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Special Educational Needs Abbreviations

Have you ever been to a meeting with a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and an educational psychologist (EP) to talk about your child’s special educational needs & / or disabilities (SEND) and not understood what was going on because everyone was using abbreviations?
Were hoping this might help - feel free to print off for future reference.


Glossary of SEND Terms
 
Abbreviation: Meaning:  
1PP One Page Profile ~ summary page used for children identified at having high needs or behaviour needs.  This ensures all staff working with the child are familiar with the child's needs, preferences and opinions.  
ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder ~ is no longer used due to the connotations of ‘disorder’, “… is on the Autistic Spectrum” or "Autistic Spectrum Condition" or “… has Autism” would instead be used.  
ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  
Assessment A detailed examination of a child's special educational needs  
Baseline Assessment A standardised teacher assessment designed to establish the attainment level of children at a significant point  
BESD Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties  
BSS Behaviour Support Service (now CoB)  
CAT Communication and Autism Team  
CoB City of Birmingham School ~ previously BSS  
CoP Code of Practice  
CRISP Criteria for Special Provision ~ funding & assessment tool used for children with a statement or provision plan  
CI Communication and Interaction  
CL Cognition and Learning  
CP Child Protection  
CPR Child Protection Register  
EBD Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties  
EHC(P) Education and Health Care Plan  
EP Education Psychologist  
ESW Education Social Worker  
ESP Early Support Programme  
EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage  
Fine Motor Small movements e.g. cutting, using a pencil and doing up fastenings on clothes.  
FSM Free School Meals (see PPG)  
G&T Gifted & Talented (child working two or more years above age-related expectations) see MAC  
GLD Global Learning Difficulties  
Gross Motor Large movements e.g. running, jumping and climbing  
HI Hearing Impaired  
IBP Individual Behaviour Plan  
IEP Individual Education Plan (no longer used at HGIS following introduction of the new CoP)  
IL Inclusion Leader  
LA/LEA Local Authority/Local Education Authority  
LD Learning Difficulties  
L&L Toolkit Language & Literacy Toolkit.  Continuum of statements covering the areas of speaking & listening, reading and writing.  This is used for each child on the SEND register as a key part of the 'plan/do/review' SEND cycle.  
LSA Learning Support Assistant  
MAC More Able Child (child working a year above age-related expectations)  
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties  
NC National Curriculum  
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder  
OT Occupational Therapy/Therapist  
PD Physical Disability  
P Levels Type of assessment used for pupils working below level 1.  At HGIS we use ‘B Squared’ to do this.  
PP Provision Plan  
PPG Pupil Premium Grant  
SaLT Speech and Language Therapy  
SATs Standard Assessment Tests  
SA School Action (old CoP)  
SA+ School Action Plus (old CoP)  
SEN(D) Special Educational Needs (and disabilities)  
SENCo Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator  
SS SEND Support (replaces SA & SA+) As part of the graduated response this may include targeted or specialist support, when outside agencies become involved.  
SLD Severe Learning Difficulties  
SpLD Specific Learning Difficulties  
SPM Sensory, Physical, Medical  
SSS Sensory Support Service (includes HI & VI)  
Statement Statutory assessment of a child’s special educational needs, now EHCP education and health care plan following the new SEND legislation September 2014.  Transfers to the EHC from a statement are happening for different year groups over the space of several years.  
TA Teaching Assistant  
VI Visually Impaired  
 
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