Devon SLS Updates newsletter: Spring Term | 24 January 2022 | Issue 1

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Spring term  |  24 January 2022  |  Issue 1

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Marking Holocaust Memorial Day – Thursday 27 January 2022

The 27th January every year stands out as an important day, reminding us of the unparalleled horrors of the World War II holocaust, as well as subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

This year’s theme is One Day, in the hope that there may be One Day in the future where genocide doesn’t exist. We learn more about the past, we empathise with others today, and we take action for a better future.

Please visit Resources for schools plus Holocaust Education Trust and G2G

Special features for 2022:

  • Commemoration event - Exeter Cathedral - Thursday 27 January 1.00pm - 1.30pm
  • Video Talks for use in lessons or assemblies, featuring Jeremy Roberts (Chair of Devon and Torbay SACREs) talking about the danger of ‘othering’, plus input from students at Sidmouth College, giving their reflections on the holocaust, including their reflections on a visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
  • Speaker: Eric Murangwa Eugene, survivor of Rwandan genocide, "Football Saved my Life" 

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Devon SLS School Leadership Briefing

DSLS School Leadership Briefing - Spring term


Wednesday 16 February 2022
at Exeter Racecourse

Theme: “Inclusion and Education – all means all.”

AGENDA includes updates and presentations from:

  • Lucy Livings, Deputy RSC, Regional Delivery Directorate Office
  • Tracey Jones - SEND 100 Project Lead
  • Sarah Pickering - Headteacher, Mill Water School 
  • Mark Escott - Co-Founder Life Chance Group & School for Inspiring Talents
  • Rob Gasson - CEO, WAVE AP 

Speaker Profiles

Have you booked? Delegate list as at 21/1/22

Booking Essential via the Online Booking Form

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Reporting of Rapid Lateral Flow Rest Results 

DCC Public Health have re-emphasised the importance of reporting a test result (positive, negative, or void) every time staff or pupils undertake a coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow test at home or at work as this helps to capture and monitor ongoing data.

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Reporting confirmed positive Covid cases to the LA

Please continue to complete the Smart Survey to report positive cases as this information provides a summary of cases which is reviewed regularly by both DCC public health and education.

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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:

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Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) - Proposed revisions 2022

The DfE is seeking views on proposed changes to the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education 2021 with a view to making changes for September 2022.

The consultation closes on 8 March 2022.

School attendance : improving consistency of support

The DfE is seeking views on its proposals to improve the consistency of school attendance support and management. Based on existing good practice of schools, academy trusts and LAs in managing school attendance, proposals include: 

  • Requiring schools to have an attendance policy, and have regard to statutory guidance on the expectations of schools, academy trusts and governing bodies of maintained schools
  • Guidance on the expectations of LA attendance services
  • A national framework for attendance legal intervention
  • Bringing the rules for granting leaves of absence in academies in line with other state-funded schools

The consultation closes on 28 February 2022.

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Government response: Reforming how local authority school improvement functions are funded

£8 million from NHS England to support secondary schools with the in-school vaccination programme.

The funding for eligible schools will entail a one-off payment of £1,000 with an additional uplift based on pupil numbers. Funding allocations will be published at the end of January, with payments to begin in April 2022.

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ESFA Updates

Read the latest update dated 19 January 2022

Keep up to date - the ESFA Update contains the latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for academies, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.  Register for web alerts here.

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Adolescent Safety Framework (ASF) - Safer Me

The Adolescent Safety Framework (ASF) is a pioneering approach to managing contextual risk which will support children, young people, families and professionals from across the partnerships. These risks are often found outside of the family environment and place young people at risk or compromise their safety. This includes risks caused by peer groups, exploitation, locations and persons of concern outside the family.

A recommended online training module for schools can be found below and other resources available on the Devon Children and Families Partnership website.

Contextual Safeguarding - Adolescent Safety Framework (ASF): Online course for Devon Education Settings | Babcock LDP

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SEND Online Training Modules

Babcock LDP have launched a range of online SEND courses that are available for school staff to access on a flexible basis:

SEND Module 1: An Introduction for all new and existing staff in Devon

SEND Module 2: Developing your understanding of SEND

SEND 100 project – Condition Specific Courses across 6 modules which will support staff in gaining specialist skills for teaching learners with:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • SEMH
  • Attachment
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Autism (launching in the spring term)
  • Sensory and Physical (launching in the spring term)

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Devon Information Advice and Support (DIAS) for SEND


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SWIFT newsletter

Read the latest updates:

Newsletter - Issue 1 - January 2022

Events - Issue 1 - 13 January 2022

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Do you receive the latest news and updates from the Early Years and Childcare Service

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Devon Association of Governance (DAG) Newsletters

Read the latest Issue 245 (24 January 2022)

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

Governor and Trustee Devon Education Forum (DEF) vacancies

Schools forums play a significant role in influencing and shaping local education funding. They provide a collaborative and consultative platform for strategic discussion and contribute to local decision making. Schools forums are an important contact point between the local authority and education providers so that through debate, discussion, and challenge, secure financial strategic planning and an equitable distribution of finance is achieved for all pupils within the local authority.

The Devon Association of Governance (DAG) has nine members sitting on the Devon forum and holds the position of chair and vice chair. DAG is looking for new members to join DEF and would be delighted to hear from governors and trustees who would consider taking on this additional voluntary role. Meetings are held four times a year on a Wednesday morning and have been held remotely and in person at County Hall in Exeter.

If any of your board may be interested please ask them to contact Amanda Blewett as soon as possible on for more information.

Further details of DAG’s involvement with the Devon Education Forum can be seen on the DAG website on the Devon Education Forum page under ‘What we do’.

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DSLS would like to welcome the following colleagues who have started new roles this term:

  • Tameka Hue Hamilton, Headteacher - Bickleigh Down CofE Primary 
  • Lorraine Curry, Executive Headteacher - Cockwood, Kenn CofE & Kenton Primaries
  • Alison Roper, Head of School - Cockwood Primary School
  • Joe Baxter, Head of School - Kenn CofE Primary
  • Gemma Sandercock, Head of School - Kenton Primary
  • Georgie Gratton, Headteacher - Landkey Primary 
  • David Barnett, Interim Headteacher - Newport Community School Primary Academy
  • Jen Metcalf, Acting Head of School - Pinhoe CofE Primary
  • Jenna McCaffery, Headteacher - Seaton Primary
  • Hazel Fox, Acting Executive Headteacher - Whipton Barton Federation

School Leadership changes and Headteacher email updates

We should be grateful if you would kindly bring to our attention any known forthcoming or impending changes to school leadership roles eg. Headteacher, Head of school etc. as it is not always possible to pick these up, particularly within MATs and Federations.

Please email

Additionally, to ensure that school leaders are well informed and kept up to date with important information from the Local Authority and the DfE, regular headteacher updates are being emailed directly to you via Dawn Stabb, Head of Education & Learning.

If you are not receiving these on a regular basis please let us know via email and we'll make sure you are added to the distribution list.

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