Guide to acronyms

On this page you will find a list of common acronyms used in education.

Key Abbreviations and Acronyms

AfA                             Achievement for All

AfL                              Assessment for Learning

AoA                            Articles of Association (Academies)

APP                            Assessing Pupils’ Progress

ASP                             Analyse School Performance

AST                             Advanced Skills Teacher

BAP                            Behaviour and Attendance Partnership

BAME/BME               Black and/or Minority Ethnic

CAF                             Common Assessment Framework

CiC                              Children in Care

CLA                             Children Looked After

CPD                            Continuing Professional Development

DBS                            Disclosure & Barring Service

EAL                             English as an Additional Language

EBacc                         English Baccalaureate

EBD                            Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties

EFA                             Educational Funding Agency

EWO                           Education Welfare Officer

EYFS                           Early Years Foundation Stage

FGB                             Full Governing Body

FSM                            Free School Meals

FFT Aspire                 Education Data Analysis Tool

GAG                            General Annual Grant

GCSE                          General Certificate of Secondary Education

GTP                             Graduate Teacher Programme

IiP                               Investors in People

INSET                         In Service Educational Training

ISA                              Independent Safeguarding Authority

ITT                              Initial Teacher Training

KS1,2                          Key Stage 1, 2

LA                               Local Authority

LAC                             Looked After Children

LSA                             Learning Support Assistant

MAT                           Multi Academy Trust

MFL                            Modern Foreign Languages

MLD                           Moderate Learning Difficulties

MPG                           Main Professional Grade

NC                              National Curriculum

NEU                            National Education Union (formerly ATL and NUT)

NOR                           Number on Roll

NPQH                        National Professional Qualification for Headship

NQT                            Newly Qualified Teacher

NVQ                           National Vocational Qualifications

PAN                            Published Admission Number

PIB                              Pre-Inspection Briefing (Ofsted)

PMR                           Performance Management Review

PPA                            Planning, Preparation and Assessment time

PP(G)                         Pupil Premium (Grant)

PRU                            Pupil Referral Unit

PSA                             Parent Support Advisor

PTA                             Parent Teacher Association

QTS                             Qualified Teacher Status

RAISEonline             Reporting and Analysis for improvement through School Self-Evaluation

RAP                            Raising Attainment plan

RPA                            Raising the Participation Age

SAT                             Single Academy Trust

SATs                           Standard Assessment Tests

SCR                             Single Central Record

SDP                            School Development Plan

SEAL                           Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

SEN                            Special Educational Needs

SENCO                       Special Education Needs Coordinator

SEND                         Special Education Needs and Disabilities

SFVS                           Schools Financial Value Standard

SIP                              School Improvement Plan

SLA                             Service Level Agreement

SLD                             Severe Learning Difficulties

SLT                              Senior Leadership Team

SPAG                          Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

SRE                             Sex and Relationships Education

TA                               Teaching Assistant

VA                               Value Added

VA                               Voluntary Aided

VC                               Voluntary Controlled

VI                                Visually Impaired

WBL                            Work Based Learning

WIG                            Wildly Important Goal


DFE                             Department for Education

HMI                            Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools

NAHT                         National Association of Head Teachers

NASUWT                   National Association of Schoolmasters Union or Women Teachers

NGA                           National Governance Association

PiXL                            Partners in Excellence