DASH Update: Summer Term | 15 May 2018 | Issue 2

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   Summer Term  |  15 May 2018  |  Issue 2

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  

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

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.

School funding
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School Funding Survey - Worth Less? Campaign

On 30 April 2018 a school funding survey was circulated to school leaders across 30 counties with the hope to attract 1000 responses. Over 1500 responses were submitted, providing a significant snapshot of the funding challenges that schools are facing. Thank you to everyone that participated.

The press release and survey were issued to the media on 8 May and also forwarded to Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee.  This will mean that headteachers have an important “voice” within their funding inquiry.

The survey results are advertised via this L I N K. The login details are

User: THSRH12 and Password: funding2017

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Knife Crime in Devon schools - has your school had a knife related issue?

FAO: Headteachers and Designated Safeguarding Officers

Devon and Cornwall Police would like to know whether headteachers feel there has been an increase in knife related issues in schools over the past couple of years, or whether your school has not had any knife crime issues at all.  For example:-

  • Do any schools give their pupils an input on the dangers of carrying a knife? Or is there considered to be no need for this?
  • How often are pupils found with a knife in school?
  • Would the school report this to police or deal with it themselves?
  • Have any pupils said they are carrying it to protect themselves?

Answers to the above questions or any general comments you wish to make regarding knife crime in your school can be sent to Aimee Mitchell, Headteacher at Isca Academy via email amitchell@iscaexeter.co.uk  or you can contact her PA Fran Metay via email fmetay@iscaexeter.co.uk

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School Census Bulletin – Summer 2018

As you may be aware, the statutory School Census for the Summer Term will take place on Thursday 17 May 2018. It is recommended that schools begin to prepare for the School Census by ensuring that, so far as possible, pupil databases are up-to-date and the relevant systems/accesses are in place  |  READ MORE

Whats New
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Update from Devon Norse  |  Food Mixer Legislative Requirements (Interlocking Guards)

Devon Norse are aware that there are food mixers in schools across Devon that may not meet current health and safety legislative requirements as they do not have interlocking guards  |  READ MORE

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Immunisations for school aged children - update from NHS England South

An update regarding school immunisation services to primary and secondary school aged children in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay  |  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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    Staff Survey 2018  - Child Sexual Abuse

    Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) has been a priority for DCFP during 2017-2018 and the DCFP CSA Working Group have been looking at how we can improve outcomes for children who may be at risk of sexual abuse.  We issued a similar staff survey in late 2016 and gained almost 900 responses from staff and professionals across Devon.

    If you work in Devon, directly or indirectly with children, please would you complete our short survey, which will help us to benchmark the current level of understanding, inform learning needs and evidence impact. Visit this link to the S U R V E Y

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    EH4MH programme extension confirmed

    Additional funding has been confirmed to extend the EH4MH programme until 31st March 2019.

    The contract for EH4MH was due to expire at the end of August 2018, but additional funds have now been committed to enable the programme to continue into next year. For more information and other EH4MH updates  |  READ MORE

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    Right for Children

    Early Help 'Right For Children' Events

    Visit the DCFP website for dates, venues and online booking for the 'Right For Children' events that are taking place across Devon, with dates available during the Summer and Autumn terms  |  READ MORE

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    Read the latest SEND Improvement Programme news and updates


    Subscribe to the newsletter  |  Visit the SEND Local Offer website

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    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

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    Babcock Safeguarding Update April 2018

    Read the latest newsletter which includes updates on:

    • Elective Home Education - consultation
    • GDPR advice from SWGfL
    • Babcock Autumn training dates
    • DCFP Child Sexual Abuse survey and training dates
    • Mental Health First Aid course
    • New Babcock website
    • Preventing young people joining gangs
    • IIOC Campaign 2018 
    • MenACWY vaccine for Yr13 students
    • Working with young people trafficked for criminal exploitation
    • Education for a connected world
    • Barnardo's Real Love Rocks
    • Disrespect NoBody
    • NSPCC best practice updates

    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


    New Law for School Websites (maintained schools)

    The Department for Education (DfE) has produced guidance on what schools are required to publish on their websites. This is separated into two different sets of requirements, one for maintained schools and one for academies, free schools and colleges.

    This article by Michelmores focuses on the obligations placed on maintained schools, and the additional requirements that will come into force on 1 September 2018  |  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.


    Blog  |  Ofsted's spring conferences

    Posted by: Sean Harford on 24 April 2018

    The last of our spring conferences for school inspectors took place on Friday 20th April  |  READ MORE

    Department for education

    New National Schools Commissioner to help raise standards  

    A new National Schools Commissioner is to be appointed following the excellent work of Sir David Carter, who is to retire from the civil service  |  READ MORE

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    Guidance School resource management: checklist  

    Help with planning school finances and resources – tools and advice from the Department for Education (DfE)  |  READ MORE

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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.   

    Recommended reading  |  Principles for a clear and simple school accountability system posted 7 May 2018

    Contact DAG |   info@dagdevon.uk