DAPH - Devon Association of Primary Heads | Update
Autumn  2013 - Issue 6
12th December 2013
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Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfast (unless stated)  
5th February 2014
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11th February 2014
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f40 The Campaign for Fairer Funding in Education
f40 has presented its proposals for a new National School Funding
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Click below to view our most recent STARS newsletter which updates you on the progress of the trial. Thank you once again for your continued support with the study and we wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year!

Please visit our website!

Our website gives schools and families the opportunity to learn more about the STARS study and keep up to date with its progress. The website contains a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions about the study. It also lists schools who are currently taking part and have indicated that they would be willing to be contacted by other schools who may want to hear about their first-hand experience of the study before deciding whether to take part.
Thank you.
The STARS Study Team
Telephone: 01392 722978 Email     Website

Message from DAPH Chair
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.
Martyn Boxall
DAPH Chair
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 to view.
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 2013
Click 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.

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. 
DAPH Representative: Jo Evans e-mail.
DAPH Representative: Jo Evans e-mail.
*** School Funding News ***
 Local Learning Communities Funding 2013/14
Schools Forum (DEF) will need to consider and approve the allocation of any DSG under spend carried forward from 2013/14 into 2014/15. The expectation is that any LLC under spend is carried forward as the spend profile is over an academic year rather than a financial year, taking the funding through to August 2014.
Under the new Schools and Early Years Finance Regulations the allocation of centrally retained combined budgets, such as LLC budgets, are considered annually by the Schools Forum. At this stage we are not able to confirm the LLC budgets for 2014/15, or what the profile of the spend is likely to be, but if all things remain the same, the process expected for 2013/14 into 2014/15 will be repeated.
Nick Clegg announces funding details for free school meals
Following the announcement in September that every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools will receive a free school lunch, the government has confirmed how the project will be funded. Read more .... 
 Confirmation of pupil premium allocations for the 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 financial years
 David Laws MP has today confirmed the pupil premium final allocations for the 2013 to 2014 financial year and pupil premium allocations for the 2014 to 2015 financial year. The figures for 2014 to 2015 use early pupil data and will be updated when final pupil numbers are confirmed. Read more ....
 £3M Support Fund for Service Children in State Schools

Applications for the next round of £3M Support Fund for Service Children in State Schools, who have 5 or more service children in their school, are now open. Click for the Fund Application Pack.

Closing date is noon on 19th December 2013.


New HR policies updated

HR One has released updated versions of four major policies which are now available on the DCC Source. These polices are:
  • Managing Sickness Absence Policy and Procedure
  • Disciplinary Policy and Procedure
  • Capability Policy and Procedure
  • Grievance Policy and Procedure
Click here to find out more.

 HR ONE – Thinking aHEAD Newsletter

Latest edition - December 2013 for all LA Maintained and Academy schools includes updates about developments in Social Media— 'Snapchat'; changes to services and policies that will affect your schools, such as the introduction of an Employee Assistance Programme and new HR policies above.


Ofsted Annual Report 

DfE Guidance on School Information Regulations
From September 2012 regulations no longer require schools to publish a prospectus and have a curriculum policy, thus avoiding duplication of effort, and unnecessary cost. Instead, schools will be required to publish key information online.
Click to view DfE FAQs for further guidance.


Religious Education: realising the potential
A recent Ofsted Report stated that the potential of Religious Education (RE) was not being realised fully in the majority of the schools surveyed for the report.
NATRE have produced a helpful 10 point plan for schools on how to make use of the report findings and Babcock LDP also offer a RE Health Check.
DAPH Representative on SACRE: Neil Swait, Kenn CofE Primary e-mail.
Please note, the DAPH Office will be closed from Friday 20th December 2013 and will re-open on Monday 6th January 2014.
Campaign for Fairer Funding - next round of DAPH MP Briefing events
Dates of forthcoming MP Briefing events are as follows:
17 January 2014 - Sir Nick Harvey MP -
Marwood School, near Barnstaple
(3.45pm - 4.45pm)
24 January 2014 - Gary Streeter MP -
Woodlands Primary School, Ivybridge
(5.00pm - 6.00pm)

31 January 2014 - Anne Marie Morris MP -
Decoy Community Primary School 
(5.00pm - 6.00pm)
Invitations have already been sent out to schools within each constituency. Please e-mail the DAPH Office to confirm attendance.
Please support this DAPH initiative and let your local MP hear your views on what a fairer settlement would mean for Devon's children. 
And a final farewell to  .......
DAPH would like to say farewell and best wishes to the following headteacher who is retiring at the end of this term:
Bob Foale - Exminster Community Primary School
and also to:
Susan Kite from Brayford and Umberleigh Federation and Liz Shinn from Uffculme Primary who are moving on to pastures new.
If you would like to share a news item within a future issue of the Update please submit your article and/or pictures to the DAPH Office below
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DAPH (Devon Association of Primary Headteachers)
c/o DAPH Office, Venture House, One Capital Court, Bittern Road,
Sowton Industrial Estate, EXETER, EX2 7FW
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