DAPH Update: Spring Term | 1 February 2019 | Issue 2

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   Spring Term  |  1 February 2019  |  Issue 2                                    See previous issues H E R E

Spring Briefing 2019

Last chance to book! DAPH Spring Briefing

7 February 2019 at

Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter EX2 7NN

1.30pm - 4.45pm (registration and lunch from 12.30pm)

  • DAPH key messages
  • Dawn Stabb - Head of Education and Learning, DCC
  • Group discussion - new Ofsted Inspection Framework 2019: how prepared is your school?
  • Scomis - using SIMS to track pupil attainment and progress

View the A G E N D A


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Summer Briefing 2019

DAPH & DASH Summer Briefing

Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the 

Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton EX16 4DB

We are pleased to confirm that Stephen Lee, Senior HMI will be providing an Ofsted Update to include the Education Inspection Framework 2019. 

This is an all-day event at the Tiverton Hotel - other sessions to be confirmed.


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DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

10 & 11 October 2019 at the Saunton Sands Hotel

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School funding

Parliamentary Petition re School Funding

Increase funding for schools - sign the P E T I T I O N 

Schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding as their income has not kept pace with the rise in costs since 2010. All schools are working very hard to “make ends meet” but this is becoming increasingly difficult and verging on almost impossible. As funding has become tighter, schools have had to cut back on:

  • Teaching and non-teaching staff
  • Support for more vulnerable pupils
  • Small group work for children who are not thriving in school
  • Teaching resources (parents being asked to pay for books and materials)
  • Subject choices in secondary schools
  • Range of activities for primary pupils
  • Extra curricula activities provided free or subsidised
  • Repairs to buildings
  • Renewal of equipment

Please cascadThe petition currently has over 53,000 signatories and it is hoped that it can quickly increase to 100, 000, which could trigger a debate in the House of Commons. Thank you for your continued support and please cascade to colleagues.

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
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Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) Trial

The Educational Endowment Foundation and Wellcome Trust are funding a trial of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) in selected regions across England, including North Devon. It is a fantastic opportunity for schools to be part of one of the largest funded research projects about primary science ever run in England and the opportunity to take part in the highly regarded PSQM programme without having to pay for it. Half the schools in the trial will be  randomly allocated to the intervention group and take part in PSQM for free, with cover costs contributed too, and the other half will be randomly to the control group, and receive a £1500 ‘thank you’ payment. Anonymised attainment and attitudinal  will be collected from both groups.

Follow this  L I N K  to read inspirational and informative articles written by primary science subject leaders, one from Torbay, who describe their experience of taking part in PSQM and the impact it had on science in their schools.

Follow this  L I N K  for information about the  EEF trial - please note that to take part in this fully funded trial, your school must have a year 5 class of 15 or more pupils that is not mixed with other year groups.

Information event on 5 February at Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School

An information event about the fully funded PSQM EEF trial will be held at on 5th February 2019 from 4pm at Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School and Early Years Teaching Centre, Borough Road, Torrington, Devon EX38 7NU.

If would like your school to take part in this trial, then please contact PSQM as soon as possible, as places are limited. Email PSQMtrial@herts.ac.uk to book your place at the information event or to register your interest. Alternatively, you can telephone on 01707 281 034 to book your place, register your interest, or if you have any queries about the trial.

NJC Pay Award 2019 – information for maintained schools only

Essential information for maintained schools about the proposed NJC pay award 2019 which affects all school support staff  |  READ MORE

NJC Pay Award 2019 – information for academies only

Information for academies about the proposed NJC pay award 2019  |  READ MORE

The consultation will run until Friday 8th February 2019.


RE Newsletter for Schools in Devon, Torbay and Exeter Diocese READ MORE

Key news: SACRE will be launching a new RE Agreed Syllabus for Devon and Torbay schools in June.

Key dates for your diaries: new syllabus launch dates on 3, 4 and 5 June in venues across Devon and Torbay. More info to follow soon.

Laser Energy Contract

Notification for Schools who currently use Devon County Councils contract for Electricity and Gas with Laser Energy (Kent County Council).

Laser Energy will sending out a communication within the next few days titled 'Devon County Council Contract Renewal for Schools – Action Required'.

This communication contains important information relating to the contract renewal for your electricity and gas supplies, please take the necessary action contained within the Laser Energy communication.

If you have any queries regarding the communication, please contact Laser Energy direct on devonschools@laserenergy.org.uk.

Note: if schools are renewing their contract with DCC then DAPH recommends they register for free with Schools Buying Hub to explore potential savings available.

Free Procurement Advice from the Schools’ Buying Hub South West

One in three schools in the South West are now using their local Schools’ Buying Hub. Open to all school business managers, members are benefitting from saving time and money across all areas of non-staff spend including utilities, ICT, facilities management, catering, cleaning and professional services. The Hub provides free strategic and technical procurement guidance, access to templates and tools, advice on contractual terms and contract management as well as alerts to approved national deals.

The Hub recently helped 82 schools across the South West participate in a water e-auction in which they achieved overall savings of £137,808.43, with individual schools saving between 6-13%. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Hub, wish to find what other deals are available or would like to discuss any other buying needs, please contact the South West Hub via the
W E B S I T E. Registration is simple and all advice and guidance is free.

The Hub would also like to hear from schools who would be interested in attending or hosting workshops or events this term. The Hub will run a dynamic and practical workshop session, providing useful information surrounding both simple and complex procurement. If you are interested then please contact us at via email contact@schoolsbuyinghubsouthwest.com


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 23 January 2019 will be advertised  H E R E
  • Date of the next DEF meeting is 20 March 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 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.

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).

LADO – e-learning

The aim of this  C O U R S E  is to provide you with an understanding of the roles of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and what should and need not be referred to the LADO.
The training is suitable for the Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) and Deputy DSO, as well as Managers / Committee.

NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe

NSPCC has launched the Speak out. Stay safe. programme so that a generation of children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. So far they’ve visited more than 15,000 primary schools – and they’d love your school to be next.

With the help of our mascot Buddy, the programme provides child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops delivered by specially trained staff and volunteers.  Further details are outlined in the Overview of Programme document plus there is an Content Summary which provides a summary of the programme's assemblies and workshops.

For more information, please visit the W E B S I T E.

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Early Help Improvement Programme newsletter

Read the latest Early Help Improvement Programme newsletter (January 2019) which 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.

House of Commons Education Committee  |  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

On Tuesday 15 January 2019, Tania Beard (Headteacher at St Martin's Primary and Nursery School) attended and contributed to a parliamentary select committee about SEND. The meeting is available to watch on parliamentlive.tv or the transcript can be viewed O N L I N E .

The Committee's inquiry is intended to review the success of the 2014 SEND reforms, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Thank you to Tania for representing Devon schools and presenting the case so well.

Recommended Reading
Change 4 Life
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Public Health England - New Change4Life teaching resources to help pupils cut back on sugar

For the first time, PHE has developed dedicated Change4Life English and Maths teaching resources to help pupils and their families cut back on sugar. This complements the national campaign encouraging parents to “make a swap when you next shop”.

Developed with teachers, the new English lesson plans introduce pupils to the characters of ‘Sugar Smart World’ through fun and interactive activities. Maths lesson plans reinforce healthier swaps through solving problems using addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Please visit the website to view/download English and Maths lesson powerpoints and worksheets . See also the press release dated 4 January'19 which outlines some interesting sugar facts and explains how schools can get involved with the national campaign.

Public Health Nursing Service Update

An update on the Public Health Nursing service in Devon, including updates on workforce challenges and changes to the way services are being delivered  |  READ MORE

Making a referral to Public Health Nursing

An update on how the Public Health Nursing Services in Devon use information you send to them, and a request for your help by sending referrals on the correct form and – preferably – by email.

Download the referral form here.

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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


Staff Accident Reporting - A reminder from the Devon Health and Safety Service (Maintained Schools and Academies with an SLA with Devon)

Personal Injuries:

Maintained schools - All incidents resulting in personal injury, however slight, arising out of or in connection with work activities, must be reported following local management procedures. The OSHENS online accident reporting system must also be used to record the incident.

Academies who have an SLA with DCC and are therefore following our procedures, should also be following this procedure.

Violent, Aggressive or Threatening Behaviour and near misses to Employees:

Maintained schools - These incidents must be reported following local management procedures. The OSHENS online accident reporting system must also be used to record the incident.

Academies who have an SLA with DCC and are therefore following our procedures, should also be following this procedure.

More detailed information can be found in the HS01 or HSA01 Accident Arrangements Note which is available from the OSHENS site.


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. 

Princes Teaching Institute

Prince's Teaching Institute:

Bringing learning to life in Geography and Science

1 March 2019 at Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6EL 

CPD Subject Day - Impress your students with the wonders of the natural world

With specialist guest speakers, including Dr Paula Owens, Consultant for the Geographical Association

Create meaningful, knowledge-based cross-curricular links to stretch and challenge pupils of all learning abilities. Our days feature subject specialists, and are led by practising teachers, ensuring their relevance to you and your classroom.

For further details and how to book  |  READ MORE

STEM Ambassador

Free bespoke STEM support for your teaching staff in Devon

Create a buzz about STEM in your school by working with STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines across the UK. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers.

STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free of charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people inside and out of the classroom. For more information, access to the online resource library and to register, visit the W E B S I T E

Department for Education

Guidance  |  EU exit: no deal preparations for schools in England

Advice to schools in England on how to prepare in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal  |  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 Issues 146 & 147 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