DASH Update: Spring Term | 18 January 2019 | Issue 1

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   Spring Term  |  18 January 2019  |  Issue 1


N E W  DASH Summer Conference

Tuesday 25 June 2019 at Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XS

B O O K  O N L I N E

Details regarding speakers and session times to follow.

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Guidance  |  Single / dual registration of medical students in year 11

Message from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education & Learning (also circulated via email 16.01.19).

Following a significant number of enquiries, directly to Wave and via DASH reps, I wanted to write to you regarding the single / dual registration of medical students in year 11.

It is important to note that the information currently required in relation to this request has not changed from previous years, (please refer to the  L E T T E R  sent by SchoolsCompany in 2016).

In particular I would like to clarify that :

  • The confirmation of parental consent has always been a requirement for the change to registration at a school / provider;
  • Clarification on how the single registration of this pupil is in the pupil’s best interests, is important to articulate and has always been required;
  • Identifying the implications of this change on exam entries is critical. If a child is on roll at your school and has been following a programme of study in conjunction with both providers, then the provision of examinations rests with the school. If a child has not attended the school for a significant period of time and this provision is not in place, then there are no implications for examination entries and this can be articulated.

I would like to reassure you that we understand schools’ concerns in relation to this issue, however we need to ensure that any pupil taken off roll is done with the very best of intentions and in line with national regulations; thereby ensuring that this action cannot be misinterpreted as off-rolling.

Download the Wave Multi Academy Trust - Request for Single Registration (Medical) form H E R E

Local Authority Review of Net Capacity and Academy Funding Agreements

The school capacity survey (SCAP) is a statutory data collection that all local authorities must complete and submit to the DfE every year and includes:

  • school capacity (the number of places and pupils in a school)
  • pupil forecasts (an estimation of how many pupils there will be in future)
  • capital spend (the money schools and local authorities spend on their buildings and facilities)

With the current bulge in pupil numbers coming through in secondary, the DfE are wanting to establish from the SCAP return where net capacity currently exists within schools. In undertaking a review across Devon, the LA has identified a number of instances where an academy school's current PAN differs from that specified in its original funding agreement.

In circumstances where a PAN has been reduced, this could result in additional pupil capacity being incorrectly identified, possibly resulting in an academy being legally bound to take additional pupils and which might no longer be feasible owing to changes in buildings etc.

Academies are therefore recommended to ensure that the PAN quoted in the Funding Agreement is consistent with the PAN currently advertised. If this is not the case, then the academy trust board should undertake an official review of the funding agreement noting that when considering reducing a PAN, admission authorities should consider the need for places in the area and when reducing a PAN, an admission authority must carry out a full consultation in accordance with the School Admissions Code prior to seeking an amendment via the ESFA.

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‘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


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

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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


DASH Representation on Working Groups

The scope and role of DASH within the local context is illustrated in the Working Groups Representation Chart effective for the current academic year.

Education Forum

When attending meetings of Devon Education Forum (DEF), its sub-groups and other statutory or working groups, DASH Representatives provide a summary of key messages and issues affecting the secondary 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
  • Papers from the last DEF meeting held on 20 November 2018 can be found  H E R E
  • Date of next DEF meeting: 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.

  • Minutes of the last SFG meeting held on 9 January 2019 can be found H E R E
  • Date of next SFG meeting is 6 March 2019

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.

  • View 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
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Devon Children & 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

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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 : multiagencysafeguardinghubresearchsecure-mailbox@devon.gov.uk 

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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

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Babcock Safeguarding Newsletter

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

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Operation Encompass

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 DASH 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 helpline

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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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.

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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.

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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

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Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) e-bulletins  

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) e-bulletins are issued weekly in term time and provide the latest information for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and other post-16 providers.

To view/subscribe to the latest bulletins  |  READ MORE

About the Education & Skills Funding Agency  |  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

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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. 

Additionally, a reminder to all schools and academies that they should retain information/links relating to Admission arrangements / policies for 3 academic years on websites (i.e. previous year, current offer and subsequent).

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.

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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).


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


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


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

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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

Department for education

Guidance  |  School complaints procedures: guidance for schools

Guidance for schools about setting up or reviewing complaints procedures  |  READ MORE

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DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter 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


DASH would like to welcome the following new and acting Headteachers who have taken up post this term. We look forward to seeing you at one of our forthcoming events.

  • James O'Connell, Principal at Teignmouth Community School
  • Andy Bloodworth, Acting Headteacher at Great Torrington School