Acronyms Commonly Used in Irish Education

Below is a list of acronyms that are regularly used in Irish education. I am aware that some of them are not the most preferable terms, for instance the term “autistic” is more appropriate than “autism spectrum disorder”, however “ASD” is still in common use (unfortunately) so I have left it on the list. The purpose of this post it simply to assist teachers who may come across these acronyms, rather than to give a commentary on them!

If you can think of any other acronyms that should be included in this list, let me know in the comments below and I will add them! 

Acronyms Commonly Used

ADD = Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AEN = Additional Educational Needs

AFL = Assessment for Learning 

AOL = Assessment of Learning

AP = Assistant Principal

ASD = Autism Spectrum Disorder

BOM = Board of Management

CAMHS = Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CLIL = Content and Language Integrated Learning

COS = Continuum of Support

CSP = Classroom Support Plan

DDLP = Deputy Designated Liaison Person

DEIS = Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools

DLP = Designated Liaison Person

EAL = English as an Additional Language

EBD = Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

ESCI = Education Support Centres Ireland

ESD = Education for Sustainable Development

ESL = English as a Second Language

ETB = Education and Training Board

EWO = Education Welfare Officer

IBP = Individual Behaviour Plan

IEP = Individual Education Plan

INTO = Irish National Teachers Organisation

IPPN = Irish Primary Principals Network

ITE = Initial Teacher Education

IWB = Interactive Whiteboard

LAOS = Looking at Our School: A Quality Framework for Primary and Special Schools

NCCA = National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

NCSE = National Council for Special Education

NEPS = National Educational Psychological Service

NIPT = National Induction Programme for Teachers

NQT = Newly Qualified Teacher

ODD = Oppositional Defiance Disorder

OLCS = Online Claims System

OT = Occupational Therapist

PDST = Professional Development Service for Teachers

PIEW = Prioritise, implement, embed, wait

PISA = Programme for International Student Assessment

PLC = Primary Language Curriculum

PMC = Primary Mathematics Curriculum

PME = Professional Masters in Education

PPP = Personal Pupil Plan

SEN = Special Educational Needs

SENCO = Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SENO = Special Educational Needs Organiser

SET = Special Education Teacher

SIM = School Inclusion Model

SIP = School Improvement Plan

SLT =Speech and Language Therapist

SNA = Special Needs Assistant

SSE = School Self Evaluation

SSP = School Support Plan

SSP+ = School Support Plus Plan


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