DAPH Update: Summer Term | 22 June 2018 | Issue 4

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   Summer Term  |  22 June 2018  |  Issue 4                                       See previous issues H E R E


DAPH Summer Briefing  |  6 June 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the DAPH Summer Briefing at the Tiverton Hotel on 6 June 2018. Your feedback provided on the day has been shared with members of the DAPH Executive committee and will help shape future events.

Presentations from the event are available to view on the DAPH website and via the links below:-

Devon Inclusion Project  |  Dawn Stabb (Head of Education and Learning), Marc Kastner (Strategic Lead for Education Inclusion) and Babcock Behaviour Support Services. Read more details about the Education Inclusion Service H E R E

Early Help 4 Mental Health (EH4MH)  |  Sarah Lewis, Operational Lead for Virgincare Strand of Early Help for Mental Health Services across Devon.

The Law and Practice in relation to Exclusions  |  Russell Holland, Barrister in the Education Team, Michelmores.

DAPH Annual General Meeting  |  Wednesday 4 July 2018

On behalf of the DAPH Executive Committee, you are invited to attend the DAPH AGM which will take place at The Jack in the Green Inn, Rockbeare EX5 2EE on Wednesday 4 July 2018. The AGM formalities will form part of an overall review of work undertaken by DAPH during 2017/18.

Booking is essential and via the online booking form or send your apologies via EMAIL

Nominations for the DAPH Executive Committee

Nominations from Headteachers are invited to fill  3 full vacancies and up to 4 associate member vacancies on the DAPH Executive Committee from 1st September 2018. It is recommended that any nomination is discussed with and carries the full support of the Governing Body of your school.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 29 June - for more information about the role of the DAPH Representative and how to submit a nomination |   READ MORE

Conference Umbrella 2018

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 

Speakers for this year's event are confirmed:-

Kul Mahay  |  The Immersion Coach

Floyd Woodrow  |  MD & Founder of Chrysalis Worldwide

Mr Parkinson ICT  |  Using technology to raise standards

Shonette Bason Wood  |  Happiness Speaker

See the DAPH website for more details.

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

School funding
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Worth Less? School Funding Campaign

Save the date - Friday 28 September 2018

1000 Headteachers to visit Downing Street

To further support the Worth Less? school funding campaign, we are looking to send 50 school leaders from Devon to Downing St and we would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in joining this petition at the recent Summer Briefing (we will be in touch with you soon regarding further details).

If you haven't already expressed an interest and would like to join colleagues on 28 September, please confirm by email to daph@devon.gov.uk

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

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Read the new Briefing Paper agreed by f40’s Executive Committee and members. This paper describes f40’s views on the recently introduced National Funding Formula and highlights the group’s fundamental concerns about the NFF’s failure to adequately address the unfairness of funding allocations or remaining locked-in inequalities.

This Briefing Paper presents the key issues that f40 will campaign on in the future.

f40 contact  |  Doug Allan (secretary)  |  doug@dtw.co.uk

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

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. 

Devon Education Fund

Do you have a project that needs additional funding?

Grants of up to £20,000 are available – The Devon Education Fund wants to hear from schools, organisations and educational projects that exploit innovation and show a real ambition to enable children and young people in Devon to thrive and flourish.

The next deadline for bids is midnight Monday 7 September 2018 READ MORE

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New Guidance for Church of England schools on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Interim advice for schools and SIAMS inspectors ahead of the introduction of the new SIAMS Evaluation Schedule in September 2018  |  READ MORE

Plymouth CAST

Plymouth CAST - Educational Trustees Vacancies

Plymouth CAST is a large Multi Academy Trust comprised of 35 schools within the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth that spans Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. As the Trust restructures and refocuses to address immediate improvement requirements, the Board is looking to recruit non-executive directors (Trustees) with current, or recent, senior experience in primary and secondary education to help strengthen and develop the Trust and its schools. Final deadline for applications: 31st July 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
  • Details of the last DEF meeting held on 20 June 2018 can be found  H E R E
  • Date of next DEF meeting: 17 October 2018

To contact the Forum: schools.forum@devon.gov.uk         Tel: 01392 382305

Devon Education Forum (DEF): Appointment of Schools (LA Maintained) and Academy Members and named Substitutes effective from 1st September 2018 to 31 August 2022

See recent communication regarding nomination process and further details in relation to the appointment of Schools and Academy members and named Substitutes on DEF  |  READ MORE

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

  • Details of the last SFG meeting held on 23 May 2018 can be found H E R E
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.

  • Details of the last SOCA meeting held on 5 June 2018 can be found H E R E

Feedback from SOCA meeting  |  5 June 2018

Staggering into September - message from Fran Butler, Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency Lead

A yearly reminder that parents have a right to full time education in Foundation on the first day of term. Now that many children have 30 hours of funded Early Years provision a week (and several also buy additional hours) they are better prepared to start school full time. Each year the EYCS has calls and messages from parents complaining that:

- they cannot find childcare to enable them to work because schools insist on a staggered start,
- they cannot afford to pay for childcare
- they cannot take time off work to look after their child
- their child has had an extremely long break as they attended a term time only early years provider. 

Composite Prospectus

Schools to provide (own admitting authorities) or confirm (DCC admissions) information by 8th August 2018.   Devon’s prospectus is split into two sections: The Step by Step Guide to Normal Round Admissions which provides information about the admissions process and School Information.

·         The Step by Step Guide is published in the primary and secondary school sections at https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place.

·         School Information is published at https://new.devon.gov.uk/schools/school/ for each state-funded school in Devon.

This information will be refreshed for September 2018. All schools are requested to review their entry in the Schools Information pages and advise on any amendments that are required, such as: head teacher names, contact details, establishment status, oversubscription criteria, Published Admission Numbers and Numbers on Roll. Information will be amended and updated as necessary throughout the academic year as necessary. 

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

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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

Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance, Modern Slavery and use of Partner Agency Form

There is a significant increase in gang related incidents and issues across Devon. Please read the County Lines guidance if you are not familiar with this strategy. All information to be shared with the police as soon as possible using the Partner Agency form

See the County Lines Guidance document on the DfE website.

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Devon Early Help Roadshows  |  September 2018

The Early Help Roadshows are a way to enable knowledge sharing and best practice. Our aim is to develop knowledge and confidence to promote ways to work together to make a difference for children and families across Devon.

For more details and how to book a place on these FREE half day Early Help Roadshow events  |  READ MORE


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

Champions for Change

Devon’s children and young people’s participation group is called ‘Champions for Change’. We are a group of young people with special educational needs and disabilities who believe that voices should be heard, not ignored: Listen, hear and understand.

We are working on a film project which we hope will help children and young people with special needs understand their rights to have a voice and to be heard.

Read more about this group and the work that they are doing - visit this P A G E  of the SEND Local Offer website and click on 'Participation'.

SEN Funding (Element 3) for EHCPs in Mainstream Schools

Details regarding the new funding descriptors and calculator tool for allocating funding levels for all new EHCPs were sent to Headteachers via email on 15 June 2018 from Julia Foster, Senior Manager SEND. Any colleagues who may have not received this correspondence directly should contact the 0-25 SEND team - please email Educate.specialeducation025resources-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

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.

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


Guidance  |  Using Ofsted’s IDSR: early years foundation stage profile to key stage 4

Guidance for the primary and secondary inspection data summary report (IDSR)  |  READ MORE

Ofsted Blogs  |  developments in education inspection

Building confidence, encouraging aspiration  |  READ MORE

Schools are different. Inspections are different  |  READ MORE

Statistics, like art, paint a rich picture  |  READ MORE

Sign up to receive these emails directly - visit this L I N K to the Ofsted website

Department for Education
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Interim National Schools Commissioner appointed

Regional Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington to become acting National Schools Commissioner from the beginning of September 2018  |  READ MORE 

Early Years

Do you receive the latest news and updates from the Early Years and Childcare Service?

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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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.

This week  -  see the website article on Busy Governor’s Guide to Raising Additional Funds which includes advice on charging for activities and resources, voluntary contributions, schools trips / educational visits and hiring out the school premises.  

Contact DAG |   info@dagdevon.uk