DAPH Update: Summer Term | 17 July 2019 | Issue 5

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   Summer Term  |  17 July 2019  |  Issue 5                                          See previous issues H E R E


DAPH AGM  |  3 July 2019  |  Read the draft minutes H E R E

Following the DAPH AGM held on 3 July 2019, membership of the DAPH Executive Committee from 1 September 2019 is now confirmed as follows:

Executive members:

Martyn Boxall - Executive Headteacher, Exeter Children’s Trust Federation

Colin Butler - Executive Headteacher, Otter Valley Federation

Alun Dobson (Chair) - Headteacher, Marwood School

Penny Hammett - Executive Headteacher, FORT Federation

Hilary Priest - Headteacher, The Grove Primary School

Rachel Shaw - Executive Principal/CEO, South Dartmoor Academy

Melanie Smallwood - Headteacher, Bishops Tawton Primary School

Jamie Stone - Headteacher, Denbury Primary School

Paul Walker - CEO, First Federation Trust

Associate  members:

Hazel Fox - Executive Headteacher, St James CofE Primary & Nursery School and Vice CEO, Dartmoor MAT

Katie Gray - Executive Headteacher, Jubilee Federation

David Perkins - Headteacher, Littletown Primary Academy

DAPH Annual Report 2018/19

Work undertaken by DAPH is summarised in the A N N U A L   R E P O R T  2018-19 and includes:

  • Detailed reports on LA Statutory Board and other Working Groups
  • Safeguarding and SEND
  • DAPH Annual Conference, Briefings and Other Events
  • Partnership working
  • School Leadership Support Service (SLSS)
  • Constitution
  • DAPH Structure and Representation on Devon Education Forum and Sub-Groups
  • Devon Schools Leadership Services (DSLS) Charitable Incorporated Organisation

DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

10 & 11 October 2019 at Saunton Sands Hotel

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Day 1 | Natasha Devon MBE and Martin Daubney

Day 2 | Jaz Ampaw-Farr and Hywel Roberts

Read more about the keynote speakers H E R E

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

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

For pricing options and to book, see the O N L I N E   B O O K I N G   F O R M

Terms and conditions apply.

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

School funding
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f40 MPs write to Chancellor Philip Hammond to ask for fairer and increased education funding

Message from Karen Westcott, Secretary to the f40 Group

More than 80 MPs from the f40 local authority areas have sent a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to consider fairer and increased education funding during the Comprehensive Spending Review later this year.

The  L E T T E R  was organised by our three f40 vice chairs, MPs Gary Streeter (Cons), Laura Smith (Lab) and Layla Moran (Lib Dems), and countersigned by a number of MPs who represent some of the lowest funded areas for education across the country. READ MORE about the letter on the f40 website.

P R E S S   R E L E A S E  about the letter was issued on 1 July and sent to the national media - you may wish to use the release on your school website and tailor it to your area and local media.

Additionally, please see below some different edits of the f40 video which you may like to use on your website and social media channels. The main video features three headteachers from Cheshire, Devon and North Yorkshire, talking about the issues with the National Funding Formula and what the funding crisis means to them on a daily basis. Please share / retweet:

  • Watch main video (For MACS)
  • Watch main video (For PCs)
  • Watch the short video featuring Paul Gosling, Headteacher at Exeter Road Community Primary School

A second  P R E S S   R E L E A S E  has gone out to the media on 15 July from the education funding collaboration group, which includes f40, NEU, NAHT and ASCL.  This press release is about the funding we all believe should be set aside for schools up to 2022/23.

It is the first time the groups have come together to agree funding figures and is the result of several months of collaboration and meetings to pin down the funding we all believe is necessary for education. Crucially, these figures are in line with the bottom-up formula that f40 has always used when looking at how much schools should be given.

Please feel free to share it on your websites and social media or use it with your local media.

The collaboration group is then holding an MPs’ briefing in London next Wednesday morning to share their figures and explain how they were arrived at. The media is also being invited. f40 Chairman James McInnes, Executive member Margaret Judd, and Secretary Karen Westcott will be at that briefing representing the f40 group.

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.

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Worth Less? Campaign

Worth Less? Save the Date - visit to Downing Street, 27 September 2019

11.00am gather at Parliament Square 12.00pm 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.

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

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  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.


Action  |  Late Admissions during Summer Holidays

Numbers on Roll Collection Sheet (summer) for Primary, Infant and Junior Schools

Request to schools to confirm pupils numbers/class sizes and contact details

Message from Neil Keen, Senior Admissions Officer DCC

For those schools who haven't yet responded, please could you ask your school administrators to complete this F O R M to provide the Admissions team with your number on roll information per year group. We are also asking for a couple of other bits of information to enable us to try to field enquiries and respond to applications over the summer holiday.

PLEASE NOTE: All information should be sent to DCC Admissions via the completion of the above form.

Contact  | neil.keen@devon.gov.uk

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

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

What's New

Early Help for Mental Health programme update

EH4MH supports young people by providing an awareness of mental health and support for those experiencing it. The aim is to provide far reaching support and contribute to Devon’s children and young people developing and sustaining positive mental health.

The Early Help for Mental Health programme in Devon has received additional funding and will be continuing into next year. Schools will continue to be able to benefit from training, support and supervision around emotional health and wellbeing from a partnership of skilled and experienced providers. Children and young people can also access a range of support from specialist providers. For more details see the Programme Update July 2019  |  READ MORE

Contact  |  Rachel Humphries - Public Health Specialist  |  rachel.humphries@devon.gov.uk

Website  |  eh4mh.co.uk

DfE Press release  |  National mental health programme between schools and NHS

Education Secretary Damian Hinds sets out next steps in bringing together services for young people in need of mental health support  |  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 19 June 2019 H E R E
  • Date of the next DEF meeting is 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 17 July 2019 will be advertised H E R E
  • Date of next SFG meeting is  11 September 2019
School Organisation, Capital and Admissions

To view the objectives, Terms of Reference and minutes of meetings for School Organisation, Capital and Admissions Group (SOCA), which is a sub-group of Devon Education Forum, visit the SOCA website.

  • 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
Safeguarding and Early Help
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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).

Safeguarding One Minute Guides

Visit the Babcock LDP website to download One Minute Guidance documents on a variety of subjects  |  READ MORE


Safeguarding Newsletter  |  July 2019

Read the latest Safeguarding updates in this month's Babcock newsletter  |  READ MORE


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

Special needs education in Devon gets £1 million boost

Devon County Council’s Cabinet approved the investment at a meeting held on 10 July 2019.

The money will go on improving the quality of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) which set out how children with special needs should be looked after and speeding up their production  |  READ MORE

Reminder  |  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

Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND

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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Leadership pay and group sizes

This communication contains an update for schools on calculating group sizes to inform leadership pay. The Education Information Team will no longer be undertaking this review, the attached document provides further information and a link to a template that can be completed by schools to undertake this task themselves  |  READ MORE

Recommended Reading

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


Food Poverty in Devon  |  Support available over summer holidays to families at risk

Whilst the Government recognise this issue of ‘Holiday Hunger’ and the Department for Education has allocated £9.1 million to help to tackle the issue in some of the most deprived areas of England there is currently no allocation for the Devon County Council footprint

DCC is asking professionals to consider if families they are in contact with might be at risk of holiday hunger. A list of free or low-cost food providers in Devon has been collated which families can be signposted to for support over the summer  |  READ MORE

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Your iTrent self service resource is now live

iTrent is the new HR and payroll system that is currently in the process of being implemented.

This resource contains links to user guides and FAQs to provide staff with an introduction to the new system  |  READ MORE

Department for Education

DfE Press release  |  Local authority schools to be more transparent and accountable

Government publishes consultation to improve transparency around local authority run schools  |  READ MORE

Open consultation |  Financial transparency of LA maintained schools and academy trusts

This consultation outlines the current financial transparency arrangements for academy trusts and local authority maintained schools and considers possible changes.

This consultation closes at 9:30am on 30 September 2019  |  READ MORE

Guidance  |  Parent View: toolkit for schools

Key facts about the Parent View survey and materials that can be adapted and used by schools to raise awareness with parents (updated 9 July 2019)  |  READ MORE


Blog  |  Ofsted Parent View – looking more closely

Posted by: Sean Harford, National Director, Education

Over the last few months, Ofsted has tested new questions with parents, schools and inspectors. The new set of questions are based on what parents want to know and can answer, what inspectors want to know and what schools find useful  |  READ MORE

Correspondence  |  School inspection update: academic year 2018 to 2019

Updates for inspectors and stakeholders with the latest information and guidance about Ofsted's inspection work in schools  |  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. 

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 157 (11.07.19) 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 say farewell and best wishes to the following colleagues who are retiring at the end of this term:

  • Jane Byrne - Executive Headteacher, Beacon Federation

Also, best wishes to the following Headteachers who are leaving their headteacher post in Devon and moving on to pastures new:

  • David Barnett - Headteacher, Chudleigh CofE Community Primary School
  • Catherine Cox - Headteacher, Ilfracombe CofE Junior School

Enjoy the holidays!

The DAPH Office will close for the duration of the summer holidays, from Friday 19 July until Monday 2 September 2019.

Wishing you all a very enjoyable and relaxing summer break.