DAPH & DASH Updates Newsletter: Spring Term | 28 February 2020 | Issue 5

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 Spring term  |  28 February 2020  |  Issue 5

Events V3

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

Annual School Leadership Conference

15 & 16 October 2020 at Saunton Sands Hotel


Prices confirmed for 2020:

  • 2 day residential - £375.00pp (non-sharing)
  • 2 day residential sharing - £355.00pp (sharing with named colleague)
  • 2 day non-residential - £300.00pp

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

NEW What's new banner V2Schools Buying Hub South West logo

From January 2020, all schools in the South-West region are now registered with their Regional Schools Buying Hub and are encouraged to access the various levels of support available, saving time and money. 

The Hub is a free of charge service, funded by the DFE, which has already helped hundreds of schools save money on non-staff expenditure. The hubs offer:

  • advice and guidance on buying
  • support with complex contracts, in areas such as catering, cleaning, premises and technology services
  • promotion of local collaboration, where there is an opportunity to reduce costs.

For further details and to read more about this service visit the Schools' Buying Hub South-West website.

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Free Boxall Profile training briefings for Devon Schools

Don’t forget to book your place on the free Boxall Profile training and network sessions with dates available from 10 March 2020.

Book now via the Babcock LDP website to reserve a place at your preferred venue.

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Covid 19 – Information for parents (Coronavirus)

DCC Public Health have put together a website aimed at residents which brings together all the relevant public links to information about Coronavirus. Devon schools are encouraged to direct their parent communities to this website in order to keep up to date with the latest information.

See also guidance on GOV.UK which is updated regularly and includes advice for schools should they suspect a case of COVID-19 (pupil, student or staff) in their childcare or education setting.

Guidance and information on the Menopause

DCC has developed some new guidance and information on the Menopause using sources from ACAS, UNISON and the NHS with the aim of promoting a greater understanding of the menopause and its symptoms. The guidance supports an environment in which employees can openly and comfortably hold conversations about the menopause.

Department for Education V3

Recent press releases:

Key stage 1 SATs replacement to be rolled out from September

From September all new primary school pupils will take the new reception baseline assessment (RBA) that will replace SATs in year 2.

New push to improve outcomes for vulnerable children

Dedicated support in schools for children who have experienced adversity and trauma.

Vulnerable children in every school across the country will benefit from a dedicated school leader to ensure they attend and achieve, under new plans published by the DfE on 25 February 2020 - more information is on the DfE website.

Experts to help tackle poor behaviour in schools

Schools with poor discipline are to get expert help from those with exemplary behaviour practices to prevent disruption in the classroom.  The behaviour hubs programme will enable schools with exemplary behaviour to work with other schools to improve their behaviour culture. Read more on GOV.UK

Department for Education ministerial portfolios confirmed

The Department for Education has confirmed the portfolios for its ministerial team.

Guidance  |  Review of the National Leaders of Education (NLE) programme

Recommendations on future reforms to the current NLE programme.

Research and analysis  |  Use of Keeping children safe in education part 4 guidance

Read details of the DfE review of how schools and colleges are using part 4 of the guidance.

Ofsted V3

Research and analysis  |  Making the cut: how schools respond when they are under financial pressure

This Ofsted report summarises the findings from a qualitative research project carried out in 2018–19.

Read Amanda Spielman's commentary on what Ofsted found in its research into school funding and its impact on education.

Consultations V3

Open consultation  |  Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions 2020

The DfE are seeking views on proposed changes to the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’, with a view to making changes for September 2020. For more details and a link to the consultation, please visit GOV.UK.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 21 April 2020.

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.

Babcock - Keeping Children Safe Newsletter  |  February 2020

Read the latest news and updates in this month's Keeping Children Safe newsletter including links to the Neglect review, details of the National Child Exploitation Awareness Day (18 March 2020) and future Babcock events.


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.

Admissions V3

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). 

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

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

Recommended Reading V3

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 171 (27/02/2020) 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.

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

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