When communicating with people from school they may use some of these acronyms.



D of E – Duke of Edinburgh

PE – Physical Education

RE – Religious Education

PSHCE – Personal social, health, citizenship, emotional

ICT – Information communication technology

DT – Design technology

SRE – Sex & Relationships Education



AR – Annual Review

CIN – Child in Need


Within school

Pupils and needs

VI – Visual impairment

BM – Bowel Movement

HI – Hearing impairment

SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder

MSI – Multi-Sensory Impairment


Assessing paperwork

NH – No Help

SH – Spoken Help

GH – Gestural Help

PH – Physical Help

SE – Sensory Experience

ER – Experience Recorded



CAMHS – Child and Adolescent mental health service

LD CAMHS – Learning Disability Child and Adolescent mental health service

SALT – Speech and langhuage team

OT – Occupational therapy

TAF – Team Around the Family



PLIMs – Personalised Learning Intention Map

IEP – Individual Education Plan

LRT plan – Listen, Respond Teach plan

EHCP – Educational Health Care Plan

EfL – Evidence for Learning


Staffing and Organisation

TA – Teaching assistant

HLTA – High level teaching assistant

EAL – English as an additional language

KS – Key Stage

EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage

SLT – Senior Management Team

ASC – Autistic Spectrum Condition (Formally ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder)

PMLD – Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties

SLD – Severe Learning Difficulties

TLR – Teaching and Learning Responsibility



ILS – Independent Living Skills

LAC – Looked After Child

PEP – Personal Education Plan (Only carried out when a child is looked after.)

PA – Personal assistant

ELSA – Emotional learning support assistant

IWB – Interactive White Board

LMAD – Let’s Make a Deal

PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System

CAF – Common Assessment Framework

CWAC – Cheshire West and Chester

DLA – Disability Living Allowance

CA – Carers Allowance

PIP – Personal Independence Payment

FSM – Free School Meals

PP – Pupil Premium

FE – Further Education

RC – Recovery curriculum