Devon SLS Updates Newsletter: Special Edition - Devon Education Forum (DEF) Confirmation of Schools (LA Maintained) and Academy Members plus named Substitutes effective from 1 September 2020

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Special Edition -  Autumn term 2020

Devon Education Forum (DEF)

Confirmation of Schools (LA Maintained) and Academy Members
plus named Substitutes effective from
1 September 2020 to 31 August 2022

For the attention of:

  • Headteachers/Principals of all LA Maintained Schools within Devon Local Authority
  • The Board of Directors of all Academy Schools within Devon Local Authority

Primary and Secondary Membership at DEF

Further to our communication dated 24 June 2020, we are writing to confirm that from 1 September, DEF membership across both phases will be as follows:

  • Primary: Academy x 2 and Schools (L/A Maintained) x 2
  • Secondary: Academy x 3 and Schools (L/A Maintained) x 1

Following the conclusion of the election process on 10 July 2020, please note the details of DEF Membership and Named Substitutes effective from 1st September 2020 as follows:

Primary Phase

Academy members:

  • Rachel Shaw | CEO, Exeter Learning Academy Trust
  • Paul Walker  |  CEO, First Federation Trust

Primary Academy Substitute

  • David Perkins | Headteacher, Littletown Primary Academy

L/A Schools Members:

  • Alun Dobson  |  Marwood Primary School
  • Jamie Stone  |  Denbury Primary School

Named L/A Schools Substitute:

  • Colin Butler  |  Executive Headteacher, Otter Valley Federation

Secondary Phase

Academy members:

  • Rob Haring  |  CEO, Westcountry Schools Trust
  • Graham Hill  |  Headteacher, Pilton Community College, Ventrus MAT
  • Moira Marder  |  CEO, Ted Wragg MAT

Secondary Academy Substitute

  • Andrew Davis  |  Principal, Exmouth Community College
  • Lorraine Heath  |  CEO, Uffculme Academy Trust

L/A Schools Members:

  • Sammy Crook | Executive Headteacher, Federation of Tiverton Schools 

Named L/A Schools Substitute:

  • Phil Randall | Headteacher, St Peter's CofE Aided School, Exeter

The ESFA publication Schools Forum - Operational and good practice guide available on GOV.UK provides advice and information on good practice in relation to the operation of schools forums as well as their powers and responsibilities.

Schools forum members will need the skills and competencies to manage Forum business taking a strategic view across the whole education estate whilst acting as representative of the group that has elected them. Furthermore, they should be easily contactable and pro-active in raising the profile of issues and communicating decisions, and the reasons behind them, effectively.

Further information on Devon Education Forum to include the Constitution, details of full membership and minutes of meetings etc. is available on the Devon County Council website.

The date of the next DEF meeting is 18 November 2020.

Yours sincerely
Clare Coates - Business & Operations Manager
sent on behalf of the Devon SLS Schools Executive Committee