DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 11 December 2018 | Issue 5

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   Autumn Term  |  11 December 2018  |  Issue 5                                 See previous issues H E R E


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

Dates for your diary 2019

Spring Briefing - Thursday 7 February 2019

(note that this is a provisional date as we are awaiting confirmation that representatives from Ofsted and Standards and Testing Agency are able to attend).

Summer Briefing - Wednesday 8 May 2019

Speakers and venues to be confirmed. Check for updates on the 'News and Events' tab on DAPH website.


Reminder  |  Section 175/157 Safeguarding Annual Audit - have you missed the November deadline?

Audit of Statutory Duties and Associated Responsibilities for Schools

Although the return from schools has been good this year, there are approximately 130 schools who have yet to submit their audit. The deadline for completion was 30 November 2018 - please complete and return your Safeguarding Annual Audit promptly if you haven't already done so.

The audit is available via the link below: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/2MJ5R/

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

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

Funding 43: School Budget Share Calculator 2019/20 following Devon Education Forum Outcomes

Posted on 7 December 2018 by education.finance

A revised version of the School Budget Share Calculator has been uploaded to the consultation page of our website (see Schools Funding Arrangements 2019/20 section) to reflect the decision made at the recent Devon Education Forum meeting around the transfer of 0.5% to the High Needs Block. 

Correspondence  |  STA assessment update: 27 November 2018

Latest information and actions from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) for schools, academies, local authorities and academy trusts  |  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
  • Minutes from the last DEF meeting held on 20 November 2018 are advertised H E R E
  • Date of the next DEF meeting is 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
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

Safeguarding Arrangements for Children and Young People in Devon

DCFP response to Working Together 2018

This document sets out how agencies in Devon will work together in the safeguarding of children and young people in the County. We are proud to be one of the national early adopter of these important changes and we look forward to working with colleagues across the country in opening up our work for their benefit and to learn from others as they make their changes  |  READ MORE

Operation Emcompass

N E W  |  Next Operation Encompass Briefing for Key Adults on 31 January 2019

Venue: Pentillie Castle, St Mellion, Saltash ,Cornwall PL12 6QD (directions)

Registration from : 9.30am

Start Time : 10.00am   Finish Time : 12.15pm

To book a place please contact info@operationencompass.org

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child  |  READ MORE

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Guidance  |  'Sleepover' Fire Safety Leaflet

Guidance for parents from the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service in relation to keeping children safe when invited to a sleepover.



Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

SEND Local Area Inspection – Ofsted / CQC

Devon County Council received a telephone call from Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) on Monday to announce the inspection of the local area. The inspection will commence on Monday 10 December. Inspectors will review the support provided by the local area to better understand how well it meets its responsibilities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)  |  READ MORE

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


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

Collection  |  Ofsted Annual Report 2017/18

Ofsted's Annual Report examines the quality of schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills  |  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

Department for Education

School inspections: Nick Gibb letter to Ofsted

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb writes to Amanda Spielman Ofsted Chief Inspector about exempting 'outstanding' schools and colleges from routine inspection  |  READ MORE

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

DfE Guidance  |  Health and safety on educational visits

Guidance to help schools understand their obligations when undertaking educational visits and other out of school activities  |  READ MORE

DfE Guidance  |  Health and safety: advice for schools

Guidance to help schools understand their health and safety obligations  |  READ MORE

DfE Guidance  |  Controlling access to school premises

Guidance to help schools understand what they should do to remove someone who is on the premises without permission  |  READ MORE

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 143 (29.11.18) 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

DAPH banner_FinallyASCL Primary Literacy Conference 2019

30 January 2019, Crowne Plaza Birmingham City

The aim of this ASCL Primary Literacy conference is to focus on how school leaders and teachers can address the ‘word gap’ and build children’s capacity to use language creatively and effectively to improve their future life chances, both at school and in the wider world.

It is recommended that headteachers and literacy leads attend together for maximum benefit.
This conference is suitable for senior leaders and leaders of literacy in primary education, and across all types of schools. A special rate applies for two or more delegates attending from the same school or organisation - please quote 'DAPH' when booking.

For booking info, charges and more information  |  READ MORE