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Glossary of SEND terms

SEND Glossary

There are many SEND terms that are abbreviated which can lead to confusion. Below is a glossary of the most used SEND terms.


EHCP – Educational Health Care Plan

SEN – Special Education Needs

SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability

APDR – Assess Plan Do Review

TA – Teaching Assistants

PSE – Personal, Social and Emotional

SEMH – Social, Emotional and Mental Health

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

BESD - Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties

COP - Code of Practice

LAC - Looked After Child

LA - Local Authority

MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty

NC - National Curriculum

KS - Key Stage

EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage

OFSTED - Office for Standards in Education

TAF – Team Around the Family

SENDIASS - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder

ADHD – Attention Deficit hyperactivity disorder

ENF – Exceptional Needs Funding

LHNF – Local High Needs Funding

HNF – High Needs Funding

INCO – Inclusion Coordinator/Leader

SENCO – Special Education Needs Coordinator

CAMHS – Child and Adult Mental Health Service

EAL - English as an Additional Language

EP - Educational Psychologist

FSM - Free School Meals

OT - Occupational Therapist

PSP - Pastoral Support Plan

IRRP – Individual Risk Reduction Plan

SaLT - Speech & Language Therapy

LD – Learning Difficulty

SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty

VI - Visual Impairment

CP - Child Protection

SLT – Senior Leadership Team


Additional glossary terms with explanation


TPT – Targeted Precision Teaching

These are 1:1 or small group interventions focused on the needs of the child(ren) as identified by the class teachers and Senior Leadership Team through pupil progress meetings.


CPOMS - Child Protection Online Management System

Explain immediate

Although this system was originally designed for child protection records, we use this system for recording behaviour, parental communication, outside agency contact as well as safeguarding concerns.


Provision map – three levels of support

The provision map is written by the class teacher to show the different levels of support provided within school. Wave 1 – whole class support through quality first teaching. Wave 2 – small group work addressed within the classroom or TPT groups. Wave 3 – targeted individuals of support