DAPH & DASH Updates: Spring Term | 13 January 2020 | Issue 1

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 Spring term  |  13 January 2020  |  Issue 1

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IMPORTANT | Schools Funding Consultation - Request to transfer 0.5% Schools Block to High Needs Block

Following a discussion at Devon Education Forum (20 November 2019) relating to the views given by schools, as part of the consultation process Devon County Council has been asked to share the following proposal and seek support from schools with regards to transferring funding from Schools Block to High Needs Block  |  READ MORE

Please refer to the supporting documentation below prior to completing your response to this questionnaire.

  1. Evidence to support the proposal to transfer funding to the High Needs Block: Open File H E R E

  2. School Budget Comparator: Open File H E R E

Please use the following link to reply –  R E S P O N S E   F O R M

Response required by: 11:45pm Sunday 19 January 2020

Learner Services Engagement Survey (School Leadership)

Responses required by noon on Friday 17 January 2020

In 2012 Devon County Council took the decision to commission out its learner support services including school improvement and governor support. The delivery model chosen at the time was for a joint venture with a private sector partner. Babcock was successful in this and a new company, Babcock LDP, in which Devon County Council retained 20% ownership, was created.

The service level contract which was put into place with Babcock LDP will expire on 31 March 2022. To provide the opportunity for schools to express views and provide feedback on services they would like to see in any new service delivery model, schools are invited to complete the Learner Services Engagement Survey (School Leadership) by noon Friday 17 January 2020. 

For more information, read the communication from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning, Devon County Council which was distributed via Headteacher Update email on 13 December 2019  |  READ MORE

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DAPH & DASH Spring Briefing

11 February 2020 at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton  |  BOOK NOW

Join colleagues for this all-day event to hear topical updates from Lucy Gordon, Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioner SW and Karl Sampson HMI, Assistant Regional Director, Ofsted plus DAPH & DASH key messages, PSHE Association, Teaching Schools Hub 'Test and Learn' pilot, Adolescent Safety Framework and the Education Endowment Foundation. 

View the A G E N D A         Check the current Spring DELEGATE LIST

One free place per Devon primary/secondary school as part of their membership of DAPH/DASH. Terms and conditions apply - please see booking form for further details.

DAPH & DASH Summer Briefing

6 May 2020 at Exeter Racecourse | BOOK NOW

All day event - timings and speakers to be confirmed.

Check the current Summer DELEGATE LIST

One free place per Devon primary/secondary school as part of their membership of DAPH/DASH. Terms and conditions apply - please see booking form for further details.

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DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

15 & 16 October 2020 at Saunton Sands Hotel

Prices confirmed for 2020:

  • 2 day residential - £375.00pp (with accommodation)
  • 2 day residential sharing - £355.00pp (sharing accommodation with named colleague)
  • 2 day non-residential - £300.00pp (no accommodation)

BOOK ONLINE  |  Check the current DELEGATE LIST

Terms and conditions apply. Please see booking form for further details.

Consultations V3

Open consultation  |  Ofsted inspection: removal of the outstanding exemption

The Department for Education are seeking views on the removal of the exemption for outstanding schools, colleges and other organisations delivering publicly-funded education and training  |  READ MORE

This consultation closes at 5pm on 24 February 2020

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Young Carers Awareness Day 2020

Thursday 30th January

Young Carers Awareness Day is an annual event, organised and led by Carers Trust, to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and to campaign for greater support for them.

This year, Carers Trust has launched the Count Me In! campaign asking education providers to do more to identify young carers and to make sure that they are recognised and supported. This includes making sure that more young carers know how to access their local young carers service  |  READ MORE

Download the FLYER      Download the Count Me In Campaign Pack

Contact Devon Young Carers:  T  03456 434 435   W  youngcarers@devoncarers.org.uk

New System for EHC Assessments

The system Devon County Council uses to manage Education, Health and Care Assessments is being improved. The new system ‘EHC Hub’ will be available from 3 February 2020 for new requests  |  READ MORE

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CSW Group announce launch of new support service

CSW Group are delighted to announce the launch of the new support service ADAPT2.

CSW work with young people affected by these challenges and regularly see the impact they have. ADAPT2 has been designed by CSW’s Intensive Family Support Service who identified a strong need for a hand-on tool to support young people to have the strategies to cope and develop the resilience to succeed.

The programme was particularly designed to provide early help to those on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting list or outside the scope of CAMHS.

Read more about ADAPT2 on the CSW Website. For more information about the programme please contact Steph Moore via education@cswgroup.co.uk.

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Pension Supplementary Fund

The pension supplementary fund provides additional support alongside the teachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG), for the cost to schools due to the increase in the employer contribution rate to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme from September 2019.

Schools can apply directly to the fund until 17 January 2020. READ MORE on the Education Finance Blog posted 10/01/20.

School Census Bulletin 1 – Spring 2020

DfE School Census Date: 16 January 2020

Return Date: 21 January 2020

As you may be aware, the statutory School Census for the Spring Term will take place on Thursday 16 January 2020. 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

Department for Education V3

News story  |  Local areas get breakdown in first stage of £14bn funding boost

Government delivers on its promise to level up school funding across the country

On 19 December 2019 the Government informed local authorities across the country how much extra money they will receive next year from its multi-billion-pound investment in primary and secondary education  |  READ MORE

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Ofsted Blog  |  Making curriculum decisions in the best interests of children

Sean Harford, National Director, Education

Sean Harford HMI, National Director for Education, discusses how Ofsted will be judging the curriculum and whether length of key stage matters  |  READ MORE

Representation V3
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DASH Executive Committee 2019/20

Welcome to new committee members plus new DASH Chair

At the November 2019 DASH Executive Committee meeting, the following new committee members were ratified:-

  • Phil Randall - Headteacher, St Peter's CofE Aided School
  • Sammy Crook - Executive Headteacher, Federation of Tiverton Schools
  • Helen Casson - Executive Principal, Torlands Academy - Wave Multi Academy Trust

Additionally, existing committee member Matthew Shanks (Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Principal, Education South West) agreed to become DASH Chair for the remainder of this academic year and ahead of the DAPH & DASH merger to Devon Schools Leadership Services (DSLS).

Visit this L I N K to view the full list of DASH Committee Members.

DAPH and DASH Group Representation on Local Authority Working Groups

The scope and role of DAPH (Primary Representation) and DASH (Secondary Representation) within the local context is illustrated in the Working Groups Representation Chart effective for the current academic year.

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When attending meetings of Devon Education Forum (DEF), its sub-groups and other statutory or working groups, DAPH & DASH Representatives provide a summary of key messages and issues affecting schools.

  • Details of Membership on DEF, agendas and full minutes of previous meetings and other information about DEF are advertised on the DEF website
  • Read the minutes from the last DEF meeting held on 20 November 2019 HERE
  • Date of the next DEF meeting is 22 January 2020

To contact the Forum: schools.forum@devon.gov.uk Tel: 01392 382305

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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

  • The minutes of the last SFG meeting held on 8 January 2020 will be advertised HERE in due course
  • Date of next SFG meeting is 4 March 2020
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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 3 December 2019 HERE
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 2 March 2020
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Devon Children and Families Partnership

Read the latest DCFP news HEREdcfp.org.uk

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).

Children & Young People's Plan 2019-2023 can be viewed HERE

FREE TRAINING to primary/secondary transitions school staff with a responsibility for delivering PSHE and RSE

Following the success of PSHE training in 2018/19 to secondary schools, and ahead of mandatory elements of PSHE being introduced in 2020, a set of courses are now available to primary and secondary schools for staff working with students in transition years 6-7.

Healthy Relationships
23 January 2020 Exeter - BOOK ONLINE
4 February 2020 Tiverton - BOOK ONLINE

Protecting Young People against Exploitation
3 March 2020 Exeter - BOOK ONLINE

Educating Young People on the Law & Making Safe Choices
14 January 2020 Tiverton - BOOK ONLINE
12 February 2020 Exeter - BOOK ONLINE

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Guidance | Babcock One Minute Guides

The Babcock One Minute Guidance documents are just a few of the essential resources available to Designated Safeguarding Leads, Headteachers and Governors. As well as quick reference guides they can be used to cascade information to staff, Governors and volunteers as part of their regular safeguarding training. READ MORE on the Babcock LDP website.


Devon SEND Local Offer and Strategy

Statutory Guidance SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years defines that the Local Offer has two key purposes:

  • To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it.
  • To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEND and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEND, and service providers in its development and review.

For more information visit the Devon SEND Local Offer website.

Keep up to date with the latest news - subscribe to the newsletter HERE or view recent SEND news and updates on the SEND website.

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Guidance  |  iTrent HR and payroll self-service

iTrent Letter to schools (9 January 2020)

DCC contacted Maintained and Academy schools on 9 January to provide a detailed update on the recent iTrent issues raised by schools in December 2019 which included the removal of access to iTrent Manager, issues with the Financial Management System (FMS), claim notifications, claim types and December pay date and payslips.

If your school has not had sight of this communication, please contact itrentsystemsteam-mailbox@devon.gov.uk or contact Payroll on 01392 382400.

URGENT  |  Claims entered via self-service in iTrent - note that reports will be sent to schools on 13 January in relation to removing any approved claims that were entered via self-service  in iTrent. Note that the deadline for removing claims is 14 January 2020.

If you have any queries relating to claim approval please contact: humanresourcesmanagementsystemproject-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

or call on 01392 383360 

Need help with iTrent? Check out the frequently asked questions section but if you need more help please contact the iTrent systems team:

Tel: 01392 383000 (ask for payroll)      Email: itrentsystemsteam-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

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Teaching Schools South West ASPIRING HEADS Programme

11 & 12 February 2020 at Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6AL

View the F L Y E R

Applications are invited for a maximum of 20 places on the  ASPIRING HEADS programme. This course is designed to give participants an insight into the reality of headship by exposing them to the issues and problems that are faced on a daily basis, and how the theory of leadership actually plays out in practice. It gives those who are close to headship excellent preparation for the application and interview process, and the opportunity for those who are not sure the chance to reflect on whether this is the best pathway for them.

For programme info, fees and details on how to book  |  READ MORE

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Is your school information accurate?

A reminder to all schools to check / update information held within the DCC Admissions Directory or use the Update Form via this LINK

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.

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Do you receive the latest news and updates from the Early Years and Childcare Service?

Visit this page to SUBSCRIBE to the Early Years and Childcare Service newsletter, a weekly email digest of new updates (sent every Friday morning). 

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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

Contact SLSS: t  01392 380518 or 07970 905511  e  slss-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

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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.

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

School Governance V3

Visit the DAG website dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter Issue 166 (18/12/19) HERE 

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

Subscribe to DAG  |  if you would like to join the Devon Association of Governance (DAG), gain access to the members only content and receive the DAG e-newsletter by email, please complete the F O R M on the DAG website.

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

  • Richard Charley - Academy Head at Harbertonford CofE Primary School, Link Academy Trust
  • Fiona Jeffery - Acting Headteacher at Sandford School
  • Emma Jones - Acting Headteacher at Withycombe Raleigh CofE Primary School
  • Tom Page - Acting Headteacher at West Croft School
  • Sian Lane - Executive Headteacher, Cedar Tree Federation
  • Melanie Johns - Head of School at Pinhoe CofE Primary School, Cedar Tree Federation
  • Gillian Pyle - Head of School at Woodbury Primary School, Cedar Tree Federation

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Reminder  |  Community Weekend at the Eden Project

18 & 19 January 2020

Every winter the Eden Project offers a series of free entry weekends for members of various organisations and community groups, and their families, within Devon and Cornwall. This year's free weekend for teachers, teaching assistants, school/college/university staff and home educators is on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January 2020  |  READ MORE

Devon Association of Primary Headteachers (DAPH) & 

Devon Association of Secondary Headteachers (DASH)

View the current Executive Committee members here - see DAPH  &  DASH

Contact us:  01392 380518  |  daph@devon.gov.uk  |  daph.org.uk

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