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The world of Education is full acronyms and abbreviations. The list below is taken from the Governors Handbook and expands on the most commonly used acronyms.

 

ORGANISATIONS

 

 

 

ACAS

Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service

ACE

Advisory Centre for Education

ADEW

Association of Directors of Education in Wales

CES

Catholic Education Society

CCET

Community Consortium for Education and Training

CETW

Council for Education and Training Wales

DDE

Diocesan Director of Education 

DfES

Department for Education and Skills

DfE

Department for Education

EFQM

-  

European Foundation for Quality Management

EHRC

Equality and Human Rights Commission

ESRC

Economic and Social Research Council

ESTYN*

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales

GTCW

General Teaching Council for Wales

HMSO

Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

HSE

Health & Safety Executive

IIS

Independent Investigation Service

LA

Local Authority

NAC 

National Assembly Commission

NAfW

National Assembly for Wales

NASEN

National Association for Special Educational Needs

NFER

National Foundation for Educational Research

NGA

National Governors Association

NGFL

National Grid for Learning

NS

National Society

OfSTED

Office for Standards in Education

OPSI

Office of Public Section Information

PTAUK

Parent Teacher Associations UK

SNAP

Special Needs Advisory Project

STRB

School Teacher Review Body

TES

Times Educational Supplement

WG

Welsh Government

WJEC

Welsh Joint Education Committee

WLGA

Welsh Local Government Association

 

* Estyn is not an acronym.  It is a Welsh word meaning to reach / extend

LOCAL AUTHORITY / REGIONAL CONSORTIA

CA

Challenge Advisers

CSCJES

Central South Consortium Joint Education Service

CEO

Chief Education Officer

CSO

Chief Schools Officer

DOE

Director of Education

EAS

Education Achievement Service for South East Wales 

ERW

Education Through Regional Working 

ESP

Education Strategic Plans

EWO

Education Welfare Officer

GSU

Governor Support Unit

GwE

North Wales Regional School Effectiveness and Improvement Service

ITT

Initial Teacher Training

LAC

Looked After Children

NNEB

National Nursery Examination Board

PGR

Parent Governor Representative

PRU

Pupil Referral Unit

SSA

-  

Standard Spending Assessment

VA

Value Added

WESPs

 

Welsh in Education Strategic Plans

INSPECTION

HMI               - 

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools

PIC                - 

Pre-Inspection Commentary

RI                  - 

Reporting Inspector

SAP              - 

School Action Plan

SER          - 

 

UNIONS

Self-Evaluation Report

ASCL           - 

Association of School and College Leaders

ATL              - 

Association of Teachers and Lecturers

GMB             - 

Britain’s General Union

NAHT           - 

National Association of Headteachers

NASUWT

National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers

NUT              - 

National Union of Teachers

UCAC           - 

National Association of Teachers in Wales

UNISON       - 

Union of Public Service Employees

UNITE *      

Union formed by the merger of T&G and Amicus

Voice *         - 

The Union for Education Professionals

 

LEGISLATION / INITIATIVES

DBS

Disclosure and Barring Service

DPA

Data Protection Act

FOIA

Freedom of Information Act

IiP

Investors in People

PFI

Private Finance Initiative

SI

Statutory Instrument

SSFA

Schools Standard and Framework Act

SENDIST

Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

STP&CD     - 

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document

 

 

* Not an acronym

SCHOOL-RELATED / GENERAL

‘A’ Level      

Advanced Level  

ADD              -  

Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD           -  

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AEN             

Additional Educational Needs

AfL                - 

Assessment for learning

ALS               - 

Additional Literary Support

ALN               - 

Additional Learning Needs

ALNCO         - 

Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator

AN                

Admission Number

APR              - 

Annual Parents’ Report

APG              - 

Associate Pupil Governors

‘AS’ Level

Advanced Subsidiary Level 

AT

Attainment Target

AWPU

Age-Weighted Pupil Unit

BTEC

-  

Business and Technology Education Council 

CIF

-  

Common Inspection Framework

CFR

Consistent Financial Reporting  

CPD

Continual Professional Development

CSI

Core Subject Indicator

CYP

Children and Young People

DEWi

The Data Exchange Wales Initiative

EAL

English as an Additional Language

EBD

Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EMA

Education Maintenance Allowance

EMAS

-  

Ethnic Monitoring Advisory Service

EPD

Early Professional Development

EWO

-  

Education Welfare Officer

FE

Further Education

FEI

Further Education Institution

FSM

Free School Meals

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

GB

Governing Body

GCE

General Certificate of Education

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education

GNVQ

General National Vocational Qualification

HE

Higher Education

HLTA

Higher Level Teacher Assistant

HOD

Head of Department

HOY

Head of Year

HSA

Home-School Agreement

ICT

Information Communications Technology

IEP

Individual Education Plan

INCERTS *

Assessment tool for schools

INSET           - 

In-Service Education and Training

ISF                 - 

Innovative Schools Fund

ISR                - 

Individual School Range

ITT                - 

Initial Teacher Training

KS                 - 

Key Stage

LAC               -  

Looked After Children

LAP               - 

Language and Play

LNF               - 

Literacy and Numeracy Framework

LPSH            - 

Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers

LSA               - 

Learning Support Assistant

MAT              - 

More able and talented

 

* Not an acronym

SCHOOL-RELATED / GENERAL

MFL                 -

Modern Foreign Languages

MLD                -

Moderate Learning Difficulties

NC                   -

National Curriculum

NDC                -

National Data Collection

NOR                -

Number on Roll

NPQH             -

National Professional Qualification for Headship

NQT                -

Newly Qualified Teacher

NRA                -

National Record of Achievement

NSP                -

National Support Programme

NVQ                -

National Vocational Qualification

OSHL             -

Out of School Hours Learning

PDG                -

Pupil Deprivation Grant

PGCE             -

Post-Graduate Certificate of Education

PHIP               -

Professional Headship Induction Programme

PI                    -

Performance Indicator

PLC                -

Professional Learning Community

PLASC           -

Pupil Level Annual School Census

PPA                -

Preparation, Planning and Assessment time

PRP                -

Performance Related Pay

PSHE              -

Personal, Social and Health Education

PSDWBCD  -

Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity

PTA                -

Parent Teacher Association

PTR                -

Pupil Teacher Ratio

QTS                -

Qualified Teacher Status

RE                   -

Religious Education

ROA               -

Record of Achievement

SBIG               -

School Buildings Improvement Grant

SDP                -

School Development Plan

SEAL              -

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

SEF                 -

School Effectiveness Framework  

SEG                -

School Effectiveness Grant

SEP                -

School Effectiveness Profile

SEN

 -

Special Educational Needs

SENCO

 -

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SIMS

 -

School Information and Management System

SIP

 -

School Improvement Plan

SL

 -

Subject Leader

SLA

 -

Service Level Agreement

SLD

 -

Severe Learning Difficulties

SLMs

 -

School Leadership Modules

SMT

 -

Senior Management Team

STA

 -

Statutory Teacher Assessments

STEPS *

 -

Assessment tool for schools

STF

 -

Specialist Teaching Facility

S3i

 -

Supported School Self-Improvement

TA

 -

Teaching Assistant

TLR

 -

Teaching and Learning Responsibility

UPN

 -

Unique Pupil Number

UPS

 -

Upper Pay Scale

VA

 -

Voluntary-Aided

VC

 -

Voluntary Controlled

WED

 -

Welsh Examinations Database

WIMD

 -

Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation

WSL

 -

Welsh Second Language

WRE

 -

Work Related Education

 

* Not an acronym

 


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