Jargon Buster

Education and Schools Acronyms and Common Terms

In Education there is a tendency to use acronyms when sharing both written and verbal information. The following list has been created to try to explain what some of the more common acronyms used mean.

CPO Child Protection Officer
DCFS Department for Children, Families and Schools
EWO Education Welfare Officer
EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage
FSM Free School Meals
H&S Health and Safety
HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant
IEP Individual Education Plan
INSET In-Service Training
ISR Individual Salary Range
KS1 Key Stage 1
KS2 Key Stage 2
LA Local Authority
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties
NQT Newly Qualified Teacher
NPQH National Professional Qualification for Headship
PHSE Personal, Health and Social Education
PPA Planning, Preparation, Assessment
OFTSED Office for Standards in Education
RE Religious Education
ROA Record of Achievement
SATs Standard Assessment Tests
SIP School Improvement Plan
SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SLT Senior Leadership Team
TA Teaching Assistant
TLR Teaching & Learning Responsibility
VA Voluntary Aided School
LSA Learning Support Assistant