DAPH Update: Summer Term | 16 July 2018 | Issue 5

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   Summer Term  |  16 July 2018  |  Issue 5                                          See previous issues H E R E

What's New

DAPH Annual Report 2017-18

Work undertaken by DAPH is summarised in the A N N U A L  R E P O R T  2017-18 and includes;

  • Detailed reports on LA Statutory Board and other Working Groups
  • Safeguarding and SEND
  • DAPH Annual Conference, Briefings and Other Events
  • Partnership working
  • School Leadership Support Service (SLSS)
  • Constitution
  • DAPH Structure and Representation on Devon Education Forum and Sub-Groups


Following the DAPH AGM held on 4 July 2018, membership of the DAPH Executive Committee from 1 September 2018 is now confirmed as follows:

Alun Dobson - DAPH Chair for the Academic Years 2018-20

Paul Walker - DAPH Vice-Chair for the Academic Year 2018/19

Continuing Full Members:

  • Alun Dobson - Marwood Primary School
  • Paul Walker - First Federation Trust
  • Martyn Boxall - Exeter Children's Federation
  • Hilary Priest - The Grove Primary School, Totnes
  • Jamie Stone - Denbury Primary School

Re-elected Full Member:

  • David Barnett - Chudleigh CofE Primary School

Elected from Associate Member to Full Member:

  • Melanie Smallwood - Bishops Tawton Primary School
  • Penny Hammett - FORT Federation

Newly Elected to Full Member:

  • Rachel Shaw - South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust

Continuing Co-opted Associate Member:

  • Antony Power - Michelmores LLP

Newly Co-opted Associate Members:

  • Colin Butler - Otter Valley Federation
  • Katie Gray - Jubilee Federation
  • David Perkins - Littletown Primary Academy

View the Executive Committee 2018-19 contact details H E R E

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Worth Less? School Funding Campaign - 1000 Headteachers to Downing Street

Save the date  |  28 September 2018

Message from Jules White, Headteacher at Tanbridge House School

View the F L Y E R

Apparently, schools have never had it so good.  There’s more money than ever before and record numbers of teachers are available to work in our schools. 

This view from Government and the Department for Education lacks credibility and for many schools and their head teachers, our experience is very different. 

On Friday 28 September over 1000 head teachers from across the country will gather at Downing Street to ensure that our schools and the communities that we serve are prioritised.  With a collective and entirely reasonable voice we will urge the Government to improve matters both now and in the future.

READ MORE about the planned visit and how you can get involved. 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

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DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

11 & 12 October 2018 at the Saunton Sands Hotel

Speakers now confirmed - 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

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

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.

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Devon Music Education Hub Data Request

Devon Music Education Hub has agreed to increase the amount of Music Education Grant funding devolved to school clusters and to prioritise the delivery of whole class ensemble tuition as a primary requisite for receiving the MEG.

To release the funding each school must respond to our request for data about music education activity in your school for the current 2017-18 academic year  |  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

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.

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

Devon Maintenance Partnership

At the June SOCA there was a reminder to all schools that contractors under the Devon Maintenance Partnership (DMP, VA Promise and DAMA) are all DBS checked and can work in schools during the day. If a school has agreed an appointment with a contractor to carry out DMP work and then turns them away without justifiable reason, then the school will be charged for the re-visit.

Safeguarding and Early Help
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Devon Children and Families Partnership


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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

Support Available to Families at Risk of Food Poverty in Devon Over Summer Holidays

There are over 1.5 million children in receipt of Free School Meals in the UK and millions more living in poverty. What will happen to these children in your school during the school holidays? Some may not receive enough food, or due to unhealthy foods often being cheaper, they may not receive the nutrition they need to live healthily.  

Foods high in fat, salt and sugar are often cheaper, but high consumption of these is linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and diabetes.  A poor diet over the holidays is likely to influence a child’s learning, health and opportunities when they return to school in September, meaning these children are at an unfair disadvantage.

Food poverty is a complex issue, but a few key issues have contributed to the problem. These include in-work poverty, low incomes, welfare reform, unhealthy food environments, increased fuel and food prices, absences of free school meals in holidays and increased costs of transport, especially in rural parts of Devon.  Many organisations and initiatives across the county aim to help families that have an inability to afford or have reasonable access to food which provides a healthy diet. Food banks have seen an increase in demand over recent years. 

We are asking schools to consider if any of their pupils might be at risk of holiday hunger. If they feel families might benefit from additional support over the summer, we have collated a  L I S T  of free or low cost food providers across Devon, which families can be signposted to.  

News story  |  Strengthened guidance to protect children at risk

Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance sets out new requirements for improved partnerships to protect children  |  READ MORE

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Babcock Safeguarding Update

Read the latest safeguarding update July 2018 

DCFP Education Advisory Group meeting

Feedback to schools from the meeting held 2 July 2018 includes:-

  • New Devon Threshold tool – to be launched at Early Help Roadshows in Autumn . A reminder to book these events - for more details and how to book a place on these FREE half day Early Help Roadshow events  |  READ MORE
  • School Nursing: Headteacher survey to come out from school nursing with two week turn around. Only 5 questions– please respond as it will impact on availability of school nurses and what they can deliver in future. See link to SURVEY
  • Section 175 Annual Safeguarding Report will be circulated. Headteachers to note that the N E W deadline for this Autumn’s audit is 30th November 2018 and not the end of December.
  • Ash die-back is a serious disease and a big concern especially in dry weather -  rapidly increasing when half the canopy has lost it leaves the boughs can break. Maintained schools grounds will now be checked every two years. Devon County Council’s Cabinet agreed its proactive approach to potentially increase the frequency of tree inspections – initially to every two years, to reduce the risk of falling trees and branches. As a result, school sites and routes used by school pupils are now being inspected more frequently than in the past (note that Academies  need to organise their own practice and inspection). More information about the disease is available on the Woodland Trust website. 

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Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

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EHCP Reviews

Information for schools regarding the review of education, health and care plans

SEN Funding Evaluation Tool 2017-18

The SEN Funding Evaluation Tool 2017-18 is now being sent out into all mainstream schools. The tool is sent directly to Head Teachers. The tool is accompanied by a useful document detailing the schools SEND profile and SEN funding information.

The feedback from last year’s pilot was overwhelming positive with many schools reporting that they found using this tool beneficial and helped them to understand, as well as evidence, the impact that their SEN funding and provision has had. Many schools reported that having the SEN profile alongside clear information about SEN funding enabled constructive conversations about future models of delivery and positive impact.

If you have any questions about the tool please contact:

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

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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

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

Michelmores' Schools Update June 2018

Read the latest news and updates from the Michelmores team  |  READ MORE  



Correspondence  |  School inspection update: academic year 2017 to 2018

These updates for inspectors and stakeholders contain information and guidance about Ofsted's inspection work in schools  |  READ MORE

Department for Education

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

Guidance  |  Pupil premium reviews: a guide for system leaders

How system leaders can help schools improve how they spend their pupil premium budget  |  READ MORE

Early Years

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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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DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter Issue 136 (12.07.18) 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

And Finally

DAPH would like to say farewell and best wishes to the following colleagues who are retiring at the end of this term:

  • Louise Lee-Gammage - Ashburton Primary School
  • Karen Hutton - Shebbear Community Primary School

Also, best wishes to the following Headteachers who are leaving their headteacher post in Devon and moving on to pastures new:

  • Debbie Buckingham - Alphington Primary School
  • Catherine Rees - Countess Wear Community School
  • Andrea Brown - Honiton Primary School
  • Sean Millar - The Topsham School

Enjoy the holidays!

The DAPH Office will close for the duration of the summer holidays, from Friday 20 July until Monday 3 September 2018.

Wishing you all a very enjoyable and relaxing summer break.