DAPH - Devon Association of Primary Heads | Update
Autumn 2013 - Issue 2
16th October 2013
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Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfast (unless stated)  
7th November 2013

**Special Regional event**
Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter
5th February 2014
1st May 2014


The Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton   (unless stated)   
7th November 2013

**Special Regional event**
Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter
11th February 2014
7th May 2014
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Devon's Strategic Vision and Policy for Education in Devon 


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Domestic Abuse Awareness Week Campaign
25 – 29 November 2013
 led by ADVA (Devon's domestic abuse partnership) and Devon and Cornwall Police
This year's campaign entitled "is this safe" will focus on the growing problem of cyberstalking and its link with domestic abuse. It is aimed at making children and young people, parents, carers, professionals including yourself aware of the potential risks inherent in the use of the internet and social media platforms.

Click here or further information including a campaign toolkit. 
NPH Petition "Free school breakfasts for primary children"
NPH have created the petition "Free school breakfasts for primary children" and we wanted to ask if you could add your voice.
This campaign highlights an important issue and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. Click here to read more and sign the petition.
Running Deer in Schools 2013 - 2014

Following on from our very successful schools project in 2012/2013 we are offering a new project for schools in Devon for 2013/2014.

This Project has been designed with the focus on providing  children with special needs and mainstream children the opportunity to interact with each other, improving social understanding, reducing isolation and stigma that can be associated with special needs; helping to improve self-esteem, generate new friendships and understanding between peers. 

This will be achieved by taking our Bushcraft team into schools and working with small mixed groups of children both with and without additional needs in the outdoor environment. Read more....

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DAPH Autumn Briefing
7th November 2013
Sandy Park Conference Centre Exeter
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 Attendee List 
(as at 16/10/13)
Following a highly successful Annual Conference at Saunton Sands last week, the next high profile event on the DAPH calendar is the Autumn Briefing event.
We have  entertaining and thought provoking keynote speakers Russell Hobby (NAHT) and Dave Keeling (Independent Thinking) presenting plus there will be important updates concerning:
  • the outcome of the recent school funding consultation
  • key information concerning the revised SEN procedures and SEND Pathfinder and their impact upon schools.  
Please check above to see if you have already registered to attend and if not please book on line to ensure that we can comfortably accommodate everyone and have accurate numbers for catering purposes. Thank you.
Advanced Teaching Assistant CPD Programme
November 2013 dates

School Leadership Support Service Update
The SLSS team said a formal 'goodbye' to Tracey Hart at the end of the summer term. Tracey was unable to return to work on the grounds of ill health and so the service which Tracey was instrumental in establishing and so passionate about supporting, moves forward without her, but with her blessing.
The service is working with a team of six mentor headteachers, four who are current serving heads, and two former headteachers who are able to offer more capacity to respond at short notice. In addition to offering a telephone and email confidential contact, the service is also developing its 'Headstrong' training exploring the issues for governors of ensuring a healthy work-life balance for headteachers. The mentor heads have also been pro-actively making contacting with all primary heads in Devon for an initial conversation. SLSS attended the DAPH conference and will be at the DAPH Autumn Briefing event at Sandy Park on 7th November.
SLSS Confidential contact details:
Phone: 07837 666656

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: Caroline Boother e-mail.

DAPH Representatives:
Martyn Boxall e-mail & Jan Baker (Academy) e-mail.
Safeguarding Matters
 Keeping Devon's children safe – new chair for Safeguarding Improvement Board
The children's Safeguarding Improvement Board (SIB) this week welcomed a new independent Chair, Professor Ray Jones. He will spend two days each month in Devon meeting frontline workers, both from the County Council and a range of agencies and partners, to gain a true picture of what life is like for them. He will also spend time with County Council senior officers, managers and Members to find out what's happening from their perspective.

Read how Professor Jones will take an independent view on child protection in Devon. 
DAPH Representation on the Safeguarding Improvement Board

To date Education has been represented on the Children's Safeguarding and Improvement Board by Faith Jarrett, The Kings School but at the last Board meeting Professor Ray Jones, the new independent chair, asked that an invitation be extended to DAPH to nominate a Primary Headteacher to join the Board as it is recognised that primary schools have an important role to play which warranted direct representation. We are grateful to Jan Reid, DAPH Executive Committee member and headteacher at Yeo Valley will assume this role.
MASH Template Letters
Following a recent meeting with a number of local doctors and Felicity Baldwin who now heads MASH, concerns were expressed over the follow up from MASH and ongoing communication following a referral.  
Felicity has assured us that there are now standard template letters and they would ALWAYS be sent. She would like to hear if they are not received. Copies of the MASH template letters are available here and they also contain phone numbers as a point of contact if schools are not happy with procedural practice.
Contact: Felicity Baldwin by e-mail please also copy in the DAPH Office to any correspondence in connection with non receipt of template letters. 

Early Help Strategy and Devon Threshold Tool
The new Devon Threshold Tool has been approved by the Devon Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) and is now ready for use by multi-agency practitioners.
The draft Early Help Strategy was endorsed by the DSCB and will be further updated following a consultation with children and families. DSCB would welcome your feedback on the Strategy.
Please send any comments by 
e-mail to the DAPH Office by Friday 25 October and we will collate and submit responses to be taken into account in the final Strategy.
Model Safeguarding Policy Updated October 2013

Revised and updated Whole School Model Child Protection Policy and Procedures has now been produced for all schools on the Babcock LDP website.
Safeguarding Protocol and updated Safeguarding Handbook
The Babcock LDP Child Protection/Safeguarding Handbook has been comprehensively updated and is now available in electronic format. It tells you all you need to know about the policies and practice in Devon on a whole range of child protection and safeguarding issues.  It really is the Designated Officers bible.
Babcock LDP has also produced a Safeguarding Protocol document for schools clearly setting out your legal responsibilities and best practice across a whole range of safeguarding activities. It will help every school ensure that it is meeting statutory requirements and going beyond the basic minimum.  Compiled with the assistance of a group of Devon Headteachers this is a user friendly guide to safeguarding practice in schools.
The Safeguarding Protocol together with the updated Safeguarding Handbook  is available to schools who have subscribed via the Babcock LDP Moodle.
Contact: Jane Lake, Education Safeguarding Officer by e-mail or telephone 01392 8807290.
Safeguarding Audit of Statutory Duties and Responsibilities 2012/13
David Taylor, Independent Chair of Devon Safeguarding Children's Board wrote to all schools last week asking them to complete and return the annual safeguarding audit.
All Schools/Governing bodies have a statutory duty to complete an annual audit and supply this to the Local Authority under section 175 (maintained schools) and 157 (Independent, Academy and Free Schools) of the Education Act 2002.
Click to view a copy of the covering letter and Audit document which should be returned by e-mail to the following address: SafeguardingAudits@babcock.co.uk no later than 31 December 2013.
Contact: Jane Lake, Education Safeguarding Officer by e-mail or telephone 01392 8807290.
SEND Pathfinder Training Events
(North Devon)
Training dates, to prepare frontline and operational staff in the North Devon area, for the implementation of the new SEND pathway, have now been set. These events will be aimed at Integrates Children's Services staff, SENCO's, Educational Psychologists and mainstream social workers among others. Read more.....

A programme for those aspiring to Church School leadership
Learn about:
  • How to enjoy leading a church school
  • Improving outcomes for children
  • Leading a church school with integrity
  • Servant leadership
  • New models of leadership
  • Church school inspections
  • Practical ways to improve applications
Click for further information about the SW Dioceses' Aspriring School Leaders' Programme 2013 - 14 and Application Form.

Contact: Tatiana Wilson by e-mail or telephone 01392 294941 for more information. Please note limited places are available.
Diversifying Leadership Programme
Open to all aspiring female and BME leaders to support them develop their leadership skills through leading a project in their school or cluster. Click for more information and Application Form.

Contact: Tatiana Wilson by e-mail or telephone 01392 294941 for more information. Please note linited places are available.
Inspection Skills Course
Marwood Teaching School Partnership, in conjunction with Tribal are offering an Ofsted Inspection skills course in November.
Contact: Teresa Lawrance, Partnership Director by e-mail or telephone 01872 530103/ 07554 437030.
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