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AHD - Assistant Headteacher

ALDAided Language Display

AP - alternative provision

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) – A  lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others

ASDAN – A British charity organisation which provides educational opportunities for young people, helping learners to develop their personal and social attributes through its award programmes and qualifications

B squared – A  pupil tracking software for primary schools allows schools to track progress throughout the year against the end of year objectives

CLDD - Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

Cohort – A group of students working together through the same academic curriculum

Connexions – A UK governmental information, advice, guidance and support service for young people aged thirteen to nineteen

CPD - Continuing Professional Development 

Curriculum – The subjects studied in school

DBS - The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) makes checks to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children

Declaration of Pecuniary Interests (Governors) - Governors, Principals and members of staff are bound by Financial Regulations and, therefore, must declare in the Register any pecuniary interest they have in a personal capacity in any contract relating to the school

DfE – Department for Education

DT – Design and Technology

Educational Psychology – Concerned with children and young people in educational and early years settings. They tackle challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems and issues around disability as well as more complex development disorders.

EFL - Evidence for Learning

EHCP - Education, Health and Care Plan 

Elklan Training - Elklan writes and delivers accredited courses for education and other staff working with those with speech, language and communication needs and for parents, and trains a network of licenced tutors to deliver Elklan courses locally

Ethos – The characteristic spirit of the school as seen in its attitudes and aspirations

EYFS - Early Years Foundation Stage. This encompasses children rom birth to 5 years old

Family Liaison Officer - Provides a continuing resource for parents and students

FE – Further Education

FGB - Full Governing Body

FOPS - Friends OPaddock School

FSM – Free School Meals

GB - Governing Body

HLTA - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HOS - Head of School

HR - Human Resources

HS - Health and Safety

HT - Headteacher

ICT - Information and Communications Technology

Inset day – Teacher Training day, school closed to pupils

IPP - Individual Pupil Pathway

IT - Information Technology

KS - Key Stage

KS1 - Key Stage 1 is a phase of primary education for pupils aged 5 to 7

KS2 - Key Stage 1 is a phase of primary education for pupils aged 7 to 11

KS3 - Key Stage 1 is a phase of primary education for pupils aged 11 to 14

KS4 - Key Stage 1 is a phase of primary education for pupils aged 14 to 16

LA - Local Authority

Literacy - the ability to read and write

LLE - Local Leader in Education

LT - Leadership Team

LTA - Lead Teaching Assistant

MAPA - Management of Actual or Potential Aggression

Makaton – Use of signs and symbols to help people communicate

Numicon Maths Training - Based on a proven concrete-pictorial-abstract approach, Numicon encourages children to explore maths using structured imagery and apparatus in order to understand and explain mathematical concepts

OFSTED - The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

OT - Occupational Therapy

PE – Physical Education

PECS - Picture Exchange Communication System 

Phonics - a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners' phonemic awareness —the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes —in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them

PODD - Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display Communication Book

Post 16 – Students over 16

PRU - pupil referral unit

PSHEC - PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life

Pupil Premium - Additional funding allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM)

R4L - Routes for Learning

RA - Risk Assessment

Rights Respecting Schools Awards – It recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school's planning, policies, practice and ethos


Safeguarding - Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment, preventing harm to children's health or development, ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care

SaLT - Speech and Language Therapy

SBM - School Business Manager

SCERTS - Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support

School Council – A group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school

School Development Plan – A strategic plan for improvement. It should bring together, in a clear and simple way, the school's priorities, the main measures it will take to raise standards, the resources dedicated to these, and the key outcomes and targets it intends to achieve.

School governors -  People who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

SDP - School Development Plan

SEN - Special Educational Needs

SES - Self Evaluation Summary

Sherborne Training – A method of working in which the movement is securely based in normal developmental movement experiences

SLD – Structured Learning & Development

SLTSpeech and Language Therapist

SNAS - Special Needs Assessment Section

SSSA - Special School Support Assistant

TA - Teaching Assistant

TAAR - Teaching Assistant with added Responsibilities

TACPAC – A sensory communication resource using touch and music to help communication and social skills

TEACHH - Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children

The Oxford Reading Tree - Best-loved character series and widest range of books to support independent reading and encourage reading for pleasure

TLR - Teaching and learning responsibility

UNICEF - The world's leading organisation working for children in danger