Jargon Buster


In education there can be a tendency to use acronyms when sharing both written and verbal feedback.

The list below has been created to explain some of the more common terms.

ASN Additional Support Needs

CSP Coordinated Support Plan

HT Head Teacher

DHT Depute Head Teacher

PT Principal Teacher

EAL English as an Additional Language

ELC Early Learning & Childcare

FSM Free School Meals

GIRFEC Getting it Right for Every Child

HMIE Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education

IEP Individual Education Plan

LAC Looked After Child

PEF Pupil Equity Fund

PVG Protection of Vulnerable Groups

QIO Quality Improvement Officer

SHANNARI Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible, Included

EP Educational Psychologist

RFA Request for Assistance

ELC Early Learning Childcare