School and Education Acronyms

School and Education Acronyms



ADD– Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD – Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

AE – Adult Education

AEB – Associated Examining Board

AEI – Adult Education Institute

AHT – Assistant Head Teacher

A Level – Advanced Level

A/S Level – First year of an A Level

A/2 Level – Second year of an A Level

AST – Advanced Skill Teacher

AQA – Assessment and Qualifications Alliance


BA– Bachelor of Arts

BACC – British Accreditation Council for Further & Higher Education

BALEAP – British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes

BEd – Bachelor of Education

BSc – Bachelor of Science

BSL – British Sign Language

BSP– Behaviour Support Plan

BTEC – Business and Technology Education Council


CAL– Computer Assisted Learning

CATs – Cognitive Ability Tests

CBEVE – Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges

CDT – Craft, Design and Technology (workshop

CEG – Careers Education and Guidance

Cert ED – Certificate of Education

CfBT – Centre for British Teachers

CGLI – City and Guilds of London Institute

CNAA – Council for National Academic Awards

CPCerebral Palsy

CPDContinuing Professional Development

CPS – Central Pay Spine

CTC – City Technology College


DFEE – Department for Education and Employment

DfE – Department for Education


EALEnglish as an Additional Language

EBDEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EFA – Education Funding Agency

EFLEnglish as a Foreign Language

ELQEntry Level Qualification; a Certificate of Education Achievement

EPA – Expresive and Performining Arts

ERAEducation Reform Act

ESL – English as a Second Language

ESOLEnglish as a Second or Other Language


FCoT – Fellow of the College of Teachers (UK)

FE – Further Education

FHEFurther and Higher Education

FSMFree School Meals


G&T – Gifted and Talented

GCE A – General Certification of Education Advanced Level

GCE AS – General Certification of Education Advanced Supplementary

GCSE – General Certification of Secondary Education

GNVQ – General National Vocational Qualification (UK)

GTTR – Graduate Teachers Training Registry


HDE– Higher Diploma of Education

HE – Higher Education

HEADLAMP – Headteachers’Leadership and Management Programme

HEI – Higher Education Institution

HI – Hearing Impaired

HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

HMI– Her Majesty’s Inspectors

HNC – Higher National Certificate (BTEC)

HND – Higher National Diploma (BTEC)

HPA – Home Providers Association

HOD – Head of Department

HOF – Head of Faculty

HOSHead of School

HOYHead of Year


IB – International Baccalaureate

ICT– Information and Communication Technology

IEP – Individual Education Plan

IIP – Investors in People

INSET – In-service education and training

ITE – Initial Teacher Education

ITT – Initial Teacher Training



KS – Key Stage


LA – Local Authority

LEA – Local Education Authority

LSC – Learning Skills Council

LPSHLeadership Programme for Serving Headteachers

LSALearning Support Assistant

LSPLearning Support Practitioner


MFLModern Foreign Language

MLDModerate Learning Difficulties

MPS – Main Pay Scale


NASUWT – National Association of Schoolmasters and union o f Women Teachers

NATFHE – National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (UK)

NC – National Curriculum

NCT`s – National Curriculum Tests

NCVQ – National Council for Vocational Qualifications

NNEB – Nursery Nurse Examining Board

NOR– Number On Roll

NVQ – National Vocational Qualification

NQT – Newly Qualified Teacher


OFSTED – Office for Standards in Education (UK)

OL – Open Learning

OU – Open University

OTS – Overseas Teacher Scheme

OTT – Overseas Trained Teacher(s)

OTTP – Overseas Trained Teachers Programme


PAL – Pastoral Achievement Leader

PAM – Pastoral Achievement Manager

PGCE – Post Graduate Certificate in Education

PHIPProfessional Headship Induction Programme

PMLDProfound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

PoS – Programme of Study

PRUPupil Referral Unit

PSE – Personal and Social Education

PSHEPersonal, Social and Health Education

PSLDPhysical and Severe Learning Difficulties

PSPPastoral Support Programme

PT – Part Time

PTRPupil Teacher Ratio


QCA – Qualification and Curriculum Authority

QMA – Quality Marked Assessment

QTS – Qualified Teacher Status

QWC – Quality Written Communication


RCRoman Catholic

RE – Religious Education

RSA – Royal Society of Arts


SAS – Student Association Scheme

SATsStandard Assessment Tasks

SCDSevere Communication Difficulties

SCITT – School Centred Initial Teacher Training

SEBDSocial Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

SEN – Special Educational Needs

SENCOSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SLDSevere Learning Difficulties

SMTSenior Management Team

SNSStandard National Scale –the pay scale for classroom teachers

SNVQ – Scottish National Vocational Qualification

SpLDSpecific Learning Difficulties


TA – Teaching Assistant

TA – Teacher Assessment

TDA – Training and Development Agency for Schools

TP – Teaching Practice

TTATeacher Training Agency

TUCTrades Union Congress


UK NARIC National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom


VA SchoolVoluntary Aided School

VC School – Voluntary Controlled School

VIVisually Impaired

VSO – Voluntary Services Overseas


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