DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 10 November 2017 | Issue 3

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   Autumn  Term  |  10 November 2017  |  Issue 3          See previous issues H E R E


DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

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

N E W  visit this  L I N K  to view/download presentations from some of the speakers. We hope to have other slides available soon.

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 / download the A G E N D A  Have you booked? Check the  D E L E G A T E  L I S T

N E W  School Leadership Support Service (SLSS) seminar

‘Social Media in Schools’

2.00pm in the Lowman Suite, Tiverton Hotel

Following on from the Autumn Briefing, a seminar has been organised for delegates who are interested in hearing about the risks and challenges of Social Media in schools. The use of social media by schools continues to be a hot topic - done well, social media can enhance the learning experience of students, improve communications with parents and serve as an effective yet inexpensive marketing tool. Despite the many benefits to using social media, in practice there are also a number of challenges and risks that your senior leadership team should be prepared for. Aimed at Head Teachers and senior leaders, this seminar looks at the pros and cons of social media and focuses on ways you can mitigate the risk of social media in your school. This seminar will be delivered by Russell Holland – Barrister in Michelmores' Education team and will last one hour including time for Q&A. There is no cost to attend.

HOW TO BOOK   |   spaces are limited to 30 for this session and booking is essential via the O N L I N E  B O O K I N G  F O R M

School funding

WorthLess Campaign  |  Petition to Downing Street, 14 November 2017

The organisers of the WorthLess Campaign to increase school funding, beyond the promised additional funding next year, have been in touch to ask whether any headteacher would be willing to represent their local authority area for the next stage of the campaign.

On 14 November representatives from 30 counties will deliver a letter to Philip Hammond.  If you are able to go to represent Devon then please contact the DAPH Office for further details. Thank you.

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.


Reminder  |  Section 175/157 Safeguarding Annual Audit

The deadline for completion is 31 December 2017 - please complete and return your Safeguarding Annual Audit promptly.

Any questions about the audit should be sent to louisa.rockey@babcockinternational.com

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


Consultation on School Admission Arrangements 2019-20

Consultation on school admission arrangements for 2019-20 and Devon education transport policy for 2019-20. Consultation closes 5 January 2018  |  READ MORE

What's New

Element 3 Changes  |  Template Letter to Parents

Following the changes to element 3 funding announced in July 2017, the Local Authority has produced a template letter which you may wish to use to reassure parents about the changes and the processes that will take place over the next year for children currently in receipt of non-statutory funding  |  READ MORE

Devon School Appeals  |  Independent Review Panel Members  

Applications are invited for Primary Headteachers to join the Independent Appeals Panel in Devon to consider school exclusion appeals.  This is a voluntary role and full training will be provided - for more information on the role and details on how to apply  |  READ MORE

Teaching Apprenticeship – Approved! And other Apprenticeship news

On the 19 October 2017 the post-graduate teacher apprenticeship standard was approved for delivery. For further information and other apprenticeship news  |  READ MORE


Michelmores Schools Update

Read the latest newsletter from Michelmores dated October 2017  |  READ MORE

Annual Reviews of EHCP using the online portal

Short training sessions available for using the online portal to submit the Annual Review of an EHCP - reply by 16 November  |  READ MORE

anti bullying

Anti-Bullying Week 13 - 17 November 2017

See guidance and a procedure for anyone in a school or youth setting to report an incident, however minor, anonymously if necessary  |  READ MORE

Devon School Health Education Unit (SHEU) Results 2017

Read the results summary from our latest survey of Devon’s children and young people, undertaken by the School Health Education Unit (SHEU).  The purpose is to better understand the experiences, behaviours and perceptions of children and young people in relation to their physical and emotional health and well-being.  Each school taking part has already received an individual report presenting anonymised data from their pupils, providing valuable insight and evidence to inform school priorities in relation to the themes in the survey.

The survey was carried out in the 2017 spring and summer terms and represents the views of 5,541 young people across Devon  |  READ MORE

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Step into the NHS

As part of the Step into the NHS programme and the NHS 70th birthday celebrations, Health Careers is producing a new educational resource for primary schools designed to help teachers talk to children about a wide range of careers, and challenge gender stereotypes of health and care roles.

They are looking for pilot schools across the country to take part during the Spring 2018 term.  To express an interest for for more information, please contact Gabriela Ogada on Gabriela.Ogada@hee.nhs.uk

Guidance  |  PE and sport premium for primary schools

How much PE and sport premium funding primary schools receive in the academic year 2017 to 2018 and advice on how to spend it  |  READ MORE

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

Guidance  |  Schools forums operational and good practice guide (updated 27.09.17)

Information for local authorities, school leaders and governing bodies about their schools forum obligations and duties  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Schools forum: a guide for schools and academies

Information for schools and academies to understand the role of their schools forum  |  READ MORE

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.

SOCA Meeting 26 September 2017  |  Right to Request

Schools are reminded to notify the LA should they receive a 'Right to Request' from parents or providers (i.e. a request to set up childcare on the school premises) - please notify Fran Butler  |    Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency Lead  |  fran.butler@devon.gov.uk

    Safeguarding and Early Help
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    Devon Children and 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

    DAPH representative feedback from PREVENT Steering Group meeting

    Feedback to schools from the meeting held on 2 October 2017 included:-

    • Be curious
    • Be proactive in monitoring any travel to Syria or Iraq  (also some parts of Africa including Libya, Nigeria and Chad) and raising awareness and engaging with families.  Procedures should be in place so that relevant Prevent, or safeguarding, referrals be made should there be any known travel.
    • Schools to ensure Prevent training is kept up to date and all staff and volunteers are aware of their role in being vigilant.  E-training is available.  Wrap training can be adapted and not read from the script (put it in a local context)
    • Schools to be diligent in reporting missing children.
    • Schools to ensure policies re use of social media are clear e.g. staff and children acceptable users.


    National Police ChiefS' Council (NPCC)

    R U N   H I D E   T E L L

    What to do in the rare event of a fire arms or weapons attack - download the P O S T E R

    The Channel Referral Process

    Channel is a multi agency safeguarding process and early intervention strategy aimed at identifying and supporting individuals (including children) vulnerable to the recruitment of violent extremism.  It must be noted this includes all forms of extremism.  It is a mechanism for ensuring that these individuals are assessed and supported by professionals using statutory safeguarding frameworks and multi-agency partnership working. Below is a flowchart which illustrates how to refer a concern of this nature. For more information on the referral process and a flowchart  |  READ MORE

    Prevent tragedies

    Prevent Tragedies  

    A UK police and partners initiative to help prevent people getting drawn into violent extremism and terrorism.  See more at preventtragedies.co.uk

    The Extreme Right Wing (XRW)

    Download the information sheet which raises awareness of Extreme right wing symbolism  READ MORE

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    UASC Conference  |  26 January 2018

    Working together effectively to support unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children  |  READ MORE

    The Autism Spectrum and Vulnerability (Parent information event)

    Book to attend the Parent Autism Awareness Information events (throughout November and early December) which have a focus on supporting parents to safeguard children who may be at risk or vulnerable to exploitation or radicalisation. There is no cost to attend this course  |  READ MORE

    Open consultation  |  Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance

    The DfE are seeking views on

    • significant revisions to Working Together to Safeguard Children, the statutory guidance on what’s expected of organisations to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
    • 2 sets of statutory instruments (regulations) needed to support the new arrangements

    READ MORE   |  this consultation closes at 11:45pm on 31 December 2017

    Safer Devon Partnership

    The Safer Devon Partnership aims to work together to enable the people of Devon to feel and be safe in their homes and communities. Partners include all four of the Community Safety Partnerships in the County, the police, fire and rescue service, clinical commissioning groups, Public Health, Police and Crime Commissioner, Probation Service and the Youth Offending Service.

    For more information and links to other documentation  |  READ MORE


    Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

    Babcock SEND

    Advice for SENCOs re. the Transfer Process

    Guidance/checklist for SENCOs completing the ‘Annual Review in the year of Transfer’ paperwork  |  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

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    Information: primary assessment newsletters available on subscription

    The Standards and Testing Agency sends out email updates every Tuesday during term time to provide information, reminders and deadlines for primary assessment providers at key stages 1 and 2.

    You can access them on GOV.UK or subscribe to receive them directly to your inbox.

    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

    Are You Ready? Planning for School Emergencies

    For the attention of Head teacher/Principals and Governors of All Schools

    With the winter fast approaching, the potential threat of severe weather, fuel strikes and the continued risk of seasonal flu there has never been a better time to think about reviewing your School’s Emergency Management Plan.

    To assist you with this process we have put together an 'Are You Ready' information pack which provides useful guidance  | READ MORE

    Contact: peopleandschoolsemergency-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

    Autumn 2017 Safety First Bulletin, produced by the Devon Health & Safety Service for Schools and Academies

    View / download the October 2017 issue  |  READ MORE


    Elective Home Education (EHE) Children/Safeguarding Concerns & Attendance Notices

    Whilst the LA has no right of entry for EHE children where there are safeguarding concerns, it is possible to issue Attendance Notices if children are not at home during school hours. The official statement on this has been confirmed as:-

    In the absence of any evidence that a child is receiving “an efficient full-time education suitable to their age, aptitude and ability and to any special educational needs they may have” in accordance with Section 7 of the Education Act 1996,  a school attendance order will be sought.

    School Term Dates

    It has come to light that some parents are basing holiday plans on information available on third party websites (termdates.co.uk and schoolholidays.co.uk) around term dates which do not necessarily correlate to individual Devon schools. Admissions have suggested that schools may wish to remind parents that they should always check with their own school website rather than relying upon information supplied by third party websites.

    Devon LA School term dates also includes a term date information link for individual schools  |  READ MORE

    Freedom of Information Requests  |  Guidance from Information Governance Team

    The Information Governance Team has been made aware that Devon schools appear to have received a blanket FOI request recently, and this has raised some queries as to the obligations of schools under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

    In light of this, the Information Governance Team would like to draw your attention to the following guidance  |  READ MORE

    Guidance  |  National Citizen Service: guidance for schools and colleges

    Guidance for schools and colleges to help students get involved with the National Citizen Service (NCS)  |  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.

    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.


    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


    Collection  |  Statistics: key stage 2

    National curriculum assessments and review outcomes at key stage 2, including measures of progress between key stages 1 and 2  |  READ MORE

    And Finally
    Christmas Choir

    Celebrate Christmas with your school choir – Perform with DMEH at Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

    Devon Music Education Hub will be kick-starting the Christmas season by giving school choirs the chance to perform to festive shoppers on the Exeter cathedral christmas market bandstand on Friday 1st December.

    If you’re interested in a performance slot for your school choir to demonstrate their talents at this festive showcase, please contact the Babcock LDP Music Service team as soon as possible (reply by Friday 17 November).

    Email: Heidi.Pike@babcockinternational.com or contact your area music lead.