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Welcome to Devon Schools Leadership Services

Devon Schools Leadership Services (DSLS) is an exciting new charitable organisation launched in September 2020 for the benefit of School Leaders, following the merger of Devon’s DAPH and DASH phase associations.

Our Motivating Drivers are to:

  • Be the voice of and support for school leadership in the south-west
  • Become the conduit for school leadership and school improvement
  • Proactively address the needs of leaders to ultimately benefit learners
  • Become a self-sustaining, not for profit organisation
Read more on the About DSLS tab.


Message from DSLS Board of Trustees and Schools Executive Committee

Membership Survey 2022


The DSLS Board of Trustees alongside the Schools Executive Committee wish to undertake a review of the services to schools to include the core work with the LA as well as its other business activities both now and in the future. Some of you may not currently engage with all aspects of our work, others will be very familiar with what is available and regularly look to DSLS to support them in their leadership role.

We are keen to hear from everybody in order that we can establish what is currently valued and effective, where we could work differently or do better and more importantly where gaps may exist in the DSLS offering or indeed other providers within the education marketplace.

Your feedback is important to us. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the short questionnaire and help us to consider how DSLS can continue to provide a valuable service to school leaders going forward. READ MORE



DEF Elections – 4 Year term from 1 September 2022

Devon Education Forum (DEF): Appointment of Schools (LA Maintained) and Academy Members and named Substitutes effective from 1st September 2022 to 31 August 2026

Devon Education Forum (DEF) provides an important contact point between the local authority and education providers. Drawing on a wide spectrum of stakeholders’ knowledge, views and experience ensures that funding decisions are shaped by open dialogue, informed debate and challenge.

DSLS is inviting nominations from school leaders across both phases to represent schools and contribute to the process of ensuring an equitable distribution of finance is achieved for all pupils within the local authority. READ MORE