Birdham CE Primary School

Jargon Buster

acronyms USED in education 


ADD            Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD        Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AEN             Additional Educational Needs

ARE             Age Related Expectations

ASD             Autism Spectrum Disorders


CAF           Common Assessment Framework

CFR           Consistent Financial Reporting

CME          Children Missing in Education

CoP           Code of Practice (for SEND)

CPD          Continuing Professional Development

CRB          Criminal Records Bureau (replaced by DBS)


DBS           Disclosure & Barring Service

DFCG      Devolved Formula Capital Grant

DfE             Department for Education

DSL            Designated Safeguarding Lead


EAL           English as an Additional Language

EBD          Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

ECT           Early Careers Teacher

EHCP      Education Health Care Plan 

EMTAS    Ethnic Minority & Traveller Achievement Service

EP               Educational Psychologist

Ever6      A child that has been eligible for Free School Meals  within the last six years

EYFS       Early Years Foundation Stage


FFT            Fischer Family Trust

FPTA        Friends, Parents and Teachers Association

FSM         Free School Meals

FTE           Full Time Equivalent


GDS          Greater Depth within the Standard

GPS          Grammar Punctuation & Spelling (or SPaG)

GRT           Gypsy Romany & Traveller


HLTA         Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HMI            His Majesty’s Inspector of Schools

HT               Head Teacher


ICT            Information and Communication Technology

IDACI      Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index 

INSET     In-Service Education and Training

ITT              Initial Teacher Training


KS             Key Stage


LA              Local Authority

LAC          Looked After Children

LSA           Learning Support Assistant

LSCB      Local Safeguarding Children Board


MDMS       Mid-day Meals Supervisor (or MMS)

MFG            Minimum Funding Guarantee

MPPFL      Minimum Per Pupil Funding Level


NAHT         National Association of Head Teachers

NASUWT    National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers

NC               National Curriculum

NEU            National Education Union

NFER         National Foundation for Education Research

NGA           National Governance Association

NOR           Number on Roll

NPQH       National Professional Qualification for Headship

NPQML   National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders

NPQSL    National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders

NQT            Newly Qualified Teacher (now called ECT)


Ofsted       Office for Standards in Education


PAN          Published Admission Number

PIP             Personal Intervention Plan 

PLASC   Pupil Level Annual School Census

PM             Performance Management

PoS           Programme of Study

PPA           Planning, Preparation and Assessment

PPG          Pupil Premium Grant

PRU           Pupil Referral Unit


QTS           Qualified Teacher Status


RSHE         Relationships, Sex and Health Education

RWM          Reading, Writing and Mathematics (sometimes written as RWM combined, i.e. R and  W and  M)


SACRE    Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education

SATs          Standard Assessment Tasks

SCR           Single Central Record

SDP           School Development Plan

SEF            Self-Evaluation Form

SEND       Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SENDCo    Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (or SENCO)

SFVS        Schools Financial Value Standard

SIMS         Schools Information and Management System

SIP              School Improvement Plan

SLA            Service Level Agreement

SLT             Senior Leadership Team

SS               Scaled Scores


TA             Teacher Assessment or  Teaching Assistant

TLR          Teaching and Learning Responsibility Payment

TMS        Teachers Main Scale (salary band)


UiFSM     Universal Infant Free School Meals

UPS           Upper Pay Scale (salary band)


VA              Voluntary Aided (school)

VC             Voluntary Controlled (school)


WSCC      West Sussex County Council

WSSfS     West Sussex Services for Schools

WTS            Working Towards the Standard












































































































































































































































































Y                 Year (always followed by R or a number)