DAPH Update: Spring Term | 19 February 2018 | Issue 3

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   Spring Term  |  19 February 2018  |  Issue 3                                  See previous issues H E R 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

Details of  S P E A K E R S  for this year's event to be announced shortly - details to 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.


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

Babcock  |  Keeping Children Safe Newsletter February 2018

  • Farewell to Jane Lake
  • ScoMIS news
  • DSVA Alliance Event
  • LGBT
  • Outstanding s175 audits
  • MASH seminars - availability
  • KCSiE - consultation
  • Links and resources



Schools Update  |  January 2018

Read the latest update from Michelmores  |  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 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.

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

Help to shape the new DCFP website

Devon County Council Digital Communications Team is developing a new safeguarding information website on behalf of Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP).

Help them to shape the new website by answering a short survey about this current site.


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

N E W  Schools Service film: the NSPCC recently launched a brand new film to help promote the Schools Service, and the full range of services offered to schools  |  watch the film on YouTube via this L I N K

Speak out. Stay safe programme

We know that the best way to reach children is through speaking to them directly in schools. So at the heart of our Schools Service is our Speak out Stay safe programme, delivering safeguarding messages directly to children through assemblies and workshops for children from the age of 5 to 11. Our ambition is to visit every primary school in the UK at least every 3 years, so that each primary school child hears our safeguarding messages at least twice. Our direct work in schools also provides us with a valuable opportunity to speak to teachers about our wider Schools Service offer to the school community, working in partnership with schools to ensure that they are the safest environment for children. We will also provide schools with valuable resources for their parents and carers, for example the Underwear Rule and Share Aware materials. We've been running a free safeguarding service in schools since 2011. Launched in 2016, Speak out Stay safe is our updated programme delivering safeguarding messages to primary school children. Our current plan is to visit every primary school at least once every 3 years Speak out Stay safe is our programme delivering safeguarding messages to primary school children.

For further details about the programme please contact Colette.Hudson@nspcc.org.uk


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


Feedback from Multi Agency Early Help Improvement Baord (MAEHIB)

The meeting held on 23 January 2018 was attended by DAPH representative David Barnett who provided the following feedback for schools:-

  1. All schools need to be aware there will be changes to MASH referral process in response to GDPR. Look out for information in Babcock Safeguarding and DAPH updates.
  2. A significant number of schools have yet to register any users of Right for Children (replaced Holistix 12 months ago). If you need information go to www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org/latest-news-updates/right-for-children-new-early-help-it-system/
  3. All schools need to be aware of the increasing number of exclusions and the rise in appeals from parents which are being upheld by panels because schools and governors have not followed the statutory processes. Contact your local Inclusion and Integration Officer for more information.
  4. A reminder that you can contact your Locality Early Help Coordinator to access support for the family in these cases.

Budget Preparation 8: SBS Calculator for 2018/19 – Update

Information on how to access the browser version of the SBS calculator plus details on how to access the new version  |  READ MORE

Exclusions  |  Notes from an Independent Review Panel

Lorraine Heath, Headteacher at Uffculme School, recently attended an IRP in the capacity of Governor and wanted to raise awareness regarding training requirements and the level of scrutiny that members of the Exclusion Panel came under  |  READ MORE

DAPH is presently looking at holding a training session on Exclusions in partnership with Michelmores - further details will follow shortly.


Guidance  |  Inspecting schools: guidance for parents

A leaflet for parents and carers of children whose school is due for inspection  |  READ MORE

Department for Education

Statutory guidance  |  Schools causing concern

Statutory guidance on local authorities' and regional schools commissioners' responsibilities relating to schools and PRUs causing concern  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Primary school accountability  

Technical guidance on primary accountability, school-level progress measures and similar schools  |  READ MORE

National Statistics  |  National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2017 (revised)  

Revised information on the 2017 national curriculum assessments at key stage 2, including breakdowns by pupil characteristics  |  READ MORE

Early Years

Early years self evaluation form

Early years providers can use this optional online form to help them improve. Inspectors use it to plan for inspections  |  READ MORE

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.


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


Lesson plans for teaching 'Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age' in Devon

General Information about selected historic and archaeological sites in Devon, lesson plans and resources packs plus other details on prehistoric and historic sites  |  READ MORE