DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 15 September 2017 | Issue 1

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   Autumn Term  |  15 September 2017  |  Issue 1          See previous issues H E R E


DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference  |  12 &13 October 2017 at the Saunton Sands Hotel


4 weeks to go!

N E W  View / download the AGENDA

Booking is essential and via the O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M

Have you booked? Check the current D E L E G A T E  L I S T

School Funding Consultation 2018/19

Please see the letter from Dawn Stabb with information relating to this Autumn’s school funding consultation process  |  READ MORE

The dates and venues for the consultation events will take place as follows :

Wednesday 18 October - CENTRAL - Sandy Park Conference Centre
2.00pm - 4.30pm and 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Friday 20 October - NORTH - The Barnstaple Hotel
10.00am - 12.30pm

Tuesday 31 October - SOUTH - Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre
12.30pm - 3.00pm

Immediately after the School Funding Consultation events, Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning and colleagues from HR One will be available to provide information on how LA Maintained schools are able to access the DCC Apprenticeship Fund.

Booking is essential and via the O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M

Autumn Briefing

DAPH Autumn Briefing

Friday 17 November 2017 at the Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton      B O O K   O N L I N E

With DAPH key messages plus updates from

NAHT  |  Paul Whiteman, General Secretary

Ofsted  |  Mark Lindfield, SHMI

SW Regional Schools Commissioner  |  Lisa Mannall

School funding

Oral statement to Parliament  |  Justine Greening statement on national funding formula

Education Secretary addresses parliament on historic reforms to introduce fairer funding for schools  |  READ MORE 

News story  |  Fairer funding system to end 'postcode lottery' for schools

Education Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed details of a new fairer funding system for schools in England, putting an end to the historic postcode lottery that saw huge differences in funding between similar schools in different parts of the country  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  National funding formula tables for schools and high needs

Tables showing provisional allocations for the schools, high needs and central school services blocks  |  READ MORE

Policy paper  |  National funding formula for schools and high needs

Changes to the funding system for schools and high needs  |  READ MORE

Leadership Development
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School Leadership Support Service (SLSS) 

The School Leadership Support Service offers a personal and confidential service to all school leaders via telephone and email during term time    |    READ MORE

How to contact SLSS
01392 380518 or 07970 905511 slss-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

H E A D  S T R O N G  |  Investing in ourselves. Wellbeing: what’s it all about? Looking after our Leaders

 Presented by Babcock LDP and School Leadership Support Service, in partnership with the Devon Association of Primary Headteachers (DAPH), and Devon County Council.


Fire Safety Reminder

As a result of the incident at Grenfell Tower, DCC are carrying out a holistic review of our fire safety processes, procedures and management to verify that they are fit for purpose.

In addition, following an advice note from The Department of Education dated 13 July, the Devon Health and Safety Service has produced the following reminders for staff with building management responsibilities  |  READ MORE


Secondary Transfer – Application Facility

Information from the Admissions team regarding the letters sent to schools which contain the UID’s (unique identifying numbers) enabling parents to make an application for their secondary school(s) via the online Admissions Application facility which opened on 1st September  |  READ MORE

What's New

Reprocurement of school aged immunisation services - update and next steps

Message from Anna Masserick  |  Public Health Programme Manager
NHS England - South (South West)

NHS recently invited schools to take part in a survey on the future procurement of school aged immunisations and thanks goes to those headteachers that took the time to take part. The information gathered has helped to determine what form the future services should take, what the geography should be based on and key issues that we needed to explore with potential bidders in evaluating submissions.

To ensure we get the right provider in local areas, NHS England would like to continue to engage with schools and young people as we move into the next phase of the procurement which involves evaluating bids and scoring bidder presentations.

Request for headteacher and school children  representative: NHS are looking for a headteacher representative who is interested in scoring bids (September) and also a group of school children who would be interested in scoring presentations and asking bidders questions from a young person’s perspective (September / October). Note that full training will be given.  

For further details regarding the reprocurement and to register your interest in joining the bids process please contact

Anna Masserick  |  0113 8253595  /  07825 420819  /  anna.masserick@nhs.net

Education Finance Blog  |  General 90: Anycomms Webinar on Friday 22 September 2017

ScoMIS are inviting Devon Schools to a free webinar on using Anycomms for DTSApps and other transfers.

The webinar will cover the process for both hosted and non hosted Devon Schools and will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more details and how to book a place  |  READ MORE

DfE Statutory guidance  |  School teachers' pay and conditions

Statutory guidance on pay and conditions for teachers in England and Wales for 2017 and 2016  |  READ MORE

Teachers’ Pay Award 2017 and Model Pay Policy

HR ONE has produced a Model Pay Policy which takes account of the updates to the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document effective from 1 September 2017  |  READ MORE

Unable to find suitable childcare?  Parents Feedback form – please share

Devon County Council is responsible for making sure there is enough childcare for parents to take up work or training. We would like as many parents as possible to know this and to feedback to us if they are unable to find suitable childcare  |  READ MORE 

Devon Music Education Hub – DfE and Arts Council England (ACE) Data request

Message from DMEH Lead Ken Parr

See the  L E T T E R  requesting schools to complete this year’s data request from ACE
 - we need your help to collect the information needed to present a more positive picture of music education in Devon. The  S U R V E Y  takes 17mins to complete and closes on Monday 9 October 2017.

DEvon 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.

  • Details of Membership on DEF, agendas and full minutes of previous meetings and other information about DEF can be found on the DEF website

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

School Organisation, Capital and Admissions

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.

Safeguarding and Early Help
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Devon Safeguarding Children Board

Visit the website  |  devonsafeguardingchildrenboard.org

DSCB Newsletters  |  click H E R E to sign up and receive news and updates direct to your inbox.

M A S H  |  the advice to anyone in Devon who may have suspicions of child abuse or neglect is to contact Devon’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):

Tel: 0345 155 1071   |   email: mashsecure@devon.gcsx.gov.uk

Right for Children Early Help IT System  |  useful documents and training dates for the Autumn term

See the Early Help webpage (Right for Children) for Quick Reference Guides. Guidance Notes and other useful documents.

T R A I N I N G  |  Visit this  L I N K  to view Autumn term training dates and how to book on 'Right for Children' events.

See the Prevent strategy in practice.

This is the story of a young woman who was radicalised and then, via the Channel programme, worked with police and other agencies to move away from a path to extremism. Watch this short film on YOUTUBE and share it with colleagues, friends and family.


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

SEND Funding  |  Changes to Element 3 funding from 1 September 2017

Following on from the previous communication on SEND Funding (18 July'17) please see the L E T T E R  (1 Aug'17) from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning and also an accompanying K E Y  F A C T S  document to clarify details around SEND funding and the changes to Element 3 funding from 1 September 2017.

SEND Workforce Survey

The Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Improvement Board would like to understand how best to communicate new information, guidance and workforce development opportunities to our multi-agency workforce. The survey closes on 22 September 2017  |  READ MORE

Recommended Reading

H e a d l i n e s  is a regular newsletter from Dawn Stabb,  Head of Education and Learning.

Download the latest issue |  READ MORE

Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) e-bulletins

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) e-bulletins are issued weekly in term time and provide the latest information for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and other post-16 providers.

View/subscribe to the latest bulletins    |  R E A D  M O R E

To find out more about the Education and Skills Funding Agency  |  R E A D  M O R E


DfE Guidance  |  2017/18 School Census

The Department for Education (DfE) have issued some guidance on data sharing, privacy notices and data subjects rights as part of their School Census Guide  |  READ MORE

School Census Bulletin – Autumn 2017

The statutory School Census for the Autumn Term will take place on Thursday 5 October 2017. Schools are strongly recommend to prepare for the School Census by ensuring that, so far as possible, pupil databases are up-to-date and the relevant systems/accesses are in place  |  READ MORE

Calling 999 for an Ambulance  |  a Guide for Education

Following a recent Coroner's court hearing, the Coroner has asked that the guidance from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is shared with all educational establishments. The aim of the guidance is to help and support education staff when calling 999 in order to achieve an appropriate and timely response  |  READ MORE

Thinking of using apprenticeship training? Follow this handy guide!

HR have published various communications to provide schools with information on the Government’s apprenticeship reforms, which went live in April/May 2017.

Also, representatives from HR One will be available at the forthcoming School Funding Consultations in October to provide information on how LA Maintained schools are able to access the DCC Apprenticeship Fund. See 'Events' section above for dates and how to book.

Pupil Premium+ Funding / Supporting our Children in Care

See the letter dated 22 August 2017 (from Ian Hemelik, Virtual School Lead) which provides details of Pupil Premium+ Funding and other ways schools can support our Children in Care  |  READ MORE


The scope and role of DAPH within the local context is illustrated in the Working Groups Representation Chart effective for the current academic year.


Sean Hartford's Education Inspection Blog

Read the latest blogs from Sean Hartford, National Director, Education on the following:-

  • Progress, but a lot of work still to do
  • Tackling workload together – a new question for staff at the point of inspection
  • Summer round-up    READ MORE
Department for Education

Press release  |  Helping children learn through a proportionate primary assessment system

Plans have been announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening for a primary assessment system which focuses on pupil progress, mastering literacy and numeracy, and scrapping unnecessary workload for teachers  |  READ MORE

National Statistics  |  National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2017 (provisional)

Provisional 2017 key stage 2 results for pupils in schools in England at national, regional and local authority level  |  READ MORE

Headteacher Board elections website  |  A Message from the National Schools Commissioner

See the message from Sir David Carter with an invitation to academy leaders to consider standing for, and voting in, the elections to one of the eight Headteacher Boards (HTBs). There are 3 academy leaders from within Devon LA currently standing for election to the South West headteacher board namely Jonathan Bishop, Gary Chown and Paul Jones  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Primary school accountability

Technical guidance on primary accountability and school-level progress measures  |  READ MORE

Consultation outcome  |  School exclusion guidance: proposed revisions

Read the summary of the responses received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps  |  READ MORE

Statutory guidance  |  School exclusion

Statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils from local-authority-maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units  |  READ MORE

Statutory guidance  |  Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school

Statutory guidance about the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive at school  |  READ MORE

Correspondence  |  School inspection update: academic year 2017 to 2018

These updates for inspectors and stakeholders contain information and guidance about Ofsted's inspection work in schools  |  READ MORE

Early Years

Update your Pinpoint record with Extended Entitlement details for your Nursery or Foundation Stage Unit

Devon’s Family Information Service are working alongside The Early Years and Childcare Service to raise awareness of the extended early years entitlement  |  READ MORE

Do you receive the latest news and updates from the Early Years and Childcare Service?

Visit this page to S U B S C R I B E to the Early Years and Childcare Service newsletter, a weekly email digest of new updates (sent every Friday morning). You can also receive the same updates by following them on Facebook.


N E W  DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter H E R E

Devon Association of Governors (DAG) e-newsletter, the fortnightly digest of the articles published in the DAG website.  Most of the web pages and documents on the DAG website are restricted to DAG members - if you are a DAG member please log in, or register.    Contact DAG |   info@dagdevon.uk

Statutory guidance  |  Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools

Statutory guidance setting out the arrangements for the constitution of governing bodies of all local-authority-maintained schools  |  READ MORE

And Finally

Wilcombe Primary School have several metal library shelves going spare - if any schools are interested please contact Wilcombe on 01884 253025 or wilcombe@ventrus.org.uk

Welcome to New Appointments

Congratulations and welcome to all new and acting Headteachers taking up new posts in Devon primary schools this term and we look forward to seeing you at one of our forthcoming events.

Gary Bladon  |  Headteacher at Bampton CofE Primary School

Judy Walters  |  Acting Headteacher at Forches Cross Community Primary School

Phillip Harvey  |  Headteacher at St Andrew's CofE Primary School, Buckland Monachorum

Andy Smith  |  Headteacher at Hayward's Primary School, Crediton

Michala Hawkins  |  Acting Principal at Littletown Primary School, Honiton

Sally Herbert  |  Acting Headteacher at Newtown Primary School, Exeter

Lisa Eadie  |  Headteacher at Horwood and Newton Tracey Community Primary School

Gareth Howells  |  Acting Headteacher at Kingsbridge Community Primary School

Sally Powell  |  Head of School at Lew Trenchard CofE Primary School

Barbara Earnshaw  |  Headteacher at Mary Tavy and Brentor Community Primary School

Nicholas Alford  |  Acting Headteacher at North Community Primary School and Nursery

Gail Holmes  |  Headteacher at Woolacombe School

Lisa Paton  |  Primary Lead at Holsworthy Federation