DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 5 December 2017 | Issue 5

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   Autumn Term  |  5 December 2017  |  Issue 5                         See previous issues H E R E

Spring 2018

DAPH Spring Briefing 2018

Wednesday 7 February at the Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

B O O K   O N L I N E

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


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

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

School funding

The campaign to prevent discrepancies in education funding - why does Devon receive less?

Representatives from Devon and numerous other counties across the country have presented a letter to MP Phillip Hammond calling for him to reinstate the £1.7 billion that will be removed from school budgets during the financial period 2015-20.

They spoke out on behalf of over 5,000 schools who have voiced their concerns about the funding crisis that is engulfing schools across the country  |  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

Head Strong - Investing in ourselves.  Wellbeing - what’s it all about?

The  H E A D  S T R O N G document raises awareness and highlights the importance of personal effectiveness, work life balance, Dedicated Headship Time and the importance of wellbeing at work.

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


Are you 'Winter Ready'? 

Planning for School Emergencies

It's a good time to think about reviewing your School’s Emergency Management Plan  |  READ MORE

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

Priority Action  |  School Survey regarding revised Fair Access Protocol

reply by Friday 15 December 2017

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

What's New
NHS England

South West School Immunisations - preferred bidder announcement

See the letter from NHS England South (South West) in relation to the recent tender for immunisation services and next steps  |  READ MORE

Contact  |  phcontractssouthwest@nhs.net


Michelmores Schools Update

Read the latest newsletter from Michelmores dated November 2017  |  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 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

 Babcock Safeguarding Update

Read the latest newsletter dated NOVEMBER 2017 

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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)

Note the deadline for submissions is Friday 8 December 2017

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

Headteacher Update  |  1 December 2017 from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning

Schools Funding Arrangements 2018-19 update  |  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


Department for Education Privacy Notice Update for Schools

The Department for Education have updated their Privacy Notice template for schools to issue to parents and pupils about the collection of data. This template will assist schools in their compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25 May 2018  |  READ MORE


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.

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Consultation outcome  |  Short inspections of good schools: maintained schools and academies

This is a report on the outcomes of the consultation that ran from 21 September to 8 November 2017 on proposals for changes to Ofsted’s approach to short inspections from January 2018.

The changes relate to short inspections of good maintained schools and academies, and outstanding and good maintained nurseries, special schools and pupil referral units  |  READ MORE

Press release  |  Ofsted confirms new arrangements for short inspections

Changes will ensure short inspections are responsible interventions that minimise the burden on schools  |  READ MORE

Department for Education

Open consultation  |  Restraint and restrictive intervention: draft guidance

The Department of Health is consulting on draft guidance on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs.

The consultation is seeking views on how well this draft guidance helps a range of settings and services to support children recognised as being at higher risk of restraint  |  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.


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


Research and analysis  |  Reception curriculum in good and outstanding primary schools: bold beginnings

This report looks at the Reception curriculum in successful schools and how well it prepared 4 and 5 year olds for the rest of their education and beyond  |  READ MORE