DAPH Update: Spring Term | 23 January 2018 | Issue 2

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   Spring Term  |  23 January 2018  |  Issue 2                      See previous issues H E R E

Spring 2018

DAPH Spring Briefing 2018

Wednesday 7 February at the Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

Registration from 08.45am, closes 1.00pm followed by lunch

B O O K   O N L I N E

N E W  download the A G E N D A 

With updates on:

  • KS1 and KS2 SATS - STA update and arrangements for 2018
  • Performance and standards in Devon schools - areas for focus and support for schools
  • Pupil Premium - use of funding and Closing the Gap for disadvantaged pupils
  • DAPH key messages

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

GDPR Training  |  Wednesday 7 February 2018 (2.00 pm – 3.30 pm) at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton    

B O O K   O N L I N E

Russell Holland, Barrister at Michelmores Education Solicitors will be giving an overview of the GDPR and will focus on practical points that schools need to take now in order to be prepared   R E A D   M O R 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

School funding

Meeting with MPs

Cabinet Member for schools, James McInnes, and Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning visited Westminster last week to brief the county’s MPs on the latest situation together with Paul Walker (DAPH) and Rob Haring (DASH). The key message was to let MPs know that,  just because the National Funding Formula has been introduced, schools in the county still lag far behind many other areas and our High Needs Budget is also under considerable pressure.  Further updates from this meeting will follow.

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.


Local Authority School Term Dates

Schools are encouraged to remind their parents and staff to use the recommended Local Authority school term dates.


School Census Bulletin – Spring 2018 – Known Issue (3)

An issue has been identified in the School Census Summary Report whereby pupils aged 4 are included within Table 15 instead of being shown separately in Table 16.  It is also believed that the report is excluding 15-year olds in error  |  READ MORE

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


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 21 March 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.

Feedback from SOCA meeting 9 January 2018

Compliance with the School Admissions Code:

  • Priority for children of “Other Faiths” – schools need to show that the criteria for eligibility are equitable to Christian faiths and are achievable locally: can children of other faiths satisfy attendance criteria?
  • Nursery application : schools need to demonstrate that summer born children have legitimate and realistic opportunity to get into school; may need to reconsider having nursery as a priority

More work to be done prior to determination of admissions:

  • In-year application forms : schools with determined arrangements to include their own application forms will be subject to compliance review
  • Admission arrangements and school websites - All schools to check they have all of their admissions policies on their websites; copies as understood by the LA are held in individual school Sharepoint folders at http://devon.cc/schoolpolicy

Admission of children in care:

Aim is to accelerate admission of children in care/formerly in care to support virtual school. Expectation is that only rare exceptions when a child in care should not be admitted to a school  |  READ MORE

Safeguarding and Early Help
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Devon Children and Families Partnership


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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

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Babcock Newsletter


The January N E W S L E T T E R includes updates on:-

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) - new draft guidance has recently been published and the DfE is currently seeking views on the new guidance via an online consultation, which closes on 22 February 2018

Outstanding s175/157 Safeguarding Audits - if you are one of the 83 schools that have missed this 31 December 2017 deadline please follow this link to complete as a matter of urgency.


Keeping Children Safe Online NSPCC/02 resources

Message from Colette Hudson  |  NSPCC Schools Service  Area Coordinator Devon & Torbay

The NSPCC and 02 have joined forces to help keep children safe online. Call our helpline, visit an O2 Guru or explore our online safety advice for everything you need to keep children safe online.

NSPCC-02 helpline:

A free adult helpline has been developed to provide people with expert advice on keeping children safe online. The helpline is available on 0808 800 5002 

People can also book to speak to an ‘02 Guru’ face to face in one of the 02 stores. For more information visit nspcc.org.uk/02

Net Aware:

Keep up to date with the latest apps, games and social networks children use. Net aware keeps you up-to-date, with simple advice on what's new in social networking. We review privacy settings, suitable ages and appropriate content for over 50 sites. You can also download this as a free app:www.net-aware.org.uk

The NSPCC and the London Grid for Learning:

LGfL are running a pupil online safety survey, free to all UK primary and secondary schools, to mark Safer Internet Day 2018 which will be celebrated globally on 6 February 2018. The online survey is open from 1-28 February, and is designed for pupils across Key Stages 2-4, covering a range of online safety issues. Schools need to sign up in advance to participate in the survey. Findings from the survey will help better understanding of the risks children and young people face online as well as a better understanding of attitude and behavioural trends will help inform policy and educational resources.  To sign up in advance of participating in the survey, please follow the link:  https://pupilsurvey.lgfl.net

Online safety is becoming a huge challenge for pupils, Parents/Carers and Schools . Please support this and help to keep children  safe online.

Contact Colette  |  Colette.Hudson@nspcc.org.uk

Peer on peer abuse policy & guidance document issued by DFE

NSPCC online training materials for primary schools recommended - see more info at

Managing sexualised behaviour in primary schools - online course 

Operation Encompass - informing non school based EY settings

Following an Operation Encompass phone call, schools are asked to inform their Designated Safeguarding Leads in relevant pre-school settings as there is no strategy for informing non school based early years settings.


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND
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


Research and analysis  |  School inspections: staff and pupil questionnaire text  

During Ofsted school inspections, staff and pupils can give their views via an online survey. This page provides the questions for reference only  |  READ MORE

Department for Education

Policy paper  |  Reducing teacher workload  

What the government is doing to reduce unnecessary workload for teachers, including details of the workload challenge  |  READ MORE

Removing Unnecessary Teacher Workload Events

Exeter  |  8 March 2018 at Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XS

The Department for Education, in collaboration with school leaders and teachers across the country, is running a series of events to showcase work that is currently being done in schools to effectively reduce teacher workload  |  READ MORE

This exciting regional event in Exeter will showcase work that is currently being done in schools to effectively reduce teacher workload. You will have the chance to meet with other colleagues, engage with presenters from across the education sector and discuss your own work and contexts  |  READ MORE


Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper

The government is asking people for their views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges. The proposals include:

  • creating a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams
  • every school and college will be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health
  • a new 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas

The consultation closes at midday on 2 March 2018  |  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.


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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

F R E E  twilight CPD session at RHS Rosemoor with the Wellcome Trust on Tuesday 20 February from 3.30pm to 6.00 pm

Wellcome is working with many different partners, including the BBC and the Royal Horticultural Society, to support busy primary teachers with primary science. We’ve been developing a free digital resource, Explorify, that has been shown to ignite curiosity and wonder, support thinking and discussion skills, develop observational skills and help children to think like a scientist.

Come along to the session at Rosemoor where I’ll be introducing Explorify and sharing some top tips to get the most out of it. Use Explorify to enrich science teaching, help bridge between lessons and discover that science is for everyone.

For more details and booking information  |  READ MORE

Contact: Louise Stubberfield, Programme Manager – Education, Wellcome Trust cpd@rhs.org.uk