreviations and acronyms associated with school life.

If you think there are any we've missed or should include please get in touch and we will gladly add them to our list.


AO Attendance Officer

ACE Advisory Centre for Education

ACS Average Class Size

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AfL Assessment for Learning

AQA Assessment and Qualifications Alliance

ASSC Autistic Spectrum and Social Communication Service

AT Attainment Target


B&A Behaviour and Attendance

BTEC Business and Technology Education Council


CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CAT Cognitive Ability Test

CFR Consistent Financial Reporting

CMHT Community Mental Health Team

CPD Continuing Professional Development

CVA Contextual Value Added


DfE Department for Education

DBS Disclosure and Barring Service

D&T Design and Technology


EAL English as an Additional Language

EBD Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EHWB Emotional Health and Well-Being

EP Educational Psychologist


FE Further Education

FOI Freedom of Information

FS Foundation Stage

FSA Family Support Adviser

FSM Free School Meals

FTE Full Time Equivalent


GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education

GNVQ General National Vocational Qualification

GRE Grant Related Expenditure

G&T Gifted and Talented

GTTL Guide to the Law


H&S Health and Safety

HE Higher Education

HI Hearing Impaired

HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HMI Her Majesty’s Inspectorate

HSA Home-School Agreement

HSI Healthy Schools Initiative


IB International Baccalaureate

ICT Information and Communication Technology

IEP Individual Education Plan

IiP Investors in People

INSET In-Service Education and Training


JE Job Evaluation


KS Key Stage

KPI Key Performance Indicator


LA Local Authority

LAC Looked After Children

LSA Learning Support Assistant

LSCB Local Safeguarding Children Board

LSU Learning Support Unit


M&E Monitoring and Evaluation

MARAT Multi Agency Referral and Assessment Team

MFL Modern Foreign Languages

MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties

MSI Multi-Sensory Impaired


NAHT National Association of Headteachers

NASEN National Association of Special Educational Needs

NASUWT National Association of School Masters/Union of Women Teachers

NC National Curriculum

NCSL National College for School Leadership

NEET Not in Education Employment or Training

NGA National Governors Association

NHSS National Healthy Schools Standard

NLS National Literacy Strategy

NoR Number on Roll

NPQH National Professional Qualification for Headship

NQT Newly Qualified Teacher

NUT National Union of Teachers

NVQ National Vocational Qualifications


OfSTED Office for Standards in Education

OT Occupational Therapist


PAN Planned Admission Numbers

PCSO Police Community Support Officer

PAT Professional Association of Teachers

PCT Primary Care Trust

PEP Personal Education Plan

PFI Private Finance Initiative

PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education

PHSE Physical Health and Social Education

PIB Pre Inspection Briefing

PLASC Pupil Level Annual School Census

PM Performance Management

PMR Performance Management Report

PMLD Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

PPA Planning, Preparation and Assessment time

PRP Performance Related Pay

PRU Pupil Referral Unit

PSHE Personal, Social, Health and Economic

PSP Pastoral Support Programme

PTA Parent Teacher Association

PTR Pupil Teacher Ratio

PYOP Preventing Youth Offending Programme


QCA Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

QT Qualified Teacher

QTA Qualified Teaching Assistant

QTS Qualified Teacher Status


RAISE Reporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self Evaluation

RE Religious Education

RS Religious Studies

ROA Record of Achievement


SACRE Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education

SATs Standard Assessment Tests

SALT Speech and Language Therapy

SDP School Development Plan

SEAL Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

SEF Self-Evaluation Form

SEN Special Educational Needs

SENCO Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SEN&D (SEND) Special Educational Needs and Disability

SENDA Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001

SENDIST Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

SI School Improvement

SIP School Improvement Plan

SLA Service Level Agreement

SLD Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT Senior Leadership Team

SRE Sex and Relationship Education


TA Teaching Assistant

TDA Training and Development Agency

TES Traveller Education Service

TLR Teaching and Learning Responsibility


UCAS University and College Admissions Service

UPN Unique Pupil Numbers

UPS Upper Pay Scale


VA Voluntary Aided

VC Voluntary Controlled

VI Visually Impaired

VLE Virtual Learning Environment


YOT Youth Offending Team

YS Youth Service