DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 20 October 2017 | Issue 2

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   Autumn Term  |  20 October 2017  |  Issue 2          See previous issues H E R E


DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's conference and we hope you enjoyed the event.

Links to the Keynote Speaker presentations will be advertised after the half term break - check the website for further details.

Bookings are now open for next year's event on 11 &12 October 2018 at the Saunton Sands Hotel

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  |  Anne Lyons, National President

Ofsted  |  Mark Lindfield, SHMI

SW Regional Schools Commissioner  |  Lisa Mannall

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

School funding

Reminder  |  Launch of Schools Funding 2018-19 Devon Consultation

The Schools Funding 2018-19 Devon Consultation is now L I V E and we would encourage all schools to consider proposals from the Local Authority to implement funding locally pending the transition towards a National Funding Formula by 2020  |  READ MORE

Last chance to attend Funding Consultation Briefing event at Buckfast Abbey, Tuesday 31 October -  BOOK ONLINE

The consultation runs from Monday 16th October and closes at noon on Wednesday 1st November 2017.

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.


Is your school information accurate?

A reminder to all schools to check / update information held within the Admissions Directory or use the Update Form via this L I N K


Secondary School Applications – September 2018

Message from Karen Howes, Admissions Manager

There are a large number of year 6 pupils in Devon Primary Schools who have not yet made an application to transfer to Secondary School in September 2018. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2017. We would like to get as many applications in by the closing date as possible to ensure that children don’t potentially miss out on a place at their preferred Secondary School due to their application being submitted late  |  READ MORE

What's New
Young Carers
how can you help

The Devon Young Carers Steering Group is a multi-agency partnership group which works collectively to improve outcomes for young carers in Devon.We want to support young carers and their families to create resilience and reduce inappropriate caring. Integrated working and an awareness of young carers helps us to ensure a ‘no wrong doors’ approach for young carers who may be in need of help and support!

It's Young Carers Awareness Raising week 20 - 24 November 2017 - download the F L Y E R for ideas on how you can get involved.

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
  • Date of next DEF 23 November 2017

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 Children & Families Partnership

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

DCFP Newsletter  |  Autumn 2017  READ MORE

DCFP Annual Report 2016/17  |  READ MORE 

Babcock LDP

Babcock Newsletter

October 2017  |  Keeping Children Safe

This edition includes updates on:-

Operation Encompass - mandatory Key Adult training is due to commence in November for Devon schools. See more at operationencompass.org

s175/157 Safeguarding Audit - for completion by 31st December 2017 - visit this LINK to the self-evaluation audit and see further details in the Babcock Newsletter with regards to completing and submitting your audit  |  READ MORE


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

Key Facts for SENCos- SEN provision

Additional information regarding the changes to Element 3 non-statutory funding  |  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


Schools Update Newsletter September 2017  


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EH4MH Briefing for Schools Summer 2017

Key messages from the Early Help 4 Mental
Health Programme  |  READ MORE

Biography  |  Lisa Mannall, Regional Schools Commissioner for South-West England

Lisa Mannall, chief executive of The Learning Academy Trust (TLAT), has taken over the role of Regional Schools Commissioner from Rebecca Clark, who has joined Ark  |  READ MORE


The Devon Education Fund

The Devon Education Fund (DEF) is financed through benefits received from the Joint Venture between Devon County Council and Babcock LDP.  It aims to provide £50k on an annual basis to fund ambitious and innovative ideas that will benefit learners in Devon from 0-25 years of age.  It opens up opportunities for schools, organisations and educational projects to generate new ideas and approaches to improve the lives of children and young people.

The next deadline for bids is midnight Monday 30th October 2017 - for more information and how to apply, visit the Babcock website

Changes to Pay Advice Arrangements

From the 1 November 2017 Payroll are introducing an E Payslip solution to all Schools and Academies staff  |  READ MORE

Educational Psychology Service Update:

Devon Cc Commissioned service:  due to the current additional statutory demand, support for educational establishments from the EPS is as follows:

  • Statutory work, as directed by Devon Cc commissioners
  • Planning and Review meetings-1 per year per educational establishment
  • Involvement in transfers from statements to EHCPs where the CYP fits the  EPS Eligibility criteria

Traded work for educational establishments:

Support from the EPS for other work required in schools, such as Early Help support, can be commissioned directly by schools/educational establishments.

Guidance  |  National professional qualifications: frameworks

Descriptions of the national professional qualifications (NPQs) to help current or potential participants understand the standards providers must meet  |  READ MORE

Babcock Education

National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders

Babcock have been approved to deliver the new National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) for aspiring or serving Executive Headteachers and CEOs of Multi-Academy Trusts


Notifying the Local Authority when adding or removing pupils from school roll

Please find letter via the link below to maintained schools and academies re: Notifying the Local Authority when adding or removing pupils from school roll  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Data protection: privacy notice model documents

Guidance from the DfE on suggested privacy notices for schools and local authorities to issue to staff, parents and pupils about the collection of data  |  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.


Consultation outcome  |  Short inspections of good schools

This document sets out a summary of our approach, details of responses and the actions that Ofsted is planning to take  |  READ MORE

Blog  |  Ofsted’s findings about the school curriculum

By Sean Harford, National Director, Education

Few would doubt that the curriculum is an essential part of school life. Without this wealth of human knowledge, a building full of teachers, leaders and pupils is not a school. If pupils don't get the benefit of a rich and deep curriculum then they will have learnt too little and made little progress  |  READ MORE

Open consultation  |  Short inspections of good schools: maintained schools and academies

This consultation follows on from Short inspections of good schools, a consultation that ran between 15 June and 18 August 2017. It sets out further proposals for changes to short inspections of maintained schools and academies from January 2018  |  READ MORE

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 8 November 2017

Guidance  |  School inspection handbook

Guidance for inspecting schools under the common inspection framework, with a mythbuster document on common misconceptions  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Handbook for short, monitoring and unannounced behaviour school inspections

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors carrying out school inspections under section 8 of the Education Act 2005  |  READ MORE

Research and analysis  |  Local area SEND inspections: one year on

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission inspect how well local areas fulfill their 'Special educational needs and disability code of practice' duties  |   READ MORE

Department for Education

News story  |  thirty-two academy leaders elected to help schools thrive

Names of academy leaders elected to headteacher boards announced

The names of 32 academy leaders elected to help shape the future of schools in their local areas, have been announced today (11 October) by the Department for Education  |  READ MORE

School Census Bulletin – Autumn 2017 (4)

The Department for Education have issued an update on the Autumn School Census 2017 which includes information on known issues for Secondary Schools  |  READ MORE

Academy Update

Academies Financial Handbook 2017

 The 2017 edition of the handbook is effective from 1 September 2017. It provides a stronger articulation of the role of members and trustees, and increases the focus on improving financial efficiency. A summary of the main changes can be found on pages 5 and 6 of the handbook  |  READ MORE

Early Years

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.

We suggest that your early years and childcare staff, as well as business managers, subscribe to keep abreast of developments in the sector. If you have an article for the digest please email early years communication -

Contact |   educate.earlyyearscommunication-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

EarlY Years ratios and qualified staff in school nursery provision

The statutory requirements relating to staff in nurseries in schools, and other settings, can be found in the Early Years Foundation Stage pages 23-26. The requirements differ depending on the way that the provision is run, the type of school that runs it, the age of children that are attending, and how the provision is organised.

The DCC Early Years and Childcare Service (EYCS) will be updating the (Almost) Everything Schools need to Know about Setting up Early Years Provision in Devon! over the coming weeks.  The updates include guidance on staffing relating to both ratios and qualifications.

Contact  |  fran.butler@devon.gov.uk


N E W  DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter H E R E 
(issue 127, 2 October 2017)

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


Authored article  |  HMCI's commentary: recent primary and secondary curriculum research

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, discusses findings from recent research into the primary and secondary curriculum  |  READ MORE

And Finally

The DAPH Office is closed from 4.30pm Friday 20 October and will re-open on Monday 30 October at 9.00am.

Wishing all our colleagues an enjoyable half term break.