Devon SLS Updates Newsletter: Special Edition | Event Summary - DSLS School Leadership Briefing on 8 July 2021

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Summer term  |  12 July 2021

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Event Summary  |  DSLS School Leadership Briefing on 8 July 2021

The virtual DSLS School Leadership Briefing took place last week and for those who joined us, we hope that colleagues found the event topical and informative.

  • View / download the presentation slides (individual presentations are available to view / download below)
  • Listen / watch the event recording (regrettably the first few minutes of the event were not recorded but we hope you find the content useful)
  • Send us your feedback via the online feedback form

The morning event included updates from the following guest speakers:


Hannah Woodhouse RSC

Hannah Woodhouse | Regional Schools Commissioner for SW England

Hannah gave an overview of the Devon picture and priorities, and, in line with recent political announcements, supported the benefits of joining a MAT with signposting to useful information for school leaders and Governing Boards - download the presentation here.

Question? Contact the Devon & Torbay team: samuel.macdonald@education.gov.uk


Dawn Stabb | Head of Education and Learning, DCC

Dawn talked about the SEND Transformation Programme aims, key outcomes of the SEND Strategy and Graduated Support Offer - download the presentation here.

Dawn Stabb DCC

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Andrew Brent  |  Senior Policy Officer, School Admissions Team, DCC

An Admissions Policy update which included information on children from overseas, flexi-schooling, Jubilee Bank Holiday 2022, service Pupil Premium, annual consultation, a new Admissions Code and Fair Access  - download the presentation here.

  • Devon's In-Year Fair Access Protocol 2021 - survey for schools on a revised Fair Access Protocol (closes 6 August 2021).

  • Admissions and the Service Pupil Premium - survey for schools on whether they would support priority in their admission arrangements for children who are eligible for the service Pupil premium.

Useful contacts:

Andrew Brent, Senior Policy Officer - andrew.brent@devon.gov.uk

Admission Policy mailbox - schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

CIC admissions mailbox -educate.childrenincareadmissions-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

School Closure Dates mailbox - schoolclosuredates-mailbox@devon.gov.uk


Vivien Lines  |  Interim Head of Service, Children’s Social Care, DCC

A verbal update was given (no PPT) of what is happening in Devon in Children's Social Care, the challenges being faced and a programme of improvements.

Question? Contact Vivien via email Vivien.Lines@devon.gov.uk

Vivien Lines DCC

Lee Elliot-Major

Lee Elliot-Major OBE  |  Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter

Lee Elliot Major is Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility, appointed by the University of Exeter to be a global leader in the field. His work is dedicated to improving the prospects of disadvantaged children and young people. 

He has written several award-winning books about education and social mobility, including Social Mobility and Its Enemies. His book What Works? provides evidence-informed tips for teachers to improve learning and follows on from his work helping to produce the EEF teaching and learning toolkit, used by 100,000s of teachers.

Read Lee's bio and contact him here.

During the presentation, Lee talked about the Social Mobility & Covid Inequalities, emerging policy issues and what should schools focus on - download Lee's presentation 'Levelling up through education in the post-pandemic era'.

Social Mobility - further reading:


DSLS Updates - Review of the First Year

Rachel Shaw, Chair of the Schools Executive Committee (SEC) reflected on the first year since the launch of Devon Schools Leadership CIO and outlined the priorities for 2021/22, followed by a summary of the DSLS aHead Service from Melanie Smallwood (Service Lead).

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Finally, thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to last week's virtual Briefing event and we look forward to welcoming you to the next School Leadership Briefing in the autumn term (date to be announced).

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