The top acronyms and terms used in education recruitment and schools


In the world of Primary, Secondary and SEND education, acronyms are used every day and can often be overwhelming. This glossary is designed to help new and existing teachers and support staff understand the terms used in educational facilities nationwide.


ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD – Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

APP – Assessing Pupil Progress

ASC – Autistic Spectrum condition

ASD – Autistic spectrum Disorder

CAL – Children who Are Looked after

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent mental Health Services

CP – Child Protection

EAL – English as an Additional Language 
EP – Education Psychologist 
EWO – Education Welfare officer 
EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage 
FSM – Free School Meals 
GLD – Global Learning Delay 
HTLA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant 
IBP – Individual behaviour Plan 
IEP – Individual Education Plan 
LO – Local officer 
PMLD – Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 

PP – Pupil Premium 
PTE – Progress Test English 
PTM – Progress Test Maths 
RAP – Raising Attainment Plan 
SEBD – Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties 
SEMH – Social, Emotional and Mental Health 
SLD – Severe Learning Difficulties 
SLT – Senior Leadership Team 
SpLD – Specific Learning Difficulty 
VI – Visually Impaired 
YOT – Youth Offending Team