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Each year every government school in NSW produces an annual report. Each is an official
Department of Education and Training (DET) document and bears the Department‘s logo. Each
report forms part of a single year‘s collection which is maintained in the State Library and State
Archives. Each report is also an official school document, bearing the school‘s logo and written for
the parents. As such, each report must be of the highest quality, recognisable and readable by the
school‘s community, the quality of which engenders pride in government schooling.
The 2007 Style Guidelines provides guidance to all those involved in writing reports on a wide
range of typographical and editorial matters. It has been developed to assist principals in
producing annual school reports that are internally consistent and conform to the Departmental
style. The 2007 Style Guidelines also draws together in one convenient document a large number
of words, names, and conventions specifically relating to the DET and its programs.
Principals wishing to develop their own style rules and apply them consistently may choose to do
so in the interests of more effective communication with their school communities, provided that
the reports are professional in appearance and content.
The suggestions contained within this document incorporate those contained in the Departmental
and Director-General Correspondence Guidelines which can be found on the DET intranet. The
style also conforms to the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers revised by Snooks & Co.,
John Wiley and Sons Australia, Ltd, Sixth Edition, 2002 reprinted with corrections 2005 and The
Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition 2005.
How to use these guidelines
These guidelines contain advice on difficult or variant spellings, abbreviations, punctuation, correct
names of official organisations and programs, technical terms and DET-specific terminology.
The entries are arranged alphabetically for quick reference.
A ready reference of abbreviations arranged alphabetically is provided in Appendix A.

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Alphabetical Listing                                          e.g. Teaching and learning are enhanced
                                                              if...(not is)
                                                              A summary of the proposals made in the
A                                                             paper is reflected in these extracts(not
Abbreviations,             acronyms           and
Abbreviations (i.e. the last letter of the word
   is not the last letter of the abbreviation).
   Lower case or a combination of capitals
   and lower case. Use full stops, for                    Apostrophes
   example etc., e.g., i.e., B.Sc.                        Apostrophes are not used for school titles
   Acronyms          are     abbreviations       or       and place names e.g. Epping Boys High
   contractions that are pronounced as                    School, Sydney Girls High School, New
   words. Thus NSW is an abbreviation but                 South    Wales    Teachers     Federation,
   ELLA is an acronym. Acronyms may in                    Batemans Bay, St Georges Basin
   time become recognised parts of the
   language, e.g. Anzac, and be written with              Plurals of numbers and abbreviations, e.g.
   only an initial capital letter.                        1980s, CEOs, KLAs, do not have an
   A listing of abbreviations and                         apostrophe. If 80s is used for 1980s (etc.) it
   acronyms most commonly used in                         should not have an apostrophe (not ‘80s).
   educational circles is contained in                    See also Possessive case and Sports
   Appendix A.                                            Australian Schools Competitions, Australian
   Contractions (i.e. the last letter of the word         Schools Computer Skills Competition,
   is the last letter of the abbreviation). No            Australian Schools English Competition,
   full stop, for example Mr, Mrs, Dr, Pty Ltd.           Australian Schools Mathematics Competition,
                                                          Australian Schools Science Competition,
   Capital-letter abbreviations (NSW, AEA,                Australian Schools Writing Competition. Only
   SEA). Omit full stops between the letters.             use capitals if the full title of each competition
Aboriginal should be used in preference to                is used.
   Aborigine. Use Aboriginal and Torres                   awareness-raising
   Strait Islander only if there are Torres
   Strait Islanders in your group as well as
   Aboriginals. The abbreviations, A&TSI and              B
   ATSI, are to be avoided. The term,                     ball point pen (not biro)
   Indigenous, tends to be favoured by the                band, bands, but Band 1, Band 2, etc.
   Commonwealth Government but if you                     billeted, billeting
   use it to mean Aboriginal, it should be                biannual = twice yearly, biennial = two yearly
   capitalised. For other indigenous peoples              Board of Studies, or the Board
   use lower-case.                                        braille, lower-case b
acknowledgement                                           budgeted, budgeting
adviser (or -or), e.g. year adviser                       Bullet points
Adult and Community Education (ACE)                       For bulleted lists where items are sentence
affect (verb) = produce an effect on, e.g.                   fragments, use colon, lower case, final full
   student attendance affected the test                      stop.
   results                                                The school’s goals were to improve:
afterwards, or afterward                                   literacy skills
age-group (noun), age-old (adj.), age-range                numeracy skills
ampersand (&). Not to be used except for                   behaviour
   P&C                                                     attendance.
and, always use, except for P&C                           For bulleted lists where items are complete
anti- (prefix). anti-bullying, anti-discrimination,          sentences, use colon, upper case and full
Anti-Discrimination Act (1977), anti-racism                  stop for each bullet.
antisocial                                                The school’s BST results are the highest in
ArtExpress                                                eight years:
                                                           All students achieved a result in Band 3 or
Agreement of subject and verb                                higher.
Check your writing carefully to make sure
  that verbs agree with subjects.

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 Boys performed better than girls in                       the School Council, Xxx High School. is
    numeracy, although girls answered                       followed by one word references to the
    correctly more questions on space.                      particular body. In general these are not
If a second-level bullet is required use an en              capitalised e.g. write, ‗the council‘.
rule, e.g.                                                  It is customary to use Department (and
 All . . .                                                 Departmental) when referring to the
    – two . . .                                             Department of Education and Training.
Where the stem and bullet points form a                     Capitalise a person‘s designation when
    complete sentence but the bullet points                 used with the person‘s name, e.g. Mark
    are themselves                                          Smith, Principal, Sue Irvine, Treasurer.
                                                            Future non-tabular references to the
                                                            principal, the teacher, the head teacher,
                                                            the treasurer, etc. should be lower-cased.
    sentences or clauses, each point can start
                                                            Capitalise key learning areas (KLAs). The
    with lower case and end with a semicolon,
    except that the last will end with a full stop.
                                                          KLAs for primary education are:
The school’s goals were to improve:                          • English
 the literacy skills of students whose BST                  • Mathematics
  results were in Bands 1 and 2;                             • Science and Technology
 numeracy skills, with a particular focus on                • Human Society and its Environment
  space; and                                                 • Creative and Performing Arts
 student behaviour.                                         • Personal Development, Health and
                                                                Physical Education.
C                                                            Those for secondary education are:
                                                             • English
calendar                                                     • Mathematics
                                                             • Science
Capitals                                                     • Human Society and its Environment
                                                             • Languages other than English
The trend over the last fifty years has been to
                                                             • Technological and Applied Studies
  reduce the use of capitalisation. Note that
                                                             • Creative Arts
  too many capital letters can reduce
                                                             • Personal Development, Health and
                                                                Physical Education.
  Capital letters should be used for proper
                                                             Subjects, on the whole, are not
  nouns and titles. The following are some
                                                             capitalised. Use capitals only for English
                                                             and the other languages. Use lower case
  the Director-General of Education and
                                                             for other subjects such as science,
                                                             mathematics and geography.
  the Minister for Education and Training
  the Premier of New South Wales                             Capitals are used when referring to
  the Lord Mayor of Sydney                                   specific Board of Studies syllabus
  the Principal of Ballymore High School                     documents, e.g. Hospitality Operations
  the Head Teacher, English                                  (120 hours), Mathematics Extension,
  Sydney Girls High School                                   Mathematics K–6
  Capitals should be used when describing
                                                          CD-ROM, CD-ROMs
  the grade in which students are being
                                                          centred on not centred around
  taught, e.g. Kindergarten, Year 3, Year 6,
                                                          co- (prefix). co-curricular, coeducation,
  Year 12. When writing about the whole
                                                             cooperate,        co-opt,      co-ordinate,
  period of primary and secondary
                                                             uncoordinate, uncooperative
  schooling, the correct description is K–12.
                                                          Colon-dash (:—) Not to be used. Usually
  Capitals are not needed in circumstances                   replace by a colon; occasionally by a
  such as the following: a conference of                     dash. Use to introduce a list.
  college directors..., a meeting of school               colour, coloured, colouring
  principals.. , the school education directors
  decided that . . ., seven head teachers                 Commas
  were involved in the program.                             Use no more commas than are necessary
  Do not use capitals when an initial                       for clarity. They should be used for pause
  reference to the full name of an                          and effect, seldom before ‗and‘. They may
  organisation or committee and so on e.g.                  also be used to separate figures if
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    necessary e.g. ―In 2007, 2000 saplings               e.g. (for example). (Not eg or eg.) Do not
    were planted.‖                                          overuse.
commit, committed, committing, commitment                eisteddfod
compared to = is comparable to, e.g. he                  email
    compared the landscape to a painting.                enrol, enrolment
    Rarely used for annual report purposes.              etc. (Use a full stop.) Try to avoid. In a list,
compared with = in comparison, e.g. the                     however, precede by a comma if it follows
    school‘s average score was 25.7                         two or more items, thus pens etc. but
    compared with the state average of 29.3.                pens, pencils, etc. Not used if the list
convener, or convenor                                       begins with ‗e.g.‘ or ‗for example‘ or
counsellor, e.g. school counsellor                          ‗including‘ or similar words implying that
criterion, criteria                                         only a sample follows
cross-country, cross-reference, cross-section            extracurricular (adj.)
curriculum, curricula (pl), curricular (adj.)
    Note particularly ‗extra-curricular activity‘.
                                                         Figures and numerals, see Numbers

                                                         Filipino, Philippines
                                                         first aid (noun), first-aid (adj.)
 D                                                       first class (noun), first-class (adj. and adv.)
                                                         flier, or flyer
data used to be the plural form of datum but
                                                         focus, focused, focusing or focus, focussed,
   the Macquarie Dictionary now reports that
                                                             focussing (but be consistent)
   connection to be broken and data is more
                                                         format, formatting, formatted
   commonly used in the singular e.g. the
   data is incomplete.
                                                         full stop, full time (noun), full-time (adj.)
The Australian style is day, month, year, e.g.           Full stop
   24 June 2007 preferred to 24.6.07 (use full
                                                         Use only one space after a full stop, not two
   stops in the latter form, not hyphens or
                                                            or more spaces. The old typewriter
   slashes). No comma between month and
                                                            convention of two spaces after a full stop
   year. Avoid th, nd or st.
                                                            is not used because it creates abnormally
decision-maker, decision-making
                                                            large spaces in justified text.
defer, deferred, deferring, deferrable
Department of Education and Training. On                 Use at the end of a list of items but not at the
   first use spell out; subsequently use ‗the               end of each item in a list
   Department‘ or ‗DET‘ provided the first use           See also Abbreviations, acronyms and
   is followed by (DET)                                     contractions
dependant (noun), dependent (adj.)                       fund-raising
Director-General‘s Award for . . .
distance education. Lower case for general
   reference. Upper case only in names of
   particular distance education centres
                                                         gardener (not groundsman)
Dorothea Mackellar
                                                         Government is capitalised when referring to a
dot points, see bullet points
                                                            specific entity or entities, whether as a
Duke of Edinburgh Award
                                                            noun or adjective, e.g. the Federal
                                                            Government, but not capitalised if it does
E                                                           not refer to a particular government e.g.
                                                            government       control,    an     elected
educational (adj.)                                          government and NSW              government
educationist, or -alist                                     schools.
effect (noun) = result of an action, e.g. the            grade. Not to be used for Year of schooling
   effect of the remediation program was                    or stage
effect (verb) = bring about, e.g. the principal
   effected change. (note affect (verb) to
   have influence over e.g. The rain might
                                                         half-hour, half an hour, half-yearly
   affect the scheduling of the competition.)
                                                         high school (preferred to secondary school)

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Higher School Certificate (HSC). Spell out on           Internet, capital I - also, the Net.
   first use                                            intranet
his or her – term better avoided by re-
   arranging sentence                                   Italics
however (conjunction). Traditionally not used           Use italics for titles of books, newspapers,
   to begin a sentence , e.g. ‗It was not                  magazines, films, plays, musicals, works
   realised however, that this would be the                of art.
   result.‘, but such usage now accepted by
                                                           Italics are used in printing as a first form of
   Macquarie Dictionary
                                                           emphasis, where necessary, rather than
                                                           underlining, bold, or quotation marks
Hyphens, en rules, and em rules (-, –, —)
                                                        -ise – preferred usage, but if -ize is used, be
Hyphen (-) in words requiring hyphens. See                 consistent.
  several words in this alphabetical listing.
  En rule (Ctrl+minus key on numeric key
  pad or Alt+num0150*) for ranges of figures
                                                        J, K
  or dates, e.g. 2006–07 (not 2006-07), for
  joining pairs of words where movement,
                                                        judgement, or judgment
  tension, or contrast is implied (‗contrast
                                                        Key learning area (KLA) see Capitals
  hyphen‘), e.g. Sydney–Tokyo exchange,
  parent–teacher night, or for joint authors
  etc., e.g. Michelson–Morley experiment.
  (No space before or after en rule.)
  Use a spaced en rule, though, where the
  elements joined contain spaces, e.g. 30               L
  April – 30 June, 20 000 – 30 000.
                                                        labour (except in Australian Labor Party)
  Em rule (Ctrl+Alt+minus key on numeric
                                                        languages other than English, can be
  key pad or Alt+num0151*). The usual
                                                            referred to as languages but preferably not
  punctuation mark for a dash—no space
  before or after dash.
                                                        learn, learnt; but learned (adj. = erudite e.g.
  *numeric keypad; on Macintosh use                         The judge was a learned man.)
  option+hyphen         for     en,         and         lead (verb, present tense), led (past tense)
  shift+option+hyphen for em. The em rule               liaise, liaising, liaison
  or dash has 3 uses: to signify an abrupt              licence (noun), license (verb), licensee
  change; to introduce an amplification or              lifelong
  explanation, to set apart parenthetical               long-term (adj.)

I                                                       M

Indigenous. Capital I; when referring to                mainstream
    Australian Indigenous peoples nationally            man – should not be used as a verb
i.e. (that is) (Not ie or ie.) Normally there           market, marketed, marketing
    should be a comma before ‗i.e.‘ but not             market research, market share
    after it, i.e. the punctuation is as shown in       medium (singular), media (plural) (but
    this                                sentence.         mediums = spiritualists)
    For punctuation when spelt out, see ‗e.g.‘          metalwork
    Do not overuse.                                     mid. midday, mid-June, mid-1960s, mid-year
inquire, inquiry, or enquire, enquiry                   minimum, minima or minimums
inservice (adj. only). Educational jargon is to         money, moneyed, moneys, or monies
    be avoided. It is better to use training            Mother‘s Day, apostrophe and caps
    course, professional development course             multi- (prefix). multi-access, multi-age,
    or      professional      learning.    Always         multicampus, multicultural, multimedia,
    inapplicable when participants are other              multipurpose, multiskilling, multistage,
    than DET employees. Never use inservice               multi-tasking, multi-tracking, most others
    as a verb                                             are one word.
install, instalment                                     multiple-choice (adj.)
instil, instilled, instilling                           Muslim
inter- (prefix). No hyphens, e.g. interagency,
    interschool sport
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N                                                         Note the hyphen in numbers like ‗twenty-
Care should be taken to use non-sexist                Percentages. If the number is written in full it
  language. Many of the previously used                 is preferable to use per cent, e.g. thirty per
  feminine suffixes are not needed; it is               cent. If writing a numeral use %, e.g. 8%.
  acceptable to use actor for actress, waiter           Percent as one word is also acceptable
  for waitress, poet for poetess, etc.
                                                      Units of measurement. When used,
  Gender-inclusive forms should be used                 abbreviations for all units are separated
  when      dealing      with     functions or          from their numeral by a space, e.g. 150
  occupations designated by words with the              mm, 32 MB not 150mm, 32MB
  suffix -man. e.g. firefighter for fireman
                                                      See also Dates
  It is best not to use man as a verb. For
  example, at times of staff shortage you
  would bring in additional workers to                O
  answer the phones, not to man them.
  Phrases such as ―the best man for the job‖          occur, occurred, occurring, occurrence
  should be rewritten as ―best candidate, or          offer, offered, offering
  applicant, for the job‖.                            offline (adj,), off-site
                                                      omit, omitted, omitting
    Problems can occur when using the                 one-to-one
    pronouns he, she, him, her. On many               ongoing, on-site
    occasions awkwardness can be avoided              online (adj.)
    by recasting the sentence. For example,           organise
    the sentence ―The applicant should fill in        out- (prefix). Hyphen before t, otherwise one
    the document using his or her handwriting‖            word; e.g. outflow, outgoing, out-tray
    could be recast as ―Use handwriting to fill       over- (prefix). One word, e.g. overheat,
    in the document‖ or ―The document should              override, overtime
    be completed by hand‖.                            outcomes-based education
                                                      out-of-hours (adj.)
                                                      oversee (verb = supervise) not oversight,
                                                          past tense – oversaw, overseen; oversight
nationwide                                                (noun)
non- (prefix). All ‗non‘ words are hyphenated
   (e.g. non-existent), except nonsense,
   nonconformist, nondescript, nonentity

non-English-speaking background (NESB)
no-one (pronoun), hyphen
north-east, north-west
NSW Teachers Federation, see Possessive               P
                                                      parallel, paralleled, paralleling
Numbers                                               Parents and Citizens‘ Association (P&C).
Up to and including four digits no space, e.g.           One apostrophe if the particular school‘s
  6758. Over four digits, put a space (not a             association follows the official preferred
  comma) between each group of three                     form, i.e. NSW Federation of Parents and
  digits, e.g. 45 678                                    Citizens‘ Associations
                                                      parent–teacher night (en rule)
  Fractions are always hyphenated, e.g.
                                                      part-time (adj.)
                                                      pedagogy. Not widely understood outside
  Numbers up to 9 should be written in                   educational circles. Instead, ‗teaching
  words (except where used as data), 10                  practice‘ might be used
  and over should be written in numerals.             per annum
  Some exceptions may be necessary for                per cent, percentage See also Numbers
  clarity. Do not mix numbers and words,
  e.g. ‗9 to 21‘, not ‗nine to 21‘. If a number       Possessive Case
  starts or ends a sentence, spell out unless         Use apostrophes (‘s) in the singular for all
  this involves many words, e.g. spell out              words, including those ending in s, e.g. the
  ‗forty-five‘ or ‗one million‘, but not 1593.          staff‘s attitude to testing, Jones‘s. Use s‘
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   for the plural of all words ending in s, e.g.       region. Capital R when naming the region in
   parents‘ attitudes                                     full, e.g. Sydney Region, but lower case
Individual organisations sometimes have                   for references to ‗the region‘.
   preferred styles. Where the preferred style         represent (verb) John Smith represented the
   is known it should be followed. In cases               school at/in . . . , not John Smith
   where there is no known style,                         represented at/in
   apostrophes      should     be   used      in       removable
   accordance with grammatical conventions.            right-hand (adj.)
   Some particular cases are included in this          rigour, rigorous
   guide                                               runner-up, runners-up

post- (prefix). post-compulsory, post-school           S
PowerPoint (computer program)
practicable, impracticable, not unpracticable          school. Consistency is desirable in reference
practical, unpractical, or impractical                    to particular schools, i.e. Xxx Public
practice (noun), practise (verb)                          School, or Xxx PS, or Xxx Public
pre-Christian                                          school administrative and support staff
prefer, preferred, preferring, preferable,                (SASS), but SAS staff
   preference                                          school-based (adj.)
prefixes before proper nouns are in lower              school development day
   case (unless beginning a sentence), e.g.            School Education Director
   non-English.                                        school education group. Capital SEG when
Preliminary course etc. (capital P)                       naming the school education group in full,
preschool                                                 e.g. Bourke School Education Group, but
Primary Principals‘ Association                           lower case for references to ‗the school
priority schools community development                    education group‘.
   officer                                             SchoolMap
program (not programme), programmer,                   Schools Spectacular
   programming                                         seasons. Use lower-case: spring, summer,
prove, proved, proven, provable                           autumn, winter
public school (not normally primary school)            Secondary Principals‘ Council
pupil. Use the word ‗student‘.                         self-    (prefix).  Hyphenate,    e.g.    self-
                                                          assessment, self-discipline, self-esteem,
Q                                                         self-evaluation
                                                       semester, semesters, but Semester 1,
quarter-final                                             Semester 2.
questionnaire                                          semifinal
                                                       short-term (adj.)
Quotation marks                                        sit for an exam, not sit an exam, e.g. All
The Department‘s correspondence guidelines                students sat for the BST
  advocate the use of double quotation                 slash – avoid his/her and and/or
  marks when reporting direct speech and               south-east, south-west
  single quotation marks when using a                  South-East Asia
  quotation within a quotation. It is, however,        spell, spelt
  just as common in modern usage to use
  single quotation marks when reporting                Sports
  direct speech and double quotation marks             Names of sports are lower-cased, e.g.
  for a quotation within a quotation. See also           softball, swimming. School carnivals and
  Italics                                                events are lower-cased, e.g. the school
                                                         athletics carnival, 100 m relay. The
                                                         exception is where the sport is derived
R                                                        from something which required a capital
                                                         originally e.g. Australian Rules (or
re- (prefix). Hyphen before e, e.g. re-educate,
                                                         Australian Football) which is capitalised
   re-examine, but rearrange, reissue,
                                                         because it has Australian as part of the
   reunion, reuse, reusable; also hyphenate
                                                         title and Rugby Union which is capitalised
   to distinguish certain pairs, e.g. re-
                                                         because it has Rugby, a town and a
                                                         college in England, as part of the title
refer, referred, referring, referable, referral

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   Use lower case for winners, champions,             U, V
   and placegetters, e.g. Xx was the 8-years‘
   swimming champion                                  under- (prefix). One word, e.g. underachieve,
   Use upper case for New South Wales                    underperform. For Under-15 etc., see
   Primary Schools Sports Association                    Sports
   (NSWPSSA) and New South Wales                      under way
   Combined        High     Schools      Sports       update
   Association       (NSWCHSSA).         Future       value-added, value-adding
   references to the association should be            vice-president
   Use upper case for official team names,
   e.g. the Hunter Area Under-15 Girls‘               W
   Netball Team, the Under-15s, 2007 CHS
   Girls‘ Cricket Team, but the school came           webpage, website
   second in the state in girls‘ netball              wellbeing
   Use upper case for the names of specific           weekday, weekend
   carnivals, e.g. All Schools Swimming               whole-school     (adj.)   e.g. whole-school
   Championships, NSWPSSA 43rd Annual                   program
   Swimming Championships, NSWCHSSA                   woodwork
   Girls‘ Cricket State Carnival                      word processing
staffroom                                             workbase, work experience, workforce,
stage, stages, but Stage 1, Stage 2, etc.               workstation, workplace, work placement,
statewide                                               worksheet, workshop
stationary = at rest                                  worldwide (adj. and adv.)
stationery = paper etc.
students (not pupils)                                 X, Y, Z
sub- (prefix). Hyphenate only if followed by b,
   e.g. sub-branch; otherwise one word, e.g.          Year
   subcontractor, subtotal, substrand
                                                      year = calendar year, e.g. this year‘s school
                                                         musical (meaning 2007 or 2008 etc). Use
substitute care teacher
                                                         of ‗this year‘ is better avoided because an
syllabus, syllabuses
                                                         annual report is normally read in the year
                                                         after that which is the subject of the report
T                                                     Year = the correct term for what used to be
                                                         called school form or grade, e.g. Year 1,
tae kwon do
                                                         Year groups, Years 7–8 or Years 7 and 8,
target, targeted, targeting
                                                         not Year 7–8, but year adviser because
teachers aide, teachers aides (pl.), teachers
                                                         the combination of the two words provides
    aide (special)
                                                         the distinction in meaning.
Teachers Federation (strictly New South
                                                      -year-old, e.g. 10-year-old (n.); two hyphens
    Wales Teachers Federation)
term, terms but Term 1, Term 2,
timeline, time-scale, timetable
Titles of books etc. Use italics for books,
    newspapers, magazines, films, plays,
    works of art, long poems
trade names to be avoided- e.g. ball point
    pen not biro
trampoline, trampolining
transfer,           transferred, transferring,
transition education
trial, trialled, trialling

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                                                  Appendix A
                                       Abbreviations and Acronyms

When using these terms, write them in full in the first instance, with the abbreviation appearing in
brackets immediately thereafter (i.e. as they appear in the alphabetical list). For all subsequent
references the abbreviation will suffice, provided they are terms commonly used with your parents
and community. If this is not the case or if the term is to be used only once in the annual report, it
needs to be written in full and the abbreviated form avoided.
As the audience for the report is the parents and community, care should be taken to avoid
excessive use of jargon and technical terms that they might not know.

 ACE                    Adult and Community Education
 ACLO                   Aboriginal community liaison officer
 AEA                    Aboriginal education assistant
 AERT                   Aboriginal education resource teacher
 AEW                    Aboriginal education worker
 APLD                   learning difficulties coordinator (assistant principal)
 AQF                    Australian Quality Framework
 ARCO                   anti-racism contact officer
 ASSPA                  Aboriginal Student Support and Parent Awareness
 ATSIC                  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
 BST                    Basic Skills Test
 CAP                    Country Areas Program
 CAPA                   Creative and Practical Arts
 CHS                    Combined High Schools
 CHSSA                  Combined High Schools Sports Association
 CIO                    community information officer
 CMIT                   Count Me In Too
 DEC                    distance education centre
 DET                    Department of Education and Training
 DRACON                 Drama in Conflict Resolution
 ELLA                   English Language and Literacy Assessment
 ESL                    English as a second language
 HSC                    Higher School Certificate
 HSIE                   Human Society and its Environment
 HSLO                   home school liaison officer
 KLA                    key learning area
 NAIDOC                 National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee
 NARA                   Neale Analysis of Reading Ability
 NATSI                  National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
 NESB                   non-English-speaking background
 NSWCHSSA               NSW Combined High Schools Sports Association
 NSWPSSA                NSW Primary School Sports Association
 P&C                    Parents and Citizens‘ Association
 PDHPE                  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
 PSFP                   Priority Schools Funding Program
 PSPI                   Parent School Partnership Initiative
 PSSA                   Primary School Sports Association
 QSL                    Quality of School Life
 RISC                   Record of Individual Student Contact
 RTO                    registered training organisation
 SASS                   school administrative and support staff, but SAS staff
 SC___________          SchoolCertificate_______________________________________________
 SEA                    School Education Area
 SENA                   Schedule of Early Number Assessment
 SLIKK                  Student Leadership is for Koori Kids
 SNAP                   Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program

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 SRC                    student representative council
 STB                    support teacher behaviour
 STEI                   support teacher early integration
 STH                    support teacher hearing
 STI                    support teacher integration
 STLA                   support teacher learning assistance
 STT                    support teacher transition
 STV                    support teacher vision
 TAS                    Technological and Applied Studies
 TILT                   Technology in Learning and Teaching
 TORCH                  Tests of Reading Comprehension
 UAI                    Universities Admission Index
 VET                    vocational education and training
 VETAB                  Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board

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