DAPH & DASH Updates Newsletter: Summer Term | 8 June 2020 | Issue 3

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Summer term  | 8 June 2020  |  Issue 3

Leadership Support

COVID-19 - Support for Devon School Leaders

Headteacher Email Updates

To ensure that school leaders are well informed and kept up to date with important information from the Local Authority and the DfE, regular headteacher updates are being emailed directly to you via Dawn Stabb, Head of Education & Learning.

If you are not receiving these on a regular basis please let us know via email and we'll make sure you are added to the distribution list.

SLSS Compass

School Leadership Support Service (SLSS) is still here for you

During these challenging times, we wanted to remind you that the team of SLSS Mentor Heads is still here to provide confidential support and guidance to school leaders.

We know these are tough, unprecedented times and the shifting sands can make some feel vulnerable; but this pastoral service can help on a number of levels. This may be in the form of a phone call, by email or meeting, albeit virtually at the present time. As experienced school leaders, we act as a sounding board and can offer reassurance and advice. We can help with navigating the relentless stream of information and guidance or assist with signposting and access to other services which may be more relevant.

Let’s talk: 01392 380518 or 07970 905511

Email: slss-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

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COVID-19  |  Keep up to date

See the DAPH Homepage for links to key DfE documents and contact details of the Coronavirus helpline.

DfE Guidance

Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June

A planning guide for early years providers, in England, to help prepare them to open their settings for all children from 1 June 2020 (published 24/05/20).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students (last updated 04/06/30).

Social workers to work with teachers in schools

£6.5 million to put social workers in schools to support children at risk - read the press release here.

Extra mental health support for pupils and teachers

Online resources and charity grants to help schools and colleges respond to the impact of coronavirus on mental health and wellbeing.

Events V3

DASH MS Teams Meeting - Monday 8 June 2020 at 3.00pm

An MS Teams invitation has been sent to secondary school leaders regarding today's DASH Teams meeting  - please get in touch if you have not received this communication.

DASH EGM 12 June plus AGM / EGM 8 July 2020

Read more and book.

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DAPH Area Meetings via MS Teams

15 & 16 June 2020

Catch up with colleagues... 

Devon school leaders (CEO’s, Executive Headteachers, Headteachers, Heads of School from Academy and Local Authority schools within Devon) are invited to join the next round of virtual meetings (held via MS Teams). Visit this link to book your Area Meeting.


DAPH  EGM 10 June plus AGM / EGM 8 July 2020

Read more and book.

DAPH Kite String Conference 2015

DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference

15 & 16 October 2020 at Saunton Sands Hotel

Note - contingency dates 11 & 12 March 2021

Visit the DAPH website for information on this year's speakers and pricing options.

BOOK ONLINE  |  Check the current DELEGATE LIST

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

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Schools Buying Hub virtual roadshows

Schools' Buying Hub South West Virtual Roadshow

Torbay & Teignbridge on 10 June 2020

The Schools’ Buying Hub South West team will be hosting a Summer Term Roadshow virtually, so you can book an individual consultation with a procurement specialist to discuss your school’s specific needs.

The Hub is already providing free procurement advice and achieving savings for schools in Devon, and is now in a position to offer this DfE funded service to even more schools.

Join the introductory session by booking an individual consultation to receive help on getting out of the very best out of the free procurement service.

During your virtual consultation the Hub can:

  • Assess if you are receiving best quality and the keenest prices across all your contracted services
  • Start writing a complex specification based on requirements (this information will be gathered from you in advance)
  • Manage the wins and challenges of buying jointly with neighbouring schools – saving your school money
  • … and much more!

Whatever type of school you work in, the Hub wants to work with you. Sign up to an individual consultation by replying to contact@schoolsbuyinghubsouthwest.com or call  0117 3445 261.

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 18 March 2020 HERE
  • Date of the next DEF meeting is 17 June 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 3 June 2020 HERE
  • Date of next SFG meeting is 15 July 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 March 2020 HERE
  • Date of next SOCA meeting is 22 September 2020 (note the June meeting has been cancelled).
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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

NSPCC Virtual Assembly

NSPCC Virtual 'Speak out Stay safe' Assembly

With presenters Ant and Dec, David Walliams, Department for Education's Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford and the Sally from the NSPCC Schools team.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) the Speak out Stay safe assemblies and workshops are postponed until the autumn term. Although the NSPCC aren't running their assemblies as they normally would right now, primary school children across the UK can watch a special assembly with Ant and Dec and David Walliams in partnership with the Department for Education.

Featuring highlights from the hugely popular  Speak out Stay safe assembly, it helps children understand what’s happening currently, why they may be feeling anxious or worried, and where to get help if they need it.  Watch the assembly online.

Visit the NSPCC Learning website to access lots of resources for schools and professionals

Resources and information for parents/carers is available at NSPCC.org.uk plus there is a new parent/carer coronavirus hub with advice and support during the current situation.

If you have any concerns about a child, please contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or at help@nspcc.org.uk

If you are a school in need of support you can also contact the schools service support team at schools@nspcc.org.uk or 0203 772 9355

Safer Devon Partnership

Devon and Torbay Prevent Partnership Briefing

Read the latest news and updates in the Summer 2020 edition of the Devon and Torbay Prevent Partnership Briefing.

The briefing is intended for sharing with managers and frontline staff within your organisations to equip them with a greater understanding of Prevent, the local picture of threat and risk relating to violent extremism and radicalisation, and information about identifying and reporting radicalisation and signs of extremism. This briefing also includes an update on the impacts of COVID on Prevent and radicalisation and extremism within our communities.

You may also find the Digital Safety resource useful which has been developed by Counter Terrorism Policing and includes messages and signposting information that you can use in your communications with the public.

Update from Jo Olsson, Devon County Council’s Chief Officer for Children’s Services and Chair of the DCFP Executive Group

As we move into the next phase of coronavirus (COVID-19), Jo Olsson gives colleagues an update on the current situation and outlines plans moving forward.

Read other updates from Jo Olsson on the DCFP website:

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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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Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Language and communication difficulties and Mental Health

The RCSLT have published and promoted the following documents to help professionals working with children and adults understand the impact Speech, Language and Communication Needs can have on social emotional development and mental well-being.

In addition, the documents also aim to provide a greater understanding of the important role speech and language therapists have in developing a robust whole system offer of support.

Open letter to parents and carers of children with SEND

Read the letter from Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families which is addressed to all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them

SEND Toolkit - COVID-19

Supporting SEND Learners returning to education

The SEND Toolkit aims to support schools/colleges in the planning for SEND Learners as they transition back into school/college following the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Devon SEND Improvement Board Newsletter - May 2020

Read the latest news and updates including EHCP's, parents autism awareness and DIAS information during COVID-19.

National Award for SEN Coordination

The National Award for SEN Coordination is a postgraduate qualification, which is mandatory for teachers new to the role of SENCO and would be beneficial for experienced SENCOs.

Read more on the Babcock LDP website.

View / download the SENCO Flyer | View/download the SENCO Award Leaflet 2019-20

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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). 

Read the latest news and updates posted 4 June 2020.

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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 newsletters - Issue 181 (26.05.20), 182 (01.06.20) and 183 (08.06.20) 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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