DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 23 November 2017 | Issue 4

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   Autumn Term  |  23 November 2017  |  Issue 4                           See previous issues H E R E


DAPH Autumn Briefing 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to last week's Autumn Briefing at the Tiverton Hotel. Your feedback provided on the day will be shared with members of the DAPH Executive committee and will help shape future events.

Links to the presentations will soon be available to view on the DAPH website - the Regional Schools Commissioner SW presentation from Lisa Mannall is available to download  H E R E.

SLSS Seminars  |  following the popular 'Social Media in Schools' session with Michelmores after the Briefing, we are looking at hosting a series of short focused sessions to help support school leaders with managing daily challenges and pressures.

What seminars you would like organised for the Spring term? Let the DAPH Office know by completing this  F O R M  

Spring 2018

DAPH Spring Briefing 2018

Wednesday 7 February at the Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

B O O K   O N L I N 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

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.

Young Carers

A reminder that 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.

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

What's New

Transgender Guidance, One Minute Guide and F R E E Conference

Message from Beverley Dubash, Safeguarding Lead for Education

Visit this  L I N K  to download the Transgender guidance and advice for schools document.

Visit this  L I N K  to download the Transgender One Minute Guide

FREE Conference  |  9 January 2018

#Lost in Transition: Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Pupils

Dawn Stabb, Head of Education & Learning is funding a free conference for Devon schools, delivered in partnership with The Intercom Trust, aimed at helping schools to understand the issues facing transgender children and how best you can support them. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Only one place per school will be accepted. The conference will be on 9 January 2018 at Exeter Racecourse and includes a keynote speaker from the National Centre of Expertise, The Portman Clinic.

How to book  |  Please follow this  L I N K to find out more and to book your free place.

Outdoor play equipment – Norleg swing

Please follow this  L I N K  to information about incidents involving a type of swing produced by Norleg, which may require action by your school if you have the same model.

School Survey regarding revised Fair Access Protocol

Every LA is required to operate a protocol to enable children who would otherwise be out of school to access a school quickly and locally. It applies to in year admissions only, not to the normal round of admissions  |   READ MORE

Do you work with families who will be moving to Universal Credit?

In order to understand how to support families to access Universal Credit, please attend one of the sessions in February 2018  |  READ MORE

Elective Home Education Guidance for Schools

Instructions and flow chart showing what to do when a child is removed from roll for Elective Home Education  |  READ MORE

Wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Children and Young People – Online Survey

The Wider Devon STP is being developed by the many partners in Devon and this survey provides the NHS with the opportunity to better meet needs of Education, Health and Social Care professionals.  For more information and the link to the survey  |  READ MORE

Save the date: The Mix 2018 – Wednesday 20 June 2018

Save the date for the annual schools music festival from Babcock LDP Music Service, lead organisation for Devon Music Education Hub.

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 15 January 2018

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 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


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

Review of Provision for Special Educational Needs

and Disabilities (SEND)

In accordance with Devon's SEND Strategy and implementation plan, Devon County Council is undertaking an annual review of education provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities for whom DCC has responsibility.

As part of the review, the Council is undertaking a short series of surveys during the Autumn 2017, to obtain feedback from as many of those directly involved as possible. The outcomes from the review will directly impact on education provided in the future  |  READ MORE

Recommended Reading
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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

Libraries Unlimited Annual Report, for the year 2016/2017

Visit this  L I N K  to the Annual Report

The links our libraries are building with local schools are getting ever stronger as we discover new ways of working together to raise the aspirations of children and young people. Thank you for your support for us as a new organisation and we look forward to developing our collaboration with you all in the coming year. If this annual report sparks any ideas for new partnership development that you would like to discuss with us, please get in touch.

Kate Mackenzie  |  Service Development Manager, Libraries Unlimited
07976 584706  |  Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ           www.librariesunlimited.org.uk 


DAPH Representation on Working Groups

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


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

Guidance  |  Using Ofsted’s IDSR: early years foundation stage profile to key stage 4

Guidance and prototypes for the new primary and secondary inspection data summary report (IDSR)  |  READ MORE

Collection  |  Using Ofsted’s inspection dashboard

Information and guidance for inspectors and stakeholders about Ofsted’s inspection data summary report (IDSR) and inspection dashboard (last updated 16 November 2017)  |  READ MORE

Department for Education

Guidance  |  Primary school accountability

Technical guidance on primary accountability and school-level progress measures (last updated 16 November 2017)  |  READ MORE

News story  |  Consultation on disadvantaged entitlements under Universal Credit

The Department for Education is asking for views on how the government can continue to support children most in need, in a consultation launched 16 November 2017.

The consultation will review eligibility for children currently receiving additional support from the government during their education, such as free school meals and additional school funding, in light of the national roll out of Universal Credit  |  READ MORE

Buying for Schools  |  Guidance on how to plan and run an efficient procurement process to buy goods, works or services for your school.

A well planned procurement process can help schools to:

  • get value for money
  • follow EU procurement law

Use the step-by-step guide to plan and implement the most appropriate process for your school procurement need and take a look at the deals available for schools  |  READ MORE

Early Years

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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.


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