DAPH Update: Summer Term | 16 May 2019 | Issue 2

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  Summer Term |  16 May 2019  |  Issue 2                                            See previous issues H E R E


DAPH & DASH Summer Briefing

Presentations from the Speakers at the DAPH & DASH Summer Briefing held on 8th May 2019 in Tiverton can be viewed HERE

DAPH Summer Briefing 2019

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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.

Autumn Briefing 2019 v3

DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing

Tuesday 12 November 2019 at Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XS

Speakers to be announced. To book, please use the ONLINE  BOOKING  FORM. Terms and conditions apply.


OFSTED New Inspection Framework Published

Ofsted has published the outcome of the consultation on its new education inspection framework. It will focus on curriculum, behaviour and development.

The Education Framework sets out Ofsted's inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make.  It applies from September 2019, and can be viewed HERE

The School Inspection Handbook for  maintained schools and academies in England under the education inspection framework, for use from September 2019, can be viewed HERE

The Early Years Inspection Handbook (EIF) for  registered early years and childcare providers under the education inspection framework, for use from September 2019, can be viewed HERE

The Section 8 School Inspection Handbook (EIF) for Ofsted inspectors, for use from September 2019, can be viewed HERE

Information Session with Karl Simpson SHMI

Wednesday 26 June 2019 pm

With the launch of the new Education Inspection Framework on 14 May 2019, DAPH and DASH are delighted to announce that we are holding an information session to provide significant updates plus time for questions and round-table discussion. Online booking coming soon.

Retaining Ofsted's Current Grading System in Education

This report sets out the arguments and evidence for keeping Ofsted’s existing 4-point grading system. 


OFSTED Blog - Off-rolling & Inspection of Outstanding Schools

A new post, “What is off-rolling, and how does Ofsted look at it on inspection?” has just been published on the Ofsted blog by Dan Owen HMI, Specialist Adviser for school inspection policy.

A new post, “Dan Lambert HMI on the inspection of exempt outstanding schools” has just been published on the Ofsted blog.  Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) Dan Lambert explains why Outstanding rated schools are not inspected routinely, and what happens when they do inspect them.

Department for Education

The Timpson Review of School Exclusions Published

The Timpson review explored how headteachers use exclusion, and why pupils with particular characteristics are more likely to be excluded from school. The review gathered substantial evidence through submissions to the call for evidence and engagement with many organisations and individuals, including schools, local authorities, parents and children. The Report makes 30 recommendations. The government response sets out a programme of work to respond to the recommendations. The full report and response can be viewed HERE

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Schools Funding 2020/21

Annual Consultation Events - Save the Date

Mon 7th October – Newton Abbot Racecourse
Tues 8th October – Westpoint, Exeter
Wed 9th October – Barnstaple Hotel

Further details and booking information to follow.

Funding Increases to Teachers’ Pensions Employer Contributions Consultation Response Published

The Department for Education (DfE) has published the response to the public consultation on the impact of the increase in employer contribution rate of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) from 16.4% to 23.6%.

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

Active Devon - 50 Primary Schools Needed!

Active Devon - a community focussed, not for profit organisation, inspiring and supporting the people of Devon to lead active lifestyles. Active Devon is looking to engage with 50 primary schools across Devon to spend time in schools to understand and support the schools outcomes. If your school is interested, please contact Jo Colin – Director of Strategic Relationships for Active Devon - via email jo.colin@activedevon.org to register interest by Friday 24 May 2019.


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 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

Early Help Improvement Programme Newsletter 

The April edition of the Early Help Improvement Programme Newsletter - April 2019, has been published and can be read HERE

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Early Help Payment by Results

This is an urgent request and will support Devon accessing large amounts of funding for families where they have made significant progress or returned to employment: Have you worked with and hold cases file on DAF/Early Help Cases which are now closed and are not in the Right for Children System? If so, please complete the form HERE

For more information please contact Ian Flett, Operations Manager Early Help, Devon County Council at ian.flett@devon.gov.uk


An opportunity for you and your colleagues to be inspired by our keynote speakers and workshops, and go back to your service with new ideas, awareness and clarification of how early help really works to support your families. For more information see HERE

Monday 24th June – 9:15-13:00 Buckfast
Tuesday 25th June – 9:15–13:00: Barnstaple
Tuesday 2nd July – 9:15 –13:00: Exeter
Tuesday 2nd July – 14:15–18:00: Exeter
Wednesday 3rd July – 11:45–15:30: Tiverton
Wednesday 3rd July – 16:45–20:30: Tiverton

Right for Children Sessions Available for Exeter Practitioners

This is a general support session for Practitioners around using the Right for Children database and will enable practitioners to familiarise themselves with the database and ask questions about its use. Please register interest HERE

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Pete’s Dragons – FREE SuicideTALK in Newton Abbot

Pete's Dragons was awarded a grant by Teignbridge CVS which is enabling them to put on a FREE SuicideTALK in Newton Abbot. It is on Tuesday 21 May from 6-8pm at The Change Academy. Tickets can be booked HERE

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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).


Breaking the Barrier – Free Outdoor Pursuits for Learning Disabled Children and Young People

Life Works, Breaking the Barrier is a programme of free outdoor pursuits for learning disabled children and young people age 8 and over. More information can be viewed HERE

SEND Written Statement of Action

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

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.

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

Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

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Changes to Assessments in Primary Schools

The reception baseline assessment (RBA) is scheduled to be introduced in all state-funded primary schools in September 2020 and can be viewed HERE

RE Newsletter

The RE Newsletter for schools in Devon & Torbay & Exeter Diocese has been published and can be viewed HERE

RE Syllabus Launch Event

Please see HERE for details of the sessions being run by Babcock LDP in June 2019 across Devon. The new syllabus is being made available to all schools and academies without charge. If you are unable to attend the sessions, and would like further information, please contact Ed Pawson at Babock LDP on efpawson@gmail.com

 Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education: FAQs

Information from the Department for Education about the introduction of compulsory relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education from September 2020 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.


SEND and AP provision: call for evidence

Call for evidence on the financial arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and those who need alternative provision (AP). The consultation is open until 31 July 2019.

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School Minibus Licenses

Devon County Council strongly recommend that you confirm with your Insurer that any staff currently driving on a Category B license meet the criteria for the insurance you have in the vehicle they are driving. To enable Devon County Council to assess the impact of the change in regulations and training needs, please complete a short survey by Friday 17 May 2019.

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LGA & EFSA Survey on School Apprenticeships

The Local Government Association (LGA) and Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are undertaking work for Devon County Council around how participation in apprenticeships in schools can be increased in Community & Voluntary Controlled School only. Please complete a survey to help inform their work by Friday 17 May 2019.

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    |  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


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. 

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DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter Issue 152 (2 May 2019)


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