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 email@example.com
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).
CFA - Client Financial Affairs
CVA - Cerebrovascular accident
Early Years Inclusion - Providing advice, guidance, identifying SEND and help with producing My Support Plans and applying for EHCP's for early years children.
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
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
SAPT - Specialist Adult Pathway Team
SPOC - Single Point of Contact
SPR - Single Point Of Referral
SWYPFT - South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (opens a new page)