DAPH & DASH Updates Newsletter: Summer Term | 22 June 2020 | Issue 4

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Summer term  |  22 June 2020  |  Issue 4

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.

Return to schools update from Dawn Stabb

Much has changed since the government first announce plans for a wider return to school. As such, Dawn Stabb, Devon County Council’s Head of Education and Learning, has set out Devon’s response to the Government’s plans for a wider return to school in an open letter to parents and carers.

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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.

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

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Devon Schools Leadership Services (DSLS) CIO is recruiting for its new aHead service!

To coincide with the launch of the new charitable organisation, we are in the process of relaunching the former DAPH School Leadership Support Service which will be branded as ‘aHead’.

Read more about the redesigned service and how to apply for the partner roles available.

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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.

Press release  |  Billion pound Covid catch-up plan to tackle impact of lost teaching time

New measures to help primary and secondary pupils catch up.

Guidance  |  Teaching about mental wellbeing

Practical materials for primary and secondary schools to use to train staff about teaching mental wellbeing.

Keeping children safe in education

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

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DAPH EGM 10 June 2020 & DASH EGM 12 June 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined the recent EGM's for DAPH and DASH, which were convened to propose amendments their respective Constitutions to add new clauses to enable communication, meeting participation and decision making by electronic means effective from 1 April 2020. The proposals were agreed unanimously.

Read the draft minutes DAPH EGM   &   DASH EGM

View the amended Constitutions  |  DAPH Constitution   &   DASH Constitution

Ed-Tech Festival
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Cornerstone Academy Trust Ed-Tech Festival

6 & 7 July 2020  |  A G E N D A

The New Normal: Delivering education in an evolving Edtech world

Join us for our virtual Ed-Tech Festival. Hear from industry experts and high profile speakers, whose expert perspectives on learning technology are set to shape the future of education. Join us in the classroom and observe the utilisation of Ed-Tech in action. Together we will examine the challenges ahead and query the shape of things to come.

Across both days there will be the opportunity for staff to choose between over one hundred sessions; comprising keynote speakers, presentations, panel debates and live lesson workshops. The sessions are organised into ten key strands, of leadership & governance, safeguarding & wellbeing, computing & coding, learning platforms, devices & tech, SEND and Inclusion, wider curriculum, STEM & science, Early Years & KS1 and business and admin, making this a fantastic opportunity you and your colleagues. 

See more information on the speakers and agenda, plan your festival journey and register for your FREE place via this link

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DAPH Area Meetings via MS Teams

Thanks to everyone who joined the June round of DAPH Area MS Teams meetings. Here is a link to the presentation slides and we hope you found the sessions useful - if you would like to share any feedback please do so by sending us an email to daph@devon.gov.uk.

The next area meetings will be held on 9 & 10 July 2020.

Devon school leaders (CEO’s, Executive Headteachers, Headteachers, Heads of School from Academy and Local Authority schools within Devon) are invited to join - visit this link to 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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RNLI Education Resources

This summer, RNLI Lifeguards can’t be on every beach, meaning a heightened water safety risk to beach goers.

Throughout the summer term, the local team of trained volunteers and Lifeguards do their best to visit as many of the schools, colleges and youth groups in the region as possible. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak they have not been able to engage with school communities as they normally would and for this reason have developed have resources so pupils can have some Water Safety offering for 2020. 

Read more on the RNLI website and download Education Resource packs (primary and secondary), Water Safety from Home resources and Beach Safety Advice.

DfE update on statutory PSHE requirements from September

Visit the PSHE website to read the recent DfE communication to schools on the implementation of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex and Health Education. 

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Guidance to support CYP and schools with transition

Visit the Babcock LDP website to download some useful transition resources including: 

  • One More Step - Yr 6 Transition Booklet
  • Back to School during COVID-19 : A booklet for schools
  • Supporting the Return to School through Meeting SEMH Needs

Also see the latest Babcock Safeguarding Update - a special 'Transition' newsletter (16 June 2020) which includes podcasts and further guidance.

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Free school meals extended over the summer holidays

Children in England who are eligible for free school meals will receive a six-week food voucher to cover the summer holiday period, after a campaign by Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford. Read more on the DCFP website.

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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
  • Minutes from the last DEF meeting held on 17 June 2020 will be available HERE
  • Date of the next DEF meeting is 18 November 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.

  • The last SFG meeting was held on 3 June; the next meeting is on 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.

Reminder: Devon Maintenance Partnership

New Agreement 2020 - 2024

The Devon Maintenance Partnership (DMP) Agreement, which has been running since April 2015, expired at the end of March 2020. Based on the success of this scheme, a replacement DMP 2020-2024 has been developed to maintain the standards set in the previous scheme and also enhanced to cover additional installations and include further benefits.

Action: schools are required to confirm their intention of continued subscription OR of new schools wishing to join OR of schools opting out of the scheme by completing and returning this DMP registration form. Note that academies and VA schools need not respond as the DMP is not open to them.

For further information about the Devon Maintenance Partnership 2020-2024 agreement, please contact Nick Cook (NPS)  T 01392 351226   E nick.cook@nps.co.uk

DMP contractor performance

In general this has been challenging due to Covid-19 both from a contractor resource perspective and in some instances restricted access to school premises. Schools are reminded that there is an expectation/requirement that statutory compliance testing and servicing should continue and would request that schools continue to facilitate access for contractors where/when it is possible to do so.

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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.

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Devon Information Advice and Support for SEND

Transition - going back to school or college

Information for parents is available on the DIAS website and includes how to support their children through transition and what schools and colleges are doing to help

Stay up to date with DIAS  |  Subscribe to newsletter

Using the EHC Hub to complete EHCP Reviews

The EHC Hub can now be used to plan for ECHP Reviews due to take place in the autumn term - read more details via this link.

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RE Newsletter - June 2020

Read the latest RE news and updates in the latest newsletter, the last for this academic year.

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

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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). 

Read the latest news and updates posted 18 June 2020.

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Visit the DAG website dagdevon.uk

Read the latest DAG newsletter Issue 184 (15/06/20)  and 185 (22/06/20) 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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