DAPH Update: Spring Term | 15 February 2019 | Issue 3

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   Spring Term  |  15 February 2019  |  Issue 3                                  See previous issues H E R E

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 with other sessions to be confirmed.

Have you booked yet? Check the current  D E L E G A T E   L I S T

How to book:

Booking is essential and via the O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M

DAPH Conference 2019

Keynote speakers for this year's event have been announced this week-

Day 1  |  Natasha Devon MBE and Martin Daubney

Day 2  |  Jaz Ampaw-Farr and Hywel Roberts

Read more about the keynote speakers H E R E

Pricing for 2019:-

  • 2 day residential (Thursday night accommodation)  |  £375

  • 2 day residential (sharing accommodation with named colleague)  |  £355

  • 2 day non-residential (no accommodation)  |  £300

Have you booked yet? Check the current D E L E G A T E   L I S T

How to book:
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

Reminder  |  Fairer Funding and Preparing Case Studies for F40 lobbying

F40 Case Studies

Forward message from Dawn Stabb - 1 February 2019

How is your school is being affected by the loss of funding and what impact is it having on our children?

See the  L E T T E R  dated 31 January 2019 from Cllr James McInnes, Alun Dobson (DAPH Chair)and Aimee Mitchell (DASH Chair) which seeks your ongoing support for the Devon campaign to secure a fairer funding deal for our schools. You are requested to provide specific case study examples to help Phase Associations and F40 evidence a more effective campaign to government and local MPs for a fairer settlement.

See link to the 10 questions on the F40 Case Studies Questionnaire - we very much hope you will complete and return by the closing date 22 February 2019. The information collected will help us to advance the case with our MPs, with Ministers and Whitehall as well as the media. Thank you.

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.


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 23 January 2019 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.

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


EH4MH meeting  |  1 February 2019


Key messages from the February meeting included:-

  • EH4MH funding will be available for continued work such as face to face counselling and Kooth for the next 12 months, with the aim to provide input so that schools can sustain themselves once funding ceases.

Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

Joint local area SEND inspection in Devon - report published 5 February 2019

Between 10 December 2018 and 14 December 2018, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Devon to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. Read the inspection report H E R E .

Jo Olsson, who chairs the Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP) Executive, has written to all parents. In her L E T T E R she affirms the commitment of partners to continue the programme of improvement, which Inspectors confirmed was on the right track.

See also the DCFP'S Press Release (5 February).

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.

Recommended Reading
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Balloons Charity

Contact: balloonscharity.co.uk   |   01392 826064

Balloons offers a wide range of practical, emotional and social support to families in Exeter, mid and East Devon.

Bespoke training is also available for networks of practitioners such as family support workers, healthcare providers, school counsellors, teaching assistants, SENCOs, Headteachers and classroom teachers. 

BOOK NOW Becoming a ‘Bereavement Friendly’ school - Introductory Theory and Practical Ideas training on Wednesday 20 March 2019 - for more details, fee and how to book  |   READ MORE

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HR One Newsletter  |  February 2019

Schools and Academies Newsletter

In this issue: Online Policy Library  -  Training Dates  -  Mediation  -  Mental Health Policy  -  Parental bereavement leave and pay  -  NJC Pay Award  -  Teachers Pension  |  READ MORE

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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


Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) Committee Meeting 5 February 2019

Information for all schools:

  • The Agreed Syllabus will be in place for the beginning of September 2019
  • Introduction and roll out of the new Agreed Syllabus will take place in June and will be made available to all schools for free.
  • Learn Teach Lead RE has 5 hubs across Devon and meet termly and offer CPD and networking for subject leaders of RE - to find out more and how to connect with your local hub READ MORE

Read more about SACRE H E R E


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. 

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 148 (14.02.18) 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

Wishing colleagues an enjoyable half term break.

The DAPH Office will close from 4.00pm Friday 15 February until 9.00am Monday 25 February 2019.