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

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   Summer Term  |  17 July 2019  |  Issue 5


DASH AGM  |  25 June 2019

Following the DASH AGM held on 25 June 2019, membership of the DASH Executive Committee from 1 September 2019 is confirmed as follows:

  • Daryll Chapman - CEO, Dartmoor MAT

  • Rob Haring- CEO, Westcountry Schools Trust

  • Lorraine Heath - Executive Headteacher, Uffculme Academy Trust

  • Graham Hill - Headteacher, Pilton Community College

  • Moira Marder - CEO, Ted Wragg MAT

  • Sharon Marshall - Headteacher, Ilfracombe Academy

  • Aimee Mitchell (Co-Ordinator) - Headteacher, Isca Academy

  • Julie Phelan - Headteacher, Cullompton Community College

  • Matthew Shanks - Deputy CEO / Executive Principal, Education South West

The AGM took place prior to the DASH summer conference at Exeter Racecourse - read the draft AGM minutes H E R E

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DASH Protocols (updated June 2019)

Read the draft DASH Protocols – Professional Expectations between Members document, to be read in conjunction with the DASH Constitution.

Comments are invited from DASH members - please contact daph@devon.gov.uk. The final version will be agreed and signed off at the DASH Executive committee meeting on 20 September 2019 and effective thereafter.

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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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Dates for your diary - SSAT National Conference

Fighting for deep social justice

4 & 5 December 2019, Birmingham ICC

DASH are pleased to confirm that it will be subsidising places* at this year's SSAT National Conference in Birmingham. Schools that are members of the SSAT network receive one complimentary free pass to the conference - bookings for additional places or non-member schools will be eligible for a subsidised pass at discounted prices.

Further details will follow but for now save the dates - 4 & 5 December - noting that subsidised bookings for this conference will be through the DAPH Office and not directly via the SSAT website. Subsidised places will be offered by DASH for bookings made up until the October half term break (i.e. Friday 18 October 2019).

Read more about the SSAT National Conference H E R E

Look out for online booking at the beginning of the Autumn term via the DASH Update newsletter.

* one pass per school.

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.

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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.

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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


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

Whats New
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Wave MAT - Updated Alternative Provision Offer

Read the updated version of the Wave MAT medical offer which includes details on the curriculum offer plus exemplar timetables  |  READ MORE

Contact Wave  |  E  enquiries@wavemat.org        W  www.wavemat.org

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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  W eh4mh.co.uk

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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


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 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 17 July 2019 will be advertised H E R E
  • Date of next SFG meeting is  11 September 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 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 | READ MORE

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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

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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

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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

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Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND helpline

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

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. 


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

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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

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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

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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

And finally

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.