Strike Action in Schools – HR Guidance

You will be aware that following a ballot of its members, the National Education Union (NEU) has confirmed that industrial action will take place both nationally and regionally in February and March. The strikes in the southwest are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 1 February, Thursday 2 March, Wednesday 15 March and Thursday 16 March.   

Strike action in schools

You may be aware that the National Education Union (NEU) has announced that its ballot of teacher members in England has met the thresholds required to commence industrial action and that it has announced national and regional action in England on various dates in February and March 2023, with the first on 1 February 2023.

2023 Nursery Admissions policy

The Devon County Council Nursery Admissions policy has been updated for 2023; please follow the link for community and voluntary controlled schools to action and update their school nursery policy. DCC Nursery Admissions policy All other schools may use this policy for their nursery and preschool provision if they wish. There is a template that

17 January 2023
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Home to School Transport Consultation

We would be grateful if schools could share the information below in any newsletters or emails going out to parents and carers. Devon County Council is consulting on its arrangements for home-to-school transport. Currently Devon County Council charges £600 per annum (with a £30.00 discount if the full-year cost is paid in full) for concessionary

School Census Bulletin – Spring 2023

DfE School Census Date: Thursday 19 January 2023  |  Return Date: Tuesday 24 January 2023 As you may be aware, the statutory School Census for the Spring Term takes place on Thursday 19 January. We strongly recommend that schools begin to prepare for the School Census by ensuring that, so far as possible, pupil databases

17 January 2023

English and Mathematics Training

Mathematics: Maths subject leader consultation session – various dates Primary maths subject leader meetings – various dates  Year 4 multiplication tables check briefing – 9 or 23 Feb (online) Maths mind snacks for teachers – various dates in spring Developing Early Number Sense Programme – 2 sessions – starts 12 June 2023 Supporting Children in Maths Lessons Programme: Professional Development for Teaching Assistants – 4 sessions – starts 26 Jan 2023 English:

17 January 2023

Communication and Interaction – SLCN Training

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) Narrative skills – 28 Feb 2023 Colourful semantics workshop – 22 Mar 2023 Supporting the transition of pupils with SLCN into the reception classroom – 16 May or 13 Jun 2023 (online) Planning transition for pupils with SLCN from pre-school to primary – 21 Mar 2023 (in person) * NEW fully funded for Devon maintained and academy schools *

Communication and Interaction – Autism Training

Autism Autism and girls –  9 Feb 2023 (in person) Approaches to PDA and high level demand avoidance –  16 Mar 2023 (in person) Lego based therapy –  7 Feb 2023 (in person) Sensory processing and autism – 2 Feb 2023 (in person) Supporting CYP with autism using social narrative resources and strategies – 22 Feb 2023 Autism practical strategies workshops – 6 online sessions – start

Safeguarding update and training

Devon’s Children’s Services launches a new online ‘Request for support’ form To make requesting early help support or reporting a safeguarding concern quick and simple for everyone, Devon, in consultation with partners, has developed a new online Request for support form. The form will be live from 16 January. You can find out more from

Finance, Attendance and Data Protection courses

Finance Bursar briefings (online or in person) – Feb 2023 * NEW * Budget planning workshops (in person) – 1 or 2 Mar 2023 Attendance Initial training for school-based attendance staff (2 day course online) – 13 and 23 Mar 2023 Data Protection DPO networking forum 22 Feb 2023 or 17 May 2023