DAPH Update: Spring Term | 16 January 2019 | Issue 1

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   Spring Term  |  16 January 2019  |  Issue 1                                       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

School funding

‘Worth Less?’ Press Release January 2019

Headteacher Survey – The State of our Schools post the National Funding Formula 2019

See 'Special Edition' DAPH & DASH Update newsletter dated 14 January 2019 which included links to the recent press release, survey responses and media coverage in relation to the Worth Less? campaign for fairer funding  |  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.


School Census Spring 2019 Update

Update for schools on known issues and latest filesets, plus a reminder of the funding associated with the Spring census and clarification on the recording of post looked after children  |  READ MORE

School Census Bulletin – Spring 2019 (2)

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


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 from the last DEF meeting held on 20 November 2018 H E R E
  • Date of the next DEF meeting is 23 January 2019 - view the A G E N D A

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 9 January 2019 H E R E
  • Date of next SFG meeting is 6 March 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 8 January 2019 H E R E
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 26 February 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

N E W  MASH Enquiry Form

Staff wishing to submit a MASH enquiry should now use the new form which is available to download H E R E

Contact for enquiries: multiagencysafeguardinghubresearchsecure-mailbox@devon.gov.uk  

Role of the School Early Help Lead

Guidance and role description for the Early Help Lead in your school, including what the role can offer, how to be proactive and where to get support from  |  READ MORE


Babcock Safeguarding Newsletter

Read the latest news and updates in the January 2019 newsletter READ MORE

Operation Emcompass

Operation Encompass Briefing for Key Adults 


Training date : 31st January 2019
Venue: Pentillie Castle, St Mellion, Saltash ,Cornwall PL12 6QD

Registration from : 9.30am    Start Time : 10.00am    Finish Time : 12.15pm

To book a place please email:  info@operationencompass.org 

Note that DAPH are currently making enquiries regarding future Operation Encompass training dates in Devon - look out for further details in a future newsletter.

N O T E  |  if the member of staff who was trained by Operation Encompass has left your school you will need to send a new member of staff on the training, otherwise your school will be removed from the list of schools the police will contact following a domestic violence incident. The training is transferable, so staff who move schools but have previously received the training, can be one of the Key Contacts in their new school.


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.

SEND Strategic Review 2018-19

Every year, Devon County Council reviews its SEND provision to ensure it is in the right location; of good quality; and that there is a good match between demand and supply. The views of parent carers, children and young people, and professionals and practitioners are sought to help with this review.

Please complete the S U R V E Y and distribute amongst staff, parent carers and children and young people. Please respond by 15 February 2019.

DCC Consultation  |  Changes to provision of specialist Resource Bases in maintained mainstream schools

Devon County Council is reviewing the provision of special educational needs (SEN) resource bases in mainstream schools and are consulting on the closure of the Speech and Language Resource Base at Newtown Primary School, Exeter and the closure of the Hearing Impairment Resource Base at East-the-Water Primary School, Bideford.

To promote inclusion, DCC wants to have specialist skills and expertise within all mainstream schools - for more information and links to the consultation   |  READ MORE

Closing date for responding to the consultation is 5pm on 22 February 2019.

SEND Funding – letter from Secretary of State

The Secretary of State has announced measures to address high needs pressures. This announcement contains details of an increase to high needs funding for the financial years 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020, as well as an increase in SEN capital funding  |  READ MORE

Commission for Countering Extremism

Open consultation - Extremism in England and Wales: call for evidence

The Commission for Countering Extremism is gathering evidence for a study into extremism which hopes to provide recommendations about how the country can better challenge extremism.

This call for evidence asks for information on 5 themes:

  • public understanding of extremism
  • the scale of extremism
  • extremists’ objectives and tactics
  • harms caused by extremism
  • the current response to extremism

Evidence can be provided through completing a S U R V E Y. The closing date is 11.45pm on 31st January 2019.

DCC Consultation on Devon Term Dates for 2020/21 and 2021/22

Devon County Council are consulting on term dates for community and voluntary-controlled schools (and recommends these dates for adoption by Governors of Foundation, Voluntary Aided, Trust maintained, Academies and Free Schools)  |  READ MORE

Comments / responses to the consultation should be made via  E M A I L  by Friday 8 February 2019.

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


Research and analysis  |  2018 national curriculum test handbook

The NCT handbook contains information on the design, development and delivery of the 2018 key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests  |  READ MORE

Devon Music Education Hub (DMEH) meeting 14.01.19

Feedback to schools from the recent meeting included:-

  • The DMEH board feel that there have been too many years where approximately 50% of schools don’t respond to show how money is impacting on music so the Arts Council evidence is becoming ever more hard to gather and therefore the future funding becomes more vulnerable.

N O T E  |  since the DMEH meeting, members of the DAPH Executive have suggested that the process for allocating music grant funding is reviewed notably with incoming Chair and any revisions are communicated to schools.

  • New discussions from Nick Gibb about a new music curriculum may create issues in teacher subject knowledge and capacity (e.g. teaching notation in KS2).

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


Education inspection framework

Ofsted's proposed education inspection framework for 2019 applies to maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills providers and early years settings:-

Guidance  |  Education inspection framework: draft for consultation

The draft education inspection framework for 2019 sets out how Ofsted proposes to inspect schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings  |  READ MORE

Research and analysis  |  Education inspection framework: overview of research

This paper presents the research evidence underpinning Ofsted's proposed education inspection framework  |  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

Admission Arrangements and School / Academy Trust websites

A reminder that all schools must publish determined admissions policies and proposed policies on their school / Academy Trust website during the consultation period. 

Department for Education

Guidance  |  School complaints procedures: guidance for schools

Guidance for schools about setting up or reviewing complaints procedures  |  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 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 welcome all new and acting Headteachers taking up new posts in Devon primary schools this term and we look forward to seeing you at one of our forthcoming events:-

  • Emma Pipe - Headteacher at The Topsham School

  • Lorna Legg - Headteacher at Offwell CofE Primary School (previously Acting Headteacher)

  • Kevin Martin - Headteacher at Abbotskerswell Primary School

  • Nigel Smale - Acting Headteacher at Langtree Community Primary School

  • Chris Hall - Head of School at Yeo Valley Primary School (previously Acting Headteacher)

  • Annette Yates - Headteacher at Newport Community School Primary Academy

Eden Community Weekend

Eden Project Community Weekend

19 - 20 January 2019 (see flyer)

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. 

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