DAPH - Devon Association of Primary Heads | Update
Autumn 2013 - Issue 5
29th November 2013
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Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfast (unless stated)  
5th February 2014
1st May 2014


The Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton   (unless stated)   
11th February 2014
7th May 2014
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SEND Pathfinder - Update

The Department for Education and Department of Health have recently written to all Pathfinder Pilot Areas on Pathfinder Progress, Next Steps and Priorities 2013-14.
The highlights were as follows;
  • Nationally there are now over 1,300 completed Education, Health and Care plans (EHC plans) in place.
  • It is vital during the period from the start of September 2013 to the end of March 2014 that Pathfinder's register a minimum of 35 completed EHC plans on the SQW evaluation tool, in order to ensure a robust final evaluation.
  • There has been much debate about the needs of children with long-term medical conditions, such as diabetes and epilepsy. In response to these concerns, the Government has proposed an amendment to the Bill requiring schools to take reasonable action to support children with medical conditions. The Department will work with health organisations, parents and the school workforce on a piece of statutory guidance to support this requirement and this will be the subject of a further public consultation in the New Year.
  • Plans for the pathfinder programme beyond the current financial year are currently being worked up and the Department are aiming to share further information on this before the Christmas break
Whilst we are still waiting for responses to the questions and issues raised at the DAPH Autumn 2013 Briefng the DfE & DoH have published responses to FAQs submitted by Pathfinder's earlier in the year which you may find useful.
Consultation on Draft 0-25 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice, Draft Regulations and Transitional Arrangements
The Children and Families Bill, currently in Parliament, will bring radical changes to the special educational needs (SEN) framework, subject to Royal Assent. Te DfE is consulting on a draft new 0-25 SEN Code of Practice. The Code is statutory guidance. the DfE is also consulting on associated draft Regulations. The Bill proposes replacing SEN statements (for schools) and Learning Difficulty Assessments (for young people in further education and training) with single 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plans. The DfE is consulting on the arrangements for the transfer to the new plans.
Click here to view the Consultation document, draft SEN Code of Practice and other related documents including the Response Form.
Consultation closes on 9th December 2013.
DAPH School Based Research Project -
"Closing the Gap"

2nd Information Session

Wednesday 4th December 2013
9.30am - 1.00pm followed by light lunch
The Tiverton Hotel

A final information session  is being held in respect of the school based "Closing the Gap" Research Project which will commence in January 2014. This session is aimed at intended participants and will the intended outcomes for the day are:
  • to have developed a working focus for the school-based research project
  • to have an understanding of what the research process involves
  • to have an appreciation of the potential outcomes of the overall research project
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If you have yet to submit a firm expression of interest on behalf of your school and would like a member of your staff to participate please contact the DAPH Office as soon as possible by telephone on 01392 380519 as places are limited and only a few spaces remain.

Feedback from LA Working Groups and Statutory Boards
For full minutes of recent meetings of the Devon Education Forum (DEF) and LA working groups which report to DEF please click here and follow the appropriate links. 

Devon Education Forum Guidance
The DfE has updated 'Schools forums operational and good practice guidance' to support schools forums in line with the provisions of the Schools Forum Regulations 2012 and areas of good practice seen through the observer role on schools forums.
In addition it has created a short 'Schools forums guide for schools and academies' to give schools and academies a clear understanding of the role of their local Schools Forum and how to ensure the voice of the school is heard.
DAPH Representative: Caroline Boother e-mail.

The Devon Service Children's Project -
Please can you help?
Sarah Davies, on behalf of the Sue Clarke, is currently looking at how Service children are effectively supported in Devon schools, along with issues that arise. As part of this work, Sarah would like to gather further examples of good practice to share more widely.
If you are able to contribute in any way, please contact Sarah  by e-mail or telephone 07859 717171. Many thanks.


"Preparing for life after levels"
As mentioned by Russell Hobby, Geneal Secretary NAHT at the DAPH Auumn 2013 Briefing event, leading figures from across education are meeting this month to agree a set of assessment principles to help schools cope when national curriculum levels are axed.
Pupil attainment: HMCI speech 
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, gave this speech at Westminster Education Forum on 7 November 2013.
Fun-Fit -
Response from Integrated Children's Services
re OT Referral for Children with Motor Co-ordination Difficulties

During the summer holidays schools received a communication regarding the above.
DAPH wrote to ICS expressing concerns regarding the timing and content of the communication.
Please click here to view a copy of the response from Brenda Bartlett, Assistant Director Devon ICS.
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Sowton Industrial Estate, EXETER, EX2 7FW
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