Last 7 days archive

14 October 2017 - 21 October 2017

SEND Parent Training courses for parents

Here are the parent carer courses running until the end of 2017. Courses include support for children and young people with autism, pathological demand avoidance, attention difficulties and violent behaviour. Click on the course you would like to book and it will take you to an online booking page where tickets can be purchased.

Secondary School Applications – September 2018

Dear Administrators . We still have a large number of year 6 pupils in Devon Primary Schools who have not yet made an application to transfer to Secondary School in September 2018. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2017. We would like to get as many applications in by the closing date as possible to ensure that children don’t potentially miss out on a place at their preferred Secondary School due to their application being submitted late.

Last year we saw an increase in late applications which resulted in a lot of disappointment and distress for families that were refused a place at their local school. As pressure on secondary school places increases, it is going to be essential for families to start applying on time, in order for them to stand the best possible chance of being offered one of their preferred schools. We have recently provided you with a list of your students and the status of their application. We would really appreciate your assistance in checking this list and reminding your families that they need to apply to avoid potential disappointment. We would also like your assistance in targeting families that you know would struggle to navigate this process, perhaps you have disadvantaged families that struggle to complete forms and/or may have language barrier difficulties? if you could ensure these families are supported in this process, it will avoid the situation we had last year with lots of unnecessary appeals.

Please also remember to notify us when you have a child start in year 6 so we can do a further check to ensure they have applied. We do try and pick these up, but we don’t necessarily know about all new starters. Parents can apply online at or they can contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 155 1019 for a copy of the application form. If you could also put reminders in any publicity that goes to parents before half term this would also be really helpful as well. If you have any queries regarding this information please contact us on: or telephone 01392 383829 (option 2). Lastly, we will be running a campaign on Facebook and would appreciate you sharing these posts when you see them appear.
You can like our page by searching for Devon School Admissions Service.

16 October 2017
For Action

New educational resource for primary school – Health and care careers

As part of the Step into the NHS programme, Health careers is producing an educational resource to help teachers talk to pupils about a range of careers and challenge gender stereotypes of health and care roles. We are looking for pilot schools for Spring 2018 term. Please contact

16 October 2017

Changes to Pay Advice Arrangements

From the 1 November 2017 Payroll are introducing an E Payslip solution to all Schools and Academies staff. For further information please view the link below.

Can your school be Sugar Smart?

The local Sugar Smart team are asking Devon schools to join the campaign and take Sugar Smart action e.g. create a healthy lunch box policy or run Sugar Smart challenges.

The campaign is recruiting Sugar Smart Ambassadors to champion work within their local communities.

You are invited to send a member of staff or parent along to the free training so they can take forward small Sugar Smart steps within your school.

Book onto the training here.


Primary Maths Multi-Flyer – Summer/Spring 2018

Various courses have places available, if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

17 October 2017

School Census Bulletin – Autumn 2017 (4)

The Department for Education have issued an update on the Autumn School Census 2017 which includes information on known issues for Secondary Schools.

17 October 2017

Celebrate Christmas with your school choir – Perform with DMEH at Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

Devon Music Education Hub will be kick-starting the Christmas season by giving school choirs the chance to perform to festive shoppers on the Exeter cathedral christmas market bandstand on Friday 1st December.

If you’re interested in a performance slot for your school choir to demonstrate their talents at this festive showcase, please contact the Babcock LDP Music Service team as soon as possible.

Email: or contact your area music lead.