Devon SLS Updates Newsletter: Support for School Leaders

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Autumn term  |  24 November 2020

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N E W  Leaders Together

A new informal, weekly support group for School and Trust Leaders from Devon and beyond.

Weekly | Thursdays | 3.45pm - 4.30pm | Microsoft Teams

School leaders are collaboratively working through unprecedented challenges in keeping schools safe for our children, young people and staff. We know these demands are heavy on school leaders and therefore Devon Schools Leadership Services and Teaching Schools South West have teamed up to bring ‘Leaders Together’ – an informal, weekly opportunity for leaders from all school types to drop into a friendly environment where they can share experiences, information and support each other.

The sessions will be facilitated by Rachel Shaw, Chair of Devon SLS Schools Executive Committee and (Primary) and Matthew Shanks, CEO of Education South West (Secondary). Note there is no charge to attend.

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Visit this link for more information and how to register for the 'Leaders Together' drop-in sessions.

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N E W  Primary & Secondary Meetings

December 2020 and February 2021

Join colleagues for a chance to catch up on all things Covid-19 related - share your experiences and keep up to date with the latest information, both locally and nationally. Sessions hosted by members of Devon SLS Schools Executive Committee.

Primary Area Meetings

  • Tuesday 8 December 2020 (North & East, 2.00pm - 3.00pm) 
  • Wednesday 9 December 2020 (Central, South & West, 1.30pm - 2.30pm) 

Book your December primary area meeting here

  • Tuesday 9 February 2021 (North & East, 1.30pm - 2.30pm)
  • Wednesday 10 February 2021 (Central, South & West, 1.30pm - 2.30pm)

Book your February primary area meeting here

Secondary Meetings

Note that a calendar invite will be sent directly to secondary colleagues for the following dates:

  • Friday 11 December 2020 (all areas, 2.30pm - 3.30pm)
  • Friday 5 February 2021  (all areas, 2.30pm - 3.30pm)

Details and online booking are also advertised on the Devon SLS website.

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Devon SLS aHead Service

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E   |   T 01392 380518 / 07970 905511

The aHead service has recruited a team of Professional Partners, experienced, current or recently serving Headteachers to provide;

  • A personal and professional support service for all school leaders.
  • Fresh perspectives to address professional challenges.
  • Advice and expertise to develop and strengthen school leadership teams.
  • Signposting to other professional support and guidance services.
  • Opportunities to work alongside other leaders to develop understanding of and approaches to key issues in schools.

Read more about the aHead service on the Devon SLS website.

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Employee Assistance Programme

Devon SLS also offers an Employee Assistance Programme to its membership of school leaders. This is a new introduction to the Devon SLS offer and is provided by Education Support.

The EAP provides members with free individual access to a confidential information, support and counselling service which is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day via a dedicated 0800 telephone number.

Read more about the Employee Assistance Programme: EAP Leaflet – Information, guidance and support for wellbeing

Schools leaders are also able to purchase an EAP scheme for their own schools at specially discounted rates – for more information on the EAP scheme please contact or Mark Saunders, Business Development Manager at Education Support

Contact Education Support:  T 08000 856 148 (quoting Devon Schools Leadership Services)


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Contact: E     T  01392 380518     W    

Registered office:
Venture House, One Capital Court, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, Devon EX2 7FW

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