DAPH - Devon Association of Primary Heads | Update
Autumn 2013 - Issue 3
23rd 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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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
9.30 am – 3.30 pm (Registration from 9.00 am)
Sandy Park Conference Centre Exeter
  • Keynote - Russell Hobby, General Secretary NAHT
  • Update on revised SEN Process/SEND Pathfinder
  • Outcome of 2014/15 Schools Funding Consultation
  • Keynote - Dave Keeling, Independent Thinking Ltd
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 Attendee List 
(as at 23/10/13)
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

Applications now Invited for ....
School Based Research Project - Closing the Gap: Tackling the Impact of Social Deprivation on Learning

A pupil premium intervention project for teachers working to develop pupils' understanding of their own learning.
This project is based on Sutton Trust research into low cost, high impact interventions for pupils from a disadvantaged background.  This research indicates the value of focusing on feedback and meta-cognition.  The study is based on the hypothesis that pupils who under-perform in literacy in primary school, and who suffer a further drop performance on transition to secondary share certain characteristics which include limitations in their ability to direct their own improvement.  Read more .....

Applications are now invited to participate in this Research Project which will commence early in the Spring 2014 term.
Click for more information, background reading and to Register

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 Rep Needed for NPS Heads Liaison Board 
Steve Daw, managing Director NPS South West is seeking an additional representation from DAPH on the above group. The Terms of Reefrence for the group are to:
  1. Gain a thorough understanding of the contractual relationship between NPS and Devon County Council, and other stakeholders.
  2. Provide feedback to NPS regarding issues relating to the company's performance raised by the schools community when using the services of NPS.
  3. Consider and provide guidance/ comment on new initiatives being considered by NPS.
  4. Disseminate information to other Head Teachers and to act as advocates for change through their respective professional associations.
The group meets once per term and your school will be reimbursed in respect of time out of school to attend.
If you are interested please contact the DAPH Office by e-mail or telephone 01392 380518. 
Model Safeguarding Policy Updated October 2013

Last week we included links to the recently revised and updated Whole School Model Child Protection Policy and Procedures available for all schools on the Babcock LDP website.
Within this Model Policy (under Section 15), references are made to a number of other related safeguarding portfolio policies for example: Behaviour Principles, Written Policy on Behaviour Principles and School Behaviour
For the sake of clarification, the statutory policy list is taken directly from the DfE document Policies and Other Documents that Governing Bodies are Required to Have by Law  
Some of the policy titles have changed and it is quite probable that schools will have policies that cover the same thing but under another name. The above link will provide policy descriptors.
It is best practice in some schools for governing bodies to amend relevant policy titles at next review so that they are in line with the DfE list and cross reference with the updated Model Safeguarding Policy. This will also enable Ofsted to check against them more easily and also give peace of mind that the school has the statutory policies in place.
Contact: Jane Lake, Education Safeguarding Officer by e-mail or telephone 01392 8807290.

Changes in Child Protection Meetings
You may know that parts of the county have been holding pilot Child Protection meetings aimed at improving the way we engage with families and ensure progress on their child protection plans.
After consultation with partner agencies we will now be incorporating aspects of this for the whole of the county and plan to offer training with an expected start date in January 2014.
Click to see further information regarding the new key components of CP Meetings and training dates available.
Please cascade to all relevant staff who will need to attend this training.
Contact: Phil Hutty, Operations Manager- Independent Reviewing Unit by e-mail.
CSET IEP Panel - DAPH Representation Sought
The County Special Education Team currently holds a weekly Inclusive Education Panel meeting to consider cases presented by SEN Casework Managers that have reached the point of decision making.   The Panel takes place on a Wednesday morning in term time and considers requests for statutory assessment, provision on completion of statutory assessments and recommendations for special school places. 

Meetings start at 9.00 am and usually finish by 12.00 pm and are held at County Hall. In addition to officers from CSET, Panel members comprise the Educational Psychology Service, the Special Educational Needs Advisory Team, a Primary Head teacher, Secondary Head teacher and DPLS Head teacher.
If you would like to attend as a Head teacher representative, please contact Cate Venn at the County Special Education Team by e-mail or telephone 01392 383000.

Reducing exclusions to zero.
Is it possible? What would need to be in place?
 There is to be a "one off" forum on Tuesday 19th November 2.00pm - 4.00pm at an Exeter venue (to be confirmed). This is being organised under the umbrella of the Primary Support Partnership Initiative as an issue raised during discussions. It would be very valuable to have several heads present. Attendance does not imply any ongoing commitment.

If you would like to attend or have any questions please e-mail David Glenny at davidbglenny@gmail.com or Liz Deane at lizdeane@devon.gov.uk.

 Fair Funding for Devon Schools
Invitation to meet with School Leaders and your Local MP
DAPH is in the process of organising meetings throughout the county to provide Headteachers with the opportunity to meet with their local MP so that implications of the national funding settlement for Devon and its impact6 at a local level can be debated.
Meetings for the following constituencies have been booked as follows:-
Central Devon - Mel Stride MP, Conservative
Thursday 14 November 2013 at Hatherleigh Community Primary School, Hatherleigh, Nr Okehampton 
(from 5pm)
Newton Abbot - Anne Marie Morris MP, Conservative
Friday 29 November 2013 at Decoy Primary School, Newton Abbot
(from 5pm)
North Devon  - Sir Nick Harvey MP, Liberal Democrat
Friday 17 January 2014 at Marwood School, Barnstaple
(from 3.30pm)
South West Devon - Gary Streeter MP, Conservative
Friday 24 January 2014 at Woodlands Park Primary School, Ivybridge
(from 5pm)
Schools will be contacted directly with details of their area meeting. If the meeting date offered does not suit your calendar, we would encourage you to book an alternative meeting within another constituency.
Further dates for the other constituencies are being finalised and will be advertised for the Spring Term 2014, in the meantime please contact the DAPH Office via e-mail to book your place on any of the above events (note: bookings required at least 7 working days in advance).
Targeted Scholarships
Accelerate your Career development
Targeted scholarship funding for National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is available to accelerate the career development of appropriate senior leaders who have ambitions to be a Head within three years and will help meet the particular succession challenges of the South West Region.

Click for more informationApplication Guidance and Application Form.
Note: Application deadline is 2.00pm on 8th November 2013
New FREE CPD - "Year of School Leadership" 
Kelly Newland, Leading Education has developed this concept to enable school leaders to receive each week a short inspirational insight drawn from a range of sources including leadership theory, literature, nature, news and experiences from everyday life.
Alongside this there will be points for personal reflection and action, with space for comments to share insights and encourage other participants in the Year of School Leadership.

Successful leadership comes from reflective thinking and this experience provides a framework for both personal and professional development - it is an ideal resource to use within dedicated leadership time.

To find out more, click here.
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