DASH Update - Issue 3, Autumn 2015


   Autumn 2015 - Issue 3                                                                         16 November 2015


NEW>> DASH Winter Conference

Friday 11 December 2015 at
Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter EX2 7NN

Bookings are now being taken for the DASH Winter Conference. This all day event is taking place at Sandy Park in Exeter, and is free to headteachers / principals / deputies of Devon secondary schools.  Facilitator Jane Creasy will be hosting the event, and the agenda will be advertised soon. For now, to reserve your place please Book Online

Confirmed speakers are:-

Jane Creasey

Jane Creasy, Independent Consultant

Jane is an independent consultant with experience of educational leadership at school and national level. Her work with a range of organisations focuses on the design, development and facilitation of leadership programmes and conferences; on innovation and improvement strategies; and on leadership policy.


Bill Watkin, Operational Director SSAT

Bill will deliver a session on ' Making sense of change - the facts, the proposals & the implications of recent developments in education policy'

Read Bill's profile here>>

Bill Watkin
Mike Hughes

Mike Hughes, Trainer & Author

'Focusing upon engagement, depth and challenge in the classroom'

Mike Hughes is a well-known and highly acclaimed education trainer/author.

A former secondary head he is currently working freelance and over a period of many years has developed a deserved reputation as an inspirational and innovative trainer/facilitator and is widely regarded as a leader in the field of learning.

Read more at mikehughes-ets.co.uk


1 FREE Place for all Devon Secondary Schools to attend the
ASCL Annual Conference 2016

DASH are offering a free place to Devon secondary schools (who are members of DASH) to attend the ASCL Annual Conference in Birmingham on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March 2016. Your ticket will be paid for by DASH (1 place per school) and includes accommodation and the Saturday night meal (travel arrangements not included) . The event offers two days of intensive training and debate, inspirational keynote speakers, interactive seminars led by experts, information and ideas.

Further details and an outline of the programme is advertised on the ASCL website

For booking information Read more>> . Once booked online, please forward your invoice to:-

Devon County Council - DASH c/o Clyst Vale Community College, Station Road, Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3AJ and ensure that you include full details of your conference place and reference to the ASCL event. Please also ensure your invoice states 'Devon County Council - DASH c/o Clyst Vale Communicy College. Invoices can be emailed directly to financepsf@clystvale.org

CMH Conference

Children's Mental Health: Policy and Practice Conference

3 December 2015, Central London


The mental health and wellbeing of children and young people is centre stage as evidence mounts of problems becoming increasingly prevalent at a time of shrinking budgets.

The government’s five-year strategy, Future In Mind, sets out a plan to improve support at all levels of need covering the full spectrum of services, from prevention through to treatment for more serious issues.

This is a vital national conference for primary and secondary school leaders as well as professionals in child and adolescent mental health services, local authority children’s services and the voluntary sector.

   View Programme   |   Booking Options   |   Read More>>


Recommended Reading

Education Funding Agency (EFA) e-bulletins

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) e-bulletins are issued weekly in term time.

e-bulletin Issues 105 - 107 dated October/November 2015

Click above to access both versions for (1) academies and (2) colleges, schools, local authorities and other providers.

To subscribe to these bulletins email EFA.bulletin@education.gsi.gov.uk



Read the latest issue of Headlines from Sue Clarke, Head of Education and Learning dated
10 November 2015, and also link to past issues.


HROne Newsletter

View the latest Autumn term 'Thinking aHEAD' HROne newsletter.

Contact: hrone@devon.gov.uk   |   HRone.co.uk   |   01392 385555


SecEd is aimed at any teacher, support staff member or school leader working in a UK secondary school. Access our latest news updates from across the country, covering government policy, research reports, school news and much more.

Click here to subscribe>>

Department for education

DfE Open consultation: Local area SEND consultation

This is a consultation on Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission’s proposals for inspecting how effectively local areas fulfil their responsibilities towards children and young people who are disabled and/or have special educational needs under section 20 of the Children Act 2004. The consultation document sets out the principles under which the 2 inspectorates propose to undertake these joint inspections.

The DfE is seeking the widest possible range of views from those who have an interest in, or expertise relating to disability and special educational needs. We particularly want to hear from disabled young people and those who have special educational needs and their parents and carers.


Consultation closes at 4 January 2016 at 11:30pm


DfE Open Consultation: Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools

The DfE is seeking views on the government’s proposals to address underperformance in local-authority-maintained schools. Read More>> 

This consultation closes at 18 December 2015 at 5:00pm

Education Forum

When attending meetings of Devon Education Forum (DEF), its sub-groups and other statutory or working groups, DAPH Representatives provide a summary of key messages and issues affecting the primary phase.

For full minutes of recent meetings of the DEF and LA working groups which report to DEF please visit the DEF website and follow the appropriate links.

Details of Membership on DEF with effect from 1 September 2015 are available here >>

Date of next DEF :- 18 January 2016. Agenda and minutes of previous meetings  Read More>>

To contact the Forum: schools.forum@devon.gov.uk         Tel: 01392 382305

Schools Finance

To view the objectives, Terms of Reference and minutes of meetings for Schools' Finance Group, which is a sub-group of Devon Education Forum, visit the SFG Website.

f40 logo

111 MPs petition Prime Minister demanding fairer school funding

One hundred and eleven Members of Parliament have signed a letter to the Prime Minister demanding that he sticks to his pledge to introduce a new national funding formula in the near future.

The letter, which was masterminded by f40 Vice Chair, Graham Stuart MP, was handed over in the House of Commons. It calls on the government to implement a fairer funding formula along the lines of proposals prepared by f40 which, from 2017-18, would see funding geared towards improving educational standards rather than perpetuating an inequitable system.   Read More>>


To view the objectives, Terms of Reference and minutes of meetings for School Organisation, Capital and Admissions (SOCA), which is a sub-group of Devon Education Forum, visit the SOCA website.


The latest issue of Keeping Devon's Children Safe from Devon County Council was issued on 27 October 2015  Read more >>          


Child Sexual Exploitation: Communications Strategy Overview
(Phase 1)

A new campaign, with the support of partner agencies, has been launched to raise awareness among parents, teachers and carers about the signs of CSE in young people.

This is a fairly low key campaign and is the first phase of a year of planned communications around this topic.  Each phase will focus on a different target audience. Please support the campaign by spreading the word and distribution of materials:

Download 'Signs of CSE Leaflet'      Read More>> on the Devon and Cornwall Police website


Babcock 'Keeping Children Safe' Newsletter - Autumn 2015

View the first edition of the Keeping Children Safe newsletter, which includes a summary of information and relevant links on:-

  • Links to the Preventing Radicalisation policy
  • Workshops to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) - free training available, for more information and to book Read More>>
  • Briefing Paper on Counter Extremism policy in English Schools
  • Link to the Devon Prevent Protocol
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Workshops - various dates and venues, book via the CPD Online link
  • Safeguarding Audit - this years audit was sent to schools via email from the address safeguardingaudits@babcockinternational.com on Tuesday 8th September Completed audits to be returned by 31st December 2015

Devon Safeguarding Children Board

Read the latest issue of the DSCB Newsletter dated October 2015


SEND Reference Group

Please forward the names and contact email address of any SENDCos who wish to be added to a rota to attend Moderation of E3 meetings. This is a new initiative will offer SENDCos a CPD opportunity to participate in a moderation panel overviewing applications for Element 3 funding.

The first meeting is taking place next week on 18 November (9.30am to 12.00pm in the Exe Suite at Larkbeare House). However, future dates of meetings will be available, allocated and advised by the 0-25 team in due course. Click to view format of meetings.

Email expressions of interest and SENDCo contact details to daph@devon.gov.uk

And finally
Elite book

Delegates who attended Floyd Woodrow's 'Leadership and Elite Performance' keynote at the DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference in October will be pleased to hear that the Elite! books have now arrived here in the DAPH Office. We hope to distribute them to those particular schools during this week.

NEW>> date confirmed for next year's DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference is 13 & 14 October 2016 | Book Online