DASH Update: Autumn Term | 3 November 2019 | Issue 3

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   Autumn Term  |  3 November 2019  |  Issue 3


DAPH & DASH Autumn Briefing - last chance to book!

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

All day event - registration from 8.45am, closing at 3.30pm

N E W view/download the  A G E N D A

B O O K   O N L I N E  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
Devon Education Apprenticeships

Devon Education Apprenticeships - Exeter College

Exeter College are excited to announce the launch of the DEA Partnership - an initiative to help with recruitment and training in Devon schools through apprenticeships.

We aim to inform those working in the education sector about how apprenticeships can be effectively used within school settings. We have worked collaboratively with local stakeholders to influence this project and ensure we can support schools in the most productive way.

Apprenticeships are for people of all ages and are available in a wide variety of roles that are essential in schools - from teaching, leadership and accountancy, through to catering, laboratory support and HR.

The NEW website will take you through how you can utilise our support to offer staff development, fill skills gaps and recruit into hard to fill roles. We take the hassle out of the administration and can provide guidance on how you can harness government funds to cover all of, or 95% of, the cost of training. Of course, if you are a levy paying school, our expert team can guide you through how to use and manage what you've accrued.

Visit the Devon Education Apprenticeships website and find out more about how we could help you.

For more information please contact: Rochelle Mayhew, Education and Early Years Training and Recruitment Adviser at Exeter College

T: 01392 400 400   M: 07766 775915   E: RochelleMayhew@exe-coll.ac.uk

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DMEH Hubdate Newsletter | October 2019

Subscribe to the newsletter H E R E

Read the latest news and updates from Devon Music Education Hub which includes information on the statistical data return and details of the South West Peninsula Music Education Conference on 7 February 2020 | READ MORE

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Educational Psychology Service

Please see the letter from Bronwen Cox, Principal Educational Psychologist at Babcock LDP outlining arrangements for EPS support to Devon schools during the autumn term | READ MORE

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DfE News story  |  Young people to benefit from £155 million funding boost

Funding will help colleges and sixth forms to deliver expensive but crucial subjects like engineering, construction and hospitality  |  READ MORE

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HRMS Newsletter for schools

iTrent Special Newsletter November 2019

You will be aware from previous correspondence and awareness sessions run through May and June, that the new HRMS is due to go live in November 2019.

A briefing newsletter provides schools with some key information on the new system, as well as signposting you to important guidance, videos and information | READ MORE

Visit the website for more information about the iTrent HR and payroll self-service.


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

  • 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 24 September 2019 H E R E
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 3 December 2019
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Guidance | Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

Information for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan Voluntary Aided (VA) schools about the Condition Improvement Fund. Last updated 29 October 2019.

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is an annual bidding round for eligible academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan VA schools to apply for capital funding. The priority for the fund is to address significant condition need, keeping education provider buildings safe and in good working order. This includes funding projects to address health and safety issues, building compliance and poor building condition | READ MORE

Key dates: New applicants must register to use the portal by midday on Friday 29 November 2019.

The submission deadline for all applications is midday on Friday 13 December 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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MASH Seminars

Venue: Committee Suites, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD

Dates: Thursday 21st November 2019 and Monday 20th January 2020

Times: 9.30am – 12.30pm OR 1.30pm – 4.30pm


  • To provide a clear understanding of MASH; the team, processes and looking to the future
  • To provide a clear overview of Early Help
  • To build relationships, debunk myths and answer burning questions!

How to book:  please email MASH Business Resource advising which session you would like to attend at: multiagencysafeguardinghubresearchsecure-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

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Early Help – Request for Additional Service Form (updated)

The Early Help RfAS (Request for Additional Service) form has been updated and is accessible from the DCFP (Devon Children and Families Partnership) website or via this direct L I N K.

Please ensure you delete any previous versions and use this updated form when submitting a request to be discussed at the Early Help Triage meeting. Please consider saving the Early Help website link as a favourite and not the form itself - this will ensure you always have the updated version.

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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


Devon SEND Local Offer and vision

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 and vision website.

Subscribe to the newsletter and view recent SEND news and updates H E R E.

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Helpline  |  Advice and support on SEND processes

Babcock SEND helpline
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Survey | Toileting for children and young people with SEND

Do you work with children and young people with toileting difficulties, who also have special educational needs and disability? The University of Exeter is conducting an online survey with education and social care staff about toileting for children and young people with special educational needs and disability | READ MORE

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Parliamentary Education Committee Report on SEND provision

A generation of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is failing to receive the support it deserves, with poorly implemented legislation leaving families facing a nightmare of bureaucracy, buck-passing and confusion, say the Education Committee in its report on Special educational needs and disabilities | READ MORE

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Short Breaks Co-Design 2019

Devon County Council is inviting your feedback to co-design services and support that really works for disabled children, young people and their families. We want to hear your views so we can shape Devon County Council Short Breaks offer together | READ MORE

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Survey | Improving Devon’s SEND information

Devon County Council is improving its information for parents of children and young people with SEND and would like to find out about your use of the Devon SEND Local Offer website.
The SEND Local Offer website describes Devon’s services and support across Education, Health and Social Care for children and young people with SEND and their families.

Please complete the S U R V E Y - it will take a few minutes to complete and is anonymous.

You can add your email address at the end if you would like to help us with more user research. Your views are important and will help us improve the Devon SEND Local Offer website.

Recommended Reading

DfE Guidance | Pupil premium: effective use and accountability

How school leaders can manage their pupil premium funding, including reporting procedures and online statements | READ MORE

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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 | READ MORE

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


Devon School Admissions and Transport Consultation

Consultation opens 01/11/19, closes 03/01/20

You are invited to review the proposed admission arrangements for state-funded schools in Devon** and the home-to-school transport policy for Devon County Council for the academic year 2021-22.

To view the policies, visit the School Admissions website.    

View/download the F L Y E R.

Contact: Andrew Brent, Policy and Strategy Officer, Admissions andrew.brent@devon.gov.uk

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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. 


School inspection update newsletter

The newsletter provides inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about Ofsted's school inspection work - see School inspection update page for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

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DAG website - see dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter H E R E

Contact DAG |   info@dagdevon.uk

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. 

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DfE Guidance | Statutory policies for schools and academy trusts

Guidance on the policies and documents that governing bodies and proprietors of schools must have | READ MORE

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Reminder | DAG Conference - Saturday 9 November 2019 at County Hall, Exeter

‘Governance in a Changing Framework’

Free to all DAG members - for more information and online booking | READ MORE