DAPH - Devon Association of Primary Heads | Update
Spring 2014 - Issue 2
5th February 2014
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   Click on the events below to find out more and to book your place:  


Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfast
(unless stated) 
1st May 2014


The Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton   (unless stated)   
11th February 2014
7th May 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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To Commemorate the Centenary of the First World War

The County Council is leading a programme of work to enable communities, schools and local organisations to explore and understand the impact of the First World War on the county.
Click here for more information on how schools may get involved in learning about and commemorating the centenary of the First World War or visit the dedicated Devon Remembers website.
Teacher research study: Fully funded CPD in classroom management 
The STARS study is recruiting primary schools across Devon to start the study in September 2014. The study provides free training to teachers in classroom management with supply cover included. Read more......
We are looking for 35 schools to join the final intake in September 2014.  Schools which have at least one single year group class between Reception to Year 4 are able to take part. This is the last opportunity for schools to take part in the study and places are filling up fast.
Contact: Vanessa Edwards Trial Manager by e-mail or telephone on 01392 722978.  
Visit the STARS Website for more information about the study.
****DAPH Spring 2014 Briefings****
North & East Region
 Tuesday 11 February 2014
(arrival from 8.30am)
9.00am - 1.00pm followed by lunch

The Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton
Attendee List as at 05/02/14
Last chance to book for this term's Briefing which will focus on the newly launched Early Help Strategy, Threshold Tool,  MASH enquiry process and Child Protection. 

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.
Following lunch there will be an information session around the Universal Infant Free School Meals and resources available hosted by a representative from the School Food Plan.
The outline agenda and guest speakers will be:
  •  Update on Education & Learning Matters
    Sue Clarke, Head of Education & Learning, DCC
  • 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
  • Universal Infant Free school Meals (UIFSM) - The School Food Plan and resources available
    Brad Pearce, Project Manager School Food Plan
Please review the attendee list 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 this event.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
Click to view a special edition of the DAPH Update on UIFSM which includes links to communications on Capital funding for LA Maintained schools, Revenue funding and resources available to support this initiative e.g. The School Food Plan.
School Improvement TISP Booklet 2014-2016
LDP has recently sent out the revised School Improvement TISP Booklet 2014-2016 to schools which has been updated given changing national and local circumstances. The ambition of DCC is that all schools are to be judged by Ofsted to be good or better by 2016. Read more .....

Contact: Bob Hooper, Head of School Effectiveness, Babcock LDP by e-mail or telephone 01392  287257.

National Curriculum Update: Tests for four year olds?

Keith Hill, a former NC Review Consultant for DfE and who presented at the DAPH Summer 2013 Briefing has written a useful update on developments with the introduction of the National Curriculum prompted by the news about primary assessment.
For full minutes of recent meetings of the Devon Education Forum (DEF) and LA working groups which report to DEF please visit the website and follow the appropriate links. 
Devon Education Forum (DEF) - 22 January 2014 
Recommendations from the above meeting will be presented to DCC Cabinet on 12 February and the next meeting of DEF will take place on 19 March 2014. 
DAPH Primary Schools Members:
Martyn Boxall, Jamie Stone, Paul Walker (all L/A Maintained) & Jonathan Bishop (Academy)
Click the link above for updates on the following:
  • The Broadband Subsidy 2014/15
  • Major Unforeseen Maintenance Insurance Scheme (MUMIS) arrangements 2013/14 and 2014/15
  • January intake reception and basic need growth 2013/14 and 2014/15 (Growth Fund criteria)
  • Termination of fixed term contracts
  • School Budgets 2014/15
  • High Needs Funding arrangements 2014/15
  • Budget plans (maintained schools only)
  • Universal Infant Free School Meals
  • Pupil Premium
Termination of Fixed Term Contracts
 Click to view letter detailing the process in appointing individuals on a fixed term contract and what to do for those individuals whose contracts are ongoing or coming to an end.

Safeguarding Matters

*** Reminder *** 
Overdue Safeguarding Audit Returns
 We have been advised that there are currently 38 safeguarding audits outstanding from primary schools - 28 LA Maintained and 10 Academy schools. This was return was due back on 31 December 2013 and although reminders have already been sent, individual letters will be sent to schools who have yet to submit their audit. 

Devon Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) News - Early Help Update
Click to view Early Help Resources available for download and Early Help Co-ordination Centre posts advertised.
Procedures for Escalating Concerns for CP Cases
David Taylor, Independent Chair of the Devon Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) and Jennie Stephens Strategic Director People DCC have written to remind agencies that, in the event professionals have specific serious concerns about individual cases where they feel the matter is not being dealt with expeditiously, that they should be escalating these in line with the .
Click above to view. 
MASH Contact Details
   Agencies including Schools are no longer able to access the consultation lines using the numbers on the posters.
However, Felicity Baldwin (Operations Manager at MASH) has advised "At present, professionals are able to access the consultation line by phoning the Customer Care Centre (CSC) on 03451 551071 and asking for the Children's Social Work consultation line and CSC will put them through". A dedicated Social Worker will be on hand to offer help and advice.
New format for Child Protection Conferences (Paperless)

The new format Child Protection Conferences has been running across Devon with effect from 1st January 2014. Read more.... 
Click for a copy of the Professionals' Report referred to within the training, for you to use at the conferences you attend.  

Advice regarding "Split Families"

Section 576 of the Education Act 1996 defines a parent as both the natural parents of a child together with any other individual who has the day to day care and control of the child. In the case of 'split families' schools should send the non-resident parent copies of school reports, school newsletters etc. if these are requested and both parents should be invited to meetings about their child unless there are particular circumstances which would make a joint meeting inappropriate. 

Normally, in matters relating to the child, schools should follow the wishes of the parent with whom the child resides, for example, the name by which the child should be known.  If the non-resident parent objects the school should advise that parent to seek legal advice.  This prevents the school from becoming embroiled in disagreements between parents.  If a parent says that they have a court order then the school should ask to take a copy which should be kept on the child's file and the contents communicated to those staff who need to know. 

If you need further advice then please ask your Education Welfare Officer or Peter Walker, School Attendance Professional Lead, Babcock LDP by e-mail or telephone 01392 287360.

The latest SEND Newsletter for January, including an update from Devon Parent Carers' Voice, who have been heavily involved with the project from it's inception and latest news on the Early Help Project.
*** Reminder *** 
SEN Audit Return due by end of February
Now, and in the future, schools are facing a lot of changes to SEN and the statutory processes in relation to the Code of Practice. In response to this, it is especially important that schools are auditing their provision and planning to meet needs and use resources effectively.
SEN Audits are due for completion by 28 February 2014.  

Click to view a letter 20/01/14 from Sue Clarke about completion of the form in its current format pending revisions next year associated with the new system and funding.
Click here for details on how to access the audit on Babcock LDP website.
Contact: Jeanette Savage, Babcock LDP by e-mail or telephone 01392 287239.
Information events for parents of children with SEND
Devon Parent Partnership Service (DPPS) has been rolling out its South Devon parent information events. These offer information to parents about the Pathfinder changes, relating to how children with SEND access support. Click here for more information on remaining dates and promote widely to parents/carers.
Note there will also be events in Exeter, East & Mid Devon during March - please contact DPPS to find out the dates of these or if you have any other questions by e-mail or telephone 01392 386438

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.
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