Welcome to the final scheduled newsletter of 2013 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution and support towards the work of DAPH during the year.
This Autumn term has been a particularly busy period for DAPH, kicking off with the School Funding consultation events in September, the HR Briefing event on the new Teachers Pay Policy, our Annual conference at Saunton and the launch of our first School Based Research Project "Closing the Gap".
We held the first of a series of MP Briefing events at Okehampton to lobby local politicians on a fairer funding settlement for Devon Schools and further events are planned for January 2014. Please help us to reinforce these important messages by attending your local event. Meanwhile in February, as DAPH Chair, I have been asked to speak at the forthcoming f40 National Conference "The National Funding Formula the final push for a fairer system" in Westminster, London which will be attended by a number of political and influential attendees.
Last week we hosted a meeting of Devon primary and secondary headteachers with the Shadow Education Minister Kevin Brennan MP to discuss Labour's proposals for its Education Policy; picking up on issues such as school structures, curriculum, funding, standards, assessment and leadership development. Click here
to view a summary of the discussion points.
The work of DAPH will continue into 2014 with safeguarding placed very high on the agenda. School representatives sit on at least 4 of the main Groups which are overseeing the work streams and action plans responding to the most recent Ofsted inspection of DCC's arrangements for safeguarding children.
Following our Safeguarding feedback questionnaire which was sent out earlier this week, we have received over 60 responses which all reveal consistent issues and concerns primarily around threshold levels, time delays or lack of communication following case referrals and, above all, resourcing levels within Social Care.
Thank you to everyone who gave up some time to submit comments which provides us with some robust evidence on the current perspective within schools. We are in the course of collating this information which will be submitted to the Devon Children's Safeguarding Improvement at the request of its Chair Professor Ray Jones in readiness for the next meeting on 17th December.
DAPH will continue to keep you advised as to progress but in the meantime the DCC webpage "Keeping Devon's Children Safe"
has details of the LA response including News and Updates and links to the rolling Action and Improvement Plan work streams.
Finally, on behalf of the DAPH Executive Committee and Support team, I would like to wish you all a very happy and restful Christmas break.
DAPH Autumn Briefing -
LA Responses to Questions and Issues on SEND Pathfinder
Further to the DAPH Autumn Briefing last month, we have now received responses back from the LA on questions and issues raised regarding SEND Pathfinder. Click here
In the meantime further information including roll out of the programme, training and the Local Offer can be accessed on the Devon SEND Pathfinder website
Babcock LDP Safeguarding Update 2 - Winter 2013Click to view
*** Reminder ***
Safeguarding Audit Return 2012/13
Due date 31 December 2012
Click below for a copy of:
DfE guidance requires school governing bodies to carry out an annual review of their school's safeguarding practice and to provide information to the Local Authority about how the duties set out in the guidance have been discharged.