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DAPH - Devon Association of Primary Heads | Update
Summer 2014 - Issue 5
30 June 2014
DAPH Website Home Page   

DAPH Executive Contact Details 

DAPH Executive Structure Chart and Representation

Devon Education Forum (DEF)
(Details of meetings of DEF and associated sub-groups)     

Education Infrastructure Plan 2013/31  

School Emergency Management Plan & Emergency Procedures   

Other Useful Links     

National Primary Heads
Visit the website to Register or Log In (Subscription automatically included with DAPH Membership)
School Leadership Support Service

**New Confidential Contact details**
01392 380518
07970 905 511

Devon SEND Pathfinder Website

Child Protection - DCC Site  

MASH Information & Contact Details

(updated January 2014)  

Devon Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) Website 

"Keeping Devon's Children Safe"
DCC's Response to Ofsted

"Keeping Devon's Children Safe"
Latest Newsletter dated
June 2014

Babcock LDP

Department for Education   



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

DAPH Briefings 2014

All Regions

The Tiverton Hotel   

Tuesday 25 November 2014

First World War website Devon Remembers has now been officially launched with materials for schools for all curriculum areas.


DCC School Communications for LA Maintained, Academy and Free Schools

SEND Newsletter
Latest Edition
Spring 2014

Targeted Family Support Newsletter Latest Edition Spring 2014

Headlines Newsletter from Sue Clarke
Latest edition 18 March 2014


Championing Children
Devon's Strategic Vision and Policy for Education in Devon  


Reference Library and Reading List


Please click below to read back issues of the DAPH Update

Previous Issues 



f40 The Campaign for Fairer Funding in Education


School Funding Interview with Schools Minister David Laws:

To read the transcript of the House of Commons Education Interview with Schools Minister David Laws, visit this link

f40 has presented its proposals for a new National School Funding
Read more ......  


Headteacher Update Newsletter

Editor: Pete Henshaw

To complement the paper version distributed to schools, the digital edition of the Headteacher Update newsletter is also available free to anyone who registers their interest. This month's edition includes links to:-

  • getting the inside track on Ofsted requirements

  • five keys to safeguarding

  • the top six Pupil Premium problems

  • new assessment and accountability requirements

Thrive Short Courses for CPD
Autumn 2014 & Spring 2015
Babcock LDP is offering Thrive Short Courses during Aut'14 and Spr'15 which will provide training in the Thrive Approach and enable participants to refresh and retain their Thrive expertise.
View the flyer to see courses available, dates and how to book your place.
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DAPH Annual School Leadership Conference
16 and 17 October 2014
Saunton Sands Hotel

Keynote speakers
National Pupil Premium Champion
Inspirational speaker & best selling author of
A choice of Day 1 Workshops, including
Kevin Jane HMI
, Ofsted, on key inspection trends
DAPH Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 2 July 2014
A reminder about our forthcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 2 July 2014 at Exeter Golf and Country Club, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 7AE commencing at 10.30am and followed by lunch.
Click to view a copy of the Agenda which will include a brief overview of the work undertaken by DAPH over the last 12 months, financial report as well as considering the nominations (and elections if necessary) for representation on the DAPH Executive Committee for the coming 12 months.
If you would like to attend the AGM please contact the DAPH Office by telephone 01392 380518 or email and also to submit apologies.

School Funding Consultations
Autumn 2014

Briefing events will be taking place in respect of 2015/16 funding formula and de-delegation on the following dates:
Monday 15 September, The Barnstaple Hotel- 2pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 16 September, Buckfast Abbey - 2pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 17 September, Sandy Park, Exeter -
2pm to 4.30pm or 6pm to 8pm
Further details and booking forms for these events will be available soon.

The Early Years Single Funding Formula
Funding Arrangements 2015/16
Devon Consultation

26 June - 11 July 2014
In line with our Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) settlement, there has been no increase in the provider hourly funding rate for at least 3 years. We are now seeking to address that although any change to the formula must be sustainable and affordable; the purpose of this consultation is to consider how this might be achieved, therefore your views are important.
To support the consultation, four events are being held across the county next week to give an understanding on how the funding will change:-
Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre
Tuesday 1st July 2014, 1.00 – 3.00pm
Barnstaple Civic Centre
Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 1.00 – 3.00pm
Great Moor House, Exeter
Thursday 3rd July 2014, 1.00 – 3.00pm and 6.00-8.00pm
Click here to book your venue. For those who cannot attend, the 2015/16 Funding Arrangements Presentation is available to view online.
Visit the website to download the Consultation and Response form, noting that your response must be submitted by midday Friday 11 July 2014.
Finance Update
Urgent - Broadband Update 2014/15
Following some possible lack of clarity around broadband funding for 2014/15 and beyond, DAPH has asked Education Finance to issue some further guidance for schools who may be considering changes to their existing broadband service provision. This has been issued today and can be viewed via this Schools Communications Finance Update link.
The existence of the broadband subsidy budget is subject to annual consultation with schools as part of the overall schools funding consultation. For this reason it is not possible to guarantee the funding for periods of more than one year at a time. Schools may use the subsidy towards broadband connectivity from whoever their provider is; it is not ring fenced to SWGFL.


Education Finance Blog
A new item, Governance and compliance 2- All Schools Finance Update June 2014' has been posted today and covers the following;
  • Mutual Fund arrangements
  • One off additional support for Low Cost High Incidence SEN in mainstream schools
  • Update to the Growth Fund criteria
  • Teachers Pay Grant
  • Universal Infant Free School Meals - revenue allocations
  • Broadband update
  • Legal costs relating to asset transfers (lease) re-negotiation processes for schools
Plymouth Cultural Conference – Tuesday 8 July 2014

The Cultural Conference for primary schools is being held at Devonport Guildhall in Plymouth on Tuesday 8 July 2014.  This event will provide schools with an opportunity to bring together all the creative and cultural opportunities in Plymouth and the surrounding area to support the resources for the new curriculum and continue to access and develop exciting opportunities for your pupils. 

Visit this link for more details and to view the Conference Invitation and for details on how to book your place. Further details can also be found at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Help Shape a Vision for Primary Education in the UK 
Thank-you for getting involved in answering the first of six questions to be posed as a part of the 'Our Children Their Future' campaign. Teachers, parents, professionals and children have all shared their views on what a well-educated 11 year old should be like in the 21st century.
Here is a summary of responses to the first question "What will a well-educated 11 year old in the 21st century be like?"
Paul Walker, chairman of the National Primary Heads (NPH) said, "This is an exciting venture. We believe that the best way to improve the Primary experience is by trusting those who know about it best to take if forward in the future. We are very keen to hear from all of those involved in primary education. Headteachers, teachers and those employed by school are important, but we also want to hear from, and would really welcome views from, anyone else with an interest in Primary education; local community groups, business, extended families, friends to name a few. By creating this collective view we can all become advocates for our children and help to shape their future."

Question 2 is now live and responses can be submitted up to 7 July - "What do primary-aged children need to know?" Visit the website to submit your feedback.

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.  

Click here to view the Agenda for the DEF meeting held on Wednesday 25 June 2014.


Safeguarding Matters

Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSO) -  can any schools that have changed their DSO since the last audit please notify the DAPH Office via email (confirming name and email address of the DSO now in post). 


MASH Referrals: a reminder for schools to use the Threshold Tool when making MASH referrals. 

Early Help: Feedback from schools is essential to make sure Early Help system is working well, and completed DAF forms should be sent to Early Help Co-ordination Centre via email earlyhelp@devon.gov.uk 
A short DSCB video is available to view on youtube and will form part of the e-learning.  To contact the Early Help co-ordination centre please phone 0345 155 1071

People's Scrutiny Committee - Safeguarding Children Task Group: click on this link to view the 2nd Interim Report


Ofsted Integrated Inspections
Ofsted, CQC, HMIC, HMI Probation and HMI Prisons have launched a consultation on a targeted programme of integrated inspections of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers. The consultation includes proposals for joint inspections of the effectiveness of local safeguarding children boards.

More details can be viewed on the official Ofsted announcement
The DSCB will be responding independently of single agency submissions. Please forward all comments and representations to the consultation to Julie Mitchell for collation on behalf of the Board. The deadline is 5th September 2014.
Additionally, note the changes and associated resources to Annex A within the single inspection framework guidance and evaluation schedule. 
 Pupil Premium Awards 2015

Details regarding the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards are now online, and with £4,000,000 in prize money up for grabs the awards are bigger and better than before.

If your school is eligible to enter, it will be entered automatically and over 500 schools will be rewarded for raising the aspiration and achievement of disadvantaged pupils.

Congratulations to the 2014 South West regional winners Morice Town Primary School in Plymouth and West Exe Technology College in Exeter.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), founded in 2011, is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents.

The Sutton Trust EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit provides guidance on how to use school resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Toolkit talks and case studies are also available on the website, together with details of how to apply for funding. EEF currently has one funding round open, which closes on 1st October 2014.


DfE issues new guidance to help teachers identify bad behaviour from poor mental health.

The DfE has recently issued guidance to schools on how to identify and support those pupils whose behaviour suggests they may have unmet mental health needs.

The document provides guidance on:
  • how and when to refer to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • practical advice to support children with emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • strengthening pupil resilience
  • tools to identify pupils for likely to need extra support
  • where/how to access community support
Further details and a downloadable version of the document are available on the DfE website.


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Sowton Industrial Estate, EXETER, EX2 7FW
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