DAPH Update: Appendix - Issue 1

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 Autumn Term  |  16 September 2019  |  Appendix - Issue 1


Changes at Ofsted Autumn 2019

What’s changing at Ofsted in Autumn 2019? You may notice some changes to some of the Ofsted services and GOV.UK pages. A round-up of the changes can be read HERE


S.8 School Inspection Handbook Updated

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors carrying out school inspections under section 8 of the Education Act 2005 has been updated with minor changes. The updated S.8 School Inspection Handbook can be viewed HERE


Ofsted Inspector Blog

A new post, “Inspecting under the EIF” has just been published on the Ofsted blog. Head teacher Sean Flood blogs about his experience of carrying out an education inspection framework (EIF) pilot inspection. Read more HERE


Ofsted Chief Inspectors view on Accountability & Autonomy

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, discusses accountability and autonomy and how you cannot have one without the other. Read HERE


Parent View Toolkit

The Ofsted Parent View Toolkit has been published. Schools can use it to encourage parents and carers to share their experiences of their child’s school.his placeholder text. Read HERE


Cornwall Ofsted Inspection highlights Off-Rolling as a serious concern

The Ofsted report for Falmouth School (May 2019) contained the following, which may be of interest in relation to off-rolling 'This is an inadequate school...Leadership and management are inadequate. Leaders have not always acted in pupils’ best interests when taking them off the school roll. Such removal is ‘off-rolling’ according to Ofsted’s definition. In some cases, the removal from the roll was against the wishes of the family, the advice of the local authority and the professional judgement of other agencies.' The full report can be viewed HERE


Department for Education

School Improvement Support 2019/20

School improvement support for the 2019/2020 academic year for schools identified as ‘requires improvement’ in their latest Ofsted report has been released. New measures to raise standards in schools can be read HERE


New Measures to Raise School Standards

A raft of new measures to help struggling schools, tackle underperformance and ensure standards continue to rise have been unveiled by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, and can be viewed HERE


Teaching School Hubs and System Leadership

For experienced teachers, school leaders and chairs of governors who want to share their expertise with others – find out how you can get involved HERE


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Written Statement of Action Update

Partners from across Devon in Education, Health and Social Care have announced that the Written Statement of Action has been approved by Ofsted. The Written Statement and Ofsted's letter can be viewed HERE


Devon Information & Advisory Service Newsletter

The DIAS Newsletter issue 4 has been published, and can be read HERE


SLCN Network meeting open to all primary schools – October 2019

Supporting Autism and SLCN

A free opportunity open to all Devon LA area primary schools to further your SLCN development and to share effective strategies. To to book a session or find out more read HERE

School Organisation, Capital and Admissions

Admissions Team Updates

Updates from the Admissions Team, including: new school portal, distribution of secondary school transfer information for year 6, and social media campaigns have been published, and can be read HERE

The 2020/21 and 2021/22 Admission Arrangements can be viewed HERE


Data when child leaves school roll

Whenever a child is removed from a school roll, it is crucial for the local authority to understand where children are moving on to and ensure the child is safe. To this end, a child’s destination and reason for leaving MUST be notified to the LA whenever he or she is removed from the school roll. This may be done through data transfer from SIMS or by completing the SL1 form. Please remind relevant staff within your school to provide this information to the local authority in all cases. This is a statutory requirement which also assists the LA in keeping up to date information on numbers on roll. If you have any queries please contact Andrew Brent andrew.brent@devon.gov.uk


Safeguarding and Early Help

Early Help – mop up sessions and conference

Please see the flyers HERE on Early Help training sessions starting this term around promoting resilience through PSHE and RSE, and a Conference on 10th October focussing on the new DfE guidance on PSHE and RSE and emerging Ofsted framework. More information on the Conference can be viewed HERE


Recommended Reading

RE Newsletter for schools in Devon and Torbay and Exeter Diocese

RE Newsletter for the Autumn term 2019 has been published and can be read HERE


Virtual School - Letter to Headteachers & Chairs of Governors

As in previous years, the Virtual School is seeking your continued support in their work to improve outcomes for Children in Care in your schools. Please see the letter HERE for full details of how you can assist the Virtual School.


daph guidance

Devon School Appeals – Seeking Headteachers to join the Independent Review Panel

Democratic Services are currently accepting new applications for Headteachers to join the Independent Review Panel in Devon. Independent Review Panels hear exclusion reviews against a Governing Body’s decision not to reinstate a pupil, following permanent exclusion from school. The panels are made up of three members who are independent from the Local Authority. In each panel, one of the three must be a Headteacher, to comply with the Department for Education’s Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England (2017).

In the interest of maintaining a fair and independent panel, members are appointed on a voluntary basis; travel expenses are paid, and full training is provided. More details can be viewed HERE


Guidance to Schools regarding Part Time Timetables

A Guidance leaflet which provides support to schools around how part time timetables should be managed can be viewed HERE.  Any school  introducing a temporary part time timetable arrangement must notify the local authority by submitting an Annex R: Notification of a Part-Time Timetable Form, which can be viewed HERE


Building Inspection, Service & Maintenance Visits by Contractors 

Contractors will soon be issued with letters to verify that they have been appointed by DCC to carry out a list of specified inspection, service & maintenance activities. The letters will provide full contact information for the company appointed and stresses that all contract staff should hold a personal photo identity card which confirms their DBS number & their DBS check date. The sample letter can be viewed HERE


Applying to the Trust Capacity Fund 2019/20

The application form and updated guidance for Trusts wishing to apply to the 2019/2020 Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) can be viewed HERE


Schools with pre CEN standard kitchen mixers

Details of the Public Sector Scrappage Scheme for pre CEN standard kitchen mixers can be viewed HERE


Devon Association of Primary Headteachers

Devon Association of Secondary Heads

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