With so many acronyms being used in a SEN (Special Education Needs) classroom it can be hard to keep up with what they all stand for.

We have made your life a whole lot easier and written up a cheat sheet of all the most frequently used SEN acronyms!


  • ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADHS: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • BOSS: Behaviour Outreach Support Service
  • CAMHS: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • CCG: Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • ECLIPS: Extended Communication & Language Impairment Provision for Students
  • EHC: Education, Health & Care
  • EHCP: Education, Health & Care Plan
  • EP: Educational Psychologist
  • ESCO: Early Support Care Co-ordination
  • EWO: Education Welfare Officer
  • HI: Hearing Impairment
  • IEP: Individual Education Plan
  • LA: Local Authority
  • MLD: Moderate Learning Difficulty
  • MSI: Multi-Sensory Impairment
  • OT: Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • PD: Physical Disability
  • PMLD: Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
  • PR: Parental Responsibility
  • PT: Physiotherapy/Physiotherapist
  • SALT/SLT: Speech & Language Therapy/Therapist
  • SEN: Special Educational Needs
  • SEND Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • SENDCo: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator
  • SLCN: Speech, Language & Communication Needs
  • SLD: Severe Learning Difficulties
  • SpLD: Specific Learning Difficulties
  • STAPS: Specialist Teacher and Psychology Service
  • STT: Specialist Teaching Team
  • TA: Teaching Assistant
  • WTT: Working Together Team (outreach)
  • VI: Visual Impairment

Have you ever considered working in a Special Education setting but don’t know where to start? We’re here to help. At anzuk, we don’t just place you in a job. We invest in your career. That’s why we’ll support you with training and development to upskill if you have an interest in special needs settings. We can also help you find a range of roles, including:

-SEN teaching assistants
-Support staff, attendant carers and specialised program staff e.g. hydro pool assistants
​-Degree qualified SEN specialist teachers

We look for compassionate, adaptable individuals who strive to always create exceptional experiences in education. Whether you’re a graduate teacher, experienced in SEN or have a background in caring for others, we’d love to hear from you!

If you’re interested or would like to learn more, please follow the link: http://anzuk.education/au/jobseekers/special-education-needs