DASH Update: Summer Term | 14 June 2019 | Issue 3

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   Summer Term  |  14 June 2019  |  Issue 3


DASH Summer Conference

Tuesday 25 June 2019 at Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XS

B O O K  O N L I N E  |  N E W  view the A G E N D A

9.00am - 4.00pm  |  registration from 8.45am

Note - start time has been brought forward to 9.00am to accommodate the AGM. Registration is from 8.45am.

Devon secondary school leaders are invited to attend this free all-day event* at Exeter Racecourse.

Have you booked yet? Check the current DELEGATE LIST

Booking is essential and via the ONLINE BOOKING FORM

* Subsidised by DASH - one free place per CEO and secondary school setting.

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Information session with Karl Sampson HMI, Regional Assistant Director

Wednesday 26 June 2019 at the Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton EX16 4DB

3.30pm - 5.00pm (registration from 3.00pm)

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. The event is open to both maintained schools and academies.

B O O K   O N L I N E  |  R E A D   M O R E  |  D E L E G A T E   L I S T

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Autumn Briefing 2019

DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing

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

Speakers to be announced. To book, please use the O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M
Terms and conditions apply.

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

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Devon Campaign for Fairer Funding | Headteacher meetings with Devon MPs

DAPH and DASH in partnership with DCC have written to all Devon MPs requesting a date to meet with headteachers from schools within their constituency ideally before the end of the summer term.

These meetings will provide schools with an opportunity to voice their concerns and lobby their local MP on the case for fair funding for Devon schools and we again thank you for all your efforts to date in supporting the local campaign.

Some dates have now been confirmed:

  • 21 June at King Edward VI Community College - 2.30pm with Sarah Wollaston MP
  • 28 June at the Beehive, Honiton - 3.00pm with Neil Parish MP
  • 28 June at Ivybridge Community College - 4.00pm with Gary Streeter MP
  • 5 July at West Exe School - 2.30pm with Ben Bradshaw MP
  • 11 July at Coombeshead Academy - 1.00pm with Anne Marie Morris MP

Dates with other MP's to follow. We are in the process of issuing invites to school leaders and would be grateful if you could confirm via email to the DAPH Office whether you will / will not be attending for purposes of arrangements at the host school.

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Devon’s Deputy Leader calls for more cash for schools and special education

Devon County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, has written to Education Secretary Damian Hinds on behalf of all the political parties on the council calling for more money for education. He says £3.7 billion needs be injected into schools and special education nationally to avert a crisis | READ MORE

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Worth Less Campaign

Worth Less? School Funding Campaign

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

Twitter | @WorthLessFF

Facebook | @WorthLessWestSussex 

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County Lines  |  National Issue, Local Problem

Ruth Bailey, Specialist Problem Solver and Rob Curtis. Devon Partnerships Inspector from Devon and Cornwall Police attended the May DASH area meeting (Central and South) to provide an update on County Lines and to discuss how schools can work collaboratively with the Police on this serious issue.

View the presentation H E R E

The Partner Agency Intelligence Sharing form can be found HERE or via this link https://devon-cornwall.police.uk/pais

For further reading and links to useful resources  |  READ MORE

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FREE Schools Health and Wellbeing survey (SHEU) – Autumn 2019

Schools are invited to take part in this year’s free School Health and Wellbeing survey, being organised by the School Health Education Unit (SHEU) during the Autumn term 2019. The survey can help schools better understand the experiences, behaviours and perceptions of their pupils in relation to their physical and emotional health and well-being.

Pupils’ health and well-being affects both their academic potential and their future life chances, therefore insight into these aspects can support you to plan effective personal, health and social development for your pupils and enhance their readiness to learn.

Each school taking part will receive their own report summarising anonymised data from their pupils, compared with the wider Devon data. The survey results can support many purposes, for example, helping target work with pupils, providing evidence for OFSTED inspections, and helping support plans for teaching mandatory relationships education/RSE and health education from September 2020. We will be inviting schools to participate again in two years’ time, so you will be able to baseline and track pupils’ responses over time.

There are two ways to take part; either online within school or through a school-based paper questionnaire. The survey is aimed at years 4 and 6 in primary schools and years 8 and 10 in secondary schools. Special schools and pupil referral units can also take part.

If your school would like to take part, please email publichealth-mailbox@devon.gov.uk by 19th July. If you need more information, please contact Rachel Humphries in Public Health on (01392) 386382 or via email rachel.humphries@devon.gov.uk.

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Time to Change – free resources for schools on mental health and wellbeing

‘Time to Change’ is an initiative run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness encouraging young people – and the adults who work with them – to have open and honest conversations about mental health.
1 in 8 young people will experience a mental health problem and many fear the reaction of others. Time to Change has developed resources for schools including assembly and activity plans and resources and that can be used throughout the school year.

Sign up to receive free resources                  Visit the Time to Change website

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Boxall Profile Training for Devon Schools – Free training

A free training programme for all Devon LA schools and academies designed to:

  • enable staff to use the boxall profile – an on-line assessment tool for staff working with vulnerable children, from early years to secondary
  • equip schools with the means to better identify all pupils’ Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs
  • improve teaching and teachers’ understanding of SEMH and behaviour

View the F L Y E R for booking info, term dates and venues (further dates to be arranged in the autumn term).


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  H E R E
  • 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 5 June 2019 will be advertised H E R E
    • Date of next SFG meeting is 17 July 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.

  • • Minutes of the last SOCA meeting held on 11 June 2019 will be advertised H E R E
    • Date of next SOCA meeting is 24 September 2019
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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).

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Safeguarding One Minute Guides

Visit the Babcock LDP website to download One Minute Guidance documents on a variety of subjects including 'Challenging Decisions', 'Transfer of CP Safeguarding Files' and 'Ready for Anything' procedures | READ MORE

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Diana Award

Anti-Bulling Campaign

The Diana Award's Anti-Bullying Campaign involves a number of different projects aimed at reducing bullying in schools.

One of the main projects is the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme which has trained over 24,000 young people across the UK to lead on anti-bullying campaigns in their schools.

For more information visit www.antibullyingpro.com/

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Early Help Roadshows | Tickets now available - book now

Tickets for the Early Help Roadshows, taking place across Devon in June and July 2019, are now available:

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

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Keeping Children Safe Newsletter | June 2019

Read the latest Babcock safeguarding NEWSLETTER with news and updates on:

  • Schools Annual Safeguarding Report
  • Zero Tolerance Hate Crime Campaign
  • GDPR Staff Training Leaflet
  • One Minute Guides
  • Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education – Early Adopter School Programme
Babcock LDP
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ACT Awareness eLearning

ACT Awareness eLearning is a new CT awareness product designed for all UK based companies and organisations and will provide nationally recognised corporate CT guidance to help industry better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology  |  READ MORE

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Children and Young People’s Plan 2019 – 2022

We want to hear your feedback

Download the Children and Young People’s Plan for 2019 – 2022. To share your thoughts and feedback on the proposed plan, please complete the F E E D B A C K  F O R M.


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

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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.

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Ofsted Blog | 'Ask Listen Do'

Nick Whittaker, HMI, Specialist Adviser, SEND

For a child or young person, having special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) means that they and their families will come into contact with many different organisations, services and professionals. The journey may include diagnosis and the search for help and advice (perhaps an education, health and care plan), and last through the child’s school life and into adulthood.

One of the organisations offering families help through this sometimes confusing landscape is NHS England. They have introduced their ‘Ask Listen Do’ initiative, which supports families of children with autism and learning disabilities  |  READ MORE

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DfE Call for Evidence - SEND and AP provision

The government is asking for views about the High Needs Block funding for children with SEND or who are in Alternative Provision. Consultation closes on 31 July 2019 | READ MORE

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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


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

Consultation outcome | School exclusions review: call for evidence

The Timpson review explored how headteachers use exclusion, and why pupils with particular characteristics are more likely to be excluded from school | READ MORE

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DfE | School responsibilities around school food: a letter to schools

A letter from Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, highlighting issues raised by the Children’s Future Food Inquiry | READ MORE

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Press release | Thousands of schools to improve through shared expertise

Changes to school-to-school improvement to be tested in up to nine areas of the country | READ MORE

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