CAMHS: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Care Order: An order of the court placing a child in the care of an Authority.
Children’s centres: These provide a one stop resource for young families, offering help and advice on everything from childcare to getting back to work.
Choice Advisers: Each LA funds an independent service called Choice Advice to help parents find their way through the secondary admissions process. In some areas Choice Advisers also cover primary and in-year admissions.
CLC: City Learning Centre
CME: Child Missing Education
COP : Code of Practice – Guidance for LEA and schools on how to identify, assess, provide for children with special educational needs.
Community school: School set up and funded by an LEA
CP: Child Protection
CRB: Criminal Records Bureau – an organisation created to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse by identifying unsuitable employees and volunteers working with these vulnerable groups. CRB provides a Disclosure service for employers and organisations employing volunteers.
IAP: Independent Appeal Panel – when appealing for a school.
IBP: Individual Behaviour Plan
IDP: Inclusion Development Programme
IEP: Individual Education Plan, a programme of learning objectives and targets.
Internal Exclusion: This is where your child is sent somewhere else within school with appropriate support, or moved to another class on a temporary basis. Internal exclusion may happen during break periods.
IPS: Independent Parent Supporter a trained volunteer who can support / advocate for parents at meetings and tribunals, they can also help with form filling and advice.
ISAR: Inclusion and SEN Action Record – each child which is identified as having special educational needs has his/ her needs recorded using this system.
LA: The local authority deals with the administration of a local council. The education department may be part of the LA’s children’s services authority or trust. Leeds Local Authority is called The SEN team at Bucks CC.
LAC: Looked After Children
LDD: Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
LEA: Local Education Authority LEA maintained school: School for which an LEA has financial and administrative responsibility.
Maintained school: Any county of voluntary school maintained by the Authority including any maintained special school not established in a hospital.
“Managed move” to a different school: This is something that the school arrange and should only be done if the parent and the Local Authority agree it is in the best interests of the child. You should not feel pressured into removing your child from school under the threat of a permanent exclusion.
Mislocated Children: Children of compulsory school age whose whereabouts become unknown. Usually the term refers to missing families with children of school age.
MLD: Moderate Learning Difficulties
MSI: Multi-sensory Impairment – pupils with a combination of visual and hearing difficulties
Mediation: Where a trained person helps sort out any conflict between your child and other teachers/ pupils
NASEN: National Association for Special Educational Needs
NC: National Curriculum
NCLB: No Child Left Behind – The aim of the NCLB is for all young people to be on roll of mainstream schools and educated within their local communities, and to discourage the use of permanent exclusion as a strategy for behaviour management in Leeds schools.
Non-Contact days: Five days a year on which pupils do not attend school. Teachers use these days for training and report writing etc.
Non-Contact time: Non teaching time when teachers prepare lesson plans etc.
Note in lieu: A note in lieu may be issued to the child’s parents and school when, following a statutory assessment the LEA decides not to make a statement. The note should describe the child’s special educational needs and explain why the LEA does not think it necessary to make a statement.
NQT: Newly Qualified Teacher
Number on roll: This number is a head count of full-time and part-time pupils excluding nursery units
School Action: When a school identifies a child has a learning difficulty and provides additional support and strategies to meet that child’s needs. An IEP is usually written.
School Action Plus: When a school identifies a child has a learning difficulty and advice or support is provided by outside specialists.
SEAL: Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning
SEN Casework Officer: The LA officer responsible for writing and maintaining statements.
SEN: Special Educational Needs: Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty that calls for specialist educational provision to be made for them.
SEN Mediation: Independent service to resolve disputes between parents, schools, LEA.
SENCO: Special educational needs co-ordinator. A member of staff in a school or an early years setting who co-ordinates special educational needs provision.
SEND Tribunal: Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal – An independent body, which determines appeals by parents against LEA decisions on assessments and statements
SENSAP: Special Educational Needs Statutory Assessment and Provision
SENST: Special Educational Needs Support Team (incorporated into the ISPS Service)
SILC: Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre
SLD: Severe Learning Difficulty
SLE/ SLA: Service Level Entitlement/ Service Level Agreement
SpLD: Specific Learning Difficulty
Special Measures: A school may be identified as a failing school by an Ofstead Inspection. Special measures will be required to be carried out to put the school on course to reach acceptable standards. The governing body is involved in this process.
Statement of SEN: A legal document stating the specialist educational provision necessary to meet the child’s needs.
Statutory Assessment: If a significant cause for concern has been raised, a request for a statutory assessment may be made by the parent or the school to the LEA – an assessment of the child’s attainment in order to provide, if necessary, specialist educational provision.
Statutory Functions: Functions conferred or imposed by a statutory instrument (law).
Voluntary aided school: A school set up and owned by a voluntary body, usually a church body, largely financed through an LEA. The governing body employ the staff, and control pupil admissions and religious education.
Voluntary controlled School: A school set up by a voluntary body, usually a church body (generally Church of England). Totally funded through an LEA. The LEA employs the staff.