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

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   Autumn Term  |  5 December 2017  |  Issue 5

Dash Winter 2017

Last chance to book!

DASH Winter Conference 2017

Friday 8 December 2017 at the Flybe Training Centre, Exeter EX5 2LJ   B O O K  O N L I N E  

with updates from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education & Learning, Eileen Barnes-Vachell, Head of School Effectiveness and Lisa Mannall, SW Regional Schools Commissioner.

Hotel Accommodation (optional - to be booked separately)

Delegates have the option of staying at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel near Exeter Airport on Thursday 7 December. Please book directly with the hotel if you would like to join colleagues. Please note that DASH is not reimbursing costs for accommodation - delegates to book and pay for themselves.

How to book accommodation (best available rate) via email, phone or online:

Booking and Cancellation terms (for accommodation at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel):

Payment for accommodation will be taken by the hotel at the time of booking. Cancellation of the booking may result in charges being due - please check the terms and conditions at the time of your booking.

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D A T E  F O R  Y O U R  D I A R Y

DASH Summer Conference & AGM 2018  |  Friday 29 June 2018

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

ASCL Conference  |  9 - 10 March 2018  |  ICC Birmingham

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ASCL is offering group discount to Devon secondary school leaders for next year's conference on 9-10 March 2018 at ICC Birmingham.

G O L D  attendance: 2 day programme with dinner on the Friday, £336 pp (members) OR £368 (non-members)

S I L V E R  attendance: day delegate, £159pp per day (members) OR £200 (non-members)


H O W  T O  B O O K  |  contact ASCL via email Annual.Conference@ascl.org.uk and quote 'DASH' and the following details when booking to ensure you attract the group discount rate.

  • member / non-member of ASCL
  • attendance requirements (i.e. attending both days etc)
  • delegate details including full name, job title and direct email address 
  • school name and address
  • invoice details and any PO number required
  • remember to quote DASH to attract discount

ACCOMMODATION  |  please book your accommodation directly with the selected hotel Hampton by Hilton, Birmingham Broad Street (i.e. for the Friday night accommodation).


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


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

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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

Whats 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

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Annual health check for young people with a learning disability

Young people between the ages of 14 and 17 who have a learning disability are eligible for an annual health check. This is an important opportunity to discuss both their physical and mental health with their GP and build relationships to help ensure their future good health  |  READ MORE

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Future mag

Future Magazine  |  November - December 2017

The second issue of Future magazine  |  READ MORE

Any schools or colleges who are interested in advertising an event or would like to include an advert/article can C O N T A C T the magazine directly.

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Chichester trust

Outward Bound 'Skills for Life Award' 2018

The Sir Francis Chichester Trust is once again offering FREE places on the 19 day Outward Bound 'Skills for Life Award' course  to young people who live in Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) and who are aged 16-19 (at the time of the course, which will be July/August).
The course is designed to help participants make an effective transition into sixth form, further education or work and is a chance to have a life-shaping adventure with people from all over the world, to know what they are truly capable of achieving and to stand out in a crowded market place.  The courses are held at the Outward Bound centres in the Lake District, Wales and Scotland  |  READ MORE  |  download the P O S T E R

Closing date for applications  |  12 February 2018

More information (including a video clip about the course and a link to the application form) can be found on the Trust website chichestertrust.org

Education Forum

When attending meetings of Devon Education Forum (DEF), its sub-groups and other statutory or working groups, DASH Representatives provide a summary of key messages and issues affecting the secondary 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


    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.


    Babcock Safeguarding Update

    Read the latest newsletter dated NOVEMBER 2017

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    ACT For Youth campaign phase two launch - social media toolkit

    Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) is Counter Terrorism Policing’s brand platform which brings together communications to warn, inform and reassure the public, and encourage them to take action to help save lives.

    In September, ACT’s Act For Youth campaign launched, designed to help educate 11 to 16 year olds on how to stay safe in the event of a firearms or weapons terrorist attack. Key advice is to follow Run, Hide, Tell guidance until police arrive on the scene but insight shows that this messaging is not always effectively reaching younger audiences. 

    The second phase of the campaign commences on 14 November and focuses on the launch of an animated film in conjunction with the first-ever terrorism safety lessons to be taught in UK schools. This phase of the campaign is aimed at education practitioners, including teachers and youth group leaders, and encourages them to use the PSHE designed lesson plans as part of educational activity with 11 to 16 year olds  |  READ MORE

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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


    Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

    Babcock SEND helpline
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    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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    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.

    To view/subscribe to the latest bulletins  |  READ MORE

    About the Education & Skills Funding Agency  |  READ MORE


    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


    DASH Representation on Working Groups

    The scope and role of DASH 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: 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.


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    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.



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    RE Newsletter  |  November 2017

    Read the latest newsletter, offering advice and information on Religious Education.