DSLS Newsletter | Reference & Guidance | Spring Term | 22 March 2022

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Reference & Guidance | Spring term  | 22 March 2022  

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Action Required - Non-pupil day in lieu of the additional Bank Holiday to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

To ensure that LA teams and parents are aware, DCC has requested that Devon schools confirm the date to be taken (or which has already been taken) in respect of the additional non-pupil day in lieu of the Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday 

The most pressing reason for the LA is about confirming arrangements for school transport but even schools without pupils on LA transport are asked to respond please.

The link to the form "Non-pupil day in lieu of the Bank Holiday to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee" can be found at: https://forms.office.com/r/5XtwrTrbLM.

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Easter Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) 

Information regarding the Easter HAF programme for benefit related free school meal children, is now live on HAF providers – Easter 2022 - Education and Families (devon.gov.uk). To book places the families need to go direct to the provider.

SEND Inspection Evidence - the student voice

As part of the shared responsibility around improving our offer for Children and Young People with SEND in Devon we are exploring how the voice of SEND CYP in schools is heard.  In order to help DCC understand what this looks like across Devon, schools are requested to complete a short survey below via this link: 


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Prioritising schools for the School Rebuilding Programme
Consultation Response

Revised Behaviour in Schools Guidance and Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance


This consultation seeks views on proposed revisions to the Behaviour in Schools Guidance and Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance and associated changes to regulations.

The consultation has been launched in response to the ‘Timpson Review of School Exclusion’, which called for more consistent guidance to support schools in creating positive behaviour cultures.

Closing date: 31 March 2022

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Student guide to exams and formal assessments in 2021 to 2022

A guide for students on how GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications are graded and awarded in the academic year 2021 to 2022.

National Tutoring Programme
A scheme to provide support for pupils and students most affected by disruption to their education as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Tuition Partners 
Subsidised tutoring as part of the National Tutoring Programme to help pupils catch up on missed learning.

Academic Mentors 
Subsidised tutoring as part of the National Tutoring Programme to help pupils catch up on missed learning.

Multi-agency statutory guidance for dealing with forced marriage

The Home Office has published statutory guidance for dealing with forced marriage. 

Section 8 of the second and non-statutory part of the guidance, ‘Multi-agency practice guidelines: Handling cases of force marriage’, is specifically aimed at teachers and other members of staff within schools.

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What to expect on a primary deep dive

Guidance for subject leaders

Three free Ofsted webinars for school leaders and staff

Register to join:

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ESFA Updates

Read the latest update

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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School Admission Policies – what you need to know, when you need to know it

Whoever picks up Admission duties in your school or Trust, they will need to know when to arrange meetings for governors, what to publish on websites, when to respond to the LA. Training is available from DCC to help you meet statutory responsibilities, either as a refresher or if you’re new to the tasks. This can be arranged via Teams in response to demand for groups of schools and Trusts. For example, the annual cycle will start again at the beginning of September with draft policies for 2024-25 being prepared for you to consider. Whether you are an academy or maintained school, you should schedule a meeting for Governors in the first half term.

To register an interest in Admissions training, please email:

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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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FAO: SENCOs and SEN leaders in Devon’s mainstream schools (maintained and academies)

I am a Devon SENCO working alongside DCC, Babcock LDP and South West Specialist School’s Teaching Alliance as part of the new SEND 100 projects. My aim is to engage with as many SENCOs and mainstream SEN teams as I can across Devon through attending local area and academy SEN network meetings.

I would love to attend any upcoming events to help inform you about what the SEND 100 projects are able to offer. Please email me if this is of interest to your group at tracey.jones@devon.gov.uk

What is the SEND 100 Project? 

The SEND 100 project is a resource available free at the point of delivery to Devon schools for Devon children; it is funded by DCC and school’s group monies.

We are a group of familiar teams working together under one umbrella project; Devon County Council, Babcock LDP SEND & Inclusion Specialist Advisory teams, South West Special Schools Teaching Alliance (SW SSTA) and school group representatives.

The SEND 100 project aims to support and work together with mainstream settings helping them to increase their provision and ability to sustainably meet SEND needs - ensuring that local provision meets local needs. We are part of Devon’s graduated response to SEND.

The projects have been set up to support schools and families to feel more confident about meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND in Devon’s mainstream schools.

Much like the wider Devon SEND Transformation Plan – our aim is to work together in a multidisciplinary, integrated way. This will allow settings to apply for project support through ‘One place – One form – One pathway’.

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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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Help for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is distressing and concerning and children and young people may have questions or be seeking reassurance. Schools are well placed to talk to pupils about the images they are seeing and help them navigate the concepts and issues this brings up.

Whilst the DfE is confident that schools and colleges are well equipped to handle any questions they may be receiving from pupils or students regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine, The Education Hub contains some useful advice and resources for schools and colleges. This information may also be useful for families and young people themselves.

The Education Hub is a site for parents, pupils, education professionals and the media that captures information about the education system.

Also available is guidance and advice article is written by Dr Sheila Redfern, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud Centre, and published by BBC Bitesize.

In the article, Dr Redfern shares advice for parents and carers on how to talk with young people about the invasion of Ukraine - a time that will be extremely unsettling and scary for many. There is advice for parents and carers on managing their own reactions and feelings, as well as ways to reassure and support children.

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SWIFT newsletter

Read the latest updates:

SWIFT UPDATE Newsletter | Issue 3 | March 2022

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Fundamental British Values

Schools looking to fulfil their obligations around Fundamental British Values may be interested in a new initiative currently being piloted. The British Values Project have developed a new set of resources for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 exploring democracy, liberty, the rule of law and tolerance as well as British history and culture and universal human rights. These resources can be delivered as part of an off-timetable day, a series of six lessons or a one-off lesson.

The project is founded by former PSHE Association Chief Executive Joe Hayman, who is looking to pilot the resources in schools or to take feedback on the resources from teachers. Joe is also the author of two books on modern Britain, British Voices and British Journey. Please contact joe@rebuildbritain.uk if you want to find out more

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Early years foundation stage: exemplification materials

The DfE has published case study materials to support EYFS teachers in assessing children’s development. The case studies show teachers using their professional judgement and knowledge of the child’s overall development to make EYFS profile determinations. 

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Ofsted's Chief Inspector reflects on the last 2 years and talks about Ofsted's work on education recovery.

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Devon Association of Governance (DAG) Newsletters

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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 devonsls@devon.gov.uk

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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