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This is a guide to commonly used acronyms and abbreviations found in education.

AfL Assessment for Learning

AHT Assistant Head Teacher

AP Alternative Provision (eg a PRU)

APP Assessing Pupil Progress

AR Annual review

ASIP Additional Support & Intervention Plan

AST Advanced Skills Teacher

BESD Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties

BPPE Basic Per Pupil Entitlement

CAF Common Assessment Framework

CDT Craft, Design and Technology

CFC Cared for Children (also known as Looked After Children)

CP Child Protection

CPD Continuing Professional Development

CPR Child Protection Register

CRB Criminal Records Bureau (now DBS)

DfE Department for Education (since May 2010)

DHT Deputy Headteacher

DMS Designated Member of Staff

DPA Data Protection Act

DT Design and Technology

E2L English as a Second Language

EAL English as an additional language

EBD Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

ECM Every Child Matters

EHE Electively home educated

FE Further Education

FS Foundation Stage

FSM Free School Meals

FT Full-time

FTE Fixed Term Exclusion

FTE Full-time Equivalent

G&T Gifted and Talented

GB Governing Body

GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education

GTP Graduate Teacher Programme

H & S Health and Safety

HE Higher Education

HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HMCI Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector

HMI Her Majesty’s Inspectorate

HoD Head of Department

HoS Head of School

HoY Head of Year

HR Human Resources

HSE Health, Safety and Environment

HT Headteacher

IAP Individual Action Plan

IBP Individual Behaviour Plan

ICT Information and Communications Technology

IEP Individual Education Plan

IiP Investors in People

INSET In-Service Education and Training

IT Information Technology

ITT Initial Teacher Training

IQ Intelligence Quotient

KS1, 2, 3, 4 Key Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 (KS1 age 5 – 7 “Infants”, KS2 age 7 – 11 “Juniors”, KS3 age 11- 14, KS4 age 14 -16)

LEA Local Education Authority

LSA Learning Support Assistant

LSCB Local Safeguarding Children’s Board

MFL Modern Foreign Language

NC National Curriculum

NQT Newly Qualified Teacher

NUT National Union of Teachers

NVQ National Vocational Qualifications

OFSTED Office for Standards in Education

PE Physical Education

POAP Post Ofsted Action Plan

PP Pupil premium

PT Part-time

PTA Parent Teacher Association

QCA Qualification and Curriculum Authority

QTS Qualified Teacher Status

RE Religious Education

SA School Action

SEF Self Evaluation Form

SEN Special Educational Needs

SENCO Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SEND Special Educational Needs & Disability

SLT Senior Leadership Team

STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

TA Teaching Assistant

TES Times Educational Supplement

UPN Unique Pupil Number

VI Visually Impaired

VLE Virtual Learning Environment

Acronyms and Abbreviations