DASH Update: Spring Term | 20 February 2018 | Issue 3

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   Spring Term  |  20 February 2018  |  Issue 3


DASH Summer Conference & AGM  |  Friday 29 June 2018 at

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre EX6 7XS

 With keynote speaker

Andy Buck

A N D Y   B U C K   honk.org.uk

A geography teacher by trade, Andy went on to become a headteacher for thirteen years at two schools in east London.  In his second headship, his school was judged outstanding and he was designated a National Leader of Education.  In 2009, he was appointed as a director at the National College for School Leadership and in 2012 was made Managing Director at one of the largest academy groups in the UK.  Andy has subsequently founded two organisations: Leadership Matters and #honk.  Both aim to improve the educational outcomes for pupils by supporting great leadership development for leaders at all levels in the system.  He has written five books on educational leadership, including the best-selling ‘Leadership Matters’. 

Booking is essential and via the O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M

Bookings are open to Devon school leaders who are members of DASH - this is a free event subsidised by DASH. Please see the booking form for further details.

Whats 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


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 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


    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.

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    Devon Children & Families Partnership


    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
    Recommended Reading

    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


    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


    Feedback from Multi Agency Early Help Improvement Baord (MAEHIB)

    Feedback to schools following the meeting held on 23 January 2018 included:-

    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 DASH 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.

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    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

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    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


    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.


    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


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