Last 7 days archive

12 March 2019 - 19 March 2019

Make the best use of your Pupil Premium

Primary and Secondary Pupil Premium Conference: Beyond Barriers

Tuesday 19 March 2019 – Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter – 09:30 – 15:45


  • Closing the Gap – Making the Best Use of the Pupil Premium
    Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and Chief Executive, Achievement for all.
  • Improving Outcomes for Disadvantaged Learners
  • Marc Rowland, Head of the Research School, Rosendale Research School
  • How Schools Can Close the Gap For ALL Pupils
  • Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and Chief Executive, Achievement for all.

Key Reasons to Attend

  • Explore practical strategies and ideas to boost the progress of disadvantaged students, both in lessons and in tailored interventions
  • Be inspired by local schools’ approaches to Pupil Premium
  • Reviewing the international, national and local evidence (OECD) to the South West.

Conference website or book now.

Annual Safeguarding Conference

Safeguarding Conference: This is us

Thursday 27 June 2019 – Sandy Park, Exeter – 09:30 – 15:45

The 2019 conference focuses on emerging themes for Devon schools.

You will:

  • Hear from expert speakers about Peer-on-Peer Abuse and Honour-based violence
  • Watch a performance by the acclaimed AlterEgo Theatre Company (who brought us ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ and ‘In to the Net’)  on Criminal Child Exploitation, aimed at raising awareness around County Lines and the warning signs of CCE, including the similarities and potential crossovers between CCE and CSE.

Workshops delivered by The Intercom Trust on RSE Education, LGBT+ and Gender Identity

Key reasons to attend:

  • Hear national experts on a range of emerging safeguarding issues
  • Be inspired and go back to your setting with new ideas
  • Remind yourself why your role is so important in keeping children safe
  • Network with other DSLs and the Babcock LDP Safeguarding Team.

Book today or visit the website.

Vocabulary Conference With Jean Gross CBE

Wednesday 6 November 2019 – Exeter

We are thrilled to announce an exciting upcoming conference for the Autumn Term 2019.

Jean Gross CBE will be joining us in Exeter to host our Vocabulary Conference on Wednesday 6th November 2019. Jean Gross is an education expert who has led many national initiatives aimed at improving the learning, attainment and wellbeing of disadvantaged children and those with special educational needs.

Book today


Formal Consultations: Expansion of Ellen Tinkham School and Closure of the CAIRB at Tavistock Primary

The Proposed Expansion of Ellen Tinkham School, Exeter

Devon County Council is consulting on the proposal to expand Ellen Tinkham School from 180 to 220 places for boys and girls aged 3 to 19 with Severe Learning Difficulties, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Complex Needs, with effect from September 2019.

The Proposed Closure of the Communication and Interaction Resource Base (CAIRB) at Tavistock Primary

Tavistock Community Primary & Nursery have given notice on the closure of the CAIRB, on site at the school, with effect from July 2019.

Further details of both consultations are available to view on Devon County Council’s consultation website,, under the Education and Schools category.

Please email any comments/objections or support to: by Friday 5 April 2019.

Attention School Administrators! This conference is for you

School Administration Conference

Tuesday 30 April 2019 – Sandy Park, Exeter – 09:30 – 16:00

As a school administrative professional, you are a key member of your setting, and have significant responsibilities to help ensure your school continues to deliver excellent pupil outcomes. However, with the education sector ever-changing, your role is very demanding.

This one day conference will provide expert advice on some of the current issues faced by schools, such as safeguarding, GDPR, finances and SEND funding. It will also provide a focus on your own wellbeing, with time set aside for an excellent Emotional Logic session, which is currently benefitting other school staff. By the end of the day you will be better prepared for dealing with these demanding issues, and feel more confident to safeguard your school for the future, whilst taking time to look after yourself.

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Fantastic event for NQT’s!

Primary and Secondary NQT Masterclass

Friday 22 March 2019 – Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter – 09:00 – 12:30

This half-day masterclass with Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, Sarah Wright, will provide an invaluable CPD opportunity for those new to the teaching profession. Sarah’s first session will provide knowledgeable advice on how to explore links between creative, engaging and meaningful teaching and positive behaviour management techniques which will help impact your pupils progress. Her second session will be focused on how to make formative and summative assessment matter for both you and your pupils, which will ultimately help win the work life balance!

Delegates will also have the opportunity to network during the morning with exhibitors and colleagues to share best practice across the South West.

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SEND Conference: High Quality Assess, Plan, Do and Review!

Thursday 6 June 2019 – Sandy Park, Exeter – 09:00 – 16:15

The 2019 SEND Conference will provide an invaluable opportunity for SENCOs and Leaders, across all phases, to update their SEN knowledge and improve the provision within their setting.

Through high-quality keynote speakers, the day will inspire delegates with a national SEND update and support delegates to evidence pupil progress effectively. Supporting workshops, and a closer look at the Graduated Response Tool, will encourage discussion and reflection on how to improve outcomes for pupils across a range of special education needs.

With keynote speaker Adam Boddison’s involvement, delegates will be treated to expert insight into the wider world of SEND through his experience as Chief Executive for NASEN. His work through this and other bodies provides an unrivalled experience across special educational needs and disabilities.

More information…

News from Devon County Council: School and college leavers encouraged to ‘earn while they learn’

Devon County Council is launching a recruitment campaign this week aimed at 17 to 25 year olds, to encourage them to consider training and apprenticeship opportunities within the Devon’s growing health and social care sector.  The campaign is called ‘Proud to Care Devon’.  The Council is asking schools to help promote the campaign to young people and their families. GCSE and A Level students may be considering their next steps after school or college, and for many, the opportunity to gain professional qualifications while on the job is an attractive option.

Here is a link to the Proud to Care webpsite. The campaign uses real examples of young people who have chosen to train or take up apprenticeships within health and social care, while also gaining professional qualifications in order to further their careers.

Here is a link to the media story on Devon County Council’s news centre.

Schools online HR Policy Library

Schools and Academies Policy Library

Earlier this year HR ONE launched the new online policy library.

All Schools and Academies who are customers of HR ONE and any DCC maintained Schools who do not buy our service were sent an invitation in January inviting them to click on a link to allow you access to the policies.

The invitation comes from the email address which we are aware can be automatically sent to “trash” boxes. If you think you haven’t received an invitation to this site, please check your trash mailbox. If you have any other questions about accessing this new resource or would like to upgrade your current service package with HR ONE, please contact us on 01392 385555.