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DAPH Briefings

N E W  DAPH Spring Briefing 2019  |  7 February (venue, online booking and further details TBC)

DAPH Autumn Briefing 2018  |  Wednesday 21 November at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

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Presentations are available to view/download via the links below:

Mark Lindfield – Ofsted SHMI
Key messages and updates

Lucy Gordon – Deputy Director for the Regional Schools Commissioner SW
Key messages and updates

Dawn Stabb – Head of Education & Learning, DCC
Education and Learning – Championing Children

Cllr James McInnes – Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools & Chair of f40 Group
View Cllr McInnes’ speech notes

Roger Pope CBE – Chief Executive Officer, Education South West
National Professional Qualification Programmes (NPQML & NPQSL)

Iain Grafton MBE – National Leader of Governance
Effective complaints handling for schools and colleges

Russell Holland – Barrister, Michelmores
Managing complaints


DAPH Summer Briefing 2018  |  Wednesday 6 June at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

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Inclusion was the theme for the 2018 Summer Briefing, with updates from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education & Learning DCC, Marc Kastner, Strategic Lead for Education Inclusion and other members from the DCC Education Team plus representatives from the Babcock Behaviour Support services team. Updates included :-

  • Guidance on the process (to ensure legal compliance), Managed Moves, Dual Registration
  • Update on outcomes of work streams under the Devon Inclusion Project
  • Behaviour support strategies / case studies to include examples of alternative provision or therapeutic services

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Early Help 4 Mental Health (EH4MH)

Sarah Lewis, Operational Lead for Virgincare Strand of Early Help for Mental Health Services across Devon (EH4MH) presented on the Mental Health Strategy for schools.

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Russell Holland, Barrister in the Education Team at Michelmores will be hosting Exclusions Training from 2.00pm to 4.00pm which will include:

  • The legal basis for an exclusion
  • The duties of a governing body when considering an exclusion
  • The role of the independent Review Panel
  • Special educational needs / disability discrimination issues and exclusions
  • Reducing legal risk when making decision

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DAPH Spring Briefing 2018  Wednesday 7 February 2018 at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton   

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Presentations are available to view/download via the links below:

Dr Rachel Hayes – STARS Trial Manager, University of Exeter Medical School
A Trial of the Incredible Years

Tom Treadwell  |  Assessment Policy Advisor, Standards and Testing Agency
Primary Assessment in England

Karen Thomson – Deputy Headteacher, St Marychurch CofE Primary School, Torquay
Torbay & Devon Civic Award   torbayanddevoncivicaward.co.uk

Paul Delbridge-Smith – Head of Quality and Standards, Babcock LDP
Primary Excellence in Devon

Tom Winskill – Associate, Babcock LDP
Devon’s Disadvantaged Pupils


DAPH Autumn Briefing  |  Friday 17 November 2017 at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

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With updates from:

DAPH Summer Briefing  |  Tuesday 23 May 2017 at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter

The agenda for the Summer event included DAPH messages from working groups, updates from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning to include Education & Learning matters, SEND Strategy and other funding issues plus

  • James Richardson, Senior Analyst from The Education Endowment Foundation
  • Shirley Swinbank, Regional Manager South West  &  Claire Thomson, Professional Lead for SEND and Inclusion from Babcock LDP

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DAPH Spring Briefing 2017  |  Tuesday 7 February 2017 at the Tiverton Hotel

Theme  |  Assessment, Recording and Accountability

A G E N D A  |  view the P R E S E N T A T I O N S


What are DAPH Briefings?

All serving headteachers of Devon primary schools are members of DAPH and are strongly encouraged to attend the Briefing sessions which are recognised as the forum for the communication of key messages on issues affecting schools. The Briefings, which are held each term, are free of charge to members (one free place per school site).

There is a regular update from the Head of Education & Learning plus other invited guests and the opportunity for headteachers to ask questions and provide feedback as well as discuss and share views on matters affecting school leadership.

Booking terms  |  One free place per Devon primary school and subject to availability. DAPH reserves the right to make a notional charge for late cancellations, no-shows and additional places and bookings from attendees from other phase associations and/or from schools outside of Devon Local Authority. A list of delegates (name, role and organisation) may be advertised on the DAPH website and circulated via email prior to the event. See online booking form for further details.


A R C H I V E  |  visit  T H I S  P A G E   to see information and presentations from previous DAPH Briefings.