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16 September 2017 - 23 September 2017

School Census Bulletin – Autumn 2017 (2)

As you will be aware, the statutory School Census for the Autumn term will take place on Thursday 5th October. As per our previous communication we strongly advise that schools prepare for the School Census by ensuring that pupil databases are up-to-date and the relevant systems/accesses are in place. We also recommend that you carry out a dry run to determine what information needs to be updated.

18 September 2017

Training and Professional Development from Babcock Education

Download our Training Directory to see how we can support your training and professional development this year, through conferences and masterclasses, training programmes and network meetings.

Think Code ! at KS2

Free Course organised by the Devon Learning Partnership Forum for KS2 but open to any teacher interested in coding.

National Childhood Measurement Programme 2017/18 Reception and Year 6

A letter to Headteachers explaining the programme, and leaflets and a copy of the parental letter can be viewed via the link below. Copies will also arrive in the post shortly.

DCC has a duty to ensure all parents/carers receive a letter, giving opportunity to request results or opt out.

 

 

19 September 2017

New schools programme to equip young people with coping strategies for modern life

Public Health England are launching Rise Above for Schools, giving teachers the resources to equip young people with resilience skills and boost their wellbeing. There are seven PSHE lesson plans covering issues from alcohol, to social media, to body image.

 

2017 Safeguarding Audit

Devon County Council audit of statutory duties and associated responsibilities for schools.

Children’s Social Care Contacts

Details of Devon County Council’s Children’s Social Care area based teams:

  • North
  • Mid and East
  • Exeter
  • South

This is updated at the beginning of each new term. Please view link below:

Exeter Train to Teach Event – 11 October 17

4:00pm – 7:00pm at West Exe School

Are you looking to become a teacher but don’t know what’s available for you?

If ‘yes’, then this event is for you.

A Teaching School event hosted by Exeter Consortium and South West Teacher Training, and a whole cohort of Teaching School Alliances from the South West have been invited to provide prospective teachers with the information they need to pursue their career.
Who is the event for?

The Train to Teach event is for anyone who is keen to become a teacher, but doesn’t feel they have enough knowledge of the routes that are available to them.

‘Get into Teaching’ will provide you with an idea of a suitable path to take into teaching. Whether you are a graduate looking to train or an experienced professional looking for a change of careers, our cohort of teaching schools will be able to provide you with the wealth of information you need.

Advice on how to make a strong application, gain experience and review the necessary qualifications you need will be in abundance at this event.

Come along and take the first steps towards becoming a teacher!
What is at the event?

Information on the ITT courses and their providers will be available to you.

Finance and funding is an important aspect for training to teacher; this event will illuminate resources available to you.

You will be able to find out how you can gain valuable experience within schools as a Teaching Assistant, and the level of locational demand in the South West.

There will be a range of exhibitors at the event with a range of information about getting into teaching.

To confirm your attendance at the event please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/train-to-teach-tickets-37873984106?aff=es2

Medication in Schools – a letter to distribute

DCC have been asked to send this letter out again due to the start of the new term.

This letter from the Chair of Northern, Eastern and Western Clinical Commissioning Group explains how advice is being issued to GPs about self-care medicines, and how he is seeking support from schools.

 

DAPH Update: Autumn Term – 15 September 2017 – Issue 1

View the latest newsletter from Devon Association of Primary Headteachers (DAPH). To subscribe, please send an email to daph@devon.gov.uk

19 September 2017

Devon Education Fund

Do you have a project that needs additional funding?

Financed through benefits received from the Joint Venture between DCC and Babcock, this fund opens up opportunities for schools, organisations and educational projects to generate new ideas and approached to improve the lives of children and young people.

Beyond Monitoring – a course designed to empower heads and their senior leaders with the means to secure better teaching and learning

Please see flyer via the link below for this 3 day course running either at Woodlands Park Primary School, Ivybridge or Broadclyst Primary School near Exeter.

19 September 2017

Health and Safety training booking

After a recent review of DCC’s central course booking systems, the current system, Zipporah, will be discontinued for all DCC-delivered courses. This includes all courses delivered by Devon Health and Safety service.

All course training and course bookings will go through DEL Digital Learning. The change will be happening on the 23 October. Please see guidance document via the link below to help you to ease the transition for your establishment.

 

Cyber crime and general data protection regulation masterclass: Why you need to be ready – Thursday 21 September 2017

The law is changing.

GDPR is coming – its scope is vast, its enforcement powers are across-the-board and the penalties it can impose are severe, but most schools haven’t heard or know what it is.
What are the new rules regarding the personal data of children and adults?
This masterclass will guide you through the new GDPR rules to ensure your school is compliant and help you keep safe from cyber-attacks.
Don’t be one of the 40%.

Overview

Given the approach of increased Data Protection requirements (GDPR) and the continued onslaught of cyber-attacks affecting both private and public sector organisations, we are running a ‘Cyber Crime and GDPR – Why you need to be ready” masterclass for Headteachers, Senior Leaders and Governors of schools and academies in the South West.

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will form part of UK Law from 25th May 2018 and whilst its requirements are similar to the UK Data Protection Act, there are new elements and significant enhancements, which include a fine of up to 2% of your annual turnover or 10 million Euros for non-compliance. The new GDPR, will impose a duty on all organisations to report certain types of data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office within 72 hours, and in some cases to the individuals affected.

Given these new requirements and the rising number of cyber-attacks, which lead to organisations losing sensitive, personal data, there has never been a more important time to take action to ensure that your school is adequately responding.

This unique masterclass brings together expert keynote speakers from the world of Data Protection and Cyber Security to help you ensure that your school safeguards its information, as well as its reputation. The event will conclude with an exclusive Q and A panel session.

Reminder: Medication Information regarding pupils

There has been a recent incident in one of our schools where vital medical information regarding a pupil had not been passed on to all staff. This made a medical emergency more difficult to deal with than it needed to be, both for the pupil and the member of staff dealing with the emergency.

Please ensure that your system for informing staff of pupils’ medical needs is robust. When accepting new pupils’ ask about their medical history, inform staff who need to know about medical needs. Some examples, class teacher or tutor group leader, first aiders, PE staff for children with asthma, meal time staff for pupils with food allergies, and so on.

 

DASH Update: Autumn Term – 19 September 2017 – Issue 1

View the latest newsletter from Devon Association of Secondary Headteachers (DASH). To subscribe, please send an email to daph@devon.gov.uk.

19 September 2017

Mathematics Masterclass: Learning from Japanese Lesson Study – Wednesday 6 December 2017

Since the publication of The Teaching Gap there has been international interest in both the Japanese use of lesson study as professional development for teachers and the problem-solving approach that underpins mathematics teaching in Japan.

Subsequently lesson study has appeared in many places, but often it is a distortion of the model used in Japan with key elements diminished or entirely missing. This masterclass is an opportunity to understand lesson study as it is in Japan, how it supports professional development and how it can be used in English schools.

19 September 2017

South West Early Years Foundation Stage Conference: Interacting or Interfering? – Tuesday 3 October 2017

High quality interactions are recognised as fundamental to outstanding teaching and learning in the early years. This year’s annual Early Years Conference will be led by renowned Early Years Professor, Advisor and Author Julie Fisher. Julie will draw on the research and findings gathered for her best-selling book ‘Interacting or Interfering’.

Through a range of keynote presentations and complementing workshops, delegates will be encouraged to reflect deeply on the quality and impact of interactions in their setting, identify the essential components of effective interactions with practical guidance on how to improve the quality of interactions on a day-to-day basis.

19 September 2017

South West Primary Maths Conference: It’s Good to Talk – Tuesday 21 November 2017

Talk has a key role to play in learning mathematics at all ages. Talk allows children to share and shape their thinking, interrogate other people’s understanding and make sense of mathematics experienced and represented in different ways and in different contexts. Talk enables children to make connections and allows them to frame their understanding. High quality talk is a feature of high quality mathematics lessons and is central to the aims of the national curriculum and to teaching for mastery.

This conference provides an opportunity for teachers to consider the place of talk both in the classroom and in relation to current issues in mathematics education.

The day includes keynote addresses exploring the theme of talk in mathematics led by three nationally renowned speakers, Neil Mercer, Ems Lord and Dr Alf Coles, and workshop sessions led by Babcock Maths expert consultants.

19 September 2017

Finance Masterclass: Securing Efficiencies in a Changing Landscape – Tuesday 17 October 2017

This masterclass provides an update on the future of education funding and how schools and academies can prepare for the changes ahead.

Keynote sessions will focus on how to plan for the future, by producing robust medium and long term financial plans, along with a case study from an existing academy on how they successfully overcame financial challenges. The morning will also consider financial aspects such as VAT and external funding.
The combination of expert keynote speakers and focused sessions, delivered by legal and financial professionals, will provide you with greater insight into the issues faced by your school and how to achieve financial success.

As education funding and financial stability become increasingly complex, this masterclass will enable you to face the future with confidence.

South West Primary and Secondary NQT Conference: Delivering Excellence in the Classroom – Wednesday 11 October 2017

This one-day cross phase conference with Award Winning Advanced Skills Teacher, Author and Educational Coach, Jonathan Lear will provide an invaluable opportunity for those new to the teaching profession. Delegates will benefit from practical advice, guidance and tips for delivering excellence in the classroom and developing their career.

Delegates will also share ideas for best practice in teaching with colleagues from across the South West.

Securing Greater Depth in Learning – Monday 16 October 2017

The National Curriculum is built on the expectation that all children need to understand and that deepening understanding should replace acceleration through content.

This conference provides an opportunity for teachers and senior leaders to consider what it means to understand and to deepen understanding within the primary curriculum.

The day includes keynote addresses exploring the theme of going deeper led by nationally renowned speaker Rob Carpenter, and complimenting workshops in mathematics, reading, writing and science presented by Babcock expert advisors, Dr Ruth Trundley, Rebecca Cosgrave and Paul Brown.

19 September 2017

Winning Strategies to Transform Teaching and Learning – Wednesday 28 February 2018

This conference has been designed specifically to provide teachers and leaders with winning strategies and tools to improve time management, planning and teaching practice to enhance your pupils’ performance.

Keynote speaker, Sarah Wright from Edge Hill University will share strategies and practical solutions for effectively managing your time without compromising on quality, followed by author and educational expert Mike Gershon. Mike is the author of more than 30 books and 50 guides covering different areas of teaching and learning and will talk about outstanding lesson planning including stretching and challenging all learners and effective questioning.

You will leave the conference with new strategies and techniques to implement in your classroom straight away.

South West Behaviour Conference: Behind the Behaviour – Monday 13 November 2017

Standards of behaviour remain a significant challenge for many schools and the number of exclusions in the South West shows the upward trend which mirrors the national picture. As clarified in the government’s independent review into behaviour in schools earlier in 2017, we now have evidence to show that the biggest positive impact on managing behaviour is to create a culture that maximises the learning and experience of all pupils. Fundamental to this is the ability to see beyond the behaviour and to understand the root causes.

This conference will get to grips with what works and what doesn’t by providing best practice case studies, proven strategies and tried and tested techniques that you can take straight back into your school.

DAPH Update: Special Edition – Devon Education form (DEF) Appointments of Schools (LA Maintained) and Academy Members 2017-18

View the latest newsletter from Devon Association of Primary Headteachers (DAPH). To subscribe, please send an email to daph@devon.gov.uk.

19 September 2017

Get Information About Schools – New EduBase

As you may be aware the Department for Education has closed its EduBase site and has replaced it with Get Information About Schools (GIAS). This is the new register of schools and colleges in England where individuals can search for information on establishments, establishment groups or governors.

 

DAG e-Newsletter Special Autumn Conference Issue 126 – 21 September 2017

The latest DAG e-newsletter is now available (requires login). This is a short and sweet snapshot of what is going on in the world of school governance, ranging from the new dates for the School Funding Reform 2018-19 Consultation meetings to the Autumn Update for the popular DAG Effective Chairs resource.

Registration for the FREE DAG Autumn Conference on Saturday morning, 7 October in Exeter is now open.

Keynote speeches will include:

  • Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning, Devon County Council
  • Hannah Woodhouse, Deputy Director for the Regional School Commissioner South West
  • Bradley Simmons, Ofsted Regional Director for the South West

National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) and Brownjacobson Education team will be facilitating some interactive workshops so you will be be able to engage and interact with the experts. Workshops will cover:

  • Legal and financial overviews
  • School improvement

Find out more about the conference, and read the full programme.

Due to unforeseen circumstances with the web provider, DAG now has a new website – www.dagdevon.uk – and a new contact email – info@dagdevon.uk – so please update your bookmarks and share.

Unfortunately it is not possible to redirect members from the old website or recover old emails so please re-send any enquiries, via the Contact DAG form or by email, if you have not yet received a reply. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

If you are a governor or clerk in the Devon Local Authority (LA) geographical area you are entitled to free membership so please register now.

If you are a governor or clerk from outside the Devon LA you may be able to access associate DAG membership.

If you wish to forward any feedback to DAG please email info@dagdevon.uk.

 

DAG e-Newsletter Issue 125 – 14 September 2017

The latest DAG e-newsletter is now available (requires login). This is a short and sweet snapshot of what is going on in the world of school governance, ranging from the revised guidance on exclusions to sport premium funding increase, and the postponement of the School Funding Reform 2018-19 Consultation meetings.

Registration for the FREE DAG Conference Autumn 2017 is now open – keynote speakers include Bradley Simmons, Regional Director for the South West, Ofsted and Hannah Woodhouse, Deputy Director for the Regional School Commissioner South West, RSC – register now!

An essential reading for DAG members.

Due to unforeseen circumstances with the web provider, DAG now has a new website – www.dagdevon.uk – and a new contact email – info@dagdevon.uk – so please update your bookmarks and share.

Unfortunately it is not possible to redirect members from the old website or recover old emails so please re-send any enquiries, via the Contact DAG form or by email, if you have not yet received a reply. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

If you are a governor or clerk in the Devon Local Authority (LA) geographical area you are entitled to free membership so please register now.

If you are a governor or clerk from outside the Devon LA you may be able to access associate DAG membership.