Educational settings often use abbreviations and words
that are hard to understand.
Listed below are some explanations for commonly used terms.
Advisory Support Teachers (AST)
Teachers who know about the difficulties that may affect
a child's learning or education and can advise schools and
parents about how to support a child.
A review of a statement of special educational needs, which will take place at least once a year
- use this link to 'Annual
A carer is a person named by a local authority to care
for a child for whom the local authority has
A local authority employee who is a contact point for parents whose child is undergoing statutory assessment or has a statement of special educational needs.
A local authority department focused on supporting children. This includes education and social care.
All high schools have a group of infant and junior or primary schools whose children will normally attend the high school when they are 11 yrs.
A yearly plan drawn up by Children's Services.
Code of Practice Special Educational Needs
A book which contains practical guidance for Local Authorities, maintained
schools, early education settings and others on how to identify,
assess and make provision for children's special educational
Provide information, advice and guidance for all young
people aged 13-19 (or 25 if the young person has learning disabilities) when and where needed - whether they are
at school, in further education, in or out of work.
A service to help all young people aged 13-19
to prepare them for the transition to adult life.