DAPH Update: Autumn Term | 17 October 2019 | Issue 2

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  Autumn Term  |  17 October 2019  |  Issue 2        See previous issues H E R E

Autumn Briefing 2019

DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing

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

All day event - times / agenda to be finalised. Speakers confirmed to date:

  • Lucy Gordon, Deputy RSC South West - Update
  • Russell Holland, Michelmores - Equality & HR
  • Dawn Stabb, Devon County Council - Update
  • Corinne Foy, Children, Families & Health Devon - Update
  • Dr Rachel Hayes, Exeter University - KiVa Research Study
  • Ian Hemelik - Virtual School - Update

To book, please use the online booking form Terms and conditions apply.

Have you booked yet? Check the current  DELEGATE LIST

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DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

Thursday 15 & Friday 16 October 2020 at Saunton Sands Hotel

To book, please use the online booking form. 2 day residential, 2 day sharing residential and 2 day non-residential booking options available. Terms and conditions apply.

Have you booked yet? Check the current DELEGATE LIST

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Schools Funding Arrangements 2020/21

On 11 October 2019 Government released the Schools Funding indicative figures for 2020-21 and as a result further details to support the consultation.

We have provided additional information to the Consultation to run alongside the document previously shared.
1. Additional Information for the Consultation.
2. Updated  School Budget Share Comparator to reflect the increases in NFF factors.

Also , a reminder that the consultation closes on Friday 18th October and that each school may send in one response. If you are a Federation or MAT please identify all school numbers within your response if reply on behalf of all schools.


‘Deep diving’ in small schools Blog

A new post, “‘Deep diving’ in small schools” has just been published on the Ofsted blog.

Mike Sheridan, the Regional Director for London, talks about the new education inspection framework and how Ofsted inspects the curriculum in the smallest schools.

What is peer-on-peer abuse? Blog

A new post, “What is peer-on-peer abuse?” has just been published on the Ofsted blog. 

Sean Harford, National Director for Education, and Yvette Stanley, National Director for Social Care, discuss peer-on-peer abuse: what it is, what schools should be doing when it happens and how we’ve trained our inspectors to recognise it.

Department for Education

School Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR) Guide

This guide gives an overview of the data contained in the primary inspection data summary report (IDSR) and information to help interpret the charts. 

Guidance on the Policies and Documents that Governing Bodies and Proprietors of Schools Must Have

Updated document to reflect that the ‘Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children’ section also applies to academies, and that the data protection review every 2 years is a recommendation.

Managing Issues with LGBT Teaching

Guidance on how to manage parental concerns about the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) content in primary schools.

Engaging Parents with Relationships Education Policy

A guide for primary headteachers setting out why they must engage parents on their school’s relationships education policy and tips on how to do so.

School Teachers' Pay and Conditions

School teachers’ pay and conditions document 2019 and guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions (valid from 1 September 2019). See DCC below

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Teachers Pay Award and Model Pay Policy 2019

HR ONE, have released the Model Pay Policy for 2019 which can be viewed HERE Please note the important information regarding the implementation of the pay award and action for schools by 25 October 2019.


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

  • Read the minutes of the last SFG meeting held on 17 July & 11 September 2019 H E R E
  • Date of next SFG meeting is  6 November 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 24 September 2019 H E R E
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 3 December 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).

Feedback on proposed changes to the MASH enquiry form are being sought HERE

Devon Children & Young People's Plan 2019-2022

Launched this week, the Devon Children and Young People’s Plan 2019 - 2022 brings together all the local agencies responsible for helping children, young people and their families.

New One Minute Guides 

New One Minute Guides have recently been added to the Babcock website on the following topics: No 28 County Lines; No 29 The Children Act; No 30 KCSiE changes; No 31 Elective Home Education.


Babcock Safeguarding Newsletter

Read the September 2019 and October 2019 Babcock Safeguarding Newsletter for important updates and guidance on safeguarding practices.



Speak Out. Stay Safe Programme

As the new school year gets underway, the NSPCC want to reach the remaining 13% of UK schools who still haven’t had a visit from their Speak out. Stay safe programme. Delivered by trained staff and volunteers, at no cost to the school, the programme teaches children how to recognise the warning signs of abuse and how they can seek help from a trusted adult, or Childline.  Sign up for your first visit today. The programme is available to UK primary schools every three years, and if you’ve already had a visit you can book a repeat session at any time.


Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

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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 Devon SEND Local Offer website, where you can also view the Written Statement of Action.

The September 2019 SEND Improvement Programme Newsletter can be viewed HERE


International Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day - 18th October 2019

During the month of October members of Babcock LDP Communication and Interaction Team and Speech and Language Therapists are going to be delivering awareness raising sessions for parents and carers as well as network meetings for SENDCos and other members of staff.

If you would like to find out more about Developmental Language Disorder please watch this short video HERE


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

 Early Years and Childcare Service Newsletter

Visit this page to SUBSCRIBE to the Early Years and Childcare Service newsletter, a weekly email digest of new updates.

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. 

To find out more about the Education and Skills Funding Agency  |  READ  MORE

Information: Schools Causing Concern Guidance

The Department for Education has updated the schools causing concern guidance, which sets out how regional schools commissioners and local authorities may use their powers of intervention in schools and academies. 

Schools Audit Bulletin 

The September 2019 Schools Audit Bulletin contains guidance on Schools Financial Value Standard 2019/20; Data Protection and GDPR Buying Procedures Income.


Local Authorities have been the sent a letter from Lord Agnew, a version of which should also have been received by Academy Trust schools. The letter provides information for local authorities, academy trusts and schools regarding EU exit preparations, and includes links to the latest published advice from the Department. Please could you also ensure that your key staff are familiar with the department’s guidance on Brexit HERE

Devon Norse Catering Brexit Update can be viewed HERE

Climate Change Lead Teacher Training Available

Dr Ben King at Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Brixham, Devon recently became Devon's first Climate Change Lead Teacher, accredited by the United Nations – which aims to empower teachers to deliver accurate and engaging climate change lessons to their pupils. A course is available online, fully-funded and takes around 20 hours to complete. For more information please see HERE

Free Courses Promoting Resilience through PSHE & RSE

Delivered by Devon, Children & Families Partnership; Safer Devon and the Police & Crime Commissioner. Details available to read HERE

Free Workshop to Build Sustainable Digital Strategy within School Development Plan

A free workshop aimed at supporting schools in Exeter to build a sustainable Digital strategy within their School Development Plan led by Dr Neelam Parmar is taking place on 8th November 2019. More information and a booking link can be read HERE


Consultation on Changing the Dedicated Schools Grant

The Department for Education are seeking views on revised arrangements for the dedicated schools grant.

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

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Read the latest DAG newsletter Issue 161 (10.10.19) H E R E

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Contact DAG |   info@dagdevon.uk

DAG Conference ‘Governance in a Changing Framework’

9 November 2019 at County Hall, Exeter

This Saturday morning conference is free to all DAG members and associates and not limited to one place per board.

  • ‘The New Inspection Framework and the Curriculum’ – Paul Walker, Chief Executive, First Federation and Matthew Shanks, Executive Principal, Education South West – practitioners and Ofsted Inspectors will be updating us on this key area
  • Regional School Commissioners Office South West – Lucy Gordon, Assistant Director will be providing the latest information for all those involved in academy governance in the South West
  • ‘Devon Update and Governor Support’ - Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning, Devon County Council will be providing the Devon Local Authority view 
  • ‘What Schools Can and Can’t do to Improve Social Mobility’ – Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility, Exeter University and former chief executive of the Sutton Trust will consider what every governor should know about social mobility.

For further information and registration please visit www.dagdevon.uk