We hope never to confuse anyone with acronyms and teacher-speak, but if you ever come across a set of initials you’re not familiar with, this is the place to be! Don’t know ICT from ITT? Hopefully this will help…


AZEA (A to Z of Educational Acronyms!):


ADD               Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD             Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

AfL                 Assessment for Learning

AHT                Assistant Head Teacher

AP                  Alternative Provision (eg a PRU)

APP                Assessing Pupil Progress

APS                Average points score

AST                Advanced Skills Teacher

BESD              Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties

CAF                Common Assessment Framework

CFC                Cared for Children (also known as Looked After Children)

CFF                Common Funding Formula

CP                 Child Protection

CPD               Continuing Professional Development

CPR               Child Protection Register

CRB               Criminal Records Bureau

DCSF             Department of Children, Schools and Families (now DfE)

DfE                Department for Education (since May 2010)

DfES              Department for Education and Skills (now DfE)

DHT               Deputy Headteacher

DPA               Data Protection Act

DT                 Design and Technology

EAL               English as an additional language

ECAR             Every Child A Reader

ECAW            Every Child a Writer

ECM              Every Child Matters

EWO             Education Welfare Officer

EYFS             Early Years Foundation Stage

FE                 Further Education

FFT               Fischer Family Trust

FS                Foundation Stage

FSM              Free School Meals

FT                 Full-time

FTE               Fixed Term Exclusion

G&T              Gifted and Talented

GB                Governing Body

GTP              Graduate Teacher Programme

H & S            Health and Safety

HLTA             Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HMCI             Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector

HMI               Her Majesty’s Inspectorate

HR                 Human Resources

HT                 Headteacher

ICT                Information and Communications Technology

IEP                Individual Education Plan

IiP                 Investors in People

INSET            In-Service Education and Training

ITT                Initial Teacher Training

KS1, 2, 3, 4   Key Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 (KS1 age 5 – 7 “Infants”, KS2 age 7 – 11 “Juniors”, KS3 age 11- 14, KS4 age 14 -16)

LA                 Local Authority

LAC               Looked after Children (also known as Cared for Children, or Children in Care)

LEA               Local Education Authority

MFL               Modern Foreign Language

NC                National Curriculum

NCTL             National College for Teaching & Leadership (Previously NCSL – National College for School Leadership)

NEET             Not in Education, Employment or Training

NGA              National Governors Association

NGfL             National Grid for Learning

NPQH            National Professional Qualifications for Headship

NQT              Newly Qualified Teacher

NUT              National Union of Teachers

OFSTED        Office for Standards in Education

PAN              Published Admission Number (sometimes known as Pupil Admission Number or Planned Admission Number)

PE                 Physical Education

PGCE             Post Graduate Certificate of Education

PM                 Performance Management

PP                  Pupil premium

PPA                Planning, Preparation and Assessment

PRU                Pupil Referral Unit

PSHE              Personal Social Health Education (also PSCHE including citizenship)

PT                  Part-time

PTA                Parent Teacher Association

PTR                Pupil/Teacher Ratio

QCA               Qualification and Curriculum Authority

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

SC                  Social Care

SEAL               Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

SEN                Special Educational Needs

SENDCo         Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator

SIT                  Specialist Inclusion Team

SLT                 Senior Leadership Team

SpLD               Specific Learning Difficulties

TA                  Teaching Assistant

TDA                Training and Development Agency

TES                Times Educational Supplement

UPN               Unique Pupil Number

VI                  Visually Impaired

VLE                Virtual Learning Environment

Y5                  Year 5 (ie 9 and 10 year olds)

YOT                Youth Offending Team