DAPH Update: Summer Term | 25 April 2019 | Issue 1

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 Summer Term  | 25 April 2019  | Issue 1                                               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 proposed 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 Joint Local Area SEND Inspection and Written Statement of Action / New Devon and Children Families Alliance
  • Afternoon Keynote speaker Daniel Sobel, CEO and Founder of Inclusion Expert

Have you booked yet? Check the current  DELEGATE LIST

HOW TO BOOK: Booking is essential and via the ONLINE BOOKING FORM (terms and conditions apply).

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DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

10 & 11 October 2019 at

Saunton Sands Hotel


Day 1 | Natasha Devon MBE and Martin Daubney

Day 2 | Jaz Ampaw-Farr and Hywel Roberts

Read more about the keynote speakers HERE

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

Have you booked yet? Check the current DELEGATE LIST

For pricing options and how to book, please refer to the ONLINE BOOKING FORM (terms and conditions apply).

School funding
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f40’s Updated Proposal for a National Funding Formula for Schools

Each year f40 updates its funding model - a bottom-up calculation - to reflect current data on school finances and to reflect the national discussion and changing landscape of school funding. 

f40 representatives presented the updated modelling spreadsheet, supporting narrative and Briefing Paper to the Funding Policy Unit at the Department for Education on 9th April 2019. DfE acknowledged that it is valid and intellectually sound, and is clear and easily understood. Read the notes of the meeting held on 9th April 2019 here.

Worth Less? Campaign

Worth Less? School Funding Campaign Update

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

Twitter  |  @WorthLessFF     

Facebook  |  @WorthLessWestSussex

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  HEAD STRONG 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

HRMS Briefing Sessions for Schools

Devon County Council is implementing a new Human Resources Management System (HRMS). The HRMS provides a range of self-service functionality for managers and employees, including the booking of annual leave, sickness absence recording and pay and contract information updating. The HRMS is called iTrent which is a commercial system, used by many different public and private sector organisations and is very intuitive to use. DCC will be running some briefing sessions for schools  |  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
  • Read the minutes from the last DEF meeting held on 20 March 2019 HERE
  • 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 HERE
  • 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 HERE
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 11 June 2019
Safeguarding and Early Help
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Devon Children and Families Partnership


Visit this  LINK  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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Babcock LDP Safeguarding Newsletter

Babcock Safeguarding Newsletter for April 2019 can be viewed HERE


CAP UK (Child Assault Prevention)

CAP UK is a local charity working in 83 Devon schools this year, helping them to create a strong safeguarding culture by:

  • Working with whole school communities to prevent abuse
  • Delivering separate training for parents, staff and children (from R-Yr 6)
  • Subsidising their work with charitable funding
  • Supporting schools to meet Ofsted’s safeguarding expectations and the new relationships education curriculum requirements

Alongside the children's workshop programme, FREE PARENT AND STAFF SESSIONS are available in 2019-20 (50 schools already booked, please get in touch urgently to secure your school's place).

CAP UK's approach empowers children to be 'Safe, Strong and Free'. The 3 hour children’s class workshops use role play to demonstrate practical skills in keeping safe, teach children to understand their rights, ownership of their bodies and how to recognise unsafe situations.

Call: 01803 866559 or email: info@safestrongfree.org.uk to find out how CAP UK can support your school. For more information visit: www.safestrongfree.org.uk/schools


NSPCC Helpline

The Helpline operates Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and 9am – 6pm at the weekends. Trained practitioners provide advice, guidance and support, and can take action on behalf of a child being abused or at risk of abuse. Further details can be found on the NSPCC Website.


SEND Improvement Board Newsletter

The DCFP SEND Improvement Board Newsletter for April 2019 can be viewed HERE . SEND IB hope to publish a newsletter following each monthly meeting.

Update  |  Joint Local Area SEND Inspection

In December, Devon had its Joint Local Area SEND Inspection, which included health, adults' and children's social care, and education. The SEND Improvement Board are now working on a Written Statement of Action which addresses the four priorities in the inspection outcome letter:

  • embedding our SEND Strategy
  • communication
  • autism
  • Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

Draft Written Statement of Action Published

HMCI required Devon to produce a Written Statement of Action in response to the 4 areas of weakness identified following the Devon Local Area SEND Inspection. The Draft Written Statement of Action can be viewed HERE.

Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND
Recommended Reading
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Information: primary assessment newsletters available on subscription

To receive Standards and Testing Agency assessment updates directly to your inbox. please subscribe via the website. See more at GOV.uk

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    |  READ MORE

To find out more about the Education and Skills Funding Agency  |  READ MORE

Regional Schools Commissioner Newsletter 

The Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West (RSC SW) has published the April 2019 newsletter  |  READ MORE


'No Need to Exclude' Toolkit Launched

The 'No Need to Exclude' Toolkit to support staff in reducing exclusions has been launched and can be viewed HERE


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 LINK

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

School Complaints Procedure 

Guidance for schools about setting up or reviewing complaints procedures have been published by DfE.

Risk Assessment Methodology for Schools

DfE have published methodology notes that set out the risk assessment process that Ofsted uses for good and outstanding state-funded schools and further education and skills providers.

Multiplications Table Check - Development Update

Information for primary schools about the development of an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to be administered by schools to year 4 pupils from the 2019/20 academic year onwards has been published by DfE.

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education 

Information from DfE about the introduction of compulsory relationships education and RSE from September 2020 has been published.

Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds’ letter to NAHT about RSE can be viewed HERE

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 151 (04/04/19) 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

And Finally


DAPH would like to welcome the following new and acting Headteachers taking up new posts in Devon primary schools this term and we look forward to seeing you at one of our forthcoming events:

  • Claire Redwood - Acting Headteacher at Dartington CofE Primary School

  • Alan Monger - Headteacher at Hatherleigh Community Primary School