DASH Update: Summer Term | 8 July 2019 | Issue 4

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   Summer Term  |  8 July 2019  |  Issue 4


DASH Summer Conference - Presentations now available

Tuesday 25 June 2019 at Exeter Racecourse

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's DASH Summer Conference and AGM on 25 June and we hope that you found the event inspiring and informative. Further details regarding the AGM will follow in due course, in the meantime see links to presentations from the following guest speakers:-

Nina Jackson | Access All Areas

Dave Harris | Brave Heads – your country needs you

Jon Hutchinson | The science of learning / Knowledge rich curriculum

David McKinney, IT Consultant, also gave a session on developing IT strategies:

Redefine technology use in your school -

  • Make teaching and learning the driving force behind your technology.
  • Reduce the total cost of ownership of your technology platform and its support.
  • Learn about Cullompton Community College’s transformation to a serverless school.
  • Enjoy both security and accessibility for students and teachers.
  • Be better informed about the Cloud - it’s not the future, it’s happening now.
  • Use technology wisely to achieve more with less.

If you would like to have an informal discussion regarding your ambitions, queries or concerns for technology in your school, please contact David McKinney on:

T:  07973 676713     E: david@mckinney-consultants.com

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DAPH & DASH Ofsted Information Session on the new Education Inspection Framework (presentation now available)

26 June 2019 at the Tiverton Hotel

At this event, Karl Sampson HMI, Regional Assistant Director outlined the key points of the new framework and its focus on curriculum, behaviour and development.

The presentation slides from this event are now available to V I E W / D O W N L O A D.

Thank you to everyone who attended on the day and we hope to secure a date for Karl to return to Devon at the Spring Briefing 2020 event (date to be confirmed).

Attendees please note: have you received a car parking fine since visiting the Tiverton Hotel on 26 June? If yes and you haven't already let us know, please get in touch. We are working with the hotel to arrange for all parking charge notices to be rescinded.

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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

School funding
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Worth Less? Campaign for Fairer Funding

Save the Date - visit to Downing St. 27 September 2019

11.00 gather at Parliament Square 12.00 deliver joint letter to Downing Street

Message from Jules White, coordinator Worth Less? jwhite@ths.uk.net

Join colleagues and ensure that our collective and ‘relentlessly reasonable’ voice is heard loud and clear ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review:

  • Adequate funding for every school
  • Sufficient resources to support every child, especially disadvantaged and SEND pupils
  • Reversal of cuts
  • Fully funded provision when schools cover social care and police services

For more details about the visit | READ MORE     View/download the F L Y E R

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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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Schools Funding 2020/21

Annual Consultation Events - Save the Date

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

Further details and booking information to follow.


Boxall Profile Training for Devon Schools | Free training, Autumn 2019

The demand for the Boxall Profile Training has been very high and although some autumn dates are already fully booked, some places are still available | READ MORE

Download more information about The Boxall Profile H E R E

Whats New

School Census 2019/20 Academic Year

The Department for Education have recently published guidance on the major changes to the School Census statutory return for the 2019/20 academic year. The guide provides a summary of these changes, which include changes to exclusions data (autumn census), post 16 data (autumn census) and classes (spring census)  |  READ MORE

Please read this guide as some of the changes apply to information collected during the autumn term.

Contact  |  Education Information Team  census@devon.gov.uk

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Devon Education Fund – apply now for funding

Do you have a project that needs additional funding?

The Devon Education Fund wants to hear from schools, organisations and educational projects that exploit innovation and show a real ambition to enable children and young people in Devon to thrive and flourish. Grants of up to £25k may be awarded.

The next deadline for bids is midnight Friday 6 September 2019.  For more information and how to apply  |  READ MORE

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Spring Bank Holiday Date 2020

Message from Andrew Brent, Policy and Strategy Officer (Education)

You may have seen the recent announcement that the spring Bank Holiday will be moved from Monday 4 May 2020 to Friday 8 May 2020. This is related to recognition of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 in Europe.

This does not impact on the school terms recommended by Devon County Council as the week commencing 4 May falls in the middle of the first summer half term. However, individual schools may want to review their own terms and non-pupil days. If there are any amendments to your own terms and non-pupil day information, please let your parents and the Local Authority know as soon as possible.

Some parents could already have booked a trip away for the Bank Holiday weekend 2-4 May 2020. If so, they may want to reconsider for employment reasons and because the Monday will now not be a Bank Holiday. Any parents who cannot change a commitment they have already made could be invited to discuss this with school.


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
  • Minutes from the last DEF meeting held on 19 June 2019 can be found  H E R E
  • Date of next DEF meeting: 20 November 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 can be found 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.

View summary of DAPH feedback which includes messages to schools from the last SOCA meeting on the following:

Admission Arrangements 2020/21 and 2021/22 – see Briefing Paper
Composite Prospectus
LA Annual Admissions Report
Early Years Update
NPS Update
Capital Maintenance Programme Update
Healthy Pupils Capital Fund
SEN Strategic Capital Fund & Place Planning
School Organisation Update

  • Read the minutes of the last SOCA meeting held on 11 June 2019 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 Female Genital Mutilation (No.13) | READ MORE

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DfE Statutory Guidance  |  Keeping Children Safe in Education

Updated 26 June 2019

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment  |  READ MORE

Note: The 2019 draft documents are for information only. Schools and colleges should continue to use the 2018 documents until they are withdrawn on 2 September 2019.


Project bids for ‘Invest to Save’ 0-25 Block and inclusion

Devon Education Forum and School Finance Group are inviting project bids to a time limited fund.

The project bid will focus on work within SEND with the intention of improving practice in the SEND system across schools and settings. The improvements should have positive outcomes for young people and lead to efficiencies in the system. For more information  |  READ MORE

Bids need to be returned to heidi.watson-jones@devon.gov.uk by Friday 12 July 2019

The bids will be evaluated at the next School Finance Group meeting on 17th July 2019.

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SEND Inspection and Written Statement of Action

Devon’s Written Statement of Action

All of the services supporting children and young people with SEND were inspected in December 2018. As a result, the Local Authority and NHS Devon were asked to make improvements in four areas:

  • Understanding of our strategy
  • Improving communication
  • Timeliness and quality of Education Health and Care Plans
  • Improving support for children with Autism

Read Devon’s Written Statement of Action submitted 20 June 2019 and more information about the SEND local area inspection  |  READ MORE

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SEND and Early Help Survey

Please encourage your staff to complete

The SEND and Early Help survey, which is being supported by all services and partners across Devon, aims to assess current practitioner knowledge and will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Please ensure that surveys are completed by Friday 26 July 2019.

Contact | send improvement programme - mailbox

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See the latest edition of the SEND Improvement Board newsletter dated June 2019.

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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.

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


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. 


Research and analysis  |  Education inspection framework: overview of research

Updated 2 July 2019

These papers present the research evidence underpinning Ofsted's proposed education inspection framework  |  READ MORE

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Research and analysis  |  Inspecting education quality: lesson observation and workbook scrutiny

These reports look into reliable and valid methods for inspectors to assess the quality of education using lesson observation and workbook scrutiny  |  READ MORE

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Ofsted Blog  |  Busting the ‘intent’ myth

By Heather Fearn, Inspector Curriculum and Professional Development lead, Ofsted

'What do we mean by 'intent'? Intent is about what leaders intend pupils to learn. It’s as simple as that. Intent is everything up to the point at which teaching happens'.

Department for education

Guidance  |  Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention

How to support children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties who are at risk of restrictive intervention.

Consultation outcome  |  Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention: government response

Updated 27 June 2019

See summary of responses to the consultation and also the Government response  |  READ MORE

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Guidance  |  Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education

Guidance about teaching personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in England  |  READ MORE

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Guidance  |  Teaching online safety in schools

Guidance supporting schools to teach pupils how to stay safe online when studying new and existing subjects  |  READ MORE


Statutory guidance  |  Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education

The new curriculum will be mandatory from September 2020. Schools are encouraged to adopt the new curriculum early from September 2019  |  READ MORE

Academy Update

DfE Press release  |  Strengthened guidance on academy trust finances

Government updates guide to hold academy trusts to account  |  READ MORE

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DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter 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