Heads Up 27 October 2023


Glossary of terms

CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services provide support, assessment and treatment for children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire experiencing wellbeing difficulties, or mental health problems, disorders and illnesses.

CLA Children Looked After.  All children and young people in the care of Warwickshire County Council. This includes children who attend schools or colleges outside of Warwickshire.

CME Children Missing Education – if a child fails to attend school for 10 days or more or is not on any school role and not being home educated they may be classed as CME. 

CoG Chair of Governors plays a key leadership role in school with the key responsibility being to lead the governing body and work in partnership with the headteacher to promote and improve standards of educational achievement. They must also hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and for the performance management of staff.

CSE Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse where a child or young person is sexually exploited for money, power or status.

CWLEP Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership is an alliance of private and public sector organisations working together to grow the local economy, attract new jobs and investment and increase prosperity.

DfE Department for Education is a ministerial department, supported by 18 agencies and public bodies. It is responsible for children’s services and education including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

DSG Dedicated Schools Grant is government funding for local authorities to fund the schools that they manage.

DSL Designated Safeguarding Lead is the person in school who is responsible at a strategic and day-to-day level for the safeguarding of children and young people.

ECB  Education Challenge Board consists of representatives from Warwickshire’s primary and secondary schools and Teaching Schools, the Local Authority, Department for Education and Ofsted with its main aim being to oversee the development of the education system in Warwickshire.

EHCP  Education, Health and Care Plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. EHC plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs.

EHE  Elective Home Education is where children are educated at home by their parents rather than in school.

EFA  Education Funding Agency is an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Education responsible for distributing funding for state education in England for 3-19 year olds, or up to 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities.

EYFS  Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

FAP  Fair Access Protocol applies to certain children when it has not been possible to secure a school place for them through the normal in-year admissions process.

HMI  Her Majesty’s Inspectors are employed by Ofsted to carry out inspections of education and care providers, and to challenge and help them to get the support they need to improve. http://www.ofstedhmi.co.uk/

LADO  Local Authority Designated Officer manages accusations of potential abuse against staff/volunteers working with children and young people.

MASH  Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub is a partnership between Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, the National Health Service and other key partner agencies working together to safeguard children, young people and adults.                               

MARF  Multi Agency Referral Form is to be completed when making a referral about a child/ren to the Warwickshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

MAT  Multi Academy Trust is a group of schools that is governed through a single set of members and directors.

NCTL  National College for Teaching and Leadership is responsible for administering the training of new and existing teachers in England, as well as the regulation of the teaching profession and offers school leaders and senior children’s services leaders opportunities for professional development.

NEETS  Not in Education, Employment or Training is the term used to describe a young person who is no longer in the education system and who is not working or being trained for work.

NLE  National Leaders of Education are outstanding headteachers who work with schools in challenging circumstances to support school improvement.

NLG  National Leaders of Governance are highly effective chairs of governors who support chairs of governors in other schools.

NQT  Newly Qualified Teacher is someone who has gained Qualified Teacher Status but has not yet completed the statutory 12 month programme known as the ‘induction for newly qualified teachers’.

Ofsted  Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

POT Position of Trust is used to refer to people who work with children or young people, whether on a paid or a voluntary basis.

PSIB  Primary School Improvement Board is made up of the chairs of the primary school consortia with its main purpose being to support the Local Authority in relation to school improvement issues to ensure all schools are at least ‘good’ under Ofsted criteria.

QTS  Qualified Teacher Status is required in England and Wales to work as a teacher of children in state schools under local authority control, and in special education schools.

SACRE  Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education is a statutory body who advises the local authority on matters relating to Religious Education (RE) including Collective Worship and the RE curriculum.

SEMH  Social, Emotional, Mental Health needs are a type of special educational needs in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour.

SEND  Special Education Needs and Disabilities describes the needs of a child who has a difficulty or disability which makes learning harder for them than for other children their age. 

SENCO  Special Educational Needs Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school’s Special Educational Needs policy.

SFA   Skills Funding Agency is responsible for funding skills training for further education in England, and runs the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service.

SFVS  Schools Financial Value Standard helps schools to manage their finances and to provide assurance to the local authority that they have secure financial management in place.

STA  Standards and Testing Agency is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Education, responsible for setting the tests to assess children in education from early years to the end of key stage 2.

WCC Warwickshire County Council

WRAP  Workshop to Raise Awareness on Prevent provides training for people working with children and young people to help them to understand radicalisation and how to spot someone who may be vulnerable.