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Jargon Buster (A-Z)

You may find lots of terms, abbreviations, phrases and words that you might not know what they mean when you are using this site or any other sites about special needs and disabilities.  We have made a list of the most common ones to help.  

If you come across any other words or abbreviations that you don't know, please let us know at

You can find more explanations of words and phrases used when talking about SEND on the Special Needs Jungle Glossary of SEND Terms page (opens a new page).

You can also find more explanations of terms often used when talking about health and social care on the TLAP Care and Support Jargon Buster (opens a new page).

GAD - Generalised Anxiety Disorder

LA  - Local Authority

LAC - Looked After Children

PAN - Published Admissions Number

PCA - Person Centred Approaches

PDA - Pathological Demand Avoidance

PEP - Personal Education Plan 

PFA - Preparing for Adulthood

PPRS - Primary Pupil Referral Service

PRU - Pupil Referral Unit 

Portex - Specialist teachers who work with schools to help identify SEND and deliver strategies to support early years children with SEND

PEG (feeding) - Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Last updated: 29/11/2021