DAPH Update: Summer Term | 23 April 2018 | Issue 1

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   Summer Term  |  23 April 2018  |  Issue 1                                           See previous issues H E R E

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Venue  |  Michelmores, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WR

Russell Holland, Barrister at Michelmores Education Solicitors will be delivering Exclusions training at the Michelmores office in Exeter on Wednesday 2 May 2018.

The session will cover the legal and practical issues in respect of exclusions. This will include:

  • the legal basis for an exclusion
  • the duties of a governing body when considering an exclusion
  • the role of the Independent Review Panel
  • special educational needs / disability discrimination issues and exclusions
  • reducing legal risk when making decisions

Timings for the session are:-

  • 14.00  |  registration and coffee
  • 14.15  |  session with Q&A
  • 16.15  |  refreshments and networking
  • 16.45  |  close

Target audience: this training is aimed at Headteachers.

How to book  |  booking is essential and via the ONLINE BOOKING FORM.

Places are limited for this session. This training is free (one place per Devon primary school) - if oversubscribed, please note that a repeat Exclusions Training session is included within the DAPH Summer Briefing agenda on 6 June 2018 at the Tiverton Hotel - see below for details.

Summer Briefing

DAPH Summer Briefing

Wednesday 6 June 2018 at the Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

Registration at 8.45am   Close at 4.00pm

T H E M E   |   I N C L U S I O N

Dawn Stabb and members of the Education and Learning team will be providing updates on:-

  • Guidance on the process (to ensure legal compliance), Managed Moves, Dual Registration
  • Update on outcomes of work streams under the Devon Inclusion Project
  • Behaviour Support strategies / case studies to include examples of alternative provision or therapeutic services
  • Exclusions training hosted by Michelmores, to include legal and practical issues for schools to consider (this is a repeat session of the Exclusions Training on 2 May 2018)

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

Already booked? Check the current 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

Speakers now confirmed - see the DAPH website for more details

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

Already booked? Check the current D E L E G A T E  L I S T

School funding

Funding Challenges in Devon Schools - letter to Dr Sarah Wollaston MP

Further to the meeting held with representatives from Devon schools and Dr Sarah Wollaston MP on Friday 23 March, DAPH and DASH have written separately to pick up on the actions arising in respect of the Mental Health and Wellbeing agenda in Schools to include the potential cessation of funding of the EH4MH support services and a meeting with colleagues in DCC Public Health to discuss a Devon wide bid for trail-blazer status under the proposals set out in the Governments Green Paper: Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision.

  • Read the letter sent to Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (dated 28.03.18)  H E R E
  • See response to this letter from Dr Sarah Wollaston MP dated 29.03.18  H E R E
  • See also the response from Nick Gibb MP dated 16.04.18  H E R E
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

Request for EH4MH Case Studies

The DAPH Office is seeking case studies from schools on how EH4MH has made a positive impact - how schools are finding their mental health support, what their school is offering their children and what they might benefit from. Please email your case studies to daph@devon.gov.uk

A chance to try out mental health education programmes and £1000 for your school

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is looking for primary and secondary schools to partake in our 2018-2020 Education for well being research programme to implement and evaluate a range of mental health interventions for school pupils in years 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9  |  READ MORE

NJC Local Government Services Pay Award

Agreement has been reached by the National Joint Council (NJC) for rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019 for non-teaching staff on DCC grades A to T. This is a 2% increase, with the lowest paid receiving up to 9.1%, aligned with National Living Wage increases  |  READ MORE

Free School Meals Legislation Changes

Information from the Free School Meals team regarding some recent changes in Free School Meals legislation which came into force on the 1 April 2018  |  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 20 June 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


DCFP 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

DCFP Multi Agency Early Help Improvement Board (MAEHIB)

Feedback from David Barnett (DAPH representative) who attended the recent MAEHIB meeting on 19.04.18 included:-

  • It is becoming increasingly important that all schools use the Right for Children system and engage with Early Help to request additional support for families. Many schools are managing successfully to support families but without using the system and Early Help DCC is unable to complete the payment by results applications which will be the basis of funding for Early Help in the future. Many of the services we currently access have been pump primed by the LA on the understanding that funding will be received, so far Devon has only been able to access 8% of the £3m allocated by the government for this work, we should currently be at 50%. This is partly because of incomplete Right for Children information and low levels of requests for additional services from Early Help. Schools should contact their locality Early Help coordinator for further advice.
  • Watch out for information on the new online MASH enquiry form with will go live in June 2018.

Guidance  |  Harmful Sexual Behaviour in School

The Contextual Safeguarding team, supported by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission, have created a range of resources for schools, multi-agency partnerships and inspectorates for tackling harmful sexual behaviour in schools. For more information and a useful list of resources  |  READ MORE


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

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SEND News and Updates

See the latest news and updates from the SEND team  |  READ MORE

Recommended Reading

f40 Campaign for Fairer Funding

See the latest news from the recent Fair Funding Conference held in London on 26 March 2018, plus updates from the fair funding campaign on the f40 website f40.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

Social media analytics – March 2018

See the latest monthly roundup of key stats from DCC’s combined social media activity  |  READ MORE 

South West Child Health Information Service  |  Bulletin No. 5

See the latest updates from the SW Child Health Information Service bulletin March 2018  |  READ MORE


GDPR  |  The role of Data Protection Officer in maintained schools

In order to comply with the requirements of the GDPR individual schools will be required to make arrangements to either appoint to this statutory position, or assign responsibility for this role to an existing staff member.  Further guidance on this statutory position is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office website via this  L I N K or contact Martin Lawrence, Data Protection Officer and Information Governance Manager DCC via EMAIL for further clarification.

DfE Guidance  |  Data protection: toolkit for schools  

Guidance to support schools with data protection activity, including compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  |  READ MORE

New Guidance for Church of England Schools

The new SIAMS Evaluation Schedule will come into operation in September 2018 - CofE schools will be inspected on the quality of their provision from September.  See the new guidance and other useful resources H E R E

Statutory guidance  |  Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)  

Statutory guidance on NQT inductions for headteachers, school staff and governing bodies  |  READ MORE 


Guidance  |  School inspection handbook  

Guidance for inspecting schools under the common inspection framework, with a mythbuster document on common misconceptions  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Handbook for short, monitoring and unannounced behaviour school inspections  

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors carrying out school inspections under section 8 of the Education Act 2005  |  READ MORE

Blogs  |  Sean Harford, National Director Education

Changes to the School Inspection Window - includes more details on the small number of updates to section 8 and section 5 inspection handbooks (see above).

Also see Assessment – what are inspectors looking at?


Consultation outcome  |  Primary assessment in England

Detail of outcome

Summary of the responses received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.  Also published is an update on measuring progress in primary schools. An impact assessment is also available  |  READ MORE

Early Years

Guidance   |  Inspecting registered early years providers: guidance for inspectors 

Ofsted inspectors use this handbook when inspecting early years providers  |  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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