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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools
- updated 29 March, 2017

How to Thrive
Resilience: Become a Penn Resilience Programme Teacher

Learn to deliver the Penn Resilience Programme in your school, and help your students to build their resilience, bounce forward from difficulties and seize opportunities with enthusiasm. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 29th March 2017

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Herts for Learning

Herts for Learning Training & Events

 

Year 1 mathematics - making the last term count
Tuesday 2nd May 2017 arrow Book now: 17MAT/012P

Learning to lead - successful leadership of primary computing
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 arrow Book now:17COM/001P
Capitalising on services and lettings
Thursday 4th May 2017 arrow Book now: 17SBM/005A
Deputy and assistant headteacher induction: session five - effective communication
Thursday 4th May 2017 arrow Book now: 17MAN/007P
Effective approaches to teaching English and mathematics in Key Stage 2
Thursday 4th May 2017 arrow Book now: 17NQT/001P
Running financially successful clubs and events
Friday 5th May 2017 arrow Book now: 17SBM/006A

Prevent Duty alerts
Prevent Duty alerts now available on HICS

We are pleased to inform you that HICS, your connectivity service, has an added layer of protection for its users. This comes at no additional cost and is included within your existing HICS subscription fee. Schools can now opt in to receive emailed alerts notifying them when local sessions have accessed websites with extremist related content, in line with the Government’s Prevent Strategy. The alert will be sent out within a few minutes to an email address of your choice. arrow Find out more and to set up Prevent alerts

arrow Monday 27th March 2017

RSE and PSHE Training Programme
New RSE and PSHE Training Programme

The Herts for Learning Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Pupils Team have put together an exciting new Core RSE and PSHE Training Programme for 2017. arrow Download brochure

arrow Friday 24th March 2017

statutory requirements
HICS - the next generation internet service for Hertfordshire schools FAQ's

The HICS network currently provides internet and connectivity services to over 520 schools and academies in Hertfordshire. The service is strategically managed by HfL and the ICT in Schools Partnership Working Group, which is made up of representatives from the headteacher and governor communities. The service has enabled all schools in Hertfordshire to receive an excellent connectivity service, wherever they are situated, whilst also ensuring that they get a value for money, educational service providing secure links in and between schools and where appropriate, the LA. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 23rd March 2017

statutory requirements
There are new statutory requirements for RE in Hertfordshire schools from September 2017

The new syllabus parallels the National Curriculum for community schools and is recommended for Church schools, academies and free schools. The new statutory requirements offer clarity and revision to the aims, time allocation, breadth of study, assessment model and expected learning outcomes for Religious Education arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 22nd March 2017

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Herts for Learning

Herts for Learning Training & Events

Assessing and securing greater depth in Year 6 writing
Tuesday 25th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17ENG/023P
Strategic absence management
Tuesday 25th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17SHR/002A
Assessing and securing greater depth in Year 6 writing

Wednesday 26th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17ENG/022P
Year 5 mathematics - making the last term count
Wednesday 26th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17MAT/013P
Securing greater depth in Year 2 (mathematics and English)
Thursday 27th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17MAN/028P
Launch of the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 - religion for today and tomorrow
Thursday 27th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17RED/003A
Launch of the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 - religion for today and tomorrow
Thursday 27th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17RED/004A

 Youth Connexions
YC Hertfordshire – the new name for Youth Connexions

As of this month, Youth Connexions has changed its name to YC Hertfordshire. We continue to deliver high quality youth work projects and programmes and provide information, advice, guidance, work related learning, outdoor education and other services under the new name of YC Hertfordshire, part of HCC Children’s Services.The new name reflects national developments and the diversity of projects and programmes delivered to children, young people and adults - in schools, colleges, Children’s Services settings and the community. Our websites and materials will be updated over the coming weeks and months to reflect this change of name. arrow More information

arrow Friday 17th March 2017

Headteachers
Conference
Survive, Revive, Thrive - A one-day national conference for primary deputy and assistant headteachers, Friday 23rd June, Luton

The ever-changing educational landscape continues to present challenge and opportunity to school leaders but when the concept of ‘Survive, Revive, Thrive,’ is embraced, the light at the end of the tunnel burns bright and fuels school leaders’ passion and enthusiasm for ensuring every single child achieves of their best. Countless stories exist about how to survive change, but how do we ensure our school leaders revive and thrive in the face of adversity?arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 15th March 2017

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Herts for Learning Training & Events

Early Years Conference - Move more - Achieve more!
Wednesday 19th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17EAY/010P
What makes for effective safeguarding? Headteachers session

Wednesday 19th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17MAN/031A
What makes for effective safeguarding? Headteachers session
Wednesday 19th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17MAN/032A
Delivering the Year 1 phonics screening check
Thursday 20th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17ENG/015P
Nailing the SEF
Thursday 20th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17MAN/024P
Nailing the SEF
Thursday 20th April 2017 arrow Book now: 17MAN/025P
SIMS for new users
Friday 21st April 2017 arrow Book now: 17SIT/010A

Prehistory Inset Day
Celtic Harmony Prehistory Inset Day – 3rd May 2017

A great opportunity for teachers to learn more about Prehistory and get some creative classroom ideas in the stimulating setting of Celtic Harmony Camp, near Hertford, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement. arrow More information

arrow Friday 10th March 2017

Summer Term 2017
Summer Term 2017 Training Programme

During the summer terms we are running 222 training courses, all of which are carefully planned and offer fantastic value. We always listen to feedback from previous course participants and over 90% have rated the quality of content and training materials as being good or excellent, and 96% rating the subject knowledge of their training course as good or excellent. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 9th March 2017

 Youth Connexions
Youth Connexions Hertfordshire

YC Hertfordshire already works with more than 100 schools and colleges to provide impartial information, advice, guidance, youth work, work related learning, outdoor education opportunities and personal and social development programmes for young people including specific programmes focusing on prevention and early intervention. arrow Find out more

arrow Tuesday 7th March 2017

Safeguarding Resources
New safeguarding resources now available

Hertfordshire County Council and the Police have produced a video and accompanying lesson plan to help raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. The 7 minute video tells the story of a 15 year old girl who is befriended on Facebook by someone she has never met and goes on to meet him alone. The video also tackles issues such as sexting and drugs and alcohol and is accompanied by a quiz and class discussion. The resources can be found here arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 7th March 2017

Whielpool Tumble Dryer
Urgent Recall Whirlpool Tumble Dryers

Whirlpool the maker of Hotpoint and Indesit tumble dryers has now changed its advice to the owners of Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble driers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 telling customers to unplug the appliances and stop using them until they are repaired. This is due to an identified defect where excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element leading to a fire risk. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 1st March 2017

The Exchange
The Exchange - February/March Edition 2017

The February/March edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on recent changes within HfL’s Senior Leadership Team. In addition, four additional pages (Academisation, What’s on, Business Services and Conference) have been added to ensure schools and academy remain up to date with all the latest local and national educational news. arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Wednesday 1st March 2017

The Betjeman Poetry Prize
School Aid Book Collection for Students in Malawi

Can you help? Do you have any text books or dictionaries that pupils in your school no longer use? The Watford Lions charity are collecting  books that are in good condition but no longer used in your schools to send to Malawi as part of the School Aid programme. If you have any books you are able to donate then please contact Eric Amaria at  Watford Lions, email: eamaria@btinternet.com. The Lions will be able to arrange the collection of books from your school.

arrow Monday 27th February 2017

Teach in Herts
Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair – Stand booking deadline extended until Monday 27th February

With the Burgundy Book resignation deadline fast approaching, and for Hertfordshire schools currently looking to recruit staff for their job vacancies, the deadline for booking a stand at our award winning Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair taking place in Stevenage on Saturday 4th March, has been extended to 4pm Monday, 27th February. To book a stand for your school/cluster of schools arrow please click on the link

arrow Friday 24th February 2017

Hics Update
Update on Hertfordshire Internet Connectivity Service (HICS) - Internet Connectivity Issue - 22nd February 2017

The HICS service has provided reliable and safe internet services to most schools and academies and we have previously been proud of both our network security and reliability. Yesterday, there was an unpredictable network failure that affected schools, HCC offices, libraries, some NHS staff and other Hertfordshire services. We worked hard with our supplier to identify the issue and restore service to users as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it transpired that a fault had developed in a high speed line in the core of the network. We were able to reroute traffic around the failure, and service was resumed, whilst the initial failure point is being addressed.We are aware that these kinds of issues with connectivity cause significant disruption to both the business of running a school and curriculum coverage, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please be assured that we are working with our supplier to rectify the failure, review system resilience and negotiate improvements in provision. Given the importance of ensuring that schools have a secure, reliable and safe educational connectivity service, we have been reviewing our provision for the next three years to ensure that schools are able to maximise improvements in technology. We will contact you with more information about this as soon as possible.

arrow Friday 24th February 2017

School nursing survey
School nursing survey - share your views

In 2018, Hertfordshire County Council will be re-commissioning the services currently delivered by school nursing, health visiting and children’s centres. As part of this process a new survey has been launched to gain feedback on the services delivered by school nursing, which will be used to inform future commissioning decisions. Please encourage your school staff, young people and parents/carers to have their say through completing the survey. arrow School nursing survey

arrow Friday 10th February 2017

Avian Flu Advice for Schools
Avian Flu Advice for Schools who Keep Poultry

Advice for schools who keep poultry to make sure you are complying with the law on Avian Flu. If you keep poultry you are currently required by law to house them or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds. This is because a Prevention Zone is currently in force across the UK. This applies until 28 February 2017. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 9th February 2017

Hertfordshire Smokefree Schools Toolkit
Hertfordshire Smokefree Schools Toolkit – Sign up today

Toolkit is to support schools in their journey to be smokefree and is more than just prohibiting smoking on the school premises. It also involves changing the way smoking is addressed in schools, encouraging supportive culture for both staff and students to prevent smoking and help those who already smoke. Take a look at this toolkit and sign up today. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 7th February 2017

Primary Pupil Workshops
‘No Outsiders’ - An Exciting Calendar of Primary Pupil Workshops for 2017

Each year the HfL Wellbeing advisers are asked by primary schools to deliver workshops to mark the many special events that contribute to schools’ SMSC work across the year. In response, new for 2017, the team have developed a pick and mix programme of ready-made pupil workshops that can be booked for us to deliver in your school. All workshops are designed for years 5 and 6 to raise awareness and explore key messages about equality, diversity and inclusion and to support your British Values and the safeguarding curriculum. To find out more visit arrow The Herts for Learning website

arrow Tuesday 7th February 2017

HCC
Hertfordshire County Council Email Addresses

Hertfordshire County Council recently switched off its old email address suffix ‘@hertscc.gov.uk’. Schools should check any contacts they hold for HCC to make sure they are for the correct email address ‘@hertfordshire.gov.uk’. The generic email address for contacting the County Council is contact@hertfordshire.gov.uk

arrow Thursday 2nd February 2017

LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month – February 2017

February is LGBT History Month. This would be a great time to introduce some new books that will support your curriculum’s representation of diversity and promote LGBT equality. Take a look at these recommended reading lists. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 31st January 2017

Hics Update
Update on Hertfordshire Internet Connectivity Service (HICS) - January 2017

The HICS network was developed nearly seven years ago and HfL is currently undergoing the process to identify the best provision of service moving forward. This process is in the final stages and further details of the features and costs will be provided to schools in the coming weeks. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 31st January 2017

The Global Learning Programme
The Global Learning Programme (GLP) - Whitehill School Project

Whitehill School are looking for like-minded schools across Hertfordshire (KS2 and KS3) to join them in helping as many pupils as possible to gain a better knowledge and understanding of their place in the world and the part they can play in addressing both local and global issues. An introductory session is running at the school on the 14th March 2017 arrow More information

arrow Monday 30th January 2017

FGM Learning Seminars
Female Genital Mutilation Learning Seminars

In conjunction with Barnardos and the National FGM Centre, the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board is offering professionals the opportunity to attend a learning seminar on FGM. It will be led by Sonita Pobi from the National FGM Centre on the 3rd March. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 26th January 2017

My EPIC Era
History Competition for Schools - My EPIC Era

My EPIC Era is back with another great History competition for schools and pupils throughout the UK, brought to you by 60 second histories. My EPIC Era puts pupils in the driving seat, allowing them to share their passion and knowledge of their favourite historical era. arrow More information

arrow Monday 23rd January 2017

The Betjeman Poetry Prize
The Betjeman Poetry Prize Reopens for Entries!

Are your pupils aged 10-13? Why not help them write a poem on the theme of ‘place’ and enter the Betjeman Poetry Prize by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2016.arrow More information

arrow Friday 20th January 2017

Holocaust Educational Trust's
Holocaust Educational Trust's 'Lessons from Auschwitz' Project

The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) provides a privileged opportunity for two post-16 students to participate on their Lessons from Auschwitz Project. (LFA) Since 1999, remarkably more than 31,000 students and teachers from across the country have participated in this unique experience. The four-part course aims to educate about the events of the Holocaust and consider the lessons for today. As a result of Government support and funding, they are able to offer places at a cost of just £59 per participant. Demand for places is always high and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis with priority given to state schools which have not participated before. A very limited number of places for teachers are also available. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th January 2017

Graded Care Profile
Graded Care Profile - Train the Trainer Session

A Train the Trainer course for the Graded care Profile Lite Bite is available through the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board , so that partners can cascade this training throughout their organisations. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th January 2017

Health for Kids and Health for Teens
Health for Kids and Health for Teens - brand new websites launch on 16th January!

On Monday 16 January a dedicated Hertfordshire page under the Health for Kids and Health for Teens website will launch. Not only will it provide local health updates, events and information, but it will contain the contact details of all School Nursing Teams across the county and signpost to relevant services. arrow More information

arrow Monday 16th January 2017

Herts for Learning
Reading on the Rise Conference – Raising Standards

The Herts for Learning primary English team will be running a conference to support the improvement of leadership and teaching of reading. Schools will have an opportunity to hear from Sarah Hubbard, Ofsted’s National Lead for English who will be leading a session on ‘Reading, assessment and curriculum development’.arrow More information and book a place

arrow Friday 13th January 2017

HCC
Compass – Closure at the end of March 2017

Compass the HCC intranet site will be removed at the end of March 2017, and school colleagues will no longer be able to use their current access to the intranet to look up information about HCC colleagues. We are currently looking at alternative options where HCC will still provide key information and contact details to schools, and this will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

arrow Thursday 12th January 2017

SBM
Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management

Anglia Ruskin University School Business Management Diploma - L4 Online Learning Diploma accredited by the ILM. Intake for a January start date is still open with applications closing on 13 January 2017. The Level 4 Diploma is aimed at practising School Business Managers (SBMs), or individuals developing into this role, who are currently performing all or part of the SBM role at either senior administrator or management level. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 11th January 2017

Parental Drug Awareness Workshop 2017
Book a Parental Drug Awareness Workshop for 2017 at a discount price

The free HCC Parental Drug Awareness Workshops for 2016/17 are now fully booked. Whilst this is great for the 50+ primary and secondary schools that did secure a workshop it does mean that we have a growing waiting list. To try and meet demand for this highly popular workshop and show our commitment to informing parents, Hertfordshire County Council are now offering schools the opportunity to book a Parental Drug Awareness Workshop at a subsidised rate of £260.00. arrow More information

arrow Monday 9th January 2017

leadership
Primary Headteacher Seminars Book now

Bookings are now open for the Primary Headteacher Seminars, being run in February by Herts for Learning. The half-day sessions across the county provide updates on current topics in primary education and this term the agenda includes an update on: Ofsted Framework, the HfL MAT, HR, English and maths, as well as the Early Years Foundation Stage. arrow More details and book a place

arrow Monday 9th January 2017

Data collection
Data Collection Calendar - Spring Term 2017 in schools only

The Spring Term Data Collection Calendars have now been published which gives a list of the major and statutory data collections and disseminations of data between schools and the local authority. arrow Data Collection

arrow Wednesday 4th January 2017

leadership
Primary Headteachers Conference - 4th-6th October 2017 SAVE THE DATE

Due to popular demand, we have secured The Grand in Brighton for the 2017 Primary Headteachers’ Conference.  Please note that this is one week earlier than usual due to availability at the hotel. Wednesday 4th October at 12:00 noon until Friday 6th October 1:00pm. Further information about the conference, including the date when bookings will be open, will be communicated to you in the new year.

arrow Wednesday 4th January 2017

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