DASH Update: Summer Term | 26 April 2019 | Issue 1

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 Summer Term  |  26 April 2019  |  Issue 1


DASH Summer Conference  |  Tuesday 25 June 2019

at Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XS

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

Nina Jackson_Independent Thinking

9.30am  Nina Jackson | Associate, Independent Thinking

"Creativity, curiosity and compassion - that's the winning formula for any classroom."

Read more about Nina at INDEPENDENT THINKING

Dave Harris_Independent Thinking

11.15am 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


1.30pm  |  Jon Hutchinson  |  Head of Curriculum Development, Reach Academy Feltham

  • Session 1 - The Science of Learning: principles from cognitive science and taking an evidence informed approach.

  • Session 2 - Knowledge Rich Curriculum: how we structure our curriculum at the intended and implemented level.

3.00pm  |  Dave McKinney  |  IT Consultant

  • Develop your IT strategies motivated by teaching and learning.

Have you booked yet? Check the current DELEGATE LIST

Booking is essential and via the ONLINE BOOKING FORM

* 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

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 SEND Area 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

School funding

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.

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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 

Website  |  www.f40.org.uk

Whats 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


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 20 March 2019 can be found  HERE
  • Date of next DEF meeting: 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

  • Minutes of the last SFG meeting held on 6 March 2019 can be found HERE
  • Date of next SFG meeting is 5 June 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 26 February 2019 HERE
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 11 June 2019
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  • Devon Children and Families Partnership


DCFP Newsletters | 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

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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.

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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.

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Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND helpline

Keep up to date - subscribe to the newsletter and visit this link to recent SEND news and updates H E R E.

Recommended Reading

Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Update

Weekly round-up of information and actions for Education and Skills Funding Agency funded organisations. To view/subscribe to the latest bulletins | READ MORE

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Regional Schools Commissioner Newsletter

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

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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. 


PREVENT - WRAP Decommissioning 

WRAP Portal services were decommissioned on 31 March 2019. For information on post April 2019 training READ MORE

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'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

Department for education

School Complaints Procedure

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

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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.

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DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter (Issue 151 dated 04/04/19) HERE

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