DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 18 September 2018 | Issue 1

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   Autumn term  |  18 September 2018  |  Issue 1                                 See previous issues H E R E


DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

11 & 12 October 2018 at the Saunton Sands Hotel

N E W  |  A G E N D A

Last chance to book! READ MORE

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

Autumn 2018

N E W  DAPH Autumn Briefing

Wednesday 21 November 2018 at the

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

With key messages and updates from:-

  • Mark Lindfield - Ofsted SHMI
  • Lucy Gordon - Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West
  • Cllr James McInnes - Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Schools & Chair of f40 Group
  • Iain Grafton - National Leader of Governance

Booking is essential and via the ONLINE BOOKING FORM

School funding

School Funding Consultation 2019/20

The Local Authority, in conjunction with headteacher and governor representatives is consulting with schools, academies and free schools on the proposed local formula for 2019/20. This consultation will run from 1 to 12 October 2018.

Consultation events have been organised across the County during this period:-

  • Friday 5 October at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfast
  • Tuesday 9 October at the Barnstaple Hotel, Barnstaple
  • Wednesday 10 October at Westpoint Conference Centre, Clyst Mary, Exeter

For more information and how to book  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  National funding formula: how to interpret the allocation data

How schools and local authorities can access COLLECT and the data on national funding formula (NFF) allocations  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  National funding formula tables for schools and high needs: 2018 to 2019

Tables showing provisional allocations for the schools, high needs and central school services blocks in 2018 to 2019  |  READ MORE

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WorthLess? School Funding Campaign

1000 Headteachers to Downing Street

N E W  -  V I S I T  D E T A I L S

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.

There is still time to get involved - see the link above  for visit details (includes timings, actions and focus) and 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

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.

What's New

Children in Care  |  FAO Headteachers, Principals and Chair of Governors

See the recent update from The Virtual School dated 30.08.18 which includes details of a new Protocol for supporting Children in Care in Devon Schools  |  READ MORE

The Virtual School  |  more information can be found on the DCC website via this L I N K


HR Management System – iTrent update

Work on developing our new Human Resources Management System (HRMS), iTrent, has been underway since late 2017 following the procurement exercise where we secured a new system. The iTrent HRMS system will support Devon County Council, as well as the staff we support in schools, academies and our external partners that we work with to pay approximately 28,000 staff every month.

The updated system will be more cost efficient to run, will require less support and will help us to introduce new ways of working and new technology  |  READ MORE

Information: launch of the school nurseries capital fund

The department launched the school nurseries capital fund (SNCF) on 8 September 2018.
£30 million will be available to create more school-based nursery places for disadvantaged children.

Organisations interested in working in close partnership to develop a bid application should refer to the published guidance. Applications will only be accepted via local authorities. The application form will be available from 24 September 2018. The deadline for submission of bids will be 22 November 2018  |  READ MORE

School Census Bulletin – Autumn 2018

As you may be aware, the statutory School Census for the Autumn term will take place on Thursday 04 October 2018. We strongly recommend 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

Guidance  |  School census 2018 to 2019: guide for schools and LAs

A guide to help schools and local authorities (LAs) complete and submit their autumn 2018 to summer 2019 school census data  |  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: 20 November 2018

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

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

Details of L/A Schools and Academies revised Membership from 1 September 2018 are confirmed H E R E

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

  • Date of next SFG meeting: 7 November 2018
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

  • Date of next SOCA meeting: 25 September 2018
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

Statutory guidance  |  Keeping children safe in education

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

New Revised Guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' 2018

Revised Working Together to Safeguard Children - statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children has been published on 4th July 2018  |  READ MORE

The DfE have also updated Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners - Guidance on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

Model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy - Sept 2018

The Model CP and Safeguarding Policy has been reviewed and updated to reflect the current draft version of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018. These changes come into effect on 3rd September 2018 as will this policy. A Word version of the policy can be found on our website, it has a 'draft' watermark across every page that should be removed once your setting has adapted the policy to reflect your own safeguarding procedures.

Keeping Devon’s Children Safe

This communication highlights new guidance released from the disclosure and barring service regarding the portability of DBS checks between schools  |  READ MORE

Statutory guidance  |  Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006

Statutory guidance for schools about employing staff who have been disqualified from providing childcare  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework  |  READ MORE

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Safeguarding Update September 2018

Read the latest Babcock Safeguarding updates in this  months' newsletter which also includes a reminder that the s175/157 audit's new deadline this year is 30 November 2018  |  READ MORE

Early Help - Roadshows

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  |  READ MORE


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

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.


Empty promises - the crisis in supporting children with SEND

In June NAHT sought the views of our members on their experiences in relation to the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  We received over six hundred responses to our online survey, which gave powerful testimony of an education system struggling to meet the needs of its most vulnerable pupils.

Key findings and full report: READ MORE


Survey  |  Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)

Devon SACRE is carrying out a review of the Devon RE agreed syllabus and primary schools are encouraged to complete a 5 minute survey giving feedback on RE in their schools.

Visit this L I N K to the survey.

Secondary School Practical

Authored article  |  HMCI commentary: curriculum and the new education inspection framework

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, discusses findings from recent curriculum research, curriculum design and the new education inspection framework  |  READ MORE 

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) Update

Subscribe to receive a weekly round-up of information and actions for Education and Skills Funding Agency funded organisations. 

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  |  Data protection: toolkit for schools

Guidance to support schools with data protection activity, including compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  |  READ MORE


Guidance  |  Handbook for short, monitoring and unannounced behaviour school inspections

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors carrying out school inspections under section 8 of the Education Act 2005  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  How Ofsted inspects maintained schools and academies

A guide for schools about Ofsted inspections, including timings, notice that we give, the process and what happens after the visit  |   READ MORE

New website for our inspection reports – meeting users’ needs

This spring, Ofsted started running its new inspection reports website alongside the old one. During a controlled 'live' phase, users were invited users to try the new site and let Ofsted know how they got on. This helped them to spot any issues and fix them before the soft launch on 14 May 2018.

Now, from the beginning of September, our new inspection reports website will be fully live  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  School inspection handbook

Guidance for inspecting schools under the common inspection framework, with a mythbuster document on common misconceptions  |  READ MORE


Change in working practice in the Admissions Team

From Sept 1st, the Admissions Team will be working in three geographical areas – covering admissions (In Year, Primary entry and Secondary) within our small teams. There will be a South & West Team, a North and Mid-Devon Team and an Exeter & East Team  |  READ MORE

Contact  |  01392 383829    admissions@devon.gov.uk

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

Department for Education

Guidance  |  Primary school accountability

Technical guidance on primary accountability, school-level progress measures and similar schools  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Parental responsibility: guide for schools and local authorities

Guidance for local authorities and schools dealing with adults who have legal rights and responsibilities for children at their school  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  School attendance: guidance for schools

Guidance on using pupil registers and attendance codes, as well as setting school hours and term dates  |  READ MORE

Early Years

Guidance  |  Check early years qualifications

Find out if a person’s qualifications allow them to work in an early years setting and if you can include them in staff:child ratios  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  EYFS staff:child ratios - DfE approved qualifications

Lists of qualifications that meet the DfE criteria for counting in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework staff:child ratios  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Early years educator (level 3): qualifications criteria

The assessment criteria and minimum qualification content requirements for level 3 early years educators  |  READ MORE

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 Issue 138 (13.09.18) 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 welcome all new and acting Headteachers taking up new posts in Devon primary schools this term and we look forward to seeing you at one of our forthcoming events:-

  • Claire Lewis - Headteacher at St Helen's C of E Primary School, Abbotsham
  • Tammy Docking - Headteacher at Ashburton Primary School
  • Gillian Courtenay - Acting Headteacher at Newport Community School, Barnstaple
  • Nicholas Plumb - Acting Headteacher at Southmead School, Braunton
  • Ruhaina Alford - Executive Headteacher at The Carey Federation
  • Christopher Tribble - Headteacher at Honiton Primary School
  • Alice Purcell - Headteacher at Ide Primary School
  • Des Stokes - Headteacher at Ilsington C of E Primary School
  • Angela Fernyhough - Headteacher at North Molton School
  • Jeremy Williams - Executive Headteacher at Northam Schools Federation
  • Sunita Chauhan - Head of School at North Tawton Community Primary School
  • Lorna Legg - Acting Headteacher at Offwell C of E Primary School
  • Sarah Godbeer - Head of School at Okehampton Primary School
  • Abby Bassett - Head of School at Princetown Primary School
  • Nick Alford - Headteacher at Shebbear Community School
  • Clive Hellawell - Headteacher at Stockland C of E Primary Academy
  • Rachael Sharpe - Executive Headteacher at Tarka Federation
  • Kevin Martin - Acting Headteacher at The Topsham School