DAPH Update: Spring Term | 1 April 2019 | Issue 5

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   Spring Term  |  1 April 2019  |  Issue 5                                   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

Registration from 8.45am, close at 3.00pm

  • Ofsted - Stephen Lee Senior HMI providing an update to include the Education Inspection Framework 2019
  • DAPH and DASH key messages and updates
  • Schools Buying Hub South West
  • Devon Music Education Hub (DMEH) - an update from Lewis Gibbs, Head of DMEH
  • Jo Olsson, Chief Officer for Children's Services DCC - an update on SEND Area Inspection and Written Statement of Action / New Devon and Children Families Alliance
  • Keynote speaker for the afternoon session 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

Date for your diary  |  DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing on

Tuesday 12 November 2019 at Exeter Racecourse

Online booking coming soon.

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DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

10 & 11 October 2019 at Saunton Sands Hotel


Keynote speakers confirmed:-

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

Plus Empowering Leadership Exhibition Suite (Day 1)  /  Dedicated Headship Time  /  Networking

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

For pricing options and how to book, please refer to the

O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M . Terms and conditions apply.

School funding

School Budget Share, Planning and Monitoring

See Budget Notification Letter dated 21 March 2019 addressed to Headteachers and Chair of Governors from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning DCC. Also includes Budget Notification Guidance Notes (February 2019)  |  READ MORE

Worth Less? School Funding Campaign

Keep up to date with the latest campaign news via social media:-

Twitter  |  @WorthLessFF

Facebook  |  @WorthLessWestSussex

Worth Less? Campaign
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

Join The Key for School Leaders with up to 25% off membership prices

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Existing members should have received a direct communication from The Key regarding membership renewal for 2019-20.

For renewal enquiries and for new membership options please contact Adam Du Pre, Account Management Team Leader:

E adam.dupre@thekeysupport.com         W  schoolleaders.thekeysupport.com

Children & Family Health Devon

New Children’s Health and Wellbeing Service 'The Devon Children and Families Alliance' to launch in April

A partnership of local NHS trusts and social enterprises will deliver children’s community health and wellbeing services in Devon from 1 April.

The Devon Children and Families Alliance (The Alliance) was awarded the 23.8 million-a-year contract, of which Devon County Council contributes £1.6m. The contract is for seven years, with an option to extend it for a further three years  |  READ MORE

Watch the short video on V I M E O, an animation about the changes to the service and read more H E R E .

Have you seen details of the Schools and Academies Policy Library?

Message from HROne

Earlier this year HR ONE launched the new online policy library. All Schools and Academies who are customers of HR ONE and any DCC maintained Schools who do not buy our service were sent an invitation in January inviting them to click on a link to allow you access to the policies  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Standards for school food in England

Guidance on the standards for planning and providing food in schools  |  READ MORE

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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.

Guidance  |  Scarlet fever: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Public Health England have observed a sixth consecutive season of elevated scarlet fever activity since 2014.  Read the description of scarlet fever, potential complications of the disease and advice on who's most at risk and how to prevent the spread  |  READ MORE


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 20 March 2019 are advertised H E R E
  • Date of the next DEF meeting is 19 June 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 6 March 2019 H E R E
  • Date of next SFG meeting is  5 June 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).

Operation Emcompass

Operation Encompass Training

30 April 2019 at Police Headquarters, Middlemore, Exeter EX2 7HQ

Registration from: 9.30am
Start Time: 10.00am,  Finish Time: 12.15pm

In order to continue receiving Operation Encompass notifications from the police, you must have a member of staff who has attended the training.

For further details and to book a place, please contact info@operationencompass.org


Babcock Safeguarding Newsletter

Read the latest news and updates in the March 2019 newsletter READ MORE

See also 'Special Edition' newsletter dated 18.03.19 with information regarding the National Child Exploitation Day, DCFP MACE guidance and ToR  |  READ MORE


EH4MH meeting  |  11 March 2019


Feedback from the March meeting confirms the continuation of Young Devon’s full counselling service to at least April 2020 - the team is working on school support service and sustainability for schools for training and supervision.


SEND Survey - Feedback from Parents

SEND Local Area Inspection: Written Statement of Action

Message sent from Dawn Stabb via Headteacher Update email 29.03.19

See link to S E N D  S U R V E Y

As part of the work we are doing to strengthen our communication with parents we would welcome ideas from parents and their representative groups on how we could improve the Special Education Needs and Disability system in Devon. We are currently seeking feedback based around the four priority areas identified by the inspectors.

Any support you could give by highlighting how parents can share their thoughts in your newsletters would be most welcome. 

Champions for change

SEND Champions for Change film and
follow up

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Devon have been working on an amazing film to urge practitioners and other young people that their voices should be heard, not ignored.

A video message, #ListenHearUnderstand, was launched in November and we hope it will go viral. For more information and links to resources  |  READ MORE

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.

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


Testing the draft education inspection framework: our early findings from pilot inspections

Ofsted blog post from Sean Harford, National Director, Education

This blog talks about some of the early findings from the pilot inspections under the draft education inspection framework that Ofsted are currently consulting on*. This framework is scheduled to take effect from September 2019  |  READ MORE

*Ofsted launched a consultation on the proposed education inspection framework for September 2019. You can have your say until 5 April 2019.

You may also like:

The importance of the curriculum in schools and Early Years - Curriculum Workshop slides (Autumn 2018)

Research commentary – setting out the evidence upon which the judgement criteria are based


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. 

Department for Education

Guidance  |  Key stage 2 tests and phonics screening check: monitoring visits

An overview of local authority monitoring visits in schools for the phonics screening check, KS1 and KS2 national curriculum assessments (commonly known as SATs)  |  READ MORE


RE Newsletter  |  March 2019

Read the latest newsletter which includes details of special conference events to launch the new RE syllabus and future 'Learn Teach Lead RE hubs during the summer term  |  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 Issue 149 (07.03.19) and 150 (21.03.19) 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

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Farewell to... 

Best wishes and good luck to Caroline Boother,  Headteacher at Hatherleigh Community Primary School who is leaving post in Devon at the end of the Spring term and moving on to pastures new. 

Enjoy the Easter holidays!

The DAPH Office will be closed for the duration of the Easter school holidays, closing on Friday 5 April and re-opening on Tuesday 23 April 2019. Wishing you all a very enjoyable and relaxing break.