DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 15 December 2017 | Issue 6

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   Autumn Term  |  15 December 2017  |  Issue 6                            See previous issues H E R E


N E W  GDPR Training  |  15 January 2018 at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

Presented by Russell Holland, Barrister at Michelmores Education Solicitors

The EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May 2018, will be the biggest reform of data protection and privacy law in over two decades.

HOW TO BOOK  |  one  F R E E  place per school – additional bookings charged at £25 per attendee. See the DAPH Update newsletter for further details

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

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.


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


Nursery Admissions – New policy for January 2018

The DCC Nursery Admissions Policy for January 2018 onwards, the new Nursery Admissions Application Form DAF-0, and a Nursery Admissions Policy Template that can be adapted by schools to suit their provision are now available on the Early Years and Childcare Service webpages  |  READ MORE

School Census Bulletin – Spring 2018

As you may be aware, the statutory School Census for the Spring Term will take place on Thursday 18th January 2018.

We strongly recommend that schools begin to prepare for the School Census by ensuring that, so far as possible, pupil databases are up-to-date and the relevant systems/accesses are in place  |  READ MORE

What's New

Important – E Payslip Reminder

Head Teachers and Bursars – please cascade the following reminder regarding E Payslips to your staff  |  READ MORE

Correspondence  |  STA assessment update: 5 December 2017

Latest information and actions from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) for schools, academies, local authorities and academy trusts  |  READ MORE

Be part of the DfE Pilot, Schools Buying Strategy

The schools' buying strategy  is intended to support schools’ to save over £1 billion a year by 2019-20 on their non-staff spend. It aims to help all schools improve how they buy goods and services – allowing them to maximise the resources they can invest in high quality education for their pupils and supporting them in managing cost pressures.

One of the key initiatives is to provide School Buying Hubs to help schools with more complex buying activities. School Buying Hubs are intended to help schools achieve savings where goods and services which can be effectively bought on a regional basis or where the services are complex, infrequently purchased and high value  |  READ MORE

EHCP Ombudsman Report October 2017

Read the report on 'Education Health and Care Plans: our first 100 investigations'  | READ MORE


Devon Enhanced Autism Programme 2018

 A  F R E E  training programme for all Devon LA schools and academies designed to:

  • to develop a consistent approach across the authority and ensure a common understanding of how to support children and young people with Autism and related needs.
  • to enhance provision and practice across all educational settings and workforce for children and young people with Communication and Interaction needs.

For more information  |  READ MORE

Contact  |  babcock-education.co.uk/ldp/cpd   |  autism@babcockinternational.com  |  01392 287239

New Head of Children’s Social Care

Darryl Freeman started this week (Monday 4 December) on a fixed term contract as our Head of Children’s Social Care (Deputy Chief Officer). Darryl comes to us from Bedford Borough Council with a great track record and an excellent reputation  |  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.

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

Annual Reviews of EHCP’s

An update to the previous communication about Annual Reviews from Beatrice Beer, SEN Commissioning Manager  |  READ MORE

School Survey Executive Summary

The first stakeholder survey of the year (April-17/18) was undertaken this quarter and assesses the impact of the Educational Psychology Service from the school perspective.

This year an in-depth case study approach was taken to gather some qualitative results to compliment the 3 previous quantitative school surveys  |  READ MORE

SEND Newsletter  |  December 2017

Read the latest newsletter from the SEND team with updates on workforce development survey results, engagement toolkit, Devon graduated response tools and other links  |  READ MORE

Recommended Reading
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Devon Carers has a specialist team who work with young carers, addressing the needs of young people providing care and support to other family members, primarily a parent or a sibling. Young carers are put in a position of great responsibility at a very young age; dealing with situations that many adults would find a challenge.

To find out what is on offer for young carers, aged 5 to 18 years, in your area or to make a referral please contact Devon Carers on 03456 434 435

Visit the Devon Young Carers website  devonyoungcarers.org.uk

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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


Universal Credit Sessions  |  February 2018

Do you work with families who will be moving to universal credit? For details on information sessions in Swimbridge, South Brent and Exeter and how to book  |  READ MORE


Collection  |  Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17

Ofsted's Annual Report examines the quality of schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills  |  READ MORE

Press release  |  Ofsted Chief Inspector launches her first Annual Report on state of education and children’s care in England

Launching her first Ofsted Annual Report as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman said the life chances of the vast majority of young people in 2017 are the best they ever have been  |  READ MORE

Department for Education

Guidance  |  Recruiting a headteacher

A guide to help governors and trustees make effective decisions when recruiting and selecting headteachers and other school leaders  |  READ MORE

National Statistics  |  Primary school performance tables: 2017

Achievements of pupils in each state-funded primary school in England  |  READ MORE


Open consultation  |  Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions

The DfE are seeking views on:

  • revisions to ‘Keeping children safe in education’, the statutory guidance that sets out what schools and colleges should do and the legal duties with which they must comply to keep children safe
  • new advice on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges


Public Health Nursing consultation

Devon County Council is are looking at ways we can better integrate/align our own health & wellbeing services, enabling us to help children and young people have the best start in life.

This consultation is asking for your views on the strategic objectives and service delivery model that best supports this ambition  |  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

And Finally

Farewell to ....

DAPH would like to say farewell and best wishes to Andrew Brierley, Headteacher at West Croft School in Bideford who is retiring at the end of this term.

Congratulations to ....

Congratulations to the following colleagues who have moved into a new post during the Autumn term:-

  • Swimbridge  CofE Primary School  |  Sandra Tibbles, Headteacher
  • Stokeinteignhead Primary School  |  Karen Strachan, Acting Headteacher
  • Upottery Primary School  |  Christopher Legg, Headteacher


On behalf of the DAPH Executive Committee and Office team, we would like to thank you for your continued support during 2017 and we wish you all a very happy and restful Christmas break.

Note that the DAPH Office closes on Friday 15 December 2017, re-opening on Tuesday 2 January 2017.