Common Acronyms and Abbreviations

As much as we try not to use acronyms or abbreviatons in our documents and letters to parents/carers, they can sometimes creep in.

We are also conscious that documents from the Department for Education and Ofsted often contain shortened versions of words and phrases which are common within education, but you may not come across outside of the sector.

To address this and help readers to understand these documents, you will find a list of common acronyms and abbreviations below:


AfL

Assessment for Learning

AR Accelerated Reader
BV British Values

CAMHS

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

CL

Communication & Language (Early Years)

CPD

Continuing Professional Development

DT

Design and Technology

DBS

Disclosure and Barring Service ( Formerly CRB check)

DHT

Deputy Head Teacher

DSL

Designated Safeguarding Lead

EAL

English as an Additional Language

EHCP

Education Health Care Plan

EP

Educational Psychologist

EYEH

Early Years Excellence Hub

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage

FGB

Full Governing Body

GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation

GPS/SP&G

Grammar Punctuation and Spelling

H&S

Health & Safety

HT

Headteacher

INA

Individual Needs Assistant

INSET

In-service Training

KS1

Key Stage One – Years 1 & 2

KS2

Key Stage Two – Years 3,4,5 & 6

KUW

Knowledge and Understanding of the World (Early Years)

LA

Local Authority

LAC

Looked After Child

MDSA

Midday Supervisory Assistant

PCSO

Police Community Support Officer

PD

Physical Development (Early Years)

PEP

Personal Education Plan

PP/Ever6/FSM6 Pupils entitled to pupil premium grant

PPA

Planning, Preparation & Assessment

PPG

Pupil Premium Grant

PPM

Pupil Progress Meeting

PSED

Personal Social Emotional Development ( Early Years)

PSHE

Personal Social Health Education

RE

Religious Education

SALT

Speech and Language Therapist

SATs

Statutory Assessment Tests

SEF

Self Evaluation Form

SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disability

SENCo

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SFVS

School Financial Value Standard

SIP

School Improvement Plan

SLT

Senior Leadership Team

SMSC

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

SPG

Sport Premium Grant

TA

Teaching Assistant

TLR

Teaching and Learning Responsibility

TRG

Teaching Research Group (linked to the Math Hub)

UW

Understanding of the World (Early Years)

VA

Value Added

 

Assessment Acronyms:

ARE Age Related Expectations
PK1, PK2, PK3, PK4 Pre-Key Stage Standards
WTS Working Towards the expected standards
EXS Working at the Expected Standard
GDS Working at Greater Depth within the expected standard
PSC Phonics Screen Check (Year 1 pupils)
MTS Multiplication Tables Check (Year 4 pupils)
SATS Statutory Assessment Tests