Future Learn PSHE Training, Back to School Vlog, The Book of Hopes and so much more...
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Schools' Bulletin - July 2020 (Issue 2)
  • Masterclasses and Conferences
  • Future Learn PSHE Training
  • Back to School Vlog #5
  • Autism Education Trust
  • The Books of Hopes
  • Work Experience Service
  • Attachment Based Mentoring
  • SLCN Training
  • Relational Practice and Policy
  • School Finance
  • Ethnic, Minority Traveller Achievement Service
  • New Online Data Protection Training
  • National SENDCo Award
  • Governance
  • Testimonial
  • Coronavirus - Learning From Home
  • Any other business...
Masterclasses and Conferences

How Do Adverse Childhood Experiences Effect Children's Learning and Development?
Thursday 12 November 2020 | Virtual Conference via Click Meeting

Early Years Foundation Stage Conference - Be Specific
Tuesday 24 November 2020 | Virtual Conference via Click Meeting

Safeguarding Conference: Out of Harm's Way
Tuesday 15 December 2020 | Sandy Park, Exeter
FREE Future Learn PSHE Training

Learn the statutory requirements for relationship, sex, and health education in the UK and how to teach these issues effectively.

For more information >>>
Back to School Vlog #5
  • Supporting Anxiety in Staff
  • Guidance for primary schools on approaches to assessment and starting points
  • Book of Hopes edited by Katherine Rundell – our English team have produced a range of free resources
  • Early Years funding information and scenarios
  • From the Education Psychology and Social Emotional Mental Health teams – guidance on developing relational practice and policy to support behaviour policies
You can find the vlog here >>>
Our Communication and Interaction Team have compiled some new guidance on Supporting post-COVID return to school for students with Autism.

For more information >>>
We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create some FREE resources/teaching sequences based on the incredible The Book of Hopes, edited by Katherine Rundell and published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

For more information plus access to the resources, click here >>>
Babcock Work Experience Service

At Babcock we already support schools and colleges and from September 2020 are now delighted to be able to offer a Work Experience Service as well. 
We offer advice and support for school/college staff responsible for work experience and can help you promote the benefits of a meaningful Work Experience Placement.

For more information >>>


Attachment Based Mentoring

ABM Training
Attachment based mentoring is a relational approach to supporting children with their social and emotional development. The approach includes both universal and targeted support, particularly for children who may have had adverse childhood experiences, those who are struggling with their emotional health and well-being and those who are finding it difficult to engage with learning and the social aspects of school.
The training runs over 3 days with an additional supervision session 6 weeks later. All participants receive the Attachment Based Mentoring book.

Four courses will be taking place in the Autumn and Spring term across Devon. Courses will either be presented face to face or online depending on the guidance on social distancing at the time.

For more information >>>

Future Learn

In addition to Attachment Based Mentoring schools will also be able to access a free online course available through Future Learn. The course is called - Relational Learning:  Supporting learning, development and wellbeing through relationship. This is a six week (approx. 2 hours of learning each week) course which involves learning through videos, articles, activities and shared discussion with fellow learners. The course covers the core principles of relational learning including the importance of relationships for development, how we can provide protection, connection, understanding and care and how we can develop and implement relational support plans that will enable children to access learning and be fully included in school. The course will be available on Future Learn from October 26th .

SLCN Training

Our SLCN team have recently announced their new Autumn training available both online and in-school delivery.

Following the success of the Devon Extended Language Project (DELP), a range of training has been created for primary, secondary and special school staff. Sessions are interactive and have a practical focus to improve outcomes for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

For more information >>>
Relational Practice and Policy

As you may be aware, the EP and SEMH teams have been working on writing guidance for developing relational practice and policy.
This has been funded by the Local Authority via the Virtual School Team.
Guidance for Developing Relational Practice and Policy aims to support the inclusion, engagement and outcomes for all children and young people with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable to and at risk of exclusion. The guidance was written in response to well documented concerns regarding young people's mental health and well-being and long standing national trends which show the disproportionate exclusion of children from vulnerable groups.

Click here for the Quick Guide >>>

Click here for the full document >>>

School Finance

Exceptional costs associated with COVID-19

In April, the government informed schools they could receive funding to cover additional costs associated with COVID-19. These costs include:
  • increased premises related costs of keeping schools open over school holiday periods, for vulnerable children and children of critical workers
  • support for free school meal (FSM) children who are not attending school, other than through the national voucher scheme
  • additional cleaning, over and above existing cleaning arrangements, where you have a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The DfE have now issued guidance on how schools can claim this funding, together with a link to the claim form itself, and can be accessed via the following link:

Please be aware that all claims must be made by 21st July 2020, but schools that are projecting to have an in-year financial surplus are not eligible to claim.
For further information, please contact your nominated Education Finance Consultant or e-mail

Ethnic, Minority Traveller Achievement Service

EMTAS Newsletter
Our EMTAS team have released their new Summer newsletter covering matters such as Black Lives Matter, Refugee Week as well as announcing the winners of their Bilingual Poetry Competition.

You can read the newsletter here >>>

New Bilingual Resources
We have created our own audio videos of Little Red Riding Hood and translated it into 10 different languages.

You can find the audio videos on our YouTube Channel >>>

New Anti Racism Resources
We have added a variety of new anti-racism resources onto our EMTAS anti-racism page.

Which you can find here >>>
New Online Data Protection Training

We have some new online courses that provide schools with data protection support.

Such as:
National SENDCO

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination is a successful training programme designed to support the professional development of special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) working in a range of educational settings.

You can read the leaflet here >>>

You can read the flyer here >>>

The Governance Team would like to thank all governors, trustees, clerks and associate members for the commitment and support they have demonstrated,  particularly during the challenges boards and settings have faced through COVID-19.  We appreciate that governance has been tricky this term – negotiating the technical challenges of online and virtual meetings, adapting to new ways of working and supporting our headteachers and staff as they, in turn, provide for our pupils.  We know that many of you are holding additional meetings (although hopefully both shorter and more strategic!) and may also be considering meeting during the summer holiday period as government plans for September re-opening become clearer. 

Thank you for everything you are doing to ensure that our children and young people can continue to thrive as we move into the new academic year.  Please rest assured we are here to support you as we face the next chapter together.

From your Governance Consultancy Team.


From a delegate who attended our recent Secondary English Subject Leader Meeting (Virtual Meeting)

Thank you so much for today's informative and engaging meeting. There is so much I want to discuss with the Team at my Academy. It is so beneficial to come away from any training or meeting with activities which you want to try in the classroom straightaway and .
this is exactly how I felt after this morning's meeting. (Deputy English Team Leader, Secondary School, Devon)
To purchase a recorded version of this meeting, plus event resources and materials for just £25 visit:
Coronavirus: support for schools, parents and pupils

Maths Resources

Weekly packages of ideas for Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 and all weeks can be accessed from our Mathematics COVID-19 Resources page.

Communication and Interaction

We have been adding a variety of downloads to our Communication and Interaction page each week. This week our topic is "Supporting Engagement in the Community

For more information >>>

Sensory Impairment and Physical Difficulties

We have been adding a variety of downloads to our Sensory and Physical page each week. This week our topic is "Setting up your Classroom ready for September".

For more information >>>

Any other business

T.R.E.E.S is all about teaching reforestation, environmental engagement,
and sustainability. The T.R.E.E.S. School Programme brings environmental education to
primary schools across Devon offering a Tree Planting Day with lessons plans, activities and resources.

For more information >>>
Our School Library Service are going to be supporting Reading Together Day on Thursday 16th July, co-ordinated by the Reading Agency.

This is available for all families!

For more information >>>
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