DAPH - Devon Association of Primary Heads | Update
Spring 2014 - Issue 1
20th January 2014
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07837 666656
Devon SEND Pathfinder Website

   Click on the events below to find out more and to book your place:  


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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Devon's Strategic Vision and Policy for Education in Devon 


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A Free Invitation to Devon Users of Infant and Junior Language Link
Monday 27th January
Session 1: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Session 2: 1.00pm - 3.30pm
Exeter City Football Club

Presented by Speech and Language Therapists, these sessions will focus on how to support the children and use the package after the children have been initially assessed. They are designed for teachers and TAs who have completed the online training.
Aimed at answering questions on how to:
- Carry out the assessment
- Interpret results
- Support children in the classroom
- Set up groups
- Track and re-assess children
Click here for more details.
Please submit questions that you would like addressed before Friday 24th January to:
****DAPH Spring 2014 Briefings****
Wednesday 5 February 2014
(arrival from 8.30am)
9.00am - 1.00pm followed by lunch
Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre

Attendee List as at 16/01/14 

Tuesday 11 February 2014
(arrival from 8.30am)
9.00am - 1.00pm followed by lunch
The Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton
Attendee List as at 16/01/14
We are currently finalising the agenda for this term's events which we have shortened to a half day (morning) followed by lunch. In response recent feedback and issues raised by schools, the focus of these Briefings will be around the newly launched Early Help Strategy, Threshold Tool, Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Headteachers will be provided with an update on the actions being taken following the Ofsted inspection of DCC Child Protection arrangements, an overview of emerging operational structures in terms of the Early Help Strategy and how this will affect procedural policy for schools e.g. enquiries made to MASH during this interim period and ultimately following full implementation.
We aim to help you unpick the bigger picture; understand how it all fits together, the impact of new processes upon schools when supporting the most vulnerable children in our care.
There will also be an update on Education & Learning Matters from Sue Clarke, Head of Education and Learning together with the opportunity to discuss and submit questions on the agenda content.
The outline agenda and guest speakers will be:
  • Update on Education & Learning Matters
    Sue Clarke, Head of Education & Learning, DCC
  • Introduction & Outline of Emerging Structures for Child Protection and Early Help Strategy
    Martyn Boxall, DAPH Chair
  • Early Help Strategy & Proposed Operational Structure
    Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health, DCC
  • Update on MASH
    (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
    Karen Morris, Senior Manager,
    Early Help & Access, DCC

Please review the attendee lists above to confirm we have received your booking or, if you have yet to reserve your place, please click here to book on line.

We look forward to welcoming you at one of these events.

Please note: Pre-bookings for the Briefings and lunch are essential to enable us to plan for comfortable seating and catering arrangements. Due to a number of no shows at recent Briefings which incur unnecessary costs for DAPH, a charge of £40 will be passed on to schools in the absence of notice of cancellation at least 5 working days prior to the event unless due to an Ofsted Inspection. 
DCC Keeping Devon's Children Safe
Click to view the most recent Updates and news:
Ofsted Update - November 2013 - including the appointment of Fiona Fitzpatrick as Interim Head of Child and Adult Protection 
Keeping Devon's children safe – 13 and 19 December updates - including messages from Jennie Stephens, Strategic Director (People) and Cllr Will Mumford, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Skills.

Procedure for Escalating Concerns over Referrals to MASH
(Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
David Taylor Independent Chair of DSCB and Jennie Stephens Strategic Director (People) DCC have written to all agencies involved with child protection to remind them of the escalation procedures to follow should professions have specific serious concerns about individual cases. Read letter dated 16 January 2014.

DSCB Management Briefings for Early Help and Threshold Tools 

Click here to view clarification of arrangements for schools in respect of training dates for SEND and also the Managers briefings on the Early Help Strategy which both include information about the Devon Assessment Framework (DAF) and also the Threshold Tool.

Support Pack for Young Carers in Schools

Click here for further guidance, advice, information and model policy for supporting and identifying young carers and improve their attainment.

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. 
The next meeting of Devon Education Forum will be held on 22 January 2014. Click to view the Agenda.
DAPH Primary Schools Members:
Martyn Boxall, Jamie Stone, Paul Walker (all L/A Maintained) & Jonathan Bishop (Academy)

DAPH Representative: Caroline Boother e-mail.
DAPH Representative: Alun Dobson e-mail & Jonathan Bishop (Academy) e-mail.
DAPH Representatives: Martyn Boxall e-mail & Jan Baker (Academy) e-mail
Consultation on Admission Arrangements for 2015-16 and the Education Transport Policy for 2014-15
The admission authorities for schools and Local Authorities are required by the School Admissions Code 2012 to consult on changes to their admission arrangements.

Devon County Council consults on all aspects of its admission arrangements including Published Admission Numbers and where there are no proposed changes so that parents, school staff and governors and representatives of the community without a previous interest in admissions have an annual opportunity to review arrangements and make comments and suggestions for improvement. Read more...
All schools are asked to submit a response.
The consultation will close on 28 February 2014. Policies will be determined by 15 April 2014 and published by 1 May 2014.
Contact: School Admission Team e-mail.
Changes to the system of school organisation Government - Government response to the autumn 2013 consultation on school organisation changes December 2013
Click here to view report.
Rollout of the new SEND processes in Eastern Devon to take place from Tuesday 25th February 2014. Visit SEND Pathfinder Training for dates and to book.
See also main SEND Pathfinder Website for more information.

Devon Education Fund
The Devon Education Fund is financed through benefits received from the Joint Venture between Devon County Council and Babcock LDP.

It aims to provide £50k on an annual basis to fund ambitious and innovative ideas that will benefit learners in Devon from 0-25 years of age. It opens up opportunities for schools, organisations and educational projects to generate new ideas and approaches to improve the lives of children and young people.

The Devon Education Fund is particularly interested in projects which focus on learning and achievement where children and young people are given opportunities to succeed and be heard, and where the workforce is skilled and well-motivated.

This could include:
  • leadership development
  • extending educational
  • opportunities promoting community based intergenerational projects
  • large-scale collaborative events or high profile education conferences
Who can apply?
The Devon Education Fund wants to hear from schools, organisations and educational projects that exploit innovation and show a real ambition to enable children and young people in Devon to thrive and flourish. Grants of up to £20,000 may be awarded.
Visit the Babcock LDP Devon Education Fund website for full eligibility criteria and guidance as well as  how to apply
The Devon Education Fund Awards Panel meets twice per year to review applications. The next deadline for bids is 14th February 2014.
Contact: Rachel Whalen by e-mail or telephone 01392 287364.
DAPH welcomes the following Headteachers and Acting Heads who have taken up post in the following schools and wish them every success in their new role:
Exminster Community Primary -
Sarah Whalley
(Acting Headteacher)
Brayford and Umberleigh Federation - Tim Gurney (Executive Headteacher)
Uffculme Primary School - Christopher Lepper (Acting Headteacher)

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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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