Sometimes literature published or linked items on our website may contain acronyms. Please refer to the list below if you need any help or are unsure of what something means.


ADP              Academy Development Plan

AfL               Assessment for Learning

APP              Assessing Pupil Progress

CAF              Common Assessment Framework

CP                Child Protection

CPD              Continuing Professional Development

CPR              Child Protection Register

CRB             Criminal Records Bureau

CYPS           Children and Young Peoples Services

DfE               Department for Education

DPA              Data Protection Act

DT                Design and Technology

EAB              Education Advisory Board

EAL              English as an additional language

ECM             Every Child Matters

EWO            Education Welfare Officer

FS                Foundation Stage

FSM             Free School Meals

FT                 Full-time

FTE              Fixed Term Exclusion

GTP             Graduate Teacher Programme

H & S            Health and Safety

HE                Higher Education

HLTA            Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HMCI            Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector

HMI              Her Majesty’s Inspectorate

HR                Human Resources

IAP              Individual Action Plan

IBP               Individual Behaviour Plan

ICT               Information and Communications Technology

IEP               Individual Education Plan

IT                Information Technology

LA               Local Authority

LAC              Looked after Children

LMS              Local Management of Schools

NC                National Curriculum

NGfL             National Grid for Learning

NOR             Number (of pupils) on Roll

NPQH           National Professional Qualifications for Headship

NQT             Newly Qualified Teacher

NUT              National Union of Teachers

NVQ             National Vocational Qualifications

OFSTED        Office for Standards in Education

PDF              Portable Document Format Device

PE                Physical Education

PGCE           Post Graduate Certificate of Education

PM               Performance Management

PPA              Planning, Preparation and Assessment

PT                Part-time

PTA              Parent Teacher Association

QTS             Qualified Teacher Status

RAISEonline Reporting and Analysis for Improvement through School Self- Evaluation (online)

RE                Religious Education

SA                School Action

SA+              School Action Plus

SEF              Self Evaluation Form

SENCO         Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SFVS            Schools Financial Value Standard

SIP               School Improvement Plan

SLA              Service Level Agreement

SLT              Senior Leadership Team

SS                Social Services

TA                Teaching Assistant

TUPE            Transfer of Undertaking Protection of Employment

UPN             Unique Pupil Number

VA                Voluntary Aided

VC                Voluntary Controlled

VI                 Visually Impaired

W/C              Week Commencing

YOT              Youth Offending Team