DASH Update: Summer Term | 19 July 2018 | Issue 5

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   Summer Term  |  19 July 2018  |  Issue 5

Whats New


Colleagues were invited to attend the DASH AGM which took place during the Summer Conference on 29 June.  See draft minutes of the DASH AGM  |  READ MORE

Matthew Shanks' two year term as DASH Co-Ordinator has come to an end and it was proposed / agreed for Aimee Mitchell (Isca Academy)to take on this position for 2018-20.

Continuing DASH Executive Members are:

  • Aimee Mitchell - Isca Academy (Chair CDASH)
  • Julie Phelan - Cullompton Community College (Vice-Chair CDASH)
  • Moira Marder - Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust (CDASH)
  • Lorraine Heath - Uffculme School (CDASH)
  • Rob Haring - Westcountry Schools Trust (Vice-Chair SDASH)
  • Matthew Shanks - Education South West (SDASH)
  • Daryll Chapman - Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust (SDASH)
  • Tracey Amos - Great Torrington School (Chair NDASH)
  • Gareth Roscoe - The Park Community School (Vice-Chair NDASH)

View the DASH Executive Committee Members 2018/19 contact details H E R E


DASH Summer Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to this year's DASH Summer Conference held at Exeter Racecourse on 29 June 2018:

  • 'Making better decisions' presentation from keynote speaker Andy Buck is advertised at honk.org.uk   
  • Russell Holland, Barrister in the Education team at Michelmores provided guidance on the process and legal aspects of Exclusions - view the PRESENTATION
  • Marc Kastner, Strategic Lead for Education Inclusion gave an update on the outcomes of workstreams. More information about the Education Inclusion Service and latest briefings on the Devon Inclusion Project is available via this L I N K

Date for your diary: Friday 7 December 2018 for the DASH Winter Conference (online booking will be available at the beginning of the Autumn term).

School funding

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

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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


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
  • 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


    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.

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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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    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.  

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    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 

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    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. 


    Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

    Babcock SEND helpline
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    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:

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    EHCP Reviews

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

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    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

    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


    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


    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

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    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

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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


    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

    And finally

    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.