DSLS Newsletter | Autumn Term | December 2021

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Autumn Term | December 2021  

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Ofsted Annual Report 2020/21

The Chief Inspector’s Annual Report says that nearly all children and learners have been affected by the pandemic, with long-term consequences unknown. 

Please click on the links for Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman covering remarks  and the full report.

Ofsted Blog “Inspection Timetable: What will the Additional Funding for Inspection will Mean for Your School?”

Chris Russell, Ofsted National Director for Education, has published a new blog on changes to the school inspection timetable.

Ofsted Blog “Curriculum: Keeping it Simple”

Despite the challenges of the last two years, staff are reviewing and renewing their curriculums. Subject leaders are working closely with teachers to shape a clear journey of the knowledge they want pupils to know. Read Ofsted's blog on this here.

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Updated Advice on Recording Omicron self-isolation cases

DfE has updated its 'Addendum: recording attendance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) during the 2021 to 2022 academic year' to reflect the self-isolation rules for close contacts of confirmed or suspected Omicron cases. Read more here.

New Measures to Reduce Pupil Absence

Government attendance advisors to start work helping local areas and school trusts put new plans in place to increase attendance. Further information can be read here.

Free Period Product Scheme for Schools and Colleges Extended

Free period products will continue to be available for schools to distribute to their pupils in England. Click here for more information.

Data Protection: Privacy Notice Model Documents

Suggested privacy notices for schools and local authorities to issue to staff, parents and pupils about the collection of data can be viewed here.

Cost of School Uniforms

Statutory guidance on developing a school uniform policy and managing uniform suppliers to ensure the cost of school uniforms is reasonable can be read here.

Schools’ Views: Benefits and Obstacles to Joining Academy Trusts

This research report presents the results of a survey designed to understand the experiences and perceptions of schools about multi-academy trusts (MATs).

More Support for Schools to Tackle Bullying

Schools across England to benefit from further specialist training to help pupils combat bullying. For more information please read here.

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aHead Service

Headship can be isolating and overwhelming, particularly during these challenging times. We wanted to remind you that the team of aHead Professional Partners are here to provide confidential support and guidance to school leaders.

Additionally, Devon SLS member schools have access to the Devon SLS Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - free individual access to confidential information, support and counselling service plus the option of purchasing for the whole school at a discounted price.

Question or need support? Contact us:

E   aHead-DevonSLS@devon.gov.uk       T   01392 380518 / 07970 905511

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SWIFT Newsletter

Read the latest news and updates in issue 3 - November 2021.

Schools Buying Hub South West

Please click here for a series of short films on Schools Buying Hub South West latest offerings on Local Government Pension Schemes, Managing under-performing suppliers, Securing bids for small schools, Tightening up on tenders, and How to avoid the last-minute rush.

Devon Music Education Hub Special Projects Fund 2020/21

Devon & Torbay Music Education Hubs' Special Projects Fund for 2021-22 will support high-quality music education and performance opportunities. One-off grants of up to £3,000 will be awarded to fund new and existing work by schools, groups of schools, organisations and educational projects that help children and young people in Torbay and Devon aged 5-18 to enjoy, achieve and celebrate through music. Deadline is 17th December 2021. Click here for more information.

Stop and Think: Learning Counterintuitive Concepts

State primary schools are invited to take part in a free project testing a computer-assisted learning programme, Stop and Think, which teaches children counterintuitive concepts in maths & science in Years 3-5 from August 2022 to Summer 2023, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). Click here for more information and sign up details.

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Restorative Practice Early Help Pilot in Mid and East Locality – i-Fit (Intensive family intervention team)

A pilot has been launched which will look at delivering intensive Family Intervention Team (i-FIT) Early Help in a different way, in the Mid & East Locality. More information can be read here.

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HR One Response to Covid-Related Staffing Issues

HR One has responded to the Schools Reference Group discussion around Covid-related staffing issues. Their reply can be read here.

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Schools Mutual Fund relating to Covid-19 Pandemic

This is a reminder to Schools Mutual Fund members that the fund allows for Covid-19 related claims, including for Self Isolation, Shielding, Positive Case and Long Covid Symptoms. Full details can be viewed here.

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School Admission Arrangements & Education Transport Policy 2023/24

A public consultation held by Devon County Council regarding School Admissions and Education Transport for 2023/24 closes on 7 January 2022. Click here to contribute.

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Babcock LDP One Minute Guide

New One Minute Guides on Harmful Sexual Behaviour, and Managing Allegations (November 2021) can be viewed here.

Child Centred Policy from the NPCC

Guidance for Schools and Colleges on when to call the Police has been published by the National Police Chiefs Council, and can be viewed here. 

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Devon Association of Governance (DAG) Newsletters

Read the latest Issue 237 (15 November 2021)

Visit the DAG website to subscribe to newsletters and register for DAG membership.

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