DASH Update: Summer Term | 26 April 2018 | Issue 1

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  Summer Term  |  26 April 2018  |  Issue 1

Andy Buck

DASH Summer Conference & AGM

Friday 29 June 2018 at

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre EX6 7XS   

B O O K   O N L I N E

With keynote speaker A N D Y   B U C K       honk.org.uk 

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

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. 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

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

Whats New

Meningococcal ACWY vaccination Year 13

Public Health England are asking for schools’ help in encouraging all Year 13 pupils to check if they have received the MenACWY vaccine to protect against meningococcal disease.  This is a rare disease but can be life-threatening and cause meningitis and septicaemia.  Current Year 13 students will have been offered the vaccine in year 10 or 11, but some did not take up this offer. This is in response to a rapidly growing increase in cases of a highly aggressive strain of meningococcal W.

Please view documents via this  L I N K which contain information for staff and students. For queries contact the Screening and Immunisations Team at NHS England – email england.swscreeningandimms@nhs.net

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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


    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


    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

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    DCFP Multi Agency Early Help Improvement Board (MAEHIB)

    Feedback from phase association representatives 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.
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    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

    Babcock SEND helpline
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    SEND News and Updates

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

    Recommended Reading
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    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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    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

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    Social media analytics – March 2018

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

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    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


    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


    GDPR  |  The role of Data Protection Officer

    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

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    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

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    Statutory guidance  |  Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)  

    Statutory guidance on NQT inductions for headteachers, school staff and governing bodies  |  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  |  School inspection handbook  

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

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    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

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    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?

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    DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

    Read the latest DAG newsletter H E R E

    Devon Association of Governance (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