Every occupation has its own language – these are some of the key acronyms which are widely used in adult learning.

ACL – Adult and Community Learning Service

AET – Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS)

CET – Certificate in Education and Training (formerly CTLLS)

DET – Diploma in Education and Training (formerly DTLLS)

ALDD – Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities

ASB – Adult Skills Budget

(D)BIS – Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

CLT – Community Learning Trust

ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages

FE Choices – Independent and official site for comparing performance information about all further education colleges and other organisations that receive Government funds to offer education and training to people over the age of 16.

FEML – Family English, Maths and Language

FENC – Staffordshire Adult Community Learning’s Virtual Learning Environment, an online space to share links and documents for sharing good practice.

ILP – Individual Learning Plan

ILT – Information and Learning Technology

OLT(A) – Observation of Learning, Teaching and Assessment (procedures for checking quality in the classroom)

RARPA – Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (in non-accredited learning)

SFA – Skills Funding Agency (funding body for all post-16 education)

SCC – Staffordshire County Council

SAR – Self-Assessment Report (produced annually by the Service for SFA and Ofsted)

QIDP – Quality Improvement and Development Plan (identified from the SAR)

ULN – Unique Learner Number

VLE – Virtual Learning Environment

WFL – Wider Family Learning