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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools - updated 18 December, 2014

SEN
New Ways – Safeguarding Disabled Children’s Conference - 6th March 2015

This conference is an opportunity for practitioners to hear about some of the New Ways of working across Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND Services). arrow Conference Details

arrow Thursday 18th December 2014

Science Courses
Improving Differentiation in Primary Science - 20th January 2015

This course at the Science Learning Centre East of England, Bayfordbury, looks at how you can ensure all pupils are appropriately challenged in science and the theories underpinning the development of teaching approaches in meeting the needs of all pupils in science. arrow Book online: Course code: 14SCI/011P

arrow Thursday 18th December 2014

Training Courses
Upcoming NQT Courses - Spring 2015

Spaces still available on the following courses: Teaching computing at Key Stage 1 for NQTs Course code: 14NQT/070P; 21st January - Active approaches to teaching reading comprehension from Early Years to Year 6 Course code: 14NQT/036P; 11th March - Inclusion matters for primary NQTs Course code: 14NQT/037P.

arrow Thursday 18th December 2014

Public Health

National Dental Survey for 5 year olds
A national dental health survey is undertaken every two years with 5-year-old children. The purpose of this survey is to monitor the trends of oral health in children. arrow More details

arrow Wednesday 17th December 2014

Attendance
Schoolsfx authentication problems fixed

It has come to our notice that several schools have had authentication problems when logging on to Schoolsfx for the first time. HCC and Avco have now rectified the problem and schools should now be able to access Schoolsfx using the credentials posted to them at the end of November. arrow More details

arrow Friday 12th December 2014

Attendance
Information Sheet for Maintained schools on Statutory Responsibilities relating to Attendance

The ISL Attendance team have produced an information sheet for maintained schools regarding their statutory responsibilities relating to attendance, together with the answers to some FAQs. arrow Download factsheet (pdf)

arrow Thursday 11th December 2014

Assessment
Why is My KS2 Value Added Score Lower Than I was Expecting?

Explanation of the 2014 KS2 Value Added model, based on national average progress of 13.4 points by Ben Fuller, Joint Lead Assessment Adviser, Hfl. arrow Value Added Scores

arrow Thursday 11th December 2014

Assessment
Asessment Update Emails from STA

The Standards & Testing Agency regularly send out Assessment Updates to schools via email.  It is important that schools receive these updates and read them carefully so that they complete actions on time and administer the key stages 1 and 2 tasks, tests and checks correctly. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 11th December 2014

British Values
Developing Primary Pupils' Understanding of Britain and Britishness - 15th January 2015

Following on from the Embedding British Values Conference – there are still places available on the 'Developing primary pupils' understanding of Britain and Britishness through the perspectives of history, geography and religious education' course.

.Book online: Course code 14HUM/002P.

arrow Thursday 11th December 2014

training times
Training Times - December 2014

The December issue of our monthly Herts for Learning newspaper, Training Times, is now available. It includes an article on the importance of continuing professional development for all, from newly qualified teachers to school leaders and governors; a spotlight on the work of the Early Years Team; together with the latest Hertfordshire school news, HfL news and and forthcoming courses. arrow Download Training Times (pdf)

arrow Wednesday 10th December 2014

Training Courses
Herts for Learning Training Courses - Spring 2015

Our seasonal spotlight for the spring term focuses on the importance of thinking about the longer term impact of training by embedding learning from training through practice in action, reflection and further development. As a result we are developing a wider range of ‘sandwich courses’ with opportunities to test out new learning and strategies between sessions. arrow Download training programme or search online

arrow Wednesday 10th December 2014

Herts for learning
Herts for Learning (HfL) Announce New Primary Phase Non-executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Karen James, Headteacher at Ludwick Nursery School, has been elected as the new primary phase non-executive director (NED) on the HfL Board as from January 2015. arrow HfL website: More details

arrow Tuesday 9th December 2014

Assessment
Unvalidated 2014 RAISEonline Data

Interactive reports for 2014 data are now available in RAISEonline.  New closing the gaps reports for FSM/CLA pupils are also available. Reports reflect the changes in accountability measures from the Wolf Report, due to changes regarding first entry. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 9th December 2014

RE
Help I'm Teaching RE - 22nd January 2015

Spaces still available on this course which is designed to support those teachers and teaching assistants in primary schools who regard themselves as non-specialists, but who find that they have been asked to teach RE. It aims to provide non-specialist teachers of RE with ideas and strategies to help them to teach primary RE with increased confidence. arrow Book online: Course code 14RED/008P

arrow Monday 8th December 2014

Power in poetry
The Power in Poetry - Language in Play. National Conference - 3rd February 2015

In the new primary curriculum for English, poetry is central to reading and listening for pleasure. We are delighted to invite schools to our one day conference aimed at inspiring and empowering schools as they embrace this new focus. Key note are speakers Roger McGough CBE and Carol Ann Duffy CBE. Book online course code: 14CON/011A or visit the HfL Website: Event details

arrow Friday 4th December 2014

Leadership
Headteacher Update - Autumn Presentation and Dates for 2015

The presentation from the Autumn term Headteacher updates is now available together with dates for the Spring and Summer terms 2015. arrow Heads Briefing Events

arrow Friday 4th December 2014

citizenship
UK Youth Parliament Elections 2015

Youth Connexions supports young people across the county to represent their District in the Hertfordshire UK Youth Parliament (HertsUKYP) Elections. Ten young people aged 11 – 18 are elected in January each year to represent the district where they live, work or are educated at a local, regional and national level. arrow More details

arrow Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Ballot Box
REMINDER: Voting for a Primary Non-Executive Director Now Open

Herts for Learning Ltd (HfL) invites primary school shareholders to vote for a non-executive director for the HfL Board. Please visit the Herts for Learning website for the information pack and voting form. arrow Hfl website: Primary NED

arrow Wednesday 3rd December 2014

British Values
Ofsted: Rural Schools Failing to Promote 'British Values'

A report in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph has highlighted concerns from Sir Michael Wilshaw following a series of Ofsted reports criticising schools across Wiltshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Hampshire and Kent for failing to prepare pupils for ‘life in Britain today’ following a series of no notice inspections by Ofsted. Herts for Learning, has recognised the challenge and opportunity this brings for schools and will be hosting a one day national conference on Wednesday 3rd December 2014, focussed on ‘Embedding British Values – preparing young people for life in modern Britain’ .Book online: Course code 14CON/010A. arrow HfL website: news article

arrow Thursday 27th November 2014

PE
Herts Coach Education Week February 14th - 22nd 2015

Herts Coach Education Week 2015 has a vast range of courses, workshops and events on offer for anyone keen to develop their sports coaching and leadership skills. Taking place during the February half-term break, there is something for everyone! arrow More details

arrow Thursday 27th November 2014

PSHE
Hertfordshire's SRE Aummit: Meeting Young People's 21st Century Needs

This conference (fully funded by Hertfordshire County Council) is a unique opportunity for all concerned in Sex and Relationship Education. We are bringing together staff from Hertfordshire’ s primary, secondary and special schools/academies and colleges with colleagues from youth services, public health, NHS and voluntary organisations. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 27th November 2014

safe and sustainable journeys
New Safe and Sustainable Journeys Facebook Page

Your Safe and Sustainable Journeys to school team now has their own Facebook page. It’s aimed at those with school age children and is a way of letting them know what is going on in Hertfordshire in terms of sustainable school travel and Road Safety.  We would be grateful if you could ask your school community to Like our page. Thank you. arrow Visit SSJ Facebook Page

arrow Wednesday 26th November 2014

PSHE
Preventing Violence and Abuse in Teenage Relationships - Funded Training for Schools

Hertfordshire County Council is funding training for 16 Hertfordshire secondary schools and four further education colleges. Between December 2014 and 31st March 2015, Herts for Learning will be delivering a three hour training programme for teaching staff focussed on ‘Preventing violence and abuse in teenage relationships’. arrow Preventing Violence Training

arrow Wednesday 26th November 2014

Assessment
KS1 and KS2 Test Orders

The test orders area of NCATools closes this Friday 28th November. Please ensure you have ordered all materials required by that date. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 25th November 2014

Attendance
Information Sheet for Academies on Statutory Responsibilities relating to Attendance

The ISL Attendance team have produced an information sheet for academies regarding their statutory responsibilities relating to attendance, together with the answers to some FAQs. arrow Download factsheet (pdf)

arrow Tuesday 25th November 2014

School Website Compliance
Does your School Website Comply with the Government's Statutory Guidelines?

Since September 2012 schools have been required to publish certain information online. Please see the School Website pages for guidelines as to how you can ensure that the information on your website will satisfy Ofsted's requirements. arrow Statutory Requirements for School Websites

arrow Monday 24th November 2014

Santa
Video Conference with Santa!

Once again E2BN will be offering schools the chance to video conference with Santa this year, between 3rd and 5th December. These 15 minute conferences will be run through the Flashmeeting service, with a charge of £30 per participating school. arrow More details

arrow Monday 24th November 2014

14-19
Support Staff Payscales 2014/15/16

Documents for employees to understand their overall pay increase. arrow More details

arrow Friday 21st November 2014

Public Health

Link Between Pupil Health and Wellbeing and Attainment
This briefing provides a broad, succinct scope of the scientific evidence highlighting the link between health and wellbeing and educational attainment. It underlines the value for schools of promoting health and wellbeing as an integral part of a school effectiveness strategy, and highlights the important contribution of a whole-school approach. arrow Link to DfE briefing

arrow Wednesday 19th November 2014

Youth Connexions
National Citizen Service Complements the PSHE and Citizenship Curriculum

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government backed programme that helps young people build skills for work, life and the transition into adulthood. Hertfordshire County Council’s Youth Connexions is a major delivery partner for the scheme, and runs programmes throughout the year. Participation offers young people the opportunity to master the art of communication and encouragement, making lifelong friends along the way. arrow National Citizen Service

arrow Wednesday 19th November 2014

PSHE
Sex and Relationships Education Digest

A new monthly digest of education news for SRE for Hertfordshire schools. arrow November 2014 digest

arrow Tuesday 18th November 2014

Maths Newsletter
HfL Primary Mathematics Newsletter

In the first edition of our new HfL Primary Mathematics newsletter we focus on the continuing journey to fully embed the new mathematics curriculum. arrow Download newsletter (pdf)

arrow Tuesday 18th November 2014

Heroes Christmas Competition
Hertfordshire Heroes Christmas Competition for KS2 Pupils - Win a new Apple i-Pad

Following the resounding success of last year’s Christmas Competition, Hertfordshire’s Armed Forces Community Covenant has decided to run this competition again this year. Military representatives from the local area have recently been deployed to Sierra Leone to participate in the efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak, and the troops have said that they would greatly appreciate receiving pictures from Hertfordshire children during the Christmas period. Please could schools interested in taking part in the competition email us to allow us to estimate the number of expected entries.arrow Competition details

arrow Monday 17th November 2014

Youth Connexions
Widening the Future for Primary School Children

Youth Connexions is inspiring primary school children to think about their future careers, as part of a new initiative ‘Widening the Future’. A pilot of the programme was recently launched in four primary schools in Hertfordshire – and has been a great success. arrow Widening the Future

arrow Friday 14th October 2014

Assessment
FFT Aspire Update

All schools that are currently subscribing to Fischer Family Trust via Herts for Learning should have received details of how to create and access the new FFT Aspire website. arrow Full update

arrow Thursday 13th October 2014

Attendance
Holidays in Term Time in schools only...

At a request from headteachers, the Deputy Director Children’s Services has provided a standard letter to be handed to parents and carers to support the governing body and headteachers in communicating their decision to refuse a request to allow leave of absence for holidays in term time. arrow Download letter (pdf)

arrow Wednesday 12th October 2014

Training Times
Training Times - November 2014 Edition

The sixth issue for the new academic year of our monthly Herts for Learning newspaper, Training Times, is now available, which includes an article on the schools lead project Raising Achievement and Narrowing Gaps effectively (RANGe) and a spotlight on the work of our Governance team, together with the latest Hertfordshire school news, HfL news and and forthcoming courses. arrow Training Times (pdf)

arrow Tuesday 11th November 2014

Public Health
Contact Details for School Nurses

A list of school nurse team leaders with contact details is now available.  Should you wish to contact your school nurse you can do this via the school nurse team leaders. arrow Contact details

arrow Tuesday 11th November 2014

14-19
14-19 Team Newsletter - New Termly Newsletter

The first issue of 14-19 Team Newsletter is now available, which includes detailed information about Autumn 2014 Training Events, Bursary Funds and presentations from our latest workshops. arrow 14-19 Team Newsletter (pdf)

arrow Monday 10th November 2014

Safer Internet Day 2015
Safer Internet Day 2015: Tuesday 10 February 2015

Safer Internet day is celebrated annually to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. It offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and create a better and safer online community. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 6th November 2014

Severe Weather Guidance
Severe Weather Guidance - November 2014

The Severe Weather Plan for Schools has been updated. As the weather turns colder please make sure you are familiar with the procedures for school closures in the event of snow and the closure notification system. arrow Severe Weather Guidance

arrow Wednesday 5th November 2014

Public Health Communications
Measuring Height & Weight in Children in Year 6 - 2014-2015

Updated letters for Headteachers and Chairs of Governing Bodies and Parents/Carers are now available for the annual National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). The NCMP is part of a national programme of work to improve children’s health and wellbeing. Promoting healthy weight in children is an important part of this programme. As part of this programme, the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) requires all children in Reception and Year 6 to be weighed and measured. arrow More details

arrow Monday 3rd November 2014

My Teen Brain
My Teen Brain

Following on from a successful pilot earlier this year, Childhood Support Services have launched My Teen Brain which focuses on a key stage of brain development and shows how changes in the adolescent brain, in conjunction with experience and environment, can affect emotions, relationships, behaviours, sleep and attitudes to risk.arrow My Teen Brain

arrow Monday 3rd November 2014

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