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16 May 2019 - 23 May 2019

School Organisation: Brayford, Umberleigh and High Bickington Academy Schools

The Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West has recently approved the following changes:

  • Umberleigh Academy has changed its age range from 3-11 to 2-11 years of age. This has been implemented with immediate effect
  • Brayford Academy has changed its age range from 3-11 to 2-11 years of age. This has been implemented with immediate effect
  • High Bickington C of E Academy has changed its age range from 4-11 to 2-11 years of age. High Bickington Academy currently do not have capacity to take two years olds so will carry on accepting rising 3 year olds in the term they turn 3

Background information and consultation details

The Mix Festival 2019 – Spaces Limited

Wednesday 26 June 2019 – Dartington Hall, Totnes – 10:00 – 16:00

Live music performances from The Kaizens, Future DJs & HM Band of the Royal Marines.
Whole class ensemble tuition workshops – including brass, strings, steel pans, samba and taiko drumming.
Vocal workshops with the Royal Opera House and Friday afternoons.
Secondary zone – develop your performance skills, try your hand at the DJ decks and discuss future career options with music industry experts.

The Mix will inspire and engage pupils in their musical learning and provide a stimulus for creative thinking for all those attending. Staff can return to school enthused and with increased confidence to deliver high quality musical opportunities for pupils.

Join us for a day of live music performances, hands-on instrumental and vocal workshops for children and young people, this year’s highlights will include:

South West STEM Conference – Save the date!

Friday 18 October, Sandy Park, Exeter

Join us for a day of all things STEM.

This interactive full day event will inspire and show you how to bring STEM into the classroom without costing the earth.

The conference will have a mixture of keynotes addressing the importance of having a strong STEM ethos within a primary school and also talking about the importance of encouraging young women into STEM.

Workshops will include outdoor learning and various free or cheap experiments to take back to your setting.

Key reasons to attend

  • Learn new low cost ideas for delivering fun experiments in your classroom
  • Understand the importance of having a strong STEM ethos in your setting
  • Gain strategies on how to link Science and Maths

Who should attend?

Primary: Teachers, Subject Leaders, TA’s, HLTA’s, Deputy Headteachers and Headteachers.


Not long until the Safeguarding Conference: This is Us

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

The 2019 conference focusses on emerging themes for Devon schools.


  • Primary Health and Relationships Education 2020
  • County Lines
  • Sex and Relationships Education and LGBT+
  • Gender Identity

More information about the conference available here .

Hear Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, a survivor of a forced marriage and now an internationally renowned Speaker, Campaigner and Author. Jasvinder will share her powerful personal story with us about honour based abuse and forced marriage.

Dr Jenny Lloyd will speak about peer on peer abuse. She will share evidence on the nature of abuse between young people in school settings and introduce tools and resources to tackle harmful sexual behaviour in schools.

Book your place at this Safeguarding conference.

How to Get Your New RE Syllabus?

How to get your new RE syllabus?

Hard copy

Each school will receive a hard copy.

  1. Come to a launch event on 3, 4, 5 June and collect it in person (flyer can be accessed via the link below)
  2. Delegate another school to collect your syllabus from a launch event. Schools in a MAT or federation who attend the launch events can take the syllabuses for their schools, to distribute them across their networks.
  3. Collect your Agreed Syllabus from Milford House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5GF. Collection point open from 3.30pm-5pm on Monday 10 June.

Electronic copy

Schools will be issued with an online code to access the whole syllabus in electronic form.

Additional teaching units

The syllabus comes with medium term planning. Additional SoW will be available to buy at and after the launch events at a reduced price (details attached).

Best wishes

Ed Pawson

Adviser to Devon and Torbay SACRE

Celebrate cycling at your school during Bike Week!

Bike Week (8-16 June) aims to get people back in the saddle and enjoying the benefits of cycling for everyday journeys, fitness and fun – and all school staff are invited!

Devon County Council have commissioned Love to Ride Devon, who are supporting Bike Week with a month-long cycle challenge in June. There are amazing prizes to be won, including:

  • Daily giveaways during Bike Week
  • A £750 local bike shop voucher
  • A European city break voucher
  • A prize for Clean Air Day on 20 June

How to take part? Log in or register yourself (and your school) on, cycle anywhere and any time in June and log it on the site (manually or by using an app).

Please view the link below for more information.

Happy cycling!

Travel Devon, part of Devon County Council

TIP: Have a colleague who needs support getting back into cycling? Free adult cycle confidence sessions are available in Devon! To book a session, visit the Travel Devon website.

Educational Psychology conference 2019

Thursday 4 July – Sandy Park, Exeter, 09:30 – 16:00

This year’s Educational Psychology conference will provide an invaluable insight into the psychological wellbeing of children, young people and staff within schools.

Professor Tamsin Ford from the University of Exeter will be sharing her research into the effectiveness of services and interventions to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, alongside Professor Gordon Harold from the University of Sussex who will have a particular focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Through these expert keynote speakers and supporting workshops, the day will provide you with effective strategies and interventions to develop within your setting, it will encourage discussion and give you the chance to network and reflect upon current practice.

Book your place at the conference now

Data Collection 2019

Our Data Collection guidance has been sent in our May 2019 Data and Assessment update.

All our updates are available to download on our website if you missed it.

If you would like to receive the update directly please let us know by adding yourself to our mailing list.

Kind regards
Data and Assessment

Only two weeks until the Babcock SEND Conference 2019

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

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.

Book your place on the conference now

Curriculum as a Social Justice Seminar: Closing the Attainment Gap

Tuesday 9 July 2019 – Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter – 09:15 – 12:45

With an increasing focus by OFSTED on the curriculum as a vehicle for minimising inequalities, schools will be particularly aware of the renewed incentive for ensuring their intent for curriculum design is clear and obvious. This masterclass will assist schools in highlighting ways in which social justice is woven within their activities, both curricular and extra-curricular and clarify thinking on how this can be articulated to stakeholders and beyond.

Key Reasons to attend

  • Clarify how effective curriculum design improves outcomes for disadvantaged pupils
  • Learn from best practice in other schools and settings
  • Articulate the thinking behind a curriculum offer

Book a place now

Behaviour, Inclusion and Safeguarding Network Meeting

The Behaviour, Inclusion and Safeguarding Network “does exactly what it says on the tin”! Most of those attending have a lead role or are key practitioners in one or more of these areas in Devon secondary schools. We also have colleagues from specialist settings and from other Counties join us. One of the Inclusion Officers from DCC is in attendance and often gives an update.

We give up to date information and provide scope for genuine sharing, discussion and networking. We also ask attendees what they would like next time and then put together a day to meet those demands.

The Network is organised and facilitated by Graham Fisher and Anthony Boulton from the SEMH team at Babcock LDP.

DAPH Update: Summer Term – 16 May 2019 – Issue 2

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DASH Update: Summer Term – 17 May 2019 – Issue 2

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Schools encouraged to be tick aware

Public Health England is encouraging schools, children and families to be tick aware this summer – ‘Tricky Ticks’ lesson plans are available that can be delivered in schools. These lesson plans have been developed with teachers for key stage 1 and 2 pupils and online teaching resources can be found on the TES website. PHE have also published a leaflet for children and families which is a great resource to accompany the lesson in school.

Further information available here.