Your guide to Gobbledygook!


Do you know your HLTA from your HOCA or your HT?  Acronyms can be confusing, particularly if most of the conversations in meetings use them, or they appear in every report that you read.

Below is a work-in-progress list of Acronyms that we have come across, in our own governing or by supporting others.  It’s just an alphabetical list - not a full explanation of what the term means.  But a quick google and you will find what sits behind a term/phrase.

It's also NEVER complete, so if there's anything missing, please let us know and we'll add it.

Acronym What it stands for
A
AAN Approved Admission Number
ACS Average Class Size
ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
AfL Assessment for Learning
AI Appreciative Inquiry
AQA Assessment and Qualifications Alliance
ASCL Association of School and College Leaders
ASP Analyse School Performance
AWPU Age-Weighted Pupil Unit
B
BSA Basic Skill Agency
BSP Behaviour Support Plan
BSS Behaviour Support Service
BTEC Business and Technology Education Council
C
CAB Citizens Advice Bureau
CAF Common Assessment Framework
CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
CAT Cognitive Ability Test
CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
CPD Continuing Professional Development
CRE Commission for Racial Equality
CTF Common Transfer File
D
D & T Design and Technology
DBS Disclosure Barring Service
DfE Department for Education
DHT Deputy Headteacher
DPO Data Protection Officer
DSL Designated Safeguarding Lead
E
EAL English as an Additional Language
ECM Every Child Matters
EEA European Economic Area
EEC Early Excellence Centres
EHC Education, Health and Care
EHE Elective Home Education
EIP Education Improvement Partnerships
EMS Education Management System
EO Equal Opportunities
EP Educational Psychologist
EPT Educational Psychology Team
ESFA Education and Skills Funding Agency
ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages
EWO Education Welfare Officer
EYDP Early Years Development Plan
EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage
F
FE Further Education
FFT Ficsher Family Trust
FGM Female Genital Mutilation
FMS Financial Management System
FOI Freedom of Information
FS Foundation Stage
FSM Free School Meals
FSW Family Support Worker
FTE Full Time Equivalent
G
GaT Gifted and Talented
GB Governing Board
GDPR General Data Protection Regulation
GLD Good Level of Development
GTC General Teaching Council
H
H&S Health and Safety
HAD Hyperactivity Disorder
HE Higher Education
HEFC Higher Education Funding Council
HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assitant
HMCI Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector
HMI Her Majesty’s Inspectorate
HOCA Head of Curriculum Area
HoDs Heads of Departments
HSE Health and Safety Executive
HT Headteacher
HTPM Headteacher Performance Management
I
IAG Individual Advice Guidance
IB International Baccalaureate
ICO Information Commissioner’s Office
ICS Integrated Children’s System
ICT Information and Communications Technology
IDSR School Inspection Data Summary Report (Ofsted)
IEB Interim Education Board
IEP Individual Education Plan
IfL Institute for Learning
INSET In-Service Education and Training
ISB Individual School Budget
ISR Individual School Range
IT Information Technology
ITT Initial Teacher Training
IYSS Integrated Youth Support Service
J
JCQ Joint Council for Qualifications
JNC Joint National Committee or Joint Negotiating Committee
K
KCSIE Keeping Children Safe in Education
KPI Key Performance Indicator
KS Key Stage
L
LA Local Authority
LAC Looked After Children
LG Link Governor
LGA Local Government Association
LGB Local Governing Board
LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
LMS Local Management of Schools
LSA Learning Support Assistant
LSC Learning and Skills Council
LSDA Learning Skills Development Agency
LSW Learning Support Workers
M
M&E Monitoring and Evaluation
MAT Multi-Academy Trust
MFL Modern Foreign Languages
MIS Management Information System
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties
MPR Main Pay Range
N
NAHT National Association of Head Teachers
NASEN National Association of Special Educational Needs
NASUWT National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers
NC National Curriculum
NCSL National College of School Leadership
NCTL National College for Teaching and Leadership
NEU National Education Union
NFER National Foundation for Educational Research
NGA National Governance Association
NPQEL National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders
NPQH National Professional Qualification for Headship
NPQSL National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership
NQT Newly Qualified Teacher
NTA Non-Teaching Assistant
NVQ National Vocational Qualification
O
OCR Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations
OFSTED Office for Standards in Education
P
PAN Pupil Admission Number
PE Physical Education
PEP Personal Education Plan
PFI Private Finance Initiative
PGCE Postgraduate Certification of Education
PIP Performance Improvement Plan
PIs Performance Indicators
PLASC Pupil Level Annual School Census
PM Performance Management
PMLD Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
PPA Planning, Preparation and Assessment
PRP Performance Related Pay
PRU Pupil Referral Unit
PSA Parent School Association
PSHE Personal, Social and Health Education
PSP Pastoral Support Programme
PTA Parent-Teacher Association
PTR Pupil Teacher Ratio
Q
QT Qualified Teacher
QTS Qualified Teacher Status
R
RE Religious Education
RI Requires Improvement
ROI Return on Investment
RSC Regional Schools Commissioner
RSC AB Advisory Boards - formerly Headteacher Board
RSE Relationship and Sex Education
S
SACRE Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education
SAR Subject Access Request
SATs Standard Assessment Tests
SBM School Business Manager
SCC Schools Causing Concern
SCR Single Central Record
SDP School Development Plan
SEAL Social and Emotional Aspects to Learning
SEF School Evaluation Framework
SEMH Social Emotional Mental Health
SEN Special Educational Needs
SEND Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
SENCO Special Educational Needs Coordinator
SG Shaping Governance
SIMS Schools Information System
SI School Improvement
SIP School Improvement Partner
SMSC Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
SLD Severe Learning Difficulties
SLT Senior Leadership Team
SOAP School on a Page
SOAR Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results
SoW Scheme of Work
SPaG Spelling and Punctuation and Grammar
SpLD Specific Learning Difficulty
SSE School Self Evaluation
SSF School Standards Fund
STA Standards and Testing Agency
STPCD School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document
STRB School Teachers Review Body
T
TA Teaching Assistant
TCF Trust Capacity Fund
TLR Teaching and Learning Responsibility
TP Teachers’ Pensions
TS Teaching Schools
TSC Teaching School Council
TUC Trade Union Congress
U
UCAS University and Colleges Admissions Service
UIFSM Universal Infant School Meals
ULN Unique Learner Number
UPN Unique Pupil Number
UPR Upper Pay Range
URN Unique Reference Number
V
VA Voluntary Aided
VC Voluntary Controlled
W
WBL Work Based Learning
Y
YOT Youth Offending Team
YOS Youth Offending Service
YTS Youth Training Scheme