Alphabetically - acronyms and a bit of explanation

ADD
Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ASD
Autistic Spectrum Disorder and sometimes called Autistic Spectrum Continuum (ASC)
BME
Black and Multi-Ethnic
CLA
Children Looked After - children in care
The “C & F Act 2014” or “CAFA”
The Children and Families Act 2014.
CAF and e-CAF
Common Assessment Framework
CAMHS
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
CIN
Child in Need - a term for children requiring support, sits below Child Protection in social work terminology
CCG
Clinical Commissioning Group. This is an NHS organisation which brings together local GPs and health professionals to take on commissioning responsibilities for local health services. A CCG plans and arranges the delivery of the health care provision for people in its area.
“Code” or “CoP”
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2015. This contains statutory guidance on the Children and Families Act 2014.
CP
Child Protection
CSDPA
The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970. This is one of the main Acts of Parliament which entitle disabled people to social care
DfE
Department for Education.
Direct Payments
Payments made in lieu of services being provided. Direct Payments may be available for health care, social care and for the special educational provision in an EHC plan.
Disagreement Resolution (sometimes called “Dis Res”)
The dispute resolution service offered by a local authority to resolve disagreements between parents and the local authority NB. This is not always an independent service and it does not necessarily mean mediation which has a specific meaning (see below).
DSPL
Delivering Special Provision Locally: 9 districts in Hertfordshire to support local areas with SEND
EA 1996
Education Act 1996.
EAL
English as an Additional Language
EBD - now called SEMH
Emotional Behaviour Difficulties
EFA
Education Funding Agency, An arm of the Department for Education. It allocates funding to local authorities for maintained schools and voluntary aided schools. It is also responsible for funding and monitoring academies.
EHC needs assessment
An assessment of the education, health care and social care needs of a child or young person conducted by a local authority under the Children and Families Act 2014.
EHCP
An education, health and care plan as defined in section 37 (2) of the Children and Families Act 2014.
EHE
Elective Home Education - parents choosing to home-school their child
EP/ Ed Psych
Education Psychologist - professional who works with schools and families to support them with strategies and testing to ensure the correct type of provision
ENF
Exceptional Needs Funding - accessible to mainstream schools for support of children with SEND
EqA or EQA
The Equality Act 2010.
EYFS
Early Years Foundation Stage - Children in Reception
ESC
Education Support Centre - nationally known as PRUs - Pupil Referral Units for children with complex behaviours and unable to access mainstream schooling
FAS
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
FE
Further Education. The FE sector in England includes further education colleges, sixth form colleges, specialist colleges and adult education institutes. It does not include universities.
FGB
Full Governing Body
HI
Hearing Impairment
HLTA
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
LA
A local authority in England.
LAC
Looked After Children (Hertfordshire uses the term CLA)
LD
Learning Difficulties/ Disabilities
LDD
Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
LDA
A learning difficulty assessment under section 139A Learning and Skills Act 2000.
LSA
Learning Support Assistant, also sometimes called Teaching Assistant (“TA”).
Makaton
Signing words to accompany speech; visualising language
MLD
Moderate Learning Disabilities/ Difficulties
MLT
Middle Leadership Team
MSA
Midday Supervisor Assistant
MSI
Multi Sensory Impairment
Neurodiverse/ Neurodiversity
A term to identify people with different ways of thinking, promoting the benefits of difference
Neurotypical
An abbreviation of Neurologically Typical - referring originally to people who are not ASD
ODD
Oppositional Defiance Disorder
Ofsted
Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. This is the body which inspects and regulates services which care for children and young people and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
OT
Occupational Therapy, sometimes used to refer to the occupational therapist.
PBP
Positive Behaviour Plan - personalized document to support individuals with strategies for improving behaviours
PCP
A provision, criteria or practice (relevant for indirect discrimination and the duty to make reasonable adjustments under the EqA).
PDA
Pathalogical Demand Avoidance
PD
Physical Difficulties/ Disabilities
PE
Physical Education
PECS
Picture Exchange System - a visual symbols strategy to help pre-verbal and, early speech
PEP (and ePEP)
Personal Education Plan and Electronic Personal Education Plan
Personal Budget
A Personal Budget is the notional amount of money which an LA has identified as necessary to secure the special educational provision in an EHC plan.
PMLD
Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
PRU
Pupil Referral Unit - for children who need to be educated out of school, often because they have been excluded.
PSB
Primary Support Base - in mainstream schools to support children with SEMH
PTA
Parent Teacher Association - FoSL (Friends of St Luke's) at our school
RE
Religious Education
RB
The responsible body of a school.
RPI
Restrictive Physical Intervention - All staff at St Luke's School are trained in using RPI.
SaLT
Speech and Language Therapy/ Therapist
SEN
Special educational needs.
SENCO
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator – the teacher with responsibility for co-ordinating special help for children with SEN at their school.
SEND
Special educational needs and Disabilities
SEP
Special educational provision.
SLCN
Speech and Language Communication Needs
SLD
Severe Learning Disabilities/Difficulties
SLT
Senior Leadership Team in school - The Headteacher, Assistant Heads and, the Governing Body
SLT or SALT
Speech and Language Therapy, sometimes used to refer to the Speech and Language Therapist.
SRE
Sex and Relationships Education (changing to RSE from Sept 2017)
StAPPS
St Luke's Assessing Pupil Progress Scheme - our own assessment scheme
TA
Teaching Assistant also sometimes called Learning Support Assistant (LSA).
VI
Visual Impairment