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10 November 2018 - 17 November 2018

DAPH Update: Autumn Term – 7 November 2018 – Issue 3

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13 November 2018

Free fully-funded training: Devon Enhanced Language Programme

A free training programme for all Devon primary schools and academies designed to:

  • Increase staff confidence in meeting the needs of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
  • Build school capacity to support children with speech, language and communication needs.
  • Improve access, engagement and outcomes for pupils with speech language and communication needs.
13 November 2018

DASH Update: Autumn Term – 7 November 2018 – Issue 3

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Introduction to maximising the practice of teaching assistants

Last chance to book.

Tuesday 20 November 2018 – Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter – 09:00am – 12:15pm – £79+VAT

This half day event will look to explore key research around TA role and how this supports children and teachers to improve outcomes for children. It will include current thinking around effective deployment, working with pupils and using a scaffolding framework developed by the EEF.

Delegates will be provided with the opportunity to share best practice with colleagues from across the South West, as well as developing their skills in their role of a TA within the classroom and school setting.

Key reasons to attend:

  • Hear about current research and practical approaches to being a TA.
  • Develop skills and knowledge relating to the TA role in supporting children to learn and thrive.
  • Share and gain ideas from colleagues across the South West.

SW Peninsula Music Education Conference

Friday 8 February 2019 – Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfast – 08:45 – 15:45 – £70+VAT

The Music education hubs of Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay are once again collaborating to present the 2018 South West Peninsula music education conference.

A day of practical and informative workshops for all key stages to including specialist secondary music sessions, inclusive music-making practice, early years and KS1 input, cross-curricular links including work with phonics, science and maths as well as practical sessions to invigorate and inspire music education practitioners.

There’s also the chance to meet with local Hub teams, network with colleagues and discuss the valuable role music can play in school.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

13 November 2018

Effective Learning Masterclass: How Children Learn

Monday 21 January 2019 – Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter – 09:00 – 12:45 – £99+VAT*

This half day event will bring together three keynotes focussing on various elements of what makes children effective learners.

The sessions will explore:

  • The external drivers that can impact positively or negatively on children’s day-to-day engagement with learning
  • How schools maximise children’s internal learning approaches through developing metacognitive skills
  • Reflect upon children’s educational journey and what supports them to be successful learners in further or higher education

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • Hear from nationally renowned speakers
  • Consider how to develop metacognitive skills in your classroom
  • Share best practice with colleagues

Early bird price: £99+VAT. Valid until 30 November 2018*
Full masterclass price: £119+VAT.

Governance Masterclass with Sir Anthony Seldon and Natasha Devon MBE

‘Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction’ is one of the three core functions of the governing board as set out in the Governance Handbook. How much time and thought do we give to this as part of our role? How do we want our schools to be and feel? What are the important characteristics we want to develop? What values do we want to instil in our pupils and staff? This masterclass will offer thought provoking input on what it really means to ensure clarity around vision and ethos.

We will bring you fresh and challenging ideas about your role and how you can work effectively with professional school leaders.

The programme is intended to reinvigorate you in your role and challenge thinking. Let’s make sure that the time you give to governance is time well spent and has an impact on the children and young people in your schools.

Masterclass Price

£99+VAT (bring a colleague for £49+VAT*)

Book now


Behaviour Conference: Building Bridges, Building Relationships

Friday 23 November 2018 – Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter – 09:00 – 15:45

Children need to experience relationships with an adult which enable them to develop feelings of safety and security and develop their own ability to self-regulate. Children with unmet needs may see the world as comfortless and unpredictable and respond by shrinking from it or doing battle with it. Designed to meet the Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs of all children, the conference will:

  • Help delegates learn how to facilitate real behavioural change.
  • Explore the many reasons why a child may feel insecure in a relationship, and the unexpected result traditional behaviourist approaches may have.
  • Demonstrate how to use relational responses, which provide compassion, empathy and understanding.
  • Establish how to retain clear boundaries whilst we strive to build bridges and support some of the most vulnerable children in our care.

Book now or visit the website.

South West Curriculum Masterclass: Designing the Curriculum For The 21st Century Job Market

Monday 4 February 2019 – Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter –  09:00am – 12:30pm – £119+VAT

This event will explore how to ensure curriculum design provides our children and young people with the knowledge, skills and competencies to thrive in a complex world.

Rob Carpenter will share how his partnership of schools redesigned their curriculum philosophy and content to ensure that social justice, equity and a deeper sense of belonging to the world are at the heart of pupils’ learning experience.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • Hear about current research and practical approaches to curriculum design for 21st Century futures.
  • Explore the use of practical models, tools and approaches to designing and developing a curriculum.
  • Reflect on your current provision and consider how this can be developed to support a knowledge rich curriculum and deliver purposeful learning.

Masterclass price: £119+VAT

Book now or view the programme.

Intent! Implementation! Impact! How Does Your School Meet the Three I’s?

Tuesday 26 February 2019 – Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter – 09:00 – 12:45

With the renewed focus on the curriculum this event will highlight practical examples where schools have considered the three I’s highlighted by OFSTED. They will share their collaborative thinking at the outset, how they disseminated the approach and how this has fundamentally affected the pupils in their setting.

After hearing from the case study schools there will be a panel discussion where delegates can explore thinking and develop an understanding of how they can embrace the three I’s in their own settings.

Key Reasons to attend:

  •     Discover beneficial reasoning behind Ofsted’s intent.
  •     Gain insight into practical implementations within schools.
  •     Understand how the three I’s will positively impact pupils.
  •     Have the opportunity to explore thinking during our panel discussion.

Book now  or visit the website.

Literacy Masterclass with James Clements: Using Great Books to Create Confident, Competent Readers

Wednesday 27 March 2019 – Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter – 09:00 – 12:00

There are few things more important than learning to read. If children leave primary school without mastering this vital skill, it is very hard for them to go on to do all the things they might wish to do in later life. However learning to read is only half the story: if children can read, but they never choose to read, then they miss all of the educational benefits, that being a reader brings, not to mention a lifetime of enjoyment.

This masterclass will explore how these two elements of being a reader can work together.

Key reasons to attend:

  • Draw on research to gain practical approaches for building an authentic reading culture in schools.
  • Raise standards in reading within your setting.
  • Hear from our nationally renowned keynote speaker.
  • Share best practice with colleagues from across the South West.

Book now or visit the website.

Mental Health of Boys Masterclass with Natasha Devon MBE and Martin Daubney

Tuesday 4 December – Sandy Park, Exeter – 13:00 – 16:30

Is it true that girls are more prone to emotional issues, while boys struggle more with behavioural problems, or is this diagnostic trend another example of how gender stereotypes can warp our perception? Natasha Devon MBE will explore the notion of what is gender and our understanding of what we mean when we say ‘masculinity’ and what it looks like in a school environment. Martin will then discuss the work of the’ Men & Boys Coalition’ and detail the ‘Harry’s masculinity report’ – asking the questions what are the myths about masculinity in 2018? What are the key challenges to men and boys’ wellbeing? What should educators know?

Book now  or visit the website

Primary PE Curriculum Briefings – Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 meetings will cover:

  • National and Regional Updates
  • Primary PE And sports Funding Planning and support
  • Networking to share and solve*


16 November 2018