DAPH Update: Autumn Term | Issue 2 | 19 October 2018

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  Autumn Term  |  19 October 2018  |  Issue 2                                 See previous issues H E R E


DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

11 & 12 October 2018 at the Saunton Sands Hotel

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to last week's event. We hope that you enjoyed the two day programme and were able to take time out to listen, learn, reflect and network.

Presentations from Kul Mahay and Floyd Woodrow are now available to view/download on the DAPH website.

There is also a link to this year's Conference Programme and Exhibition Guide which includes speaker profiles and details of all the organisations that exhibited on Day 1. 

Charity  |  this year's chosen charity was Surf Life Saving GB and we are very pleased to confirm that a total of £1,002 was raised during the formal dinner.

Your feedback is important - please share your comments if you haven't already done so via the O N L I N E  F E E D B A C K  F O R M as the information will help shape future DAPH events.

Bookings are now open for next year's event on 10 &11 October 2019 at 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

DAPH Autumn 2018

DAPH Autumn Briefing

Wednesday 21 November 2018 at the

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

With key messages, priorities and a 'view from the bridge' from Mark Lindfield, Ofsted SHMI and Lucy Gordon, Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West plus:-

Dawn Stabb - Head of Education & Learning DCC

  • Schools' performance and priorities
  • Children's Services recommission
  • Role of Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

James McInnes - f40 Chair DCC Cabinet Member for Children's Services & Schools 

  • Strategic Priorities for Devon County Council
  • National f40 and Devon Schools fairer funding campaign

Iain Grafton - National Leader of Governance and Russell Holland, Barrister at Michelmores

  • Complaints handling

Have you booked yet? Check the current DELEGATE LIST

Booking is essential and via the ONLINE BOOKING FORM

School funding
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f40 Business - Update October 2018

View the updated f40 Briefing Paper which outlines the main concerns along with suggestions as to how they can be resolved. A shortfall of £2billion in schools block funding and £1.5billion shortfall in High Needs has been identified.

The Briefing Paper formed the basis of a briefing the group organised for MPs representing f40 areas in the House of Commons at 5pm on Monday 15 October 2018.

See also f40 PRESS RELEASE issued on the morning of Thursday 11 October to local, national and education trade press. Read more at  f40.org.uk

BBC News  |  DFE caught adding tuition fees to school funding claims

When ministers faced accusations of under-funding schools in England, a figure they quoted widely as evidence of high spending has been found to include billions of pounds of university fees being paid by students, rather than only government spending. School leaders have described this discovery as "shocking and disturbing"  |  READ MORE

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.


Schools S157/175 Safeguarding Audit

Audit of Statutory Duties and Associated Responsibilities for Schools

Please complete by 30 November 2018

The audit is now open for completion by schools, please follow the link below:


If you have any queries regarding completion of the audit please contact Louisa Rockey on 01392 287223 or louisa.rockey@babcockinternational.com

What's New

Winter Readiness

Public Health England are writing to schools to assist in preparing for the Winter season and in in order to reduce the spread of infection in childcare settings and in the wider community  |  READ MORE

As Winter approaches, schools and early years settings are being encouraged to prepare; children and staff in educational settings are susceptible to the spread of infections, like seasonal influenza (flu) and gut infections (e.g. norovirus) which increase over the winter months.   It is important that all children aged 2-9 years are immunised against the flu; they develop the same symptoms to adults and can become very ill, and young children can spread infection to other vulnerable people.  Immunising children protects them, their family and the community where they live.  Children aged 2 and 3 are offered the vaccine by their GP, and the schools vaccination programme in Devon is taking place now for reception to year 5 students. 

If settings have concerns about outbreaks they can contact their local Health Protection Team seven days a week on 0300 303 8162 (option 1). See also the guidance documents advertised on the NHS England website

Information: EpiPen and EpiPen Junior shortage advice for schools

Due to the current shortage of EpiPens, the Department for Health and Social Care has issued EpiPen guidance for schools drawn up by NHS allergy experts  |  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

Updated Guidance  |  Schools forum operational and good practice guide

Information for local authorities, school leaders and governing bodies about their schools forum obligations and duties  |  READ MORE

Updated Guidance  |  Schools forum: a guide for schools and academies

Information for schools and academies to understand the role of their schools forum  |  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

  • Minutes of the last SFG meeting held on 23 May 2018 can be found H E R E
  • Date of next SFG meeting is 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.

  • Read the minutes of the last SOCA meeting held on 25 September 2018 H E R E
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 8 January 2019

SOCA summary points for information and action arising from meeting on 25 September 2018



  • FAQs re Delayed Admissions to be updated and circulated to schools.
  • Applications during summer holidays – in future form will include 2 school contacts.
  • Composite Prospectus – all schools to review individual entries in Step by Step guide and Schools Information webpage and notify Andrew Brent([[Andrew.brent@devon.gov.uk]]) of any changes now or in the future.
  • Encourage parents to make use of all 3 choices for Primary applications.
  • Catchment Areas – schools to check maps and inform DCC Admissions if there are any new housing developments which cross boundary lines.
  • All schools and academies should retain information/links relating to Admission arrangements for 3 academic years on websites i.e. previous year, current offer and subsequent.
  • Exceptional Needs Criteria - DCC recommend schools retain this within Section 3 and will be producing a Supplementary Information Form to be included in the policy.

Early Years

  • Schools need to be aware of the DCC Nursery/FSU policy which contains useful clarification and statutory requirements.
  • Survey to be sent to schools re staggered entry to primary schools. This will inform a discussion regarding the issues and legality of offering a staggered start.

Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF)

  • DCC £463k recieved for maintained schools.
  • Allocation criteria to be based upon deprivation
  • DAPH & DASH have challenged this and suggested should be available universally on a bid basis. 

Contact Andrew Brent  |   andrew.brent@devon.gov.uk

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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Safeguarding Update October 2018

Read the latest Babcock Safeguarding Update which includes updates on:-

  • What is the Safeguarding Audit data used for?
  • Early Help nomination form
  • Site security
  • Training dates from LDP & DCFP
  • SCR & DBS - new course
  • Identifying callers
  • FREE PHSE training
  • References for Governors and volunteers
  • Scomis news
  • One Minute Guides
  • NSPCC 'Speak Out, Stay Safe'
  • CSE resources and advice


September 2018

When the new version of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 was issued during the summer, it was widely reported that Disqualification by Association was abolished and there was no longer a requirement to ask this question.

This is true to a certain extent, but the only significant change in the requirements under this legislation, is that, schools can no longer ask if a person living with the applicant or member of staff is disqualified (unless the provision is on domestic residential premises)  |  READ MORE


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

New SEND documents published

The SEN 0-25 Team has worked with families and professionals and used feedback to create new documents.

Visit SEND Local Offer- updated documents for more information.

Visit devon.cc/sendpractitioners for practitioner support.

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) 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


Press release  |  Chief Inspector sets out vision for new Education Inspection Framework

Amanda Spielman has proposed changes to how Ofsted inspects from September 2019  |  READ MORE

Collection  |  School inspection update newsletter

The newsletter provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about Ofsted's school inspection work  |  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

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 Issue 140 (11.10.18) 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

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DAG Conference

Governance and School Improvement Conference

10th November 2018 at County Hall Exeter

This Saturday morning conference is a key event to ensure Devon governors stay well informed.  Free to attend for DAG members and associate members it offers a rare opportunity for governors, trustees and clerks to hear from leading organisations on key educational themes. For further information and registration please visit dagdevon.uk


And Finally

Wishing colleagues a restful half term break.

Please note that the DAPH Office will be closed from 4.00pm Friday 19 October and will re-open on Monday 29 October 2018.