DAPH & DASH Updates: Spring Term | 14 February 2020 | Issue 4

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Spring term  |  14 February 2020  |  Issue 4

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Presentations from the DAPH & DASH Spring Briefing 2020

Thank you to those colleagues who attended and contributed to this week’s Spring Briefing event at the Tiverton Hotel. We hope you found the sessions useful and informative – note that some of the presentation slides and supporting documents are now advertised on the DAPH website.

DAPH & DASH Summer Briefing

6 May 2020 at Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XS  |  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.

DAPH Kite String Conference 2015

DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

15 & 16 October 2020 at Saunton Sands Hotel

For prices and booking options see the ONLINE BOOKING FORM

Check the current DELEGATE LIST

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

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Schools Compliance with the Baker Clause

Read the communication dated 7 February 2020 from Lord Agnew regarding schools compliance with legislation (commonly known as the 'Baker Clause') around technical education and apprenticeships.

Guidance Paper:  The Baker Clause  |  Best practice guidance for schools, providers and learners

Additionally, see the guidance paper that has been published in partnership by AELP and ASCL and provides an overview of the Baker Clause, its implications on stakeholders and guidance to support navigation of the further education sector. It is designed to assist schools, providers, young learners and their parents and carers.

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Learner Services Engagement Survey (Early Years)

Devon County Council want the views of all early years providers on the services that are delivered through a contract with Babcock LDP. All the services listed in this survey apply to group settings but only the inclusion support is delivered to childminders; all other support for childminders comes through their Early Years and Childcare Advisor.

Please can childminders complete all questions that are relevant to them, ignoring any that are not. Please return the survey by 23 February 2020.

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GOV.UK  |  Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

Keep up to date with information on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

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Letter  |  Internal Changes within RSC South West Office

See recent communication from Hannah Woodhouse, Regional Schools Commissioner
for the South West, who has written to update schools on some internal changes taking place in the South West RSC office.

It confirms the team leader(s) who will be your point of contact from Monday 24 February 2020 for questions or issues related to academies and MATs, DfE school improvement support and new free schools in your area.

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Ofsted Blog  |  Curriculum transition extended for a year

In this latest blog, Sean Harford HMI, National Director for Education, talks about Ofsted’s curriculum transition arrangements and announces an extension.

Representation V3

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 22 January 2020 HERE
  • Date of the next DEF meeting is 18 March 2020

Contact the Forum: E schools.forum@devon.gov.uk   T  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

  • Read the minutes of the last SFG meeting held on 8 January 2020 HERE
  • 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

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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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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.

Early Years V3

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: 01392 380518 or 07970 905511  E  slss-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

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Guidance  |  DCC iTrent HR and payroll self-service

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

T  01392 382400 (Payroll)      E   itrentsystemsteam-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 170 (13/02/2020) 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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Wishing you all a restful half term break

Note that the DAPH & DASH Office re-opens on Monday 24 February 2020.

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   E  daph@devon.gov.uk   W  daph.org.uk

DAPH / DASH Office  |  Venture House, One Capital Court, Bittern Road, Sowton Industrial Estate
Exeter EX2 7FW