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A

A-LEVEL
Advanced Level
ACE
Advisory Centre for Education
AfL
Assessment for Learning
ALS
Additional Literacy Support
AOTS
Adults Other Than Teachers
APP
Assessing Pupils' Progress
AQA
Assessment and Qualifications Alliance
AREIAC
Association for Religious Education Inspectors, Advisors and Consultants
AS
Advanced Subsidiary Examination
ASCL
Association of School and College Leaders
AST
Advanced Skills Teacher
ASW
Approved Social Worker
ATL
Association of Teachers and Lecturers

B

BED
Bachelor of Education
BESA
British Educational Suppliers Association
BESA
British Education Studies Association
BESD
Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties
BETT
British Education and Training Technology
BFL
Behaviour for Learning
BME
Black and Minority Ethnic
BSF
Building Schools for the Future

C

CAD
Computer-Aided Design
CAM
Computer-Aided Manufacturing
CDT
Craft, Design and Technology
CEO
Chief Education Officer
CET
Continuing Education and Training
CFE
College of Further Education
CHIPS
ChildLine in Partnership with Schools
CILT
National Centre for Languages
CLEAPSS
Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services
CLPE
Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
CLPE
Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
CPD
Continuing Professional Development
CSBM
Certificate in School Business Management

D

D&T
Design and Technology
DCMS
Department for Culture Media and Sport
DCSF
Department for Children, Schools and Families
DfES
DfES - now replaced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)

E

EAL
English as an Additional Language
EBD
Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
EBP
Education Business Partnership
EBSD
Emotional Behavioural and Social Difficulties
ECC
Every Child a Counter
ECM
Every Child Matters
ECR
Every Child a Reader
ECW
Every Child a Writer
EDA
Educational Digital Assistants (PDAs)
ELSA
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
EMAG
Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant
EO
Education Officer
ESW
Educational Social Worker
ET
Excellent Teacher
ETS
Excellent Teacher Status
EY
Early Years
EYFS
Early Years Foundation Stage

F

FE
Further Education
FE
Further Education
FLS
Further Literacy Support
FSW
Family Social Worker

G

G & T
Gifted and Talented
G&T
Gifted and Talented
GCSE
General Certificate of Secondary Education
GM
Grant Maintained
GTC
General Teaching Council

H

HE
Higher Education
HLTA
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
HMCI
Her Majesty`s Chief Inspector of Schools
HMI
Her Majesty's Inspector
HSA
Home School Agreement

I

ICT
Information Communications Technology
IEP
Individual Education Plan
INSET
In-Service Education and Training
ISW
Inclusion Support Worker
IT
Information Technology

J

K

KS
Key Stage
KS1
Key Stage 1
KS2
Key Stage 2
KS3
Key Stage 3
KS4
Key Stage 4

L

LA
Local Authority
LAC
Looked-After Children
LEA
Local Education Authority
LP
Learning Partnership
LSA
Learning Support Assistant
LSC
Learning and Skills Council
LST
Learning Support Teacher
LSU
Learning Support Unit

M

MFL
Modern Foreign Languages
MLD
Moderate Learning Difficulties

N

NACELL
National Advisory Centre on Early Language Learning
NAHT
National Association of Head Teachers
NASG
National Association of School Governors
NASUWT
National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers
NC
National Curriculum
NCMA
National Childminding Association
NCSL
National College for School Leadership
NESTA
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
NFER
National Foundation for Educational Research
NGA
National Governors' Association
NGfL
National Grid for Learning
NLS
National Literacy Strategy
NPQ
National Professional Qualification
NPQH
National Professional Qualification for Headship
NQT
Newly Qualified Teacher
NRT
National Remodelling Team
NRwS
New Relationship with Schools
NUT
National Union of Teachers
NVQ
National Vocational Qualification

O

Ofcom
Office of Communication
Ofsted
Office for Standards in Education
OOSH
Out Of School Hours
OOSHL
Out of School Hours Learning

P

PTA
Parent Teacher Association
P4C
Philosophy for Children
PAF
Performance Assessment Framework
PANDA
Performance and Assessment
PSHE
Personal, Social and Health Education
PE
Physical Education
PESS
PE and School Sport
PESSCL
Physical Education School Sports Club Links
PFI
Private Finance Initiative
PfS
Partnerships for Schools
PGCE
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
PMLD
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
PNS
Primary National Strategy
PPA
Pre-school Playgroups Association
PRU
Pupil Referral Unit
PSA
Public Service Agreement

Q

QCA
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
QCA
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
QT
Qualified Teacher
QTS
Qualified Teacher Status

R

RE
Religious Education

S

SLD
Severe Learning Difficulty
SALT
Speech and Language Therapy
SAT
Standard Assessment Test
SEAL
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning
SEBD
socially, educationally and behaviourally disturbed
SEF
Self Evaluation Form
SEN
Special Educational Needs
SENCO
Special Educational Needs Coordinator
SHA
Secondary Heads Association
SIP
School Improvement Plan (or School Improvement Partner)
SRE
Sex and Relationship Education
STEM
Science, technology, engineering and maths

T

TA
Teaching Assistant
TDA
Training and Development Agency for Schools
TES
Times Educational Supplement

U

V

VLE
Virtual Learning Environment

W

WBC
Work-Based Learning

X

Y

YTS
Youth Training Scheme

Z