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Augmentative and Alternative Communication


Adaptive, Assistive Devices


A state-funded school in England that is directly funded by the department for Education, through the Education Funding Agency. Academies are self-governing and independent of local authority control.

Access to Work

An Access to Work grant from the department for Work and Pensions helps to pay for practical support for young people and adults who have a disability, health or mental health condition so they can start work, stay in work or set up their own business. It can pay for things like special equipment, fares to work if public transport is not practical, a coach or support worker or a communicator at a job interview. 

Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP)

Additionally funded provision for particular types of special educational needs in mainstream schools, e.g for children with hearing impairment, physical disability, or visual impairment.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Someone who can help ensure that a person is listened to and that his or her rights, concerns and needs are acted upon.

Age Weighted Pupil Unit (AWPU)

The AWPU is the amount of money that every maintained school receives for each pupil that is on the school roll, whether or not they have SEND. The value of the AWPU varies from one local authority to another and according to the age of the pupils. For primary age pupils the minimum is £2,000 per year. For pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4 the minimum is £3,000 per year


Alternative Learning Provision

Annual Review

The review of a child or young person’s education, health and care (EHC) plan EHC plan which the local authority must make as a minimum every 12 months.


Someone who acts on another person’s behalf in all social security (benefits) matters.


Autistic Spectrum Disorder


A formal process which involves collecting information from as many people as possible who have detailed knowledge about your child to help build a picture of their abilities, difficulties, behaviour and any special educational needs. An assessment may lead to an education, health and care (EHC) plan being issued.


A health professional who specialises in identifying and treating hearing disorders.


A health professional who specialises in measuring hearing ability.






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