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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Diary of a Surviving Supply Teacher: Edu-Babble

A to Z of Education Abbreviations and Acronyms
hereas other disciplines have a few abbreviations, acronyms and jargon, Education is absolutely riddled with them. It is not just those new to this area that can be confused and distracted by them, because many educational establishments devise their own codes and jargon too. This A to Z aims to give a bewilderingly full, but by no means complete, guide to often used abbreviations and acronyms encountered in education.

ACE Advisory Centre for Education
ACPC Area Child Protection Committee
AI Assigned Inspector
AIMSS Assessment Improvement Monitoring and School Support
A level Advanced level examinations
ALIS A Level Indicator System
APS Alliance of Parents and Schools
APT&C Administrative, Professional, Technical and Clerical
AQA Assessment and Qualifications Alliance
ASB Aggregated Schools Budget
AST Advanced Skills Teacher
AT Attainment Target (in National Curriculum)
ATL Association of Teachers and Lecturers
ATS SENSS Advisory Teachers Service
AWP Area Wide Prospectus
AWPU Age Weighted Pupil Unit

BA Bachelor of Arts
BDA British Dyslexia Association
BEA Boarding Education Index
BECTA British Educational Communications and Technology Agency
BEd Bachelor of Education
BEI British Education Index
BESTeam Behaviour Support Team
BHLP Budget Holding Lead Professional
BITC Business in the Community
BSc Bachelor of Science
BSP Behaviour Support Plan
BSS Behaviour Support Service
BTEC Business and Technology Education Council
BV Best Value

C&G City and Guilds and guilds of London Institute
CAD Computer Aided Design
CAF Common Assessment Framework
CAL Computer Assisted Learning
CAM Computer Aided Manufacture
CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
CAP Common Application Process
CAP Child Action Project
CASE Campaign for the Advancement of State Education
CAT Cognitive Ability Test
CAT Curriculum Attainment Target
CATS Credit Accumulation and Transfer System
CCT Compulsory Competitive Tendering
CDT Craft, Design and Technology
CEG Careers Education Guidance
CEL Central Expenditure Limit
CFET Certificate in Further Education and Training
CEM Centre for Education Management
CENMAC Centre for Micro-Assisted Communication
CEO Chief Education Officer
CFE Countryside Foundation for Education
CIF Common Inspection Framework
CIRCLE Centre for Intercultural Resources and Language Education
CLAIT Computer Literacy and Information Technology
CLiP Community Learning and Innovation Partnership
CNAA Council for National Academic Awards
CoVE Centre of Vocational Excellence
CP Creative Partnerships
CP Child protection
CPA Comprehensive Performance Assessment
CPD Continuing Professional Development
CPS Classroom Teachers Pay Spine
CPVE Certificate of Pre-vocational Education
CRE Commission for Racial Equality
CSIE Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education
CTC City Technology College
CTF Common Transfer File
CST Curriculum Support Team
CYPS Children and Young Peoples' Strategy
CYPSP Children and Young Peoples' Strategic Partnership

DCPO Designated Child Protection Officer
DDA Disability Discrimination Act
DfE Department for Education
DI The Dyslexia Institute
D&T Design and Technology
DLO Desirable Learning Outcomes
DOE Director of Education
DoGP Dissemination of Good Practice
DRC Disability Rights Commission
DWP Department of Work and Pensions

EAB Examinations Appeals Board
EAL English as an Additional Language
EAZ Education Achievement Zone
EAZ Education Action Zone
EBD Emotional and Behavioural Difficulty
EBP Education Business Partnership
EC Excellence Cluster
ECAF Electronic Common Assessment Framework
EDU Education Development Unit
EENET Enabling Education Network
EFL English as a Foreign Language
EHE Elective Home Education
EHP Early Headship Provision
EiC Excellence in Cities
EIP Education Improvement Partnerships
EMAG Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant
EMAS Ethnic Minorities Achievement Service
EMS Education Management System
EO Education Otherwise
EOTAS Education Other than at School
EP Educational Psychologist
EPM Education Plan Monitoring
EPS Educational Psychology Service
EQUAL ESF funded community initiative programme
ERA Education Reform Act
ESF European Social Fund
ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages
ESSTeam Educational and Social Support Team
EWO Education Welfare Officer
EYCS Early Years and Childcare Service
EYDCP Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership
EYDP Early Years Development Plan

FF Fair Funding
FL Family Learning
FLC Flexible Learning Centre
FLLN Family Literacy, Language and Numeracy
FLW Family Learning Weekend
FOLDA Federation of Local Development Agencies
FS Foundation Stage
FSA Financial Services Authority
FSM Free School Meals
FSP Foundation Stage Profile
FSS Formula Spending Share
FTE Full Time Equivalent (staffing)

GBA Governing Bodies Association
GCE A General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
GCE AS General Certificate of Education Advanced Supplementary
GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education
GEP Group Educational Plan
GEST Grants for Education Support and Training (replaced by School Standards Fund)
GM Grant Maintained (term no longer in use)
GNVQ General National Vocational Qualification
GOSW Government Office of the South West
GSA Girls' School Association
GSB General Schools Budget
G&T Gifted and Talented
GTC General Teaching Council

HACSG Hyperactive Children’s Support Group
H&S Health and Safety
HEADLAMP The Headteachers’ Leadership and Management Programme
HiMP Health Improvement Plan
HIP Headteachers' Induction Programme (now replaced by EHP)
HMC Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference
HMCI Her Majesty's Chief Inspector
HMI Her Majesty's Inspector(ate)
HMM Healthy Minds Matter
HMSO Her Majesty's Stationery Office
HODS Heads of Departments
HRF Health Related Fitness
HSE Health and Safety Executive
HT Headteacher

IAG Information Advice and Guidance
IAS Inspection and Advisory Service
IB International Baccalaureate
ICS Integrated Children's System
IEP Individual Education Plan
IiC Investors in Children
IIP Investors in People
ILP Individual Learning Plan
ILR Individual Learner Record
ILS Integrated Learning Systems
INSET In-service Education and Training
IPSEA Independent Panel for Special Educational Advice
IRT The Identification, Referral and Tracking of children and young people at risk
ISA Information Sharing and Assessment
ISB Individual Schools Budget (i.e. the delegated budget for each school)
ISCG Information for School and College Governors
IS Index Information Sharing Index
ISP Integrated Service Plan
ISPP Integrated Service and Performance Plan (changing to Business Plans from April 2006)
ISR Individual School Range
IT Information Technology
ITT Initial Teacher Training
IYSS Integrated Youth Support Service

JAPONITE Joint Advisory Panel on Information Technology
JAR Joint Area Review
JCPTA Joint Consultative Panel with Teacher Associations
JET Joint Educational Trust

KS Key Stage
KS1 Key Stage 1 Years 1-2 (5 - 7 year olds)
KS2 Key Stage 2 Years 3-6 (8 - 11 year olds)
KS3 Key Stage 3 Years 7-9 (12-14 year olds)
KS4 Key Stage 4 Years 10-11 (15 - 16 year olds)
KUWC Keeping Up With Children


LSB Local Schools Budget (i.e. the total budget available to be spent on schools)
LAC Looked After Children
LACES Looked After Children Education Service
LDP Local Delivery Plan
LDW Local Development Worker
LEA Local Education Authority
Learndirect National Education and Training Helpline
LIF Local Initiative Fund
LIFT Learning Independence for Travel
LIG Leadership Incentive Grant
LLP Local Learning Providers
LMS Local Management of Schools
LMSS Local Management of Special Schools
LPSA Local Public Service Agreement
LPSH Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers
LRM Local Resource Management
LSC Learning and Skills Council
LSDA Learning Skills Development Agency
LSE Library Services for Education
LSP Local Strategic Partnership
LSW Learning Support Workers

MA Minor Authority
MA Master of Arts
MAIDeN Multi Agency Information Database for Neighbourhoods
MCI Management Charter Initiative
MDLB Management and Development Lead Body
M.Ed Master of Education
MFL Modern Foreign Languages
MIND National Association for Mental Health
MIS Management Information System
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulty
MP&D Management, Planning and Development Group
MSc Master of Science
MTFS Medium Term Financial Strategy

NACE National Association for Able Children in Education
NAGC National Association for Gifted Children
NAGM National Association of Governors and Managers
NAHT National Association of Headteachers
NAPE National Association for Primary Education
NASUWT National Association of School Teachers/Union of Women Teachers
NC National Curriculum
NCB National Children's Bureau
NCER National Consortium of Examination Results
NCPTA National Conference of Parent Teacher Associations
NCSL National College of School Leadership
NCT Non-contact time
NCT National Curriculum Tests
NCVQ National Council for Vocational Qualifications
NDS New Deal for Schools
NEOST National Employers Organisation for School Teachers
NETTS National Education and Training Targets
NFER National Federation for Educational Research
NGC National Council for Governing Bodies
NGFL National Grid for Learning
NHS PT National Health Service Partnership Trust
NLP National Literacy Project
NN Neighbourhood Nurseries
NNEB National Nursery Examination Board
NOCN National Open College Network
NOF New Opportunities Fund
NoR Number on Roll
NPQH National Professional Qualification for Headship
NPQICL National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership
NPQSL National Professional Qualification for Subject Leaders
NQT Newly Qualified Teacher
NSPCC National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
NUPE National Union of Public Employees
NUT National Union of Teachers

O and A Observation and Assessment
OCN Open College Network
OCR Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations
OFSTED Office for Standards in Education
OOHL Out of Hours Learning
OU Open University

PAL Planned Admission Level
PANDA Performance and Data Analysis
PANDAS Performance and Assessment Documents
PAT Professional Association of Teachers
PATA Parent and Toddler Association
PCT Primary Care Team
PDC Professional Development Consultancy
PE Physical Education
PEACH Parents for the Early intervention of Autism in Children
PEO Principal Education Officer
PEPs Personal Education Plans
PfS Playing for Success
PGCE Postgraduate Certificate of Education
PI Peer Inspection
PIs Performance Indicators
PIAP Post Inspection Action Plan
PICSI Pre-inspection Contract and School Indicator
PID Project Initiation Document
PIN Parents Information Network
PIP Performance Improvement Plan
PIPS Performance Indicators in Primary Schools
PLASC Pupil Level Annual Schools Census (replaced by School Census from January 2007)
PLP Primary Leadership Programme
PO Project Officer
PoS Programmes of Study (in National Curriculum)
PPA Pre-school Playgroups Association
PRB Performance Review Board
PRC Pupil Referral Centre
PoCA Protection of Children Act
PRP Performance Related Pay
PRU Pupil Referral Unit
PSA Parent School Association
PSE Personal and Social Education
PSHE+C Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
PSHE Personal, Social and Health Education
PSS Pupil and Student Services Group
PTA Parent Teacher Association
PTR Pupil Teacher Ratio

QAA Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
QA Quality Assurance
QAN Qualification Accreditation Number
QCA Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
QTA Qualified Teacher Status
QTPS Qualified Teachers Pay Spine
QTS Qualified Teacher Status

R Reception (Year R, Year 1 etc)
RARPA Recognising and recording progress and achievement
RDA Regional Development Agency
RE Religious Education
RgI Registered Inspector
RoA Record of Achievement
RSA Royal Society of Arts Examination Board
RSU Research and Statistics Unit

S2S School to school data transfer system
SACRE Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education
SAR Self Assessment Report
SATs Standard Assessment Task/Test
SCR Single Central Record
SC School census statistics collected twice yearly by DfES
SDP School Development Plan
SEP Single Education Plan
SEN Special Educational Needs
SENARC Special Educational Needs Area Resource Centre
SENCO Special Educational Needs Coordinator
SENDA Special Educational Needs Discrimination Act
SENSS Special Educational Needs Support Service
SER Small Events Record
SETPOINT School Science and Technology Materials
SEU Standards and Effectiveness Unit
SFCC School Facing Challenging Circumstances
SFF Skills for Families (National project for developing and planning of FLLN)
SHA Secondary Heads Association
SII & I School Improvement & Inclusion
SIMS Schools Information Management System
SIP School Improvement Plan
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLD Severe Learning Difficulty
SLS School Library Service, renamed Library Service for Education
SM Special Measures
SMART Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-scaled
SMSC Spiritual Moral Social Cultural
SMT Senior Management Team
SN Standard Number, which replaced PAL Planned Admission Level
SOP School Organisation Plan
SoW Scheme of Work
SPAW School Performance Award Scheme
SpLD Specific Learning Difficulty
SRB Single Regeneration Budget
SRS Safer Routes to Schools
SSA Standard Spending Assessment
SSCO School Support Coordinators
SSE School Self Evaluation
SSF School Standards Fund
SSFA School Standards and Framework Act 1998
STABIS State Boarding School Information Service
STRB School Teachers' Review Body
SURE Start A government programme bringing together, early education, childcare, health and family support agencies
SW Serious Weaknesses

TAP Training Access Partnership Database
TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TES Traveller Education Service
TES Times Educational Supplement
TP Teachers' Pensions
TTA Teacher Training Agency
TUC Trade Union Congress

UAB Unitary Awarding Body
UCAS University and Colleges Admissions Service
UfA University of the First Age

VA Voluntary Aided
VC Voluntary Controlled
VRQ Verbal Reasoning Quotient

WP Widening Participation

Please let me know if you are aware of an educational abbreviation or acronym beginning with this letter.

Y1 Year group 1 (YR, Y1, Y2, etc)
YELLIS Year 11 Indicator System
YOS Youth Offending Service
YIST Youth Inclusion and Support Team
YTS Youth Training Scheme

Please let me know if you are aware of an educational abbreviation or acronym beginning with this letter.

With thanks to Gloucestershire County Council Children and Young People's Services:

Originally posted on Thursday 9th June 2011


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