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

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   Spring Term  |  15 February 2019  |  Issue 3


DASH Summer Conference

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

B O O K  O N L I N E

Devon secondary school leaders are invited to attend this free all-day event* at Exeter Racecourse, with keynote speakers confirmed as:-

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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


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

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

* free event = subsidised by DASH

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Summer 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 proposed Education Inspection Framework 2019

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


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

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DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

10 & 11 October 2019 at Saunton Sands Hotel, North Devon

School leaders are invited to join colleagues at this 2 day event which includes inspirational keynotes, an exhibition suite and dedicated headship time within the beautiful coastal surroundings.

Keynote speakers announced for this year are:-

Day 1 | Natasha Devon MBE and Martin Daubney
Day 2 | Jaz Ampaw-Farr and Hywel Roberts

Read more about the speakers H E R E

For booking options and prices, please see the O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M

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

School funding

Reminder | Fairer Funding and Preparing Case Studies for F40 lobbying

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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.


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 23 January 2019 can be found  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 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 | visit this  L I N K  to subscribe to 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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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

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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).

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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

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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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


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. 

STEM Ambassadors

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.


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

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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

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.