DAPH Update: Spring Term | 4 March 2019 | Issue 4

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   Spring Term  |  4 March 2019  |  Issue 4                                           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


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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Speakers confirmed:

10 October 2019 - Natasha Devon MBE and Martin Daubney

11 October 2019 - Jaz Ampaw-Farr and Hywel Roberts

Read more about the keynote speakers H E R E


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

How to book: for pricing options and booking info, please see the

O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M

School funding

Worth Less? Next Steps - Urgent Action Required

See last week's 'Special Edition' DAPH Update regarding the Worth Less? school funding campaign with updates and actions for your urgent attention  |  READ MORE

Update - Parliamentary Petition re School Funding

House of Commons Debate on 4 March 2019

R E M I N D E R  -  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.

There is still time to sign the petition which has exceeded 100,000 signatories and therefore has triggered a debate in the House of Commons on 4 March 2019. This can be viewed online at parliamentlive.tv . Thank you for your continued support.

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

Primary Pupil Allocations 2019/20

DCC Admissions have confirmed that they are confident that primary schools will be notified of 2019/20 pupil placements by Friday 29th March i.e. a week prior to the end of the Spring term in order to assist with budget planning. The Admissions team will notify schools In the unlikely event of any delay.

Note: school allocation lists are sent for information purposes. If there are any queries regarding the names that are on them or names that are missing but expected, please contact the Admissions Team. The information is confidential and parents must not be contacted before the LA sends outcomes to parents on schools’ behalf.

Andrew Brent, DCC Policy and Strategy Officer  |  andrew.brent@devon.gov.uk  |  01392 383000

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Using School Pupil Tracker? Thinking of changing your assessment package?

With SIMS you can be sure that each pupil’s progress is tracked and recorded, helping to raise attainment right across your school.

Teachers can record and monitor the progress of pupils throughout their learning journey - view the SIMS Assessment Flyer H E R E for more information.

Contact Scomis today to register for our free webinars on 01392 385300 or via email scomis@devon.gov.uk to speak to your Account Manager for FREE advice.

The Lost Words  |  Literacy and Language workshops

Friday 8 March 2019 at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre - BOOK ONLINE

Improving Outcomes in Literacy and Language  -  EYFS to Year 6 – Outdoor Learning and Sustainability

Using The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane as an inspiration, teachers and practitioners will develop skills in teaching literacy and language through practical and interactive workshops.

  • Work with Eva John, the writer of the John Muir Explorer’s Guide to the Lost Words and Jackie Morris, the illustrator of The Lost Words.
  • Participate in workshops to help you inspire talk and writing amongst your children both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Discover ways to develop your children’s critical thinking skills and broaden your curriculum using issues relating to sustainability and the environment.
  • View an extensive exhibition and meet people who can help you develop outdoor learning and sustainability in your school or setting.

Download the F L Y E R  

Workshop Fee: £90 + vat. Places are limited - for more information please visit the website.

The Lost Words

F R E E copy of 'The Lost Words' book and Yr6 work sequence for every maintained primary school in Devon

Following a highly successful Crowdfunder campaign, 440 copies of Macfarlane and Morris’ celebrated ‘spell-book’, The Lost Words, have been purchased and are ready for distribution to every maintained primary school in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. Funds and awards were received from Devon County Council, Dartmoor Preservation Association, West Country Fruit Sales, and from members of Devon’s communities who recognise the important role The Lost Words plays in terms of literacy, well-being and environmental stewardship, to name but a few of its nationally - and internationally - recognised benefits.

Distribution of the book will commence on 8 March at the conference for primary teachers and following the conference, Babcock LDP, Plymouth Schools Library Service and Libraries Unlimited will ensure that those primary schools not represented at the event receive their copy of The Lost Words, along with a Year 6 work sequence supplied, free of charge, by Babcock for every maintained primary school in the county.


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 26 February 2019 H E R E
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 11 June 2019
Safeguarding and Early Help
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Devon Children and 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).


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.


Consultation outcome  |  Relationships (and sex) education and health education

Summary of responses that the DfE we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps  |  READ MORE

Recommended Reading
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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

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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

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

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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.