Devon SLS Updates Newsletter: Special Edition | Summer Term | 7 May 2021

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Summer term  |  7 May 2021

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Survey  |  Practitioner Virtual Roadshow on Devon's Proposals for a graduated SEND support offer

Message from the SEND team

Thank you to everyone who attended the roadshows last week, it was great to see you there. A survey has since been circulated to attendees to seek practitioners views on delivering SEND services in Devon. In the roadshows, we shared our proposals and options with practitioners and would like practitioners feedback on them.

If you did not attend a roadshow please watch the video recording prior to completing the survey. Here's the link to the roadshow video and once this is complete, it will move onto the survey.

Note the closing date for this survey is Monday 10 May (13:00) and it takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

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CYBERUK webinar on ransomware, the risk to schools and ways to prevent it

12 May 2021 3.30pm - 4.30pm

CYBERUK is the UK government’s flagship cyber security event. This session, which is being run by NCSC and the Department for Education, will focus on ransomware, following a recent spate of ransomware attacks against the education sector. There will be an overview of ransomware and an exploration of how to back-up school data, the NCSC Incident Management team will talk about managing a ransomware incident in a school or trust and it ends with a high-level panel discussion on cyber resilience in the education sector.

View the event programme  |  Subscribe via the CYBERUK 2021 ONLINE YouTube channel

Let's talk about equality

Let's Talk About Equality

Wednesday 19 May 2021 (10.30am - 12.30pm)

'Let's Talk About Equality' is a free, virtual session run by Devon school leaders, Ruh Alford, Executive Headteacher of The Carey Federation (Halwill and Ashwater Primary Schools) and Lorna Legg, Headteacher at Offwell Primary School. The aim is that the session is relevant to the issues we face in Devon and to provide you with tools to cascade the training in your own school.

If you would like to attend, please complete the form via this link.

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NAHT Devonshire Education Roundtable

School funding top concern for leaders in Devon

At last week's roundtable, in which school leaders from across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay met to discuss the top concerns in education with local MPs, a poll of attendees revealed that the vast majority were most concerned about school funding – followed by mental health in schools.

The event, which took place via Zoom, was chaired by local Exmouth primary school headteacher Dr Paul Gosling and supported by school leaders’ union NAHT. Local MPs Neil Parish (Conservative) and Luke Pollard (Labour) joined the group to hear about the big issues facing schools.

School funding was the biggest worry for leaders, with already tight budgets impacted by the Covid pandemic. Schools have been hit with a double whammy over the last year, having to spend large sums on PPE and making schools Covid safe, while at the same time losing out on lettings income they would usually rely on. These costs have not been fully reimbursed by government. Mental health in schools was also a major concern, as well as Ofsted.

Dr Gosling, head of Exeter Road Community Primary School in Exmouth, said: “The event last night was an excellent opportunity for school leaders to come together to support each other and share their concerns, as well as to raise them with MPs as we head towards local elections. Education should be a priority for all political parties and we are pleased that our local representatives attended to better understand the reality of the situation facing schools.”

View / download the event PPT 'NAHT - creating the right conditions' and the Covid-19 and schools - campaign toolkit.

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