DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 7 November 2018 | Issue 3

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   Autumn Term  |  7 November 2018  |  Issue 3                                See previous issues H E R E

Autumn 2018

Last chance to book: DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing

Wednesday 21 November 2018 at the

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XS

N E W  |  view the A G E N D A

With key messages and updates from:-

  • Mark Lindfield - Ofsted SHMI
  • Lucy Gordon - Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West
  • Dawn Stabb, Head of Education & Learning, DCC
  • Jane Parmenter, LADO, DCC
  • Cllr James McInnes - f40 Group Chair and DCC Cabinet Member for Children's Services & Schools

Complaints Handling: an afternoon session presented by

  • Iain Grafton MBE - National Leader of Governance
  • Russsell Holland - Barrister, Michelmores LLP

Booking is essential and via the ONLINE BOOKING FORM

Have you already booked? Check the current DELEGATE LIST (as at 05.11.18)


DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

10 & 11 October 2019 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

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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NPQs from Leading Schools South West

LSSW is a not-for-profit Charitable Trust, formed and governed by local Teaching Schools to provide leadership training for teachers across the South West of England.

LSSW is a Department for Education Accredited Provider of National Professional Qualifications : NPQML [National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders], NPQSL [National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders], NPQH [National Professional Qualifications for Headteachers]. We have recently added NPQSL+ and NPQML+. These can be funded through your Apprenticeship Levy (LA schools can claim this from their LA who pay it on their behalf).

See our website www.leadingschoolssouthwest.org.uk for full details.


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

Correspondence  |  Reducing workload in schools: joint letter to all school leaders

A letter from the Secretary of State for Education and sector organisations about the importance of reducing workload in schools  |  READ MORE

Flu vaccination programme in Devon schools

This year the flu vaccination programme for children (from reception to year 6) is being provided by Virgin Care Ltd’s community-based Immunisation Team.  This is mainly provided in schools but also community venues for those that are home educated or requiring catch up vaccinations  |  READ MORE

Children’s Social Work Contacts

Children’s Social Work Contacts for Schools  |  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

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

Education Finance Blog  |  Funding 39: Teachers Pay Grant Payment to Schools

Posted on 5 November 2018 by Education Finance

DCC has now received the Teachers Pay Grant from the ESFA. The 2018/19 allocation for each Devon Maintained School will be pushed out in the next C£ASS run (14th November).
The methodology, and allocation breakdown can be found on the links below:

Guidance: Teachers pay grant methodology

Guidance: Teachers' pay grant 2018 to 2019 financial year allocations

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

School Workforce Census Bulletin 2018 (2)

DfE School Workforce Census: Thursday 8th November 2018

Return by: Friday 16th November 2018

Important Information and Guidance notes for Workforce Census  |  READ MORE

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

The Early Help for Families in Devon outcomes framework

The Early Help for Families in Devon Outcomes Framework (and summarised One Minute Guide) has been created for practitioners to help identify, prioritise and address the needs of those families who have many multiple and complex needs.

The Outcomes framework presents both the identifying factors and the significant and sustainable outcome measures applicable to families identified for support and meet two or more of the six key themes (Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour, Education and Attainment, Specific Support Needed, Work and Finance, Being Safe, and Physical and Mental Health). The Outcomes Framework forms the goals against which significant and sustained progress will be measured for a family.

Read more about Early Help on the DCFP website

PREVENT Partnership  |  Partnership Intelligence Form

Devon and Cornwall Police have recently launched their new Partnership Intelligence Reporting Form, which can be accessed via this L I N K

The form enables all partners to submit information and suspicions about crime and exploitation directly to Devon and Cornwall Police.

Please could you share this link amongst your organisations to raise awareness of the Form and to encourage intelligence submissions.

Early Help Improvement Programme newsletter

N E W  Early Help Improvement Programme newsletter

The first Early Help Improvement Programme newsletter was published on Monday 5th November and is aimed at Early Help professionals.

To receive this and subsequent newsletters please SUBSCRIBE

1. Click subscribe
2. Enter your email address & submit
3. ☑ Early Help Improvement Programme & submit

Contact  |  childsc.earlyhelpimprovementprogramme-mailbox@devon.gov.uk


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.

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


DfE Guidance  |  PE and sport premium for primary schools

How much PE and sport premium funding schools receive and advice on how it should be spent  |  READ MORE

Published 19 September 2014, last updated 25 October 2018

DfE Guidance  |  what maintained schools must publish online

The information that schools maintained by their local authorities must publish on their websites  |  READ MORE

Published 18 September 2014, last updated 25 October 2018

DfE Guidance  |  what academies, free schools and colleges should publish online

The information that academies, including 16 to 19 colleges and any educational institution that has academy arrangements, should publish on their websites  |  READ MORE

Published 30 June 2016, last updated 25 October 2018

Note: Academy schools are also required to publish their Fund Agreements on their website which includes their school capacity – this was confirmed by the DfE at a meeting on Friday 21 September 2018.


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

Statutory guidance  |  School teachers' pay and conditions

Statutory guidance on pay and conditions for teachers in England and Wales for 2018 and 2017  |  READ MORE

Published 10 August 2017, last updated 23 October 2018

Guidance  |  Condition Improvement Fund

Information for academies and sixth-form colleges about the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)  |  READ MORE

Published 16 October 2014, last updated 23 October 2018

Guidance  |  Staffing and employment: advice for schools

Guidance for managing staff and employment issues  |  READ MORE

Published 24 February 2017, Last updated 24 October 2018


2020/21 Devon School Admissions and Transport Consultation

View the consultation FLYER

See details of the 2020/21 Devon School Admissions and Transport public consultation held by Devon County Council between 1 November 2018 and 4 January 2019. This covers the following:

  • 2020-21 Normal Round Co-ordinated Admissions
  • Scheme2019-20 In-Year Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme
  • 2020-21 Education Transport Policy Pre-16 and post-16
  • 2020-21 individual schools admissions policies for state-funded schools and academies in Devon County Council’s area and including some academies in Plymouth and Torbay’s council areas.

This is the annual opportunity for parents, other schools, Early Years settings and the local communities to review the admissions arrangements that are proposed and to comment on them, making suggestions for change. I attach an information sheet for your attention and invite you to take part. For more details  |  READ MORE

Contact: schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

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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Read the latest DAG newsletter Issue 141 (01.11.18) H E R E

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Contact DAG |   info@dagdevon.uk

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DAG Conference

Governance and School Improvement Conference10th 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