DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 27 November 2018 | Issue 4

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   Autumn Term  |  27 November 2018  |  Issue 4          See previous issues H E R E


DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing  |  21 November 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing at Exeter Racecourse on 21 November 2018. Your feedback provided on the day will be shared with members of the DAPH and DASH Executive committees and will help shape future events.

Presentations from the Briefing are available to view/download from the DAPH website.

N E W  |  now includes a link to the Ofsted presentation from Mark Lindfield SHMI.

See also the DAPH Update newsletter dated 21.11.18 which includes additional links to resources as referenced at the Briefing.


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

School funding
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Education Secretary Damian Hinds visits Devon

Damian Hinds visit

Cllr James McInnes, Deputy Leader of the County Council and Cabinet Member for Children's Services & Schools, has been appointed as Chair of the f40 Group and has set out his aims in this role H E R E.

One of his first actions was to invite Secretary of State for Education Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP to Devon on 8 & 9 November 2018 to meet with DCC and school's representatives to discuss improvements to school funding. A Briefing Paper prepared for the visit on 'Schools Funding in Devon, can be read H E R E.

The two-hour meeting was also attended by Council Leader John Hart, Chief Executive Phil Norrey, Dawn Stabb (Head of Education & Learning), Adrian Fox (Head Accountant -Education & Learning), South West Devon MP Gary Streeter, Matthew Shanks (DASH), Alun Dobson (DAPH), Sarah Pickering (Special Schools) and Maria Wallis (DAG). Mr Hinds also visited St Martin’s Primary School, Cranbrook and Ellen Tinkham Special School in Exeter  |  READ MORE

Cllr McInnes has also written to Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, regarding the importance of a fair funding deal for schools - read the letter H E R E

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
Single Central Record

The updated Single Central Record template dated November 2018 can now be downloaded from the safeguarding page of the Babcock website.

There are two changes within the new SCR:

  1. The 'right to work in UK' columns within the volunteers tab has been removed.
  2. The column previously titled 'Disqualification by Association' has been changed to 'Disqualification Under the Childcare Act 2006' (updated 2018).

For explanation, links to the SCR template and further guidance  |  READ MORE

In making changes, it is intended that settings amend their current SCR to minimise any additional workload or the need to transfer information from our 2017 version. Where schools are not working to this version, clearly they should ensure that further changes are made in line with KCSiE Part 3 2018. 


EH4MH questionnaire  |  ‘Building a common understanding of resilience’

Please answer these questions for the EH4MH group:

1. What theories, research or authors underpin your work on resilience in your school?

2. Are there any particular strategies you use in school that work well?

Please send your responses by 10 December 2018 to daph@devon.gov.uk


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
  • The agenda for the last DEF meeting held 20 November 2018 is advertised H E R E (minutes to follow)
  • Date of next DEF meeting: 23 January 2019

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 7 November 2018 can be found H E R E
  • Date of next SFG meeting is 9 January 2019

Additional capital funding for 2018 to 2019

Following the recent announcement in the Autumn Budget Statement for an extra £400m for schools in England, further information can be found at:


It is essential that the funds be treated as Capital and used for improvements, rather than major capital projects, and it is to be expended in the financial year 2018 to 2019. However, the normal terms of devolved formula capital will apply which provide some flexibility for schools to spend the funding over the following 2 financial years if necessary.

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
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


Babcock Safeguarding Newsletter

November 2018

Read the latest news and updates on the new SCR template, LGBT survey, DCFP training courses and other national safeguarding news and resources  |  READ MORE

DCFP Education Advisory Group meeting 05.11.18

Feedback to schools following the recent meeting includes:-

Safeguarding Audits - schools are asked to complete Section 10 LGQBT questions realistically as DCFP Board is aware that it is an area many schools still need to develop. Evidence from the audit will enable the Board to commission additional CPD to support schools. 

Devon & Torbay Suicide Prevention strategy - we are advised the courses to provide free training for school staff are oversubscribed. These sessions were aimed at secondary phase but could be relevant to KS2 within primary but we are hopeful that further training will be available and we are possibly looking at including an overview at the summer Briefing.

See also Suicide Prevention leaflet on the DCFP website.

DfE guidance  |  Mental health and behaviour in schools

How schools can support pupils whose mental health problems manifest themselves in behaviour  |  READ MORE

New Prevent training products for circulation

See links to new Prevent and Channel training, to be shared within your organisation:-

Prevent Referrals - designed to ensure concerns are shared when a vulnerable individual may be being radicalised, that referral is robust, informed and with good intention, and that the response to that concern is considered, and proportionate.

Channel Awareness - objectives of the programme, the working process, roles and responsibilities.

Original E-Learning - Prevent duty, aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

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 subsequent newsletters please SUBSCRIBE 

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.

Champions for change

Champions for Change

Information about Devon's SEND Champions for Change and how you can #ListenHearUnderstand

Champions for Change is part of the SEND Improvement Programme which aims to improve the engagement and involvement of children, young people and their families in the planning, delivery and monitoring of services. 

Watch the Champions for Change film on Vimeo H E R E (password is 'champions') or watch via YouTube

The film was shared with Education Secretary Damian Hinds on his two day visit to Devon on 8 & 9 November 2018. Assembly and lesson plans are also available to download - see the Resources section on the Devon SEND Local Offer website.

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Free fully-funded training: Devon Enhanced Language Programme

A free training programme for all Devon primary schools and academies designed to:

  • Increase staff confidence in meeting the needs of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
  • Build school capacity to support children with speech, language and communication needs.
  • Improve access, engagement and outcomes for pupils with speech language and communication needs.

For more details and how to book  |  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.

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RE Newsletter - November 2018

Read the latest news from SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) H E R E

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 Press release  |  Pioneering new approach to assessing pupils with complex disabilities to be introduced in schools

Pupils with multiple and complex needs will be assessed using a new ‘aspects of engagement’ approach  |  READ MORE

The Key

The Challenges of leading a rural school

A State of Education series report #StateofEd

This report looks at the contextual insights, budget challenges, workforce complexitites and the role of the rural headteacher.



Speech  |  Amanda Spielman at the 2018 AoC Annual Conference

Ofsted's Chief Inspector discussed the 2019 Education Inspection Framework at the Association of Colleges annual conference  |  READ MORE

Guidance Using Ofsted’s IDSR: early years foundation stage profile to key stage 4

Guidance for the primary and secondary inspection data summary report (IDSR)  |  READ MORE

Correspondence  |  School inspection update: academic year 2018 to 2019

Updates for inspectors and stakeholders with the latest information and guidance about Ofsted's inspection work in schools  |  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

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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 142 (15.11.18) 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