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Last updated on 7 April 2016
A-level

Advanced level

A2
the second part of an A-level qualification

AAIA

Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment

academy

A publicly funded self-governing school that provides free education to pupils of all abilities (can be primary, secondary or special)

ACAS

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

ACE

Advisory Centre for Education

ACE Arts Council England

Access courses

courses designed to prepare those without A-levels for the challenges of higher education

ACF

Association of Charitable Foundations

ADD

attention deficit disorder

ADHD

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

ADSBM

Advanced Diploma of School Business Management

AfL

assessment for learning

Afasic

national charity that supports children and young people with speech, language and communication impairment

AIRMIC Association for insurance and risk management professionals
ALARM The National Forum for Risk Management in the Public Sector
AMiE Association of Managers in Education

AoL

assessment of learning

APP

assessing pupils' progress

APS

average point score

AQA

Assessment and Qualifications Alliance

ARA
Assessment and Reporting Arrangements
AS-level advanced subsidiary level

ASCL

Association of School and College Leaders

ASD

autistic spectrum disorder

ASL

additional and specialist learning

Aspect

Association of Professionals in Education and Children's Trusts

AST

advanced skills teacher

ATL

Association of Teachers and Lecturers

ATM

Association of Teachers of Mathematics

BATOD

British Association of Teachers of the Deaf

BCS

The Chartered Institute for IT

BESD

behavioural, emotional and social difficulties

BEST

behaviour and education support team

BG

British Gymnastics

BIP

Behaviour Improvement Programme

BIS Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 

BITC

Business in the Community

BME

black and minority ethnic

BREEAM

building research establishment environmental assessment method

BSQM

Basic Skills Quality Mark

BSL

British Sign Language

CAB

Citizens Advice Bureau

CABE

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

CAF

common assessment framework

CAF

Charities Aid Foundation

CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CASPA comparison and analysis of special pupil attainment
CAT cognitive abilities test
CC
Charity Commission

CCEA

Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

CEDP

career entry and development profile

CEME

Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence

CEOP Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

CF

cystic fibrosis

CfBT Education Trust

charitable trust providing education consultancy and services

CFR

consistent financial reporting

CHSWG

Children’s Hearing Services Working Group

CIL child-initiated learning

CILT

The National Centre for Languages

CLC

city learning centre

CLEAPSS
Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services

CLT

chartered London teacher status

cluster

group of schools that comes together for a particular purpose

CofE/CE Church of England

community school

A state school in England and Wales that is wholly owned and maintained by the local authority (LA). The LA has main responsibility for deciding arrangements for admitting pupils

community special school

the special school equivalent of a community school. Such a school caters wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs

COSHH control of substances hazardous to health

CoVE

Centre of Vocational Excellence

CPD

continuing professional development

CPIS

Children's Play Information Service

CSBM

Certificate of School Business Management

CSCI

Commission for Social Care Inspection

CTC

city technology college

CTF
common transfer file

CYPP

children and young people's plan

DATA Design and Technology Association

D&T

design and technology

DBS Disclosure and Barring Service

DCSF

Department for Children, Schools and Families (now DfE)

DDA

Disability Discrimination Act

DED

disability equality duty

DENI

Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

DES disability equality scheme

DFC

devolved formula capital

DfE Department for Education
DH Department of Health
Diocese the area to which a bishop's jurisdiction extends (only applicable to Catholic and CofE schools)

DME

dual or multiple exceptionality

DPA
Data Protection Act

DQI

design quality indicator

DSBM

Diploma of School Business Management

DSE

display screen equipment

DSG dedicated schools grant

EAL

English as an additional language

EAZ

education action zone

EBacc
English Baccalaureate

EBD

emotional and behavioural difficulties

EBITT

employment-based initial teacher training

EBP

education business partnership

EBTTS

employment-based teacher training scheme

ECM

Every Child Matters

EEA

European Economic Area

EFA Education Funding Agency

EHP

Early Headship Provision

EHRC

Equality and Human Rights Commission

ELCI

Employers' Liability Compulsory Insurance

EMAS

ethnic minority achievement service

EPPI-Centre

Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre

EPS

Education Psychology Service

ESD

education for sustainable development

EVC educational visits coordinator

extended school

a school that provides a range of services and activities often beyond the school day to help meet the needs of its pupils, their families and the wider community

EWO

education welfare officer

EWS

education welfare service

EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage
EYTS early years teacher status
EYR Early Years Register

FE

further education

federation (hard)

A formal agreement by which two or more schools share a single governing body
federation (soft) A formal agreement by which two or more schools share elements of governance or establish a joint strategic committee, whilst retaining their individual governing bodies

FEI

further education institution

FFT

Fischer Family Trust

FLT

Foundation Learning Tier

FM

facilities management

FOIA
Freedom of Information Act

foundation school

A school whose governing body is responsible for employment and admissions arrangements. The land and buildings are owned by the governing body or charitable foundation

foundation special school

A foundation school that caters wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs

free school
An all-ability, independent, non-profiting making, state-funded school

FSM

free school meals

GAG General annual grant

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education

GEAP gender equality action plan

GED

gender equality duty

GES gender equality scheme

GIA

gender impact assessment

GLH

guided learning hours

GMB

Britain’s general union

GNVQ

General National Vocational Qualification

GRT

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller

GRTP

Graduate and Registered Teacher Programmes. A collective term for the GTP and the RTP

GSA

Girls' Schools Association

G&T gifted and talented

GTP

Graduate Teacher Programme

GTTR

Graduate Teacher Training Registry

HLTA

higher level teaching assistant

HMCI

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills

HMI

Her Majesty's Inspector

HND

Higher National Diploma

HPA

Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England)

HPSS

High Performing Specialist School

HSE

Health and Safety Executive

ICO Information Commissioner's Office

ICT

information and communication technology

IEB interim executive board

IEP

individual education plan

IiP

Investors in People

ILS

integrated learning systems

IMS

information management system

INSET

in-service education and training

IoE

Institute of Education

IPC

International Primary Curriculum

IQM Inclusion Quality Mark

ISR

individual school range

IRM Institute of Risk Management
IRMS
Information and Records Management Society

ITE

initial teacher education

ITT

initial teacher training

IWB

interactive whiteboard

JACT Joint Association of Classical Teachers

KS1/2/3/4/5

Key Stages 1/2/3/4/5

LA

local authority

LACSEG Local authority central spend equivalent grant

leadership group

headteachers, deputy heads, assistant heads, bursars and others as decided by the headteachers and/or the governors

LEP

local education partnership

LGA

Local Government Association

LLP

Lifelong Learning Programme

LSA

learning support assistant

LSCB

local safeguarding children board

LSU

learning support unit

LTL

Learning through Landscapes

MA

The Mathematical Association

MBF

The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation

MFG minimum funding guarantee

MFL

modern foreign languages

middle school

A school with KS2 and KS3 pupils. Depending on the age balance of those pupils, the school can be deemed primary or secondary

MIS

Management Information System

MLE

managed learning environment

MLD
moderate learning difficulties

MPS

main pay scale

NACE

National Association for Able Children in Education

Naace

the professional association to advance education through ICT

NAHT

National Association of Head Teachers

NALD National Association for Literature Development

NAPLIC

National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impairment in Children

NAPTA

The National Association of Professional Teaching Assistants

NAS

The National Autistic Society

NASBM National Association of School Business Management

Nasen

formerly the National Association for Special Educational Needs

NASUWT

teachers’ union

NATE

National Association for the Teaching of English

National College  The National College for Teaching and Leadership
NatSIP National Sensory Impairment Partnership

NC

National Curriculum

NCA National Curriculum Assessment
NCB National Children's Bureau

NCPC

National Crime Prevention Council

NatCen

National Centre for Social Research

NDCS

National Deaf Children’s Society

NDPB

non-departmental public body

NFER
National Foundation for Educational Research

NGA

National Governors’ Association

NGN

Nurture Group Network

NHS National Health Service
NLE National Leader of Education

NOR

number on roll

NPQH

National Professional Qualification for Headship

NPQICL

National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership

NQT

newly qualified teacher

NSPCC

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

NSS

National Support School

NUT

National Union of Teachers

NVQ

National Vocational Qualification

OCR Ofsted Childcare Register

OCR

Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations

OEAP
Outdoor Education Advisers' Panel

Ofsted

Office for Standards in Education

OGC

Office of Government Commerce

OPSI Office of Public Sector Information

OSC

Office of the Schools Commissioner

OTT

overseas trained teacher

OTTP

Overseas Trained Teacher Programme

OU

Open University

PAN
published admission number
PAT pupil achievement tracker

PCSO

police community support officer

PE

physical education

PECS

picture exchange communication system

PEEP personal emergency evacuation plan
PFEG Personal Finance Education Group

PfH

Partnerships for Health

PFI

private finance initiative

PGCE

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

PHE Public Health England

PHMEG

Public Health Medicine Environmental Group

PLASC

Pupil Level Annual Schools Census

PLTS

personal, learning and thinking skills

PM

performance management

PMLD

profound and multiple learning difficulties

PPA

preparation, planning and assessment (time)

PPD

postgraduate professional development

PPP

public private partnership

PPS

parent partnership service

PRP

performance-related pay

PRU

pupil referral unit

PSA

parent support adviser

PSED
Public Sector Equality Duty

PSHE

personal, social and health education

PSHEE

personal, social, health and economic education

PSP

pastoral support programme

PTA

Parent Teacher Association

PTA-UK National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations
QAN qualification accreditation number
QCF Qualifications and Credit Framework

QTS

qualified teacher status

RAISEonline

Reporting and Analysis for Improvement through school Self-Evaluation. An interactive system that allows users to analyse school and pupil performance data

RAP

raising attainment plan

Respect

a cross-government strategy to address anti-social behaviour

RIDDOR

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations

RIPA

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

RMS

Records Management Society

RoSPA

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

RPA raising the participation age

RPA

regional provider of assessment

RSA

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

RSC

Royal Society of Chemistry

RTT

Return to Teaching programme

SACRE
Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education

SAI

Schools Access Initiative

SCITT
school-centred initial teacher training
SCR single central record

SDP

school development plan

SEAL

social and emotional aspects of learning

SEF

self-evaluation framework/form

SEN

special educational needs

SENCO

special educational needs co-ordinator

SEND special educational needs and disability
SES single equality scheme
SES socio-economic status

SIAMS

statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools

SIP

school improvement plan

SIP

school improvement partner

SLCN

speech, language and communication needs

SLD
severe learning difficulties

SLT

senior leadership team

SMSC
spiritual, moral, social and cultural

SMT

senior management team

SRB

single regeneration budget

SSAT

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

STA
Standards and Testing Agency

STPCD

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document

STRB

School Teachers’ Review Body

TA

teaching assistant

TEACCH

Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children

Teaching Agency
agency responsible for initial teacher training. On 1 April 2013 the Teaching Agency and the National College for School Leadership merged to form the National College for Teaching and Leadership
Teaching school
A school offering school-centred initial teacher training

TES

Times Educational Supplement

TES

traveller education service

TLR

teaching and learning responsibility

TNA

training needs analysis

TOIL time off in lieu

TSN

Teacher Support Network

TYS

Targeted Youth Support

UNISON

the public service union

Unite the Union

trade union that resulted from the merging of Amicus and Transport and General Workers' Union

VA

value added

VA school

voluntary aided school. Maintained by the LA, for which a foundation (generally religious) appoints most of the governing body

VC school

voluntary controlled school. Maintained by the LA, for which a foundation (generally religious) appoints some, but not most, of the governing body

VFM

value for money

VLE

virtual learning environment

Voice

The union for education professionals

WRL
work-related learning