At Beacon Hill, we realise that sometimes unfamiliar terminology, abbreviations, and acronyms are used within the information we provide to parents and carers of the children and young people who attend school and 6th form.

On this page, you will soon find definitions for the some of this terminology and acronyms used within our curriculum information and progress reporting. We hope this will help to increase your understanding of information we provide.


Terms used to describe our students Primary Need


Severe Learning Disability


Autistic Spectrum Condition – This is a lifelong disability which affects people in different ways in how they communicate with the World


Profound and Multiple Learning Disability is when a person has a Severe Learning Disability and may have other significant difficulties such as physical disabilities, sensory impairments and/or severe medical conditions.

Terms and Acronyms you may find in reports

EHC / P 

Education Health Care / Plan / Meeting


Personal Learning Plan these are set termly and based upon annual targets set at the EHC meeting

Desired Outcomes

Theses are set at the end of each Key Stage by Teachers, Parents and Therapist, they are broken down into Annual Targets

Annual Targets

These are set and agreed annually at the EHC meeting and are broken down into termly PLP targets


Personal Learning Plan these are set termly and based upon annual targets set at the EHC meeting

Working Towards

Students have been making steps towards their target but have not yet met it to the level we have expected


Students have met their target


Students have exceeded their target and may have completed their challenge target


Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support - it helps us to identify the communication style of our students and what their next step is in Communication


Hearing Impaired


Visual Impaired


English as Additional Language


Free School Meals


Looked After Children


Pupil Premium

Terms used to describe our curriculum

EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is the starting place for all our pre Key stage 1 students learning

Informal Curriculum

The Informal Curriculum focuses on developing early skills in Communication, Physical Development, Community and Cognition

Semi formal Curriculum

The Semi formal curriculum focuses on the next steps towards subject specific learning and the focus is on Communication, language and Literacy, Maths, Physical development, Community, How the world works, Eand Creativity

Preparing for Adulthood Curriculum

The Preparing for Adulthood Curriculum starts at Key Stage 4 and develops fully in Key Stage 5. Students continue to focus on Literacy and numeracy skills alongside the 4 areas of the PFA Good health, Employment, Independent Living and Friends, Relationships and Community to develop the students functional application of the skills they have learnt

Cognition and Learning

Cognition refers to the thinking skills and thought processes that a child/young person has acquired through their prior experience

Communication and Interaction 

Communication and Interaction relates to children / young people being able to say what they want to, understanding what is being said to them and social rules of communication.

Sensory and Physical

Sensory and physical can relate to hearing, visual impairment or sensory processing difficulties and physical difficulties, it also relates to writing, dressing, and physical activities

Social and Emotional Mental Health

This is how we ensure our children / young people are as happy as they can be with positive social interactions, support for mental health and emotions


Early Literacy Skills on the Informal Curriculum


Early Literacy Skills on the Informal Curriculum


Early Maths Skills on the Informal Curriculum


Early Maths Skills on the Informal Curriculum