It can be very confusing and frustrating to be present at a meeting or discussion where you don’t understand why the world seems determined to abbreviate everything to the point where its unintelligible

We have dedicated this page to help parents and carers understand what is being discussed or written which may relate to their child or young person.

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADOS Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule

AEN Additional Educational Needs

AEO Assistant Education Officer

ASC Autistic Spectrum Condition

ARMS Additionally Resourced Mainstream School

ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder

AR Annual Review

BESD Behaviour Emotional & Social Difficulties

BSL British Sign Language

BSS Behaviour Support Service

CAF Common Assessment Framework

CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CCG Clinical Commissioning Group

CDT Child Development Team

COP Code of Practice

CYP/C&YP Children and Young People

DFE Department for Education

DLA Disability Living Allowance

DSG Dedicated School Grant

EBD Emotional And Behavioural Difficulties

EHE Elective Home Education

EHCP Education Health Care Plan

EIS Early Intervening Services

EMS Enhanced Mainstream School

EMTAS Ethnic Minority & Travellers Advisory Support

EOTAS Education Otherwise Than at School

EP Educational Psychologist EPS Educational Psychology Service

EWO Education Welfare Officer

FE Further Education

FIS Family Information Service

FISO Family Information Service Online

FIT Family Intervention Team

GP General Practitioner (Family Doctor)

HE Higher Education

HI Hearing Impaired

IEP Individual Education Plan

IES Institute of Education Sciences

LA Local Authority

LDA Learning Difficulty Assessment

LEA Local Education Authority

LLDD Learner with Learning Difficulty and/or Disability

LSA Learning Support Assistant

LSS Learning Support Service

LST Learning Support Teacher

MAAT Multi-agency Autism Assessment Team

MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties

NHS National Health Service

NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

OT Occupational Therapy

PALS Patient Advice and Liaison Service

PCF Parent Carer Forum

PCT Primary Care Trust

PD Physically Disabled

PDA Pathological Demand Avoidance

PDD Pervasive Development Disorder

PECS Picture Exchange Communication System

PEP Personal Education Plan

PIP Personal Independence Payment

PMLD Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

PPF Parent Participation Forum

PPS Parent Partnership Service

PRU Pupil Referral Unit

PSP Pastoral Support Programme

SA School Action

SA+ School Action Plus

SALT Speech and Language Therapist

SARS Statutory Assessment and Review Service

SEN Special Educational Needs

SENA Special Educational Needs Assistant

SENCO Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SEND Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SENIT Special Educational Needs Improvement Team


SLD Severe Learning Difficulties

SPD Sensory Processing Disorder

SPLD pecific Learning Difficulties

TA Teaching Assistant

TAF Team Around the Family

VI Visually Impaired

YOT Youth Offending Team