DASH Update: Summer Term | 7 June 2018 | Issue 3

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   Summer Term  |  7 June 2018  |  Issue 3


DASH Summer Conference & AGM

Friday 29 June 2018 at

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre EX6 7XS

  • Keynote speaker A N D Y  B U C K  - see more at honk.org.uk
  • Exclusions training with Russell Holland, Barrister in the Education Team at Michelmores to include the legal basis for an exclusion, duties of the governing body, the role of the Independent Review Panel, SEN/disability discrimination issues and reducing legal risk
  • Devon Inclusion Project - update and outcomes of workstreams  
  • DASH Business and AGM

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 and cancellation charges.

School funding
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Worth Less? School Funding Campaign  |  Save the date - Friday 28 September 2018

1000 Headteachers to visit Downing Street

Read an update on recent activity from Jules White who is co-ordinating the campaign and includes details of the planned visit to Downing Street in the Autumn term  |  READ MORE

To further support the Worth Less? school funding campaign, we are looking to send 50 school leaders from Devon to Downing St - in order to co-ordinate the visit, anyone interested in joining colleagues on 28 September should please confirm interest by email to daph@devon.gov.uk


DfE Guidance  |  What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online  

The information that academies, including 16 to 19 colleges and any educational institution that has academy arrangements, should publish on their websites  |  READ MORE

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DfE Guidance  |  What maintained schools must publish online

Last updated 24/05/18

The information that schools maintained by their local authorities must publish on their websites  |  READ MORE

Whats New

For Action  |  Attendance of Children in Care

Message from Ian Hemelik - Virtual School Headteacher

To all Headteachers / Principals

We are concerned that recently school attendance of Children in Care has declined.

To address this issue we ask that:

  • Our VS Administrator, Kate Clarke (kate.clarke@devon.gov.uk) is notified when the attendance level for any Child in Care drops below 95%.   This information will be passed to our Area Learning Advocates who will follow this up with the relevant Social Worker.

  • When a Child in Care fails to arrive for school on any given day, that you contact their Foster Carer, on the same day, to ascertain the reason for non-attendance. 

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South West Youth Games

Saturday 7 July 2018 at Dawlish Leisure Centre

For the first time ever, the South West’s biggest community youth sports event is now open to entries outside of Devon and Cornwall local authority teams. This South West Youth Games finals aimed at those at beginner level will take place in South Devon at Dawlish on Saturday 7 July. The event site lies no more than 500 metres from a main line train station. Sports open to entries are Badminton (Year 7-9),  Cyclocross (Year 4-7), Dance (aged 8-18), Football – Girls (Year 5-6), Mini Tennis (Year 3-4), Softball Cricket – Girls (Year 7-8), Triathlon (Year 7-10). All entries are just £20 per team.

To enter, visit the website - see Get Involved and Enter Online

Please advertise the F L Y E R in your school to raise awareness of the event.

Any questions? Please use the CONTACT US form.


DASH Representation on Working Groups

The scope and role of DASH within the local context is illustrated in the DASH Working Group Representatives chart effective for the current academic year.

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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    Keeping Children Safe Newsletter

    Read the latest updates from Babcock in this month's Keeping Children Safe newsletter including:

    • MASH enquiry research information
    • Data Protection for schools
    • One minute guides
    • Teen Translation Tool
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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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    DCFP Education Advisory Group Meeting  |  14 May 2018

    Feedback to schools from the recent DCFP Education Advisory Group meeting included :-

    School Nursing Core Offer

    In response to changes in the national funding for local health there are major changes to the school nursing core offer for 2018-19. This is the last year of the contract with Virgin Care ahead of DCC resuming responsibility for School Nursing and Health Visitors from 2019.

    There is only funding for 35 schools nurses across Devon and the work will be targeting:

    • supporting schools to meet the needs of individual children who have an identified medical need or where the school feels there be an identified need.

    • providing support for SRE teaching and guidance and support of identified children at KS2-5.

    These proposals will be shared with school leaders via a survey in the very near future.

    Elective Home Education DfE Consultation

    The national consultation on Elective Home Education (EHE) is currently open. Legislation hasn’t changed since 1984 and recently there has been a significant increase in EHE in Devon (521 children 2012/13 to 1275 2016/17) which is continuing to rise. The DfE recognises there are many reasons for this and are proposing significant changes including requirements for all EHE children to be registered with a LA; introducing statutory monitoring duties for the LA; and specifying safeguarding CPD & qualifications required by all private tutors.

    Schools welcome to submit own response by 02/07/18. Access the consultation via this L I N K

    DCC are submitting a corporate response, schools wishing to contribute should do so by 14 June 2018 to Emma.Hitchins@babcockinternational.com

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    Statutory guidance  |  Keeping children safe in education

    Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment  |  READ MORE

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    Right for Children

    DCFP Multi Agency Training and Events

    Places are still available to book on the following courses:-

    Child Sexual Abuse - 12/06/18

    Understanding Domestic Abuse - 21/06/18

    Safeguarding Supervision - 26/06/18

    Challenging Domestic Abuse - 28/06/18

    See the DCFP website for more details and how to book online.


    Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

    Babcock SEND helpline

    SEND Local Offer

    Devon’s SEND Local Offer is the education, health and social care services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25.

    For more information visit the SEND Local Offer website and to keep up to date

    Subscribe to the newsletter

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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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    RE Newsletter for Schools in Devon Torbay and Exeter Diocese

    Welcome to the latest RE newsletter  |  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


    Guidance  |  Inspecting schools: leaflet for schools  

    This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during a school inspection  |  READ MORE

    Department for education

    Research and analysis  |  Supporting mental health in schools and colleges  

    Survey and case studies with schools on activities to support pupils' mental health and wellbeing  |  READ MORE     

    See also Pen portraits of provision - May 2018

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    Guidance  |  Data protection: privacy notice model documents  

    Suggested privacy notices for schools and local authorities to issue to staff, parents and pupils about the collection of data  |  READ MORE

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    Guidance  |  Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges  

    Advice for schools and colleges on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children  |  READ MORE


    Consultation outcome  |  Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions

    Detail of outcome

    Summary of responses received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps  |  READ MORE

    See the new guidance that comes into effect from 3 September 2018.

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    Consultation outcome  |  Schools that work for everyone

    Detail of outcome

    The DfE's response to the Schools that work for everyone consultation. It details a package of measures which are intended to foster cross-sector collaboration in order to improve outcomes for pupils across the education system, and create new good school places that are accessible for all children of all backgrounds  |  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.    Contact DAG |   info@dagdevon.uk