DAPH Update: Spring Term | 9 March 2018 | Issue 4

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   Spring Term  |  9 March 2018  |  Issue 4                                     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

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

DAPH are pleased to confirm speakers for this year are:

Kul Mahay V2

Kul Mahay  |  The Immersion Coach

Mastering the art of inner leadership  kulmahay.com

During his 32 years within the UK Police Service, Kul spent two-thirds of his time in leadership roles. Having risen to the top levels of leadership, he has led thousands of people and managed multi-million-pound budgets as well as strategically commanding the most challenging of critical operational scenarios.  Kul knows the absolute need for versatility as an effective leader.  More importantly, he knows the critical need to master the art of inner leadership  |  READ MORE

Floyd Woodrow

Floyd Woodrow  |  Chrysalis Worldwide


Floyd Woodrow is the Managing Director and founder of Chrysalis Worldwide, a world leading values-based organisation. Floyd has an excellent track record of success as a Military Leader, Director, Non-Executive Director, Consultant and Negotiator. Floyd is challenging, supportive and totally committed to developing elite teams and individuals  |  READ MORE


Mr Parkinson ICT


Mr Parkinson is a primary school teacher who specialises in the use of technology to raise standards across the curriculum. His training and INSET provides teachers with a wealth of knowledge on the most engaging and inspiring ways to improve standards in Literacy, Numeracy and the NEW primary Curriculum using modern technology  READ MORE

Shonette Bason Wood

Shonette Bason-Wood  |  Happiness Speaker


A Guinness World Record Holder, mother of four, International Speaker and award-winning author. Shonette is different in style and content, from her look to her ability to lift an audience to a whole new level of thinking. She has created a positive global community within education in which educators put their own happiness first to impact on the children they work with. Famous for her fine muscle exercise Dough Disco, Shonette works Internationally with over 26 countries with Spread the Happiness Educators  |  READ MORE

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
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The Key Membership Offer 2018 - DAPH offer for Devon schools

Your school is eligible to receive up to 25% off membership of The Key’s services (The Key for School Leaders, The Key for School Governors and CPD Toolkit) through our partnership with them.

For those who have not yet tried The Key’s services, they are offering you access to free resources so you can see for yourself how The Key can help you save time, solve problems and increase efficiency  |  READ MORE

Theatre Alibi seeks a Board Member with Primary School knowledge & experience

Theatre Alibi is an educational charity that tours to over 12,000 children in Devon schools every year. They are looking for someone with current experience and knowledge of primary education to join their Board  |  READ MORE

(Note that the original closing date of 28 February to register your interest has been extended)

Please get in touch if you’d like more information or would value an informal chat about what the role involves – call Mary Attewell on 01392 217315 or email mary@theatrealibi.co.uk


Early Help 4 Mental Health

Early Help 4 Mental Health is a prevention and early intervention programme, operating across Devon; with culture change at its core. It works with schools to promote and build mentally healthy behaviours and resilience, helping children to lead happy and healthy lives.Early Help 4 Mental Health.

The challenge

Following an inadequate judgement by Ofsted, Devon County Council initiated work on the development of a new strategy, sponsored by the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

This included a review of early help, which indicated there were gaps in the emotional, psychological and social wellbeing of the school-aged population. Devon County Council’s Public Health Team and Exeter Medical School, began the development of a service to meet this gap  |  READ MORE

Leadership Research Scholarships: Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership

Information about the Leadership Research Scholarships that are being offered by the Church of England in partnership with the Farmington Institute  |  READ MORE

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The Diocese of Exeter School Leaders Conference

Looking after the Mental Health of our Children

March 22nd 2018 at Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish EX7 0NA

Please join us for a day of informative and exciting talks, all relating to the mental health and well-being of the children in our schools. This conference complements schools work with  Virgin Healthcare and supports transition from Primary to Secondary school. It will be of value  for any schools wanting to further develop their support for young people and to align it with their ethos.

For booking details and more information  |  READ MORE

Bereavement Course  |  Wednesday 21 March 2018

You are invited to join a  F R E E  course (provided by the Balloons Charity Devon) to assist teachers to support and help children who are suffering from Bereavement. 

The course offered by the joint teacher unions Devon Learning Partnership Forum for all teachers in Devon Schools  |  READ MORE

Health and safety in the work place - Saturday 24 March 2018

F R E E  course offering an introduction to the health and safety issues in schools provided by the joint teacher unions Devon Learning Partnership for teachers in Devon schools  |  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.

SOCA Meeting  |  27 February 2018

Feedback from DAPH representatives Alun Dobson, Caroline Boother and Penny Hammett after the SOCA meeting on 27 February 2018 included:

  • Summer Holiday Admission Requests - look out for further details outlining the process schools will need to follow. Details to be circulated by Andrew Brent.
  • EYFS - please return the EYFS Annual Survey of Providers NOW. Next year's funding will be affected if we cannot include all funded children on the census. Reminders have been sent directly to schools via email.
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

DCFP Education Advisory Group Meeting  |  5 March 2018

DAPH representative David Barnett provided the following feedback to schools:

  • Positive behaviour guidance document currently on DCFP website reviewed and discarded by schools as not consistent with DFE and SEND Code of Practice documents. New one minute guide on positive behaviour good practice to be developed instead.
  • KCSiE and Working Together to Safeguard Children are the "go to'" documents regarding  data protection. Follow these and schools will comply with GDPR within the safeguarding arena.
  • New multi-agency Case Resolution (Escalation) protocols in place with immediate effect - view / download the PROTOCOL from the DCFP website.
  • New One Minute Guides on Early Help and guidance documents - see links to resources on supporting children/young people after a terrorist attack and those with anxiety issues.

DCFP Multi Agency Early Help Improvement Board Meeting

6 March 2018

DAPH representative David Barnett provided the following feedback to schools:

  • Organised Crime Profile for Devon now available with useful information about specific areas around the county. County Lines Strategy in operation with support for identification of vulnerable young people as well as information of how the prevent, protect, pursue and prosecute procedures work. This is a very high profile issue in Devon as the county is being targeted by gangs from London and the North West.
  • The Right for Children system is a currently being ‘cleansed’ and updated to rationalise all the incomplete assessments and cases that have not been accessed for 6 months. The deadline for completion of assessments is 20 weeks. The system is also being improved following user consultation to iron out problems identified and to add features to improve functionality. If there are any problems with old open cases contact the helpline.

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Child abuse. If you think it, report it.

This is the main message in the Department for Education campaign that is running to remind us that we all have a responsibility to report any concerns of abuse or neglect and get help to vulnerable children and young people. According to government figures, 400,000 children in England last year were supported because someone noticed that they needed help  |  READ MORE

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) on 0345 155 1071 and staff will offer support to determine the right response. Alternatively email: mashsecure@devon.gcsx.gov.uk and give as much information as you can.

For more information about how to report suspected child abuse, visit Devon County Council’s  W E B S I T E


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


Statutory guidance  |  Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children  

Statutory guidance for local-authority-maintained schools carrying out duties for looked-after and previously looked-after children  |  READ MORE

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Responsible for Information Course

‘Responsible for Information’ is a free resource aimed at staff in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It helps employees and business owners to understand information security and the associated risks. You will learn how to identify information security threats, and how to minimise the associated risks in this resource  |  READ MORE

Information Management Toolkit for Schools

Following the latest round of GDPR training with Michelmores, several delegates raised the question around retention guidelines. See page 35 within the T O O L K I T which provides guidance on retention periods connected to the general management of the school.

Michelmores  |  Getting Ready for GDPR

Download and share the recent presentation given by Michelmores at the January & February 2018 GDPR training sessions  |  READ MORE


Corporate report  |  Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17: education, children’s services and skills  

Ofsted's Annual Report presents our findings for the areas we inspect in early years childcare, schools, further education and skills and social care  |  READ MORE


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  |  READ MORE

Consultation outcome  |  Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance

Download the full outcome - Working Together to Safeguard Children and new regulations

Early Years

Statutory guidance  |  Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5  |  READ MORE

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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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