DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 20 December 2018 | Issue 6

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   Autumn Term  |  20 December 2018  |  Issue 6                              See previous issues H E R E


Dates for your diary 2019

Spring Briefing - Thursday 7 February 2019

Agenda and online booking will be available w/c 7 January 2019 - look out for a Special DAPH Update newsletter with more information.

Summer Briefing - Wednesday 8 May 2019

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


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.


School Census Bulletin – Spring 2019 (2)

Message from Education Information Team

As you will be aware, the statutory School Census for the Spring term will take place on Thursday 17th January.

As per our previous communication we strongly advise that schools prepare for the School Census by ensuring that pupil databases are up-to-date and the relevant systems/accesses are in place. We also recommend that you carry out a dry run to determine what information needs to be updated  |  READ MORE  |  Contactschoolcensus-mailbox@devon.gov.uk 

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

Audit of Statutory Duties and Associated Responsibilities for Schools

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

What's New
Eden Project

Every winter the Eden Project offers a series of free entry weekends for members of various organisations and community groups, and their families, within Devon and Cornwall. 

When can you visit?

5 - 6 January (see flyer) or 19 - 20 January (see flyer) 2019

About the offer

The offer includes free entry to the Eden Project for the individual and their immediate family for the day (that’s a maximum of one extra adult and three children aged 16 and under). No need to book; simply turn up with the correct forms of identification. For further details please visit the website or contact boxoffice@edenproject.com  |  01726 811 911


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
  • Read the minutes of last DEF meeting held on 20 November 2018 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

  • Read the minutes of the last SFG meeting held on 7 November 2018 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


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

Local Area SEND Inspection, Devon - 10 to 14 December 2018

Final update note

Read the summary of the recent SEND Inspection from Jo Olsson, Chief Officer for Children's Services  |  READ MORE

To receive further updates about the recent SEND Local Area Inspection, please subscribe.

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.

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DIAS Autumn newsletter 2018

DIAS, Devon and national SEND news

Read the latest news and updates from DIAS - see newsletter Issue 2


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


Commentary on curriculum research - phase 3

Amanda Spielman provides a commentary on phase 3 of Ofsted's research into the school curriculum  |  READ MORE

Ofsted Blog  |  A new approach to evaluating the work of multi-academy trusts

Recent blogs from Sean Harford, National Director, Education, on "how Ofsted will evaluate and review multi-academy trusts" and a new post, “the myth of Ofsted consultants: do not buy the snake oil”.


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

DfE news story  |  New funding to support children with special educational needs

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced an additional £350 million to support children with complex needs and disabilities  |  READ MORE

Note: Indicative figures suggest that, based on 140,250 pupils, Devon will receive an additional £1.523 million each year for 2018-19 and 2019-20. We await to hear DCC's response to this announcement in relation to its disapplication request to the Secretary of State to transfer 0.5% (£1.98m) from the Schools to High Needs Block in 2019-20.

Correspondence  |  STA assessment update: 11 December 2018

Latest information and actions from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) for schools, academies, local authorities and academy trusts  |  READ MORE

Research and analysis  |  Approaches to assessment without levels in schools

Exploring ways teachers assess their pupils in primary and secondary schools following the removal of national curriculum levels  |  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.


National Governance Association (NGA)

Campaign  |  Funding the Future: investing in our children 

A call to a week of action: 25 February - 2 March 2019


Alongside governing boards across the country, NGA is campaigning for the overall size of the schools budget to be increased to ensure that children and young people receive the standard of education they deserve.

How can governing bodies get involved?  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  School funding – how to lobby your MP

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DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter Issue 144 (13.12.18) & Issue 145 (19.12.18) 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 say farewell and best wishes to the following colleagues who are retiring at the end of this term:

  • Helen Mellody - Langtree Community School
  • Rowena Hoare - Kings Nympton Community Primary School

Also, best wishes to the following Headteachers who are leaving their headteacher post in Devon and moving on to pastures new:

  • Tim Hughes - Abbotskerswell Primary School (moving to St Mary's Academy, Torbay)
DAPH Xmas 2019

On behalf of the DAPH Executive Committee and Office team, we would like to thank you for your continued support during 2018 and we wish you all a very happy and restful Christmas break.

The DAPH Office team will be back in the office on Monday 7 January 2019.