Jargon-busting guide to common school SEND abbreviations and acronyms

Sometimes it can feel like schools, SEND specialists and other professionals have their own language! They use lots of different abbreviations and acronyms, many of which are hard to remember! EdPlace have made things easy for you by compiling all of the most commonly used acronyms below. 


List of acronyms that you may commonly hear during school meetings:

EHCP - Education Health and Care Plan (replaced Statement of educational needs)

SENCo - Special Educational Needs Coordinator

PEP - Personal Education Plan

TAF - Team around the family

TAC - Team around the child

FSW - Family Support worker

EWO - Educational Welfare Officer

EP - Educational Psychologist

SALT - Speech and Language Therapist

SPL - Speech and Language

IEP - Individual Education Plan

RI - Reintegration

IIR - Internal Isolation room

AO - Attendance Officer

PP - Pupil Premium

HPL - High Potential Learner

LAC - Looked after child

IU - Inclusion Unit

TA - Teaching Assistant

LSA - Learning Support Assistant

HLTA - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

AR - Accelerated Reader

RR - Round Robin

SGO - SafeGuarding Officer

SLT - Senior Leadership Team

SAP - School action plan

OT - Occupational Therapy

SLT - Senior Leadership Team

PRU - Pupil Referral Unit

CAMHs - Child Adolescent Mental Health service

LA - Local Authority


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