DASH Update: Autumn term | 19 September 2019 | Issue 1

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   Autumn term  |  19 September 2019  |  Issue 1


    SSAT National Conference 2019 

     Fighting for Deep Social Justice

     4-5 December, ICC Birmingham

As part of your membership of DASH we are pleased to offer one FUNDED* place to Devon secondary schools to attend the SSAT National Conference on 4 & 5 December 2019.

Schools which are existing SSAT members will automatically be entitled one free place from SSAT but can book an additional ticket subsidised by DASH. Non-member schools will attract one subsidised place.

Additional bookings for members / non-members are welcome and are eligible for a SSAT rate if booked by Friday 25 October; additional bookings will be charged back to the school / trust (by DASH). 

SSAT Members 
One day pass £150 + VAT (saving £25) 
Two day pass £250 + VAT (saving £50)

SSAT Non-Members

One day pass £200 + VAT (saving £35)
Two day pass £375 + VAT (saving £75)

For more information about the event and to download the programme  |  READ MORE

Details on how to book to follow: look out for the special 'DASH Update newsletter next week. Please do not book online at this stage.

* One funded pass (additional member or non-member) per secondary school setting and 1 night B&B hotel accommodation. Please note that the DASH subsidy arrangement is only applicable for bookings made on or before Friday 25 October 2019.

Travel / parking arrangements are not included in the reimbursement arrangement.

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DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing

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

All day event - times / agenda to be confirmed.

To book, please use the online booking form.

Terms and conditions apply.

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

Whats New

Keep up to date  |  Appendix Issue 1

For a summary of other news and updates from Ofsted, DfE, Safeguarding etc. that may be of interest to school leaders, see Appendix Issue 1

School funding

ESFA Update - schools funding arrangements for 2020 to 2021

On Monday 9 September, Minister Gibb made a ministerial statement setting out the key aspects of the funding arrangements for schools and high needs for 2020 to 2021.

This statement included reference to the launch of the consultation about the implementation of the mandatory minimum per pupil funding levels.

We have written to our contacts at local authorities with the detail of the announcement to allow them to progress their planning. We will publish the schools operational guide by Friday 13 September and the high needs operational guide by early October.

We have also published information on 16 to 19 funding following the Chancellor’s announcement. This will be of interest to local authorities with 16 to 19 provision.

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Open consultation | Implementing mandatory minimum per pupil funding levels

Summary - the DfE is seeking views on how to implement the minimum per pupil funding levels on a mandatory basis in local 5 to 16 school funding formulae | READ MORE

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 22 October 2019.

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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 from Devon County Council.

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Worth Less Campaign

Worth Less? School Funding Campaign

Postponed - Downing Street march on 27 September 2019

Message from Jules White, Worth Less? Coordinator

After extensive consultation with headteachers, ‘Worth Less?’ has decided to postpone our planned march on 27 September 2019 | READ MORE

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

Twitter | @WorthLessFF

Facebook | @WorthLessWestSussex 


School census bulletin 1 - Autumn 2019

As you may be aware, the statutory school census for the autumn term will take place on Thursday 3 October 2019. We strongly recommend that schools begin to prepare for the school census by ensuring that, so far as possible, pupil databases are up-to-date and the relevant systems/accesses are in place | READ MORE

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

  • Read the minutes of the last SFG meeting held on 17 July and 11 Sept 2019  H E R E
  • Date of next SFG meeting is 6 November 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.

  • 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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Information: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

On 2 September Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2019 came into force.
Schools and colleges must have regard to it. This version replaces both KCSIE 2018 and the ‘for information’ version published on 26 June 2019.

The changes are of a largely factual and technical nature and includes new content on:

A full breakdown of the changes are included at Annex H of the guidance.

Schools and colleges should note that since the publication of the ‘for information’ version a change has been made to ensure KCSIE is up to date. Paragraph 79 has been updated to include advice about the sharing of pupils’ education data where the serious harm test is met.

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Information: child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment

Schools and colleges are reminded to have regard to part 5 of the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. It covers managing reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment. Children can sexually abuse other children and it doesn’t only happen in secondary schools; it can take place in primary schools too.

Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment exists in many forms, from calling someone sexualised names, flicking bra straps, lifting up skirts, grabbing bottoms, breasts and genitalia to sexual assault and rape. Sexual violence and sexual harassment is not acceptable, it should never be tolerated and should never be seen as an inevitable part of growing up.

Detailed advice is available to support schools and colleges understand, prevent and respond to reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education

Ofsted carried out a research project on knife crime in education. This report sets out our findings and recommendations  |  READ MORE

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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


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND helpline

SEND and Early Help Survey – DEADLINE EXTENDED to 20 September 2019 – Please encourage your staff to complete the survey

Message from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning

Following the recent SEND inspection by Ofsted in December 2018, the Local Authority and CCG have committed to undertake a Devon-wide survey to better gauge the current level of understanding of SEND and early help within our workforce.

The results of the survey will be used to inform training which we will roll out across the county and also to provide a baseline from which to measure the impact of this work. The survey will allow us to analyse the responses by service area and locality - helping to ensure we have reach and enabling us to provide feedback to service leaders.

The survey contains an introduction section but in order to get the level of response required it really needs your personal endorsement to ensure your staff appreciate the importance of its completion. The survey only takes 10 mins to complete and I would very much appreciate your support in getting as many of your staff as possible to take part. The NHS and emergency services are also participating (to date we have had 207 responses from schools).

The survey can be completed here. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact send improvement programme - mailbox

I can also confirm that Ofsted have now approved the Local Area Written Statement of Action.

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News story  |  Major review into support for children with special educational needs

New review launches to improve support for children with additional needs  |  READ MORE

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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

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


Guidance  |  School inspection handbook (updated September 2019)

Ofsted guidance on inspecting maintained schools and academies in England under the education inspection framework  |  READ MORE

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Guidance  |  Education inspection framework (effective from September 2019)

This framework sets out Ofsted's inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make  |  READ MORE

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Guidance  |  Inspecting schools: guide for maintained and academy schools (effective from September 2019)

This guide gives a summary of what schools should expect and what they need to do as part of an Ofsted inspection  |  READ MORE

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Ofsted blog  |  Off-rolling: an update on recent analysis

Jason Bradbury, Deputy Director for Data and Insight and the Chief Statistician for Ofsted 

Last summer, we published a blog about ‘off-rolling’ and pupils leaving their secondary school in years 10 and 11. Since then, we’ve updated our analysis and used the data in our inspections. This blog summarises what we’ve found  |  READ MORE


Determining Admissions Policies for 2021/22 Academic Year

Please see Admissions paper, endorsed by SOCA (Schools Organisation, Capital & Admissions group) which provides a reminder of the timeframe for ensuring school admissions policies are determined, notified to the LA and published on school websites.

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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

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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

Research and analysis  |  Area review: end of programme report

A record of the implementation of the post-16 education and training sector area reviews  |  READ MORE

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Guidance  |  Brexit: preparations for schools in England

Advice for schools in England on how to prepare for Brexit  |  READ MORE

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School attendance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published new non-statutory guidance on attendance for maintained schools, academies, special schools, independent schools and local authorities  |  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
Headteachers retiring 2019

Photo courtesy of GRW Photography

Devon headteachers honoured

Devon headteachers have been honoured for a lifetime of service to education at a special reception hosted by county council leaders.

Devon County Council leader, John Hart, deputy leader and Cabinet Member for Schools, James McInnes and Head of Education and Learning, Dawn Stabb, hosted the celebration for heads who left their schools during the current academic year  |  READ MORE

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DASH would like to welcome the following new Headteachers taking up new posts in Devon secondary schools this term and we look forward to seeing you at one of our forthcoming events:

  • David Lewis - Principal at South Molton Community College
  • Tina Graham - Principal at Kingsbridge Community College, Education South West
  • Robert Coles - Principal at Coombeshead Academy, Education South West