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Teach in Herts - Teacher Recruitment Fair

Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools - updated 6 March, 2015

World Book Day
FREE – Youth Sport Trust TOPs Resources

As we fast approach the summer term HfL have surplus resources of the TOPs Athletics and TOPs swimming .
These are a fantastic resource for schools and if you would like copies then please contact Julie Garstang
01438 844853 julie.garstang@hertsforlearning.co.uk on a first come first served basis, maximum of 10 per school.

arrow Friday 6th March 2015

World Book Day
Sex and Relationships Education Digest – February/March 2015

The latest SRE digest for schools has been published. arrow SRE Digest

arrow Friday 6th March 2015

World Book Day
An Introduction to FPS Web - 9th March 2015

Space are still available on this course which is for delegates who prepare their own school budget using FPS software and need to understand the functionality of the software and how to transfer their current budget to the new solution in preparation for setting your 2015-16 budgets. Further guidance and information will be provided to delegates after booking onto the course arrow Book Online: 14FSS/102A

arrow Wednesday 4th March 2015

World Book Day
Beat the Street

Beat the Street is a free community initiative designed to inspire children and adults to walk more and increase physical activity levels. The four community areas taking part in the project are Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Broxbourne and Stevenage. From 1st June - 17th July the community will be able play a real life walking game. Individuals are given a RFID card (like an Oyster card) which they tap against boxes placed on lamp posts around the townsto record a journey. This will earn points that add up to achieve a goal and win prizes for their team or school. All primary and secondary schools in the areas can play and the challenge is to see who will win the Race to Space! arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 4th March 2015

Contract services for schools
Important information for Primary Heads and Assessment Coordinators

Schools that have subscribed to the new HfL Primary core teaching, learning and assessment package should by now have received an email with details of how to download and import new AM7 reports which give more detailed analysis of attainment and progress for vulnerable groups and individual pupils. To help interpret the reports, an updated version of the Report Catalogue is also available to download. Please also note that every report has an ‘Info’ sheet at the end which gives more information on what the report shows, as well as some Frequently Asked Questions. You must be logged into the HfL resources subscription area on the Herts for Learning website in order to access these files. Please go to: www.hertsforlearning.co.uk to log-in.

arrow Wednesday 4th March 2015

World Book Day
Year End Schools Capital Return

The year end schools capital return is now available on Solero. The deadline for completion is the 1st April 2015.

arrow Wednesday 4th March 2015

World Book Day
World Book Day

Free teaching resources available for World Book Day on the 5th March. arrow Visit the World Book Day website

arrow Tuesday 3rd March 2015

.breathe
Opportunity to Access Unique Training .breathe

On Monday 16th of March at the Hertfordshire Development Centre the Mindfulness in Schools Project will be facilitating .breathe. .b stands for “Stop, Breathe and Be!” This simple act of mindfulness provides the kernel of six lessons for students which can be used in any young person’s setting. arrow More information

arrow Monday 2nd March 2015

Travel Film Competition
2015 School Travel Film Competition

Time to get filming! The SSJ in schools team are pleased to announce that they are running their popular School Travel Film competition again. This year we are looking for groups or individuals to produce a short promotional video (3 mins max) on sustainable travel. The Primary and Secondary winning entries will win, a Go Pro camera, accessories pack, carry case and 2 photo books. arrow More details

arrow Monday 2nd March 2015

Contract services for schools
Herts for Learning Contract Services 2015-16

Summaries of Herts for Learning’s 2015-16 contract services will be issued to schools this week. Two copies of the contracts will be sent to each school/academy, one marked for the attention of the headteacher and one for the chair of governors.  Each will contain an individual copy of the 2015-16 contract for all services currently provided by Herts for Learning along with a more detailed breakdown of the school’s 2015-16 contract for School IT Systems Support (SITSS). arrow More information

arrow Monday 2nd March 2015

MFL
Primary Schools MFL Competition

Herts for Learning are offering Hertfordshire primary schools the opportunity to win a very special French bear ‘Norbert’ by telling us what they would put in a bag with him for children to carry on their learning of French at home. The school that produces the most inspiring bag will win Norbert to keep!  Entries close 27th March 2015.arrow Competition details

arrow Thursday 26th February 2015

Holocaust
Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 – a Legacy of Hope

Students across Hertfordshire gathered to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp in Europe, on Thursday 29th January 2015. arrow Report of Holocaust Memorial Day

arrow Thursday 26th February 2015

14-19
AAT Accounting Qualifications

In conjunction with Herts County Council, AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) will be holding a round table event in late March/early April to which  Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Heads of 6th Form/Key Stage 5 are invited to find out more about the benefits of becoming an AAT approved centre. A speaker from a Training Provider or College will give you an update on Apprenticeship opportunities for your pupils wishing to follow this pathway at the end of KS4 or KS5. arrow AAT Event

arrow Wednesday 25th February 2015

children
Teach in Herts - Teacher Recruitment Fair 2015

Herts for Learning will be running the Teach in Herts – Teacher Recruitment Fair 2015 on Saturday 14th March 2015 at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage. All Hertfordshire schools are invited to attend and exhibit free of charge, providing you with opportunities to; advertise your current and potential vacancies, talk to potential candidates attending the event, promote your school, offer work experience/ visits or other activity with a view to securing a future pipeline of candidates. arrow More details

arrow Wednesday 25th February 2015

children
Young People’s Innovation Fund

Do you have an idea for a new project which helps young people stay healthy in Hertfordshire? If so, you may be eligible for the Young People’s Innovation Fund. Hertfordshire County Council is looking for projects to help disadvantaged young people to stay healthy and safe. arrow Young People’s Innovation Fund

arrow Wednesday 25th February 2015

Parents
Keep Submitting Your Courses for Inclusion in the Parenting Directory for Hertfordshire

The parenting directory is entering its' third term. The directory has been well received by professionals and has received many compliments regarding the content and ease of use. arrow Parenting Directory

arrow Tuesday 24th February 2015

Assessment
RAISEonline Data Update (Primary)

The interactive reports in RAISEonline will be updated on Friday 27th February. This update will include: adding EYFSP data; validated KS2 data. This is the first time that EYFS data has been included in RAISEonline. The Summary reports will be updated on Tuesday 3rd March, to include both these sets of data.

arrow Monday 23rd February 2015

14-19
Higher Apprenticeship Information Breakfast Briefing for Schools – 18th March 2015

The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce would like to invite all schools to attend a Higher Apprenticeship Information Breakfast Briefing in partnership with MBDA, taking place on Wednesday 18th March 2015 . arrow Information Briefing Details

arrow Monday 23rd February 2015

Recycle
FREE Pickup of Unwanted School Electrical Items - April 2015

Hertfordshire Schools are being offered the opportunity to recycle unwanted or broken electrical equipment through a free collection service in April 2015. WasteAware are once again working with partner organisation European Recycling Platform (ERP) to provide the popular collection service, which will take place during the week of the 20th - 24th April 2015. arrow Registration for Pickup

arrow Friday 20th February 2015

sitss
Bogus emails that appear to come from Apple

Emails have been sent to some head teachers’ accounts that look as though they are genuinely from Apple. The email reports a purchase has been made on their account from another part of the world. SITSS has investigated and found the emails to be fakes. SITSS are advising schools to not open any attachments or links in the email. If you are concerned report the email to your IT Support provider or visit https://appleid.apple.com/ to see if your account has been used recently to make a purchase. SITSS are working on blocking the sender of the email to schools who are on Office365.

arrow Tuesday 17th February 2015

14-19
16-19 Study Programmes – EFA Funding Formula and Auditing

This twilight session will cover: The variables within the EFA Funding Formula and how they relate to your Sixth Form, The auditing requirements underpinning 16-19 Study Programmes, The key funding guidance documents to support Sixth Form provision. The workshop is targeted at curriculum leaders, Heads of Sixth Form, Deputy Heads, Business Managers and staff new to Sixth Form. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 17th February 2015

14-19
Fully Funded Training Opportunity - ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is an evidenced based set of actions, that when adopted are proven to improve wellbeing. A toolkit for those working with young people has been developed by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC). This unique training has been centrally funded by HCC and facilitated by How to Thrive who have extensive experience in the practical skills and habits required to build emotional resilience and improve wellbeing. arrow More details

arrow Friday 13th February 2015

Hertfordshire Police
Theft of Computers from Schools in schools only

Hertfordshire Constabulary have received two separate reports of multiple thefts of computers from educational establishments in Hertfordshire in the last few days (12/02/15).  Both incidents have involved thefts from classrooms while the premises has been closed. arrow Advice for Schools

arrow Friday 13th February 2015

cookery
TV Cookery Competition for Children

Fresh One Productions are making a brand new TV cookery show for children aged 9-11, to find the next top chefs with a healthy attitude to cooking! As Food Education is now part of the national curriculum, this competition aims to engage and inspire children with the knowledge and passion for nutritious food and healthy eating, and in doing so give them valuable skills to live happier and healthier lives. (Closing date for entries 20th Feb). arrow Information for Schools and Parents

arrow Wednesday 11th February 2015

14-19
14-19 Team Newsletter

The February 14-19 Newsletter is now available and includes information about 14-19 Workshops, the development of an Employment, Education and Training Strategy for the county, Destination data, the Ofsted Annual Report, Sixth Form funding, the new HCC Transport Policy and Bursary Funds, Alternative Provision, Vocational Provision, National Apprenticeship Week and an update from Youth Connexions. arrow More details

arrowTuesday 10th February 2015

pshe
Sex Education and Relationships Training

How to Thrive are offering Hertfordshire schools and professionals the opportunity to access training in two evidenced based programmes relating to healthy relationships and sex education. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 10th February 2015

health and well being
Penn Resilience Training

Penn Resilience Programme (PRP) teacher training will be held on the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 30th June and the 1st of July. Book early to avoid disappointment. The training is promoted to schools across the UK and the places go very quickly. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 10th February 2015

Assessment
Key Stage 1 - Year 1 Moderation training

These sessions for Year 1 teachers will include an element of training on using the new HfL assessment system and an element of moderation to support making secure judgements. arrow More details

arrow Friday 6th February 2015

support staff
Certificate in Educational and Business Administration

The ELC are running their 7 month CEBA programme starting in March 2015 at Hertfordshire Development Centre. Suitable for administrative staff seeking to develop their professional competencies and develop a career in educational administration. arrow More details

arrow Friday 6th February 2015

training times
Training Times - January/February 2015

The latest issue includes articles on the importance of context for embedding British Values; HfL's new Coaching Service; Children's Centres recommissioning; the work of the Financial Services for Schools Team; together with the latest Hertfordshire school news, HfL news and and forthcoming courses. arrow Download Training Times (pdf/1MB)

arrow Friday 6th February 2015

eSafety
Water Education - Affinity

Affinity Water are offering primary schools an opportunity to take part in a free pilot programme to save water. Water Saving Squad in Schools is a curriculum-linked programme, designed and delivered by experienced educators. The programme is led by students and empowers them to take action to save water at school and at home. arrow More details

arrow Wednesday 4th February 2015

Hertfordshire County Council
Gillian Cawley- Assistant Director, Commissioner for Education Services

Gillian Cawley, Assistant Director Commissioner for Education Services will be leaving Hertfordshire in May to take up a new post with Kent County Council as Director of Education Quality Standards. We will all be very sorry to see Gillian leave and I am sure you will join me in wishing her congratulations in this exciting new role. When we have details of farewell arrangements we will let schools know. Jenny Coles, Director of Children's Services.

arrow Wednesday 4th February 2015

Ofsted
Ofsted Website Move

The Ofsted website (www.ofsted.gov.uk) has been moved to the main .Gov.uk website. There is a quick guide on the new website on where to find Ofsted content on GOV.UK and how to access the archived content. arrow Go to New Ofsted website

arrow Tuesday 3rd February 2015

eSafety
eSafety Newsletter - Spring 2015

The latest HfL eSafety newsletter is now available with the latest guidance and information for schools and parents. arrow Newsletter

arrow Friday 30th January 2015

14-19
Feeling Good Week - 9th-13th February 2015

Hertfordshire are supporting the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU), part of University College London and the Anna Freud Centre, with the evaluation of lesson plans to introduce young people to a new website to foster their mental health and emotional wellbeing. The lesson plans are an ideal activity to support you in delivering mental health awareness during Feelin' Good Week. arrow More details

arrow Friday 30th January 2015

Bristol Document Summaries - January 2015
Bristol Document Summaries - January 2015 in schools only

This months summaries include commentary on Ofsted’s annual schools and FE report and the Carter Review on Initial Teacher Training, research about which courses and universities have the highest earning potential, and the UCAS report on applications and admissions in 2014. Other summaries cover everything from military ethos in alternative provision to outcomes for looked after children. arrow Bristol Document Summary Service

arrow Friday 30th January 2015

PSHE
Young and Smokefree Project

The Young and Smokefree project (YASF) is an interactive website exploring Tobacco industry tactics, effects of smoking, Government influence and how you can make a difference. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 29th January 2015

Religious Education
Letter from Lord Nash regarding the work of SACREs

Hertfordshire County Council have recently received a letter from Lord Nash concerning the critical work of the SACREs. This letter highlights the importance of their work to all schools and the key role that Religious Education should play in all schools. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 27th January 2015

primary maths newsletter
Primary Maths Newsletter - Spring 2015

In this issue, the Hfl Primary Maths Advisers focus on the continuing journey to fully embed the new mathematics curriculum, in particular, the development of reasoning in classrooms. You will also find further articles that explore: ‘Assessment and life after levels’; and they also consider the need to clearly map both written and mental calculation. arrow Primary Maths Newsletter

arrow Monday 26th January 2015

youth connexions
Ready for ‘Blast-off’? - New Groundbreaking Service for Primary Schools

Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Rocket into the Future intergalactic services’ for primary schools. These innovative lessons have been developed from the successful ‘Widening the Future’ 2014 pilot in Herts Primary Schools. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 22nd January 2015

Severe Weather Guidance
Revised Model Policy for ICT Acceptable Use (Incorporating eSafety and Data Security)

Herts for Learning have updated the model eSafety Acceptable Use Policy, incorporating eSafety and Data Security, which schools can choose to adopt.  This policy has been developed from national guidance and best practice. arrow eSafety Policies
arrow Wednesday 21st January 2015

behaviour for learning
Behaviour for Learning Conference - 19th March 2015

A growing number of schools are highlighting the development of pupils’ learning behaviour as a key element for school improvement. This conference will comprise engaging, motivating and thought provoking speakers including workshop contributions from local head teachers and senior leaders involved in promoting both learning behaviour policy and practice. arrow Conference details

arrow Monday 19th January 2015

Severe Weather Guidance
Severe Weather Guidance -January 2015

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 Monday 19th January 2015

Coaching Service
Primary Network Meetings for Schools with Traveller Pupils on Roll

If you have Traveller pupils on roll in your school then you may be interested in attending a termly network meeting at either Apsley development Centre or HDC Stevenage. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 15th January 2015

Coaching Service
Herts for Learning Launches a Quality Mark for Primary Languages

The Primary Languages Quality Mark™ (PLQM) is designed to help primary schools audit, embed and evaluate their foreign language provision through a series of incremental stages that have been developed with the new curriculum for primary languages in mind. arrow HfL website: More details

arrow Thursday 15th January 2015

primary english newsletter
Primary English Newsletter - Spring 2015

The Herts for Learning Primary English Teaching and Learning Advisers have put together a newsletter with useful articles and guidance on the new national curriculum. arrow Primary English Newsletter

arrow Wednesday 14th January 2015

Coaching Service
Herts for Learning Coaching Service

Unlock your potential through Herts for Learning’s new Coaching Service. In a recent survey of Hertfordshire headteachers undertaken by Herts for Learning, 77.5% of respondents, stated that they were interested in buying coaching support for themselves or for other members of their team. In direct response to this, Herts for Learning has been working with an independent coaching organisation, to train a cadre of accredited coaches who can support leaders in schools. arrow HfL website: More details

arrow Tuesday 13th January 2015

PSHE
Sex and Relationships Education Digest

A monthly digest of education news for SRE for Hertfordshire schools. arrow January 2015 digest

arrow Tuesday 13th January 2015

14-19
Feeling Good Week 2015

This will take place between the 9th and 13th February, the week before half term. Schools and other services are invited to bid for up to £500 to support events, activities or the purchase of mental health promotion resources which focus on the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people in Hertfordshire. arrow More details

arrow Monday 12th January 2015

14-19
16-19 Study Programmes – EFA Funding Formula and Auditing

This twilight session will cover: The variables within the EFA Funding Formula and how they relate to your Sixth Form, The auditing requirements underpinning 16-19 Study Programmes, The key funding guidance documents to support Sixth Form provision. The workshop is targeted at curriculum leaders, Heads of Sixth Form, Deputy Heads, Business Managers and staff new to Sixth Form. arrow More details

arrow Friday 9th January 2015

14-19
Accessing Higher Apprenticeships for High Performing Students

This half day session will include: Building Apprenticeship awareness into the 16-19 Study Programme, Bringing employers and parents together – does it make a difference?, Repositioning Higher Apprenticeships and dispelling the myths. The workshop is targeted at curriculum leaders, heads of sixth form, senior leadership teams and those providing IAG to post 16 students. arrow More details

arrow Friday 9th January 2015

Power of Purpose
The Power of Purpose - A New You for the New Year

Herts for Learning is delighted to confirm that we are introducing a new programme to schools to develop personal effectiveness: The Power of Purpose. At our special introductory price of £475 for all six, 3 hour sessions, this programme is amazing value for money.  Some of our primary and secondary Heads have already completed this programme, and feel it has radically improved their leadership skills. arrow More details and how to book

arrow Friday 9th January 2015

Assessment
Primary Assessment Updates - Spring 2015

The Herts for Learning Assessment Team have produced their termly update on key assessment issues for primary schools in Hertfordshire. arrow Assessment Update (docx)

arrow Thursday 8th January 2015

Public Health
Accident and Emergency Alternatives - Advice for Schools

As you will be aware, the health service nationally and in Hertfordshire is under great strain at the moment, with our A&E departments in particular finding it hard to cope with the numbers of patients coming through the doors.  We are therefore working to raise awareness of alternatives to A&E, targeting groups including parents of young children who are particularly high users of hospital A&E services. We have produced an information sheet, which ideally we would like Hertfordshire schools and Children’s Centres to include in their regular e-newsletters for parents, as soon as possible.  arrow Information Sheet for Schools

arrow Thursday 8th January 2015

Children's Services Information
Data Collection Calendar - Spring 2015 in schools only...

Spring update for the Data Collection Calendar for Schools compiled each year to provide a list of the major and statutory data collections and disseminations of data between schools and the local authority. arrow Spring Calendars

arrow Wednesday 7th January 2015

Power in poetry
Growing Minds Conference - 17th March 2015

An opportunity to listen to internationally recognised speaker, James Nottingham - a leader in transforming up-to-date research into best practice for teaching and learning and author of the books 'Encouraging Learning' and 'Challenging Learning'. Book online course code: 14ASS/088A or visit the HfL Website: Event details

arrow Wednesday 7th January 2015

Police
PBX and Dial Through Fraud - Police Message to Schools in schools only...

The police have asked that a bulletin from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit be circulated to schools to warn them about the risk of ‘PBX’ and ‘Dial Through’ fraud. This is where hackers can use a school’s telephone system to make high volume calls to premium rate numbers, potentially resulting in huge bills for the school. The bulletin, which offers ways in which schools can reduce their risk of this type of fraud can be viewed here. arrow Read Bulletin

arrow Wednesday 7th January 2015

Cycling to school
The Big Pedal Competition 2015

The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. Schools can sign up on the Big Pedal website. More information

arrow Wednesday 7th January 2015

Attendance
Children's e-Safety Survey Results

Hertfordshire County Council has released the results of a survey suggesting that many parents are unaware of what their child is doing online. Last year the council conducted a survey of over 1000 children in the county, asking a range of questions about their internet usage. arrow Survey Results

arrow Monday 5th January 2015

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