DASH Update: Spring Term | 4 February 2019 | Issue 2

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   Spring Term  |  4 February 2019  |  Issue 2


DASH Summer Conference  |  Tuesday 25 June 2019 at
Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XS

B O O K  O N L I N E

Secondary school leaders are invited to join colleagues for this all-day event at Exeter Racecourse. We're pleased to confirm the following keynote speakers during the morning:-

Dave Harris_Independent Thinking

Dave Harris - Associate, Independent Thinking

"Think differently, think beyond your reach and if what you are doing feels wrong - don't do it!"

Read more about Dave at INDEPENDENT THINKING

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Nina Jackson  |  Associate, Independent Thinking

"Creativity, curiosity and compassion - that's the winning formula for any classroom."

Read more about Nina at INDEPENDENT THINKING

Further details regarding other guest speakers / agenda to follow, in the meantime if you would like to attend please book via the O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M.

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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. 


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

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 cascade to colleagues - the 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.

Whats New

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.

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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.

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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 DASH 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


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
  • Minutes from the last DEF meeting held on 23 January 2019 are advertised H E R E
  • Date of next DEF meeting: 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

  • Minutes from the last SFG meeting held on 9 January 2019 are advertised 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.

  • Minutes from the last SOCA meeting held on 8 January 2019 are advertised H E R E
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 26 February 2019
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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).

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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.

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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 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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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

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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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

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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. 

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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


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.

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

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DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletters 146 & 147 H E R E

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Contact DAG |   info@dagdevon.uk