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- updated 17 April, 2019

Achieving Grade 4 in GCSE mathematics with new HfL resource

Herts for Learning’s newest mathematics resource designed to help students achieve a Grade 4 in mathematics is now available. Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics provides students with useful and easy-to-understand revision exercises from the curriculum to help students achieve a Grade 4 in mathematics. arrow Achieving Grade 4 in GCSE mathematics

Wednesday 17th April 2019

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Special educational needs and disabilities... ready for Ofsted? Thursday 9th May 2019 arrow Book now

Single Central Record training Beginning Thursday 23rd May 2019 arrow Book now

SIMS Attendance Reporting Beginning Thursday 23rd May 2019 arrow Book now

Essential introduction to HR for line managers Thursday 23rd May 2019 arrow Book now

Secondary SIMS user group - Stevenage / Cottered / Wheathampstead Beginning Tuesday 11th June 2019 arrow Book now

Assessment tools for SENCOs Thursday 13th June 2019 arrow Book now

Smooth transitions from Early Years to Year 1 Friday 14th June 2019 arrow Book now

Primary Headteachers' Seminars - Summer 2019

Delivered by the education services director for primary, and a range of specialist advisers from Herts for Learning, these half-day sessions will provide updates on current topics in primary education. Headteachers are invited to book themselves and another member of their senior leadership team to support school discussion. Choose from one of the four dates at four different venues. arrow Primary Headteachers' Seminars

Friday 12th April 2019

EU exit: no deal preparations for schools in England

The Government has issued some guidance for schools in the event of a no deal Brexit. arrow Further information from the DfE

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Conference Announcement: Literacy: the Gateway to Lifelong Learning - Exploring Reading and Writing Opportunities for Young Children – Autumn 2019
Conference Announcement: Literacy: the Gateway to Lifelong Learning - Exploring Reading and Writing Opportunities for Young Children – Autumn 2019

Herts for Learning is delighted to announce our early literacy conference taking place on Tuesday 19th November 2019 is now available to book. During the conference we will lead delegates into a wonderful world of literacy. As the day unfurls, practitioners will be inspired to reflect on how they nurture reading and writing with young children. This event has been designed around captivating speakers including Julie Cigman, Early Years Consultant, trainer and writer, who has had a number of articles published along with her latest book, Becoming a Writer in Leaps and Bounds – supporting boys’ writing in the EYFS. Other inspiring speakers include Pippa Goodhart, author of such wonderful picture books as You Choose and Just Imagine to name but a few. Kevin Graal, a highly skilled children’s storyteller and well-respected presenter, will also be joining us and sharing his passion for developing language through storytelling . Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. arrow the Gateway to Lifelong Learning

Tuesday 9th April 2019

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Writing outdoors - maximising opportunities to enhance early mark-making skills in the outdoor learning environment Wednesday 15th May 2019 arrow Book now

Talking outdoors - maximising opportunities to enhance early communication and language skills in the outdoor learning environment Tuesday 21st May 2019 arrow Book now

Primary SIMS user group Beginning Tuesday 4th June 2019 arrow Book now

Teaching anti-abuse and anti-bullying to meet the revised Ofsted requirements and deliver relationships education and health education Thursday 6th June 2019 arrow Book now

RM Finance Online: entering the annual budget return Beginning Thursday 6th May 2019 arrow Book now

Developing effective fluency sessions in mathematics Tuesday 11th May 2019 arrow Book now

Closing the gaps in spelling at Key Stage 2 Tuesday 11th May 2019 arrow Book now

Employment Status and IR53
Employment status and IR35

Are you responsible for engaging workers who provide a service but who are not on your school’s payroll? It is the engaging person’s responsibility to determine the correct employment status of anyone they contract with to undertake any work and pay them accordingly. arrow Read more

Friday 5th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
Conference Announcement: The Future of your Sixth Form; Navigating the Challenges of the Landscape Ahead – summer 2019

Bookings are now open for our Sixth Form Conference taking place on Friday 7th June. The year’s post-16 summer conference aims to stimulate leaders’ thinking in curriculum, quality, and accountability. ASCL’s Stephen Rollett will be outlining the key points in Ofsted’s new inspection framework with implications for Sixth Form judgements and Carly Waterman of Waterman Learning will address the pedagogical, assessment and accountability challenges that A levels bring. arrow Navigating the Challenges of the Landscape Ahead

Friday 5th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
Learn 2 Live 2019

The Learn 2 Live road safety education programme for students in Years 12, and 13, is running in venues all around Hertfordshire through September 2019. The programme is open free of charge to all schools and colleges within Hertfordshire. The event educates and informs young drivers and passengers on the dangers out and about on the road and how to avoid them. arrow Learn 2 Live

Thursday 4th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
Herts for Learning celebrates success in Early Years Strategic School Improvement Fund project: ‘Communicate to Succeed’

Herts for Learning, working in partnership with three teaching school alliances (TSAs): Acorns Teaching School Alliance, The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance and West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership, celebrated the culmination of a successful project to improve outcomes for children in the Early Years in Hertfordshire. arrow Communicate to Succeed

Thursday 4th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
Conference Announcement: Education: The Way Out of Disadvantage - Summer 2019

On Monday 1st July Herts for Learning are delighted to be holding our annual conference, focusing on addressing the needs of our disadvantaged pupils. The aim of the conference is to raise the profile of these pupils who need us most by hearing from respected keynote speakers, sharing experiences and participating in a series of workshops. arrow Education: The Way Out of Disadvantage

Thursday 4th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (2nd April)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Schools to trial new multiplication tables check, Herts for Learning winner in the Education Resources Awards 2019, and St Albans schools teach science lesson to more than 2,500 pupils. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Thursday 4th April 2019

VAT issue
VAT issue on March year end Biscuit

The BISCUIT report is showing VAT reimbursements. We have been made aware that some of the reimbursements may have been made for the wrong amount. As usual, do not accrue VAT on this document in Period 12. Once in Period 1, please post all the report as actuals. Please post the VAT even though it may be incorrect otherwise the bank will not reconcile. Adjustments will be made in May.

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Business Management Conference
Places still available: Sixth Form curriculum and funding update – summer 19

Places are still available for our summer term Sixth Form curriculum and funding update on Wednesday 1st May. The update will provide Sixth Form leads with the most up-to-date funding information, to include 2019/20 allocations and early planning for 2020/21 Sixth Form allocations. Delegates attending will also hear from Kevin Gilmanton, Post-16 lead for ASCL, who will be discussing the key drivers of the changing post-16 landscape. arrow Sixth Form curriculum and funding update

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Business Management Conference
Showcase programme available: Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted to confirm the programme for the development programme showcase. Sessions at the showcase will be delivered by Roy Blatchford CBE, Founding Director, National Education Trust and Sonia Thompson, Deputy Headteacher, St Matthew’s C of E Primary School, Birmingham.  Extended development programme participants will also attend three conference days with sessions delivered by: Mary Myatt, Education Adviser; Clare Sealy, Headteacher, St Matthias School, Tower Hamlets; Marina Breeze, Headteacher, Little Munden C of E (VC) Primary School, Ware; Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment; Marcus Cooper, Primary Adviser, Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and a range of specialist advisers and consultants from Herts for Learning. arrow Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Business Management Conference
Bookings now open: Business Management Conference 2019: Inspiring Futures – Tuesday 26th November 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted to announce our annual business management is now available to book. This year’s conference is focussing on inspiring SBMs in their role and their influence on shaping the future of their school. The conference is the perfect way to step away from the day-to-day pressures, stay up to date on all the latest educational and professional developments and network with other SBMs. Speakers to be announced shortly. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. arrow Business Management Conference 2019

Monday 1st April 2019

Parental Engagement: Best Practice and First Response
Programme now available: Parental Engagement: Best Practice and First Response - Tuesday 14th May 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted confirm the programme for our parental engagement conference, sessions include: Governance and Transition Information Sessions supporting parental engagement, Kathy Dunnett, Senior Governance Adviser, Herts for Learning; Game changers for parental engagement, Lisa Davies, Headteacher, Harpenden Academy; It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it, Barry Burningham, Deputy Headteacher, Nobel School, Stevenage; Parent 2 Parent, Kate Stockdale, Wellbeing Adviser, Herts for Learning; Parents as partners, Kirby Dominguez, Early Years Adviser, Herts for Learning and Responding to parent concerns effectively, Karin Hutchinson, Lead Wellbeing Adviser, Herts for Learning.  With a special price of £45 per delegate, this is an opportunity not to be missed. arrow Parental Engagement: Best Practice and First Response

Monday 1st April 2019

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SIMS for new users Wednesday 24th April 2019 arrow Book now

Closing the gaps in English and maths: accelerating progress through successful differentiation, marking and feedback at Key Stage 1 Beginning Tuesday 30th April 2019 arrow Book now

Parents as partners - enabling children to succeed Tuesday 7th May 2019 arrow Book now

Business management briefing Tuesday 7th May 2019 arrow Book now

Fixing full stops in Years 3 and 4 Wednesday 8th May 2019 arrow Book now

Induction for new SENCOs Wednesday 8th May 2019 arrow Book now

Appraisal and capability workshop Wednesday 15th May 2019 arrow Book now

Assessment moderation cluster for teachers of Year 2 – summer 2019
Assessment moderation cluster for teachers of Year 2 – summer 2019

Bookings are open for our assessment moderation clusters, running in local areas from 25th April to 9th May. The meetings will give Year 2 teachers an opportunity to discuss their evidence for Key Stage 1 teacher assessment with other teachers and with assessment advisers. This will be particularly useful in identifying any gaps in pupils’ work that need to be addressed before the final assessments are made. arrow Assessment moderation cluster

Friday 29th March 2019

For the attention of schools using FMS6 for financial accounting
For the attention of schools using FMS6 for financial accounting

Please be aware that there is currently an issue with the FMS Spring Upgrade. This has been reported by a number of local authorities and affects the reporting in CFR. Financial Services are aware that this comes at a particularly difficult time and we are working with Capita to ensure an early solution to this problem. In the meantime the FMS Spring Upgrade release has been stopped. If you have further questions please contact the Financial Services helpline: 01992 555753.

Friday 29th March 2019

Year 8 maths challenge
Hertfordshire Year 8 Maths Challenge 2019

Places are still available for the Year 8 mathematics challenge 2019. Each school is encouraged to submit a team of four Year 8 pupils for this friendly inter-school competition. The challenge will comprise a mixture of challenge, problem-solving and fun. There are four heats scheduled across the county in the summer term. Winners from individual heats will go forward to the final, to be held on Wednesday 19th June at the Hertfordshire Development Centre. arrow Year 8 maths challenge

Thursday 28th March 2019

Herts for Learning winner in the Education Resources Awards 2019

Herts for Learning (HfL) has been announced as a winner in the Early Years category of the 2019 Education Resources Awards (ERA) at a ceremony in Birmingham. Following the judging of the Awards, HfL has been named winner in the Early Years Resource or Equipment category with Places to Play every Day. HfL's Making the Difference Toolkit was also a finalist in this catagory. arrow Read more

Thursday 28th March 2019

Appointment of secondary phase non-executive directors to the Herts for Learning Board
Appointment of secondary phase non-executive directors to the Herts for Learning Board

Following the recent election process for two secondary phase non-executive directors, Herts for Learning is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Honnor and Andrew Wellbeloved as non-executive directors to the HfL Board. arrow Read more

Thursday 28th March 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin (19th March)
The 2019/20 HfL Improving Progress in Mathematics Project

To join the next Improving Progress in Mathematics Project starting in September, please email training@hertsforlearning.co.uk or complete the online expression of interest form by Friday 24th May. Places will be confirmed with schools by Friday 28th June 2019. arrow Improving Progress in Mathematics Project

Wednesday 27th March 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin (19th March)
The Exchange e-bulletin (26th March)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Story time with e-books 'not as helpful' as print books, HfL maths blog: Divide and conquer: Do we share or do we group?, and Sawbridgeworth school wins National Schools Travel Award at the Houses of Parliament. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Insurance renewals 2019
Important information - insurance renewals 2019

The Insurance Team now have a new way of asking you for your Annual Travel Scheme, Third Party Hirers and Computer declarations. We will require you to complete and submit an online Insurance Recharge form. The Insurance Recharge form can be found in your list of forms when you log in to The Schools On Line Electronic Returns and Outputs (SOLERO). At the beginning of July we will ask you to submit your declarations using the form. We will keep you updated by putting updates on The Grid and in School Bulletins. If you require further information please contact insurance@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Parental Engagement: Best Practice and First Response
Parental Engagement: Best Practice and First Response - Tuesday 14th May 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted to confirm the sessions for our parental engagement conference: Governance and Transition Information Sessions supporting parental engagement, Kathy Dunnett, Senior Governance Adviser, Herts for Learning; Game changers for parental engagement, Lisa Davies, Headteacher, Harpenden Academy; It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it, Barry Burningham, Deputy Headteacher, Nobel School, Stevenage; Parent 2 Parent, Kate Stockdale, Wellbeing Adviser, Herts for Learning; Parents as partners, Kirby Dominguez, Early Years Adviser, Herts for Learning and Responding to parent concerns effectively, Karin Hutchinson, Lead Wellbeing Adviser, Herts for Learning.  With a special price of £45 per delegate, this is an opportunity not to be missed. arrow Parental Engagement: Best Practice and First Response

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Love That Book workshop roadshow
Love That Book workshop roadshow: The King who Banned the Dark

Following excellent feedback for the workshops on offer at this year’s Love That Book conference, we are delighted to be able to take a number of the workshops ‘on the road’ this summer. In this workshop, Jane Andrews will share her love of ‘The King Who Banned the Dark’ and help the audience to consider how it can inspire learning across two key stages. arrow Love That Book workshop roadshow

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Subject leader clusters
Primary English, maths and science subject leader clusters – summer 2019

Bookings are open for our subject leader clusters, running in local areas from 29th April to 9th May. These funded (free to attend) termly cluster meetings are an excellent way to keep up to date with all the news, issues and developments in English, maths and science. Places at each venue are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. arrow Subject leader clusters

Monday 25th March 2019

Register as an early adopter
Register as an early adopter: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

The Department for Education is looking for schools to act as early adopters of the RSE curriculum and begin teaching the new subjects from September 2019. arrow Register as an early adopter

Friday 22nd March 2019

Hertfordshire Headteacher Spring updates
Hertfordshire Headteacher Spring updates

Following on from the Hertfordhsire Headteacher Spring updates, documents including the Governor awards nomination form, the whole school approach to mental health poster and postgraduate teaching apprenticeship FAQs and links to Ofsted and DfE documents are now available. arrow Hertfordshire Headteacher Spring updates

Friday 22nd March 2019

Parental Engagement: Best Practice and First Response
Parental Engagement: Best Practice and First Response - Tuesday 14th May 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted to announce our parental engagement conference taking place on Tuesday 14th May is now available to book. The conference will give schools an opportunity to demonstrate their work with parents and give ideas to colleagues across the county. With a special price of £45 per delegate, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment. arrow Parental Engagement: Best Practice and First Response

Wednesday 20th March 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin (19th March)
The Exchange e-bulletin (19th March)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Plans launched to boost quality of post -16 qualifications, Modern Governor joins with Herts for Learning to support school governance across England, and find out what Bishop’s Stortford students are doing to help the environment. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Conference programmes available: Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019
Conference programmes available: Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted to confirm the full programmes for Primary Curriculum Symposium launching on 20th May 2019. Across the three conference days, sessions will be delivered by: Mary Myatt, Education Adviser; Clare Sealy, Headteacher, St Matthias School, Tower Hamlets; Marina Breeze, Headteacher, Little Munden C of E (VC) Primary School, Ware; Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment; Marcus Cooper, Primary Adviser, Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and a range of specialist advisers and consultants from Herts for Learning. arrow Primary Curriculum Symposium

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Love That Book workshop roadshow: Last Stop on Market Street
Love That Book workshop roadshow: Last Stop on Market Street

Following excellent feedback for the workshops on offer at this year’s Love That Book conference, we are delighted to be able to take a number of the workshops ‘on the road’ this summer. In this workshop, Kathy will use the wonderful, award-winning picture book ‘Last Stop on Market Street’ by Matt De La Pena. arrow Love That Book workshop roadshow

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics: A 10 week GCSE revision programme
Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics: A 10 week GCSE revision programme

The Secondary Maths team at Herts for Learning have successfully launched a ready-made revision programme for GCSE Mathematics Grade 4, designed to make revision as easy and productive as possible. ‘Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics’ consists of 30 revision sessions, each one focusing on a topic which is important for GCSE success at Grade 4. The programme is designed to encourage independent working and to complement revision offered by schools. arrow Visit the Herts for Learning online shop

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Stone to Iron Age Prehistory INSET courses
Stone to Iron Age Prehistory INSET courses, at Celtic Harmony Camp near Hertford 

Celtic Harmony’s prehistory experts have designed 3 INSET Day courses in 2019 to help support teachers to create an engaging Prehistory topic at KS2, ‘Britain from Stone, Bronze and Iron Age’. Interactive talks by Archaeologist Keith Fitzpatrick Matthews and primitive skills workshops with Luca Parrella Celtic Harmony Heritage Director with classroom resources. Limited spaces secure your place today! arrow Read more

Thursday 14th March 2019

Free or low cost computing CPD for teachers
Free or low cost computing CPD for teachers

Herts for Learning is happy to be supporting the National Centre for Computing Education, in delivering and promoting free or low cost computing CPD opportunities for teachers in KS1 to A level. Bursaries are also available for some courses, for eligible teachers. arrow Read more

Thursday 14th March 2019

Appointment of new non-executive director
Appointment of new non-executive director to the Herts for Learning Board

Herts for Learning Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Staples as a non-executive director to the HfL Board. Robert is the Headteacher at Fairlands Primary School, a large, three-form entry primary school located in Stevenage.  He was elected, unopposed, to the role of primary school / academy phase non-executive director and will replace Amanda Godfrey on the HfL Board from April 2019. arrow New non-executive director

Thursday 14th March 2019

Sixth Form curriculum and funding update
Sixth Form curriculum and funding update – summer 19

Bookings are now open for our summer term Sixth Form curriculum and funding update on Wednesday 1st May. The update will provide Sixth Form leads with the most up-to-date funding information, to include 2019/20 allocations and early planning for 2020/21 Sixth Form allocations. Delegates attending will also hear from Kevin Gilmartin, Post-16 lead for ASCL, who will be discussing the key drivers of the changing post-16 landscape. arrow Sixth Form curriculum and funding update

Wednesday 13th March 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (12th March)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… 10 top tips for school leaders and governing boards, details about Herts for Learning’s Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019, and find out how what happened when a Hertfordshire school held a ‘wellbeing day’. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Modern Governor joins with Herts for Learning to support school governance across England
Modern Governor joins with Herts for Learning to support school governance across England

Herts for Learning (HfL) is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Modern Governor to support and develop strategic leadership in schools and academies across England. Modern Governor is the leading online governance learning solution for local authorities, multi-academy trusts and individual schools & academies. arrow Read more on the HfL website

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Just Talk 5 minute survey
Just Talk 5 minute survey

February 4th - 11th 2019 was Hertfordshire's Just Talk week. To ensure we support schools as effectively as possible in the future, please can you complete this very short (no more than five minutes) survey to provide us with some feedback about the campaign. arrow 5 minute survey

Monday 11th March 2019

Families First Awards 2019
Families First Awards 2019

We are very excited to announce that the nomination process has now opened for our first annual Families First Awards! These awards coincide with two years of the Families First Triage process and will be a great opportunity to celebrate the positive work that is being undertaken across all our partnerships in Early Intervention and recognise those individuals and teams that have made an exceptional effort in their work. The awards ceremony is being held on 25th April at the Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth where all shortlisted nominees will be invited to a celebrate their success and enjoy an afternoon tea. There are 13 categories and you can find more information and nominate here arrow Families First Awards

Friday 8th March 2019

Speakers announced: Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019
Speakers announced: Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted to announce the speakers for Primary Curriculum Symposium launching on 20th May 2019. Across the three conference days, sessions will be delivered by: Mary Myatt, Education Adviser; Clare Sealy, Headteacher, St Matthias School, Tower Hamlets; Marina Breeze, Headteacher, Little Munden C of E (VC) Primary School, Ware; Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment; Marcus Cooper, Primary Adviser, Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and a range of specialist advisers and consultants from Herts for Learning. Schools can choose from the conference programme or the extended development programme. Places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment. arrow Primary Curriculum Symposium

Friday 8th March 2019

Run a Beep Beep! Day to engage early years in road safety basics
Run a Beep Beep! Day to engage early years in road safety basics

Beep Beep! Days, sponsored by Churchill, are a great opportunity for early year’s educators to introduce children to road safety basics, with fun activities and resources provided by Brake, the road safety charity. Every year thousands of tots and infants aged 2-7 take part to help save little lives. To help UK early years get involved with the initiative, Brake produces a range of special resources to help little ones understand road safety basics, from the importance of holding a grown up’s hand to recognising when it’s safe to cross. arrow Beep Beep day

Friday 8th March 2019

Assessment moderation clusters for teachers in Early Years: – summer 2019
Assessment moderation clusters for teachers in Early Years: – summer 2019

Bookings are open for our Early Years assessment moderation clusters, running in local areas from 25th April to 10th May. These moderation cluster will enable delegates to validate their Early Years Foundation Stage profile judgements prior to statutory submission. The process supports discussion and moderation that will enable practitioners to feel confident in making their 'best fit' judgements against the early learning goals (ELGs). arrow Early Years assessment moderation clusters

Thursday 7th March 2019

FREE Key stage 1 & 2 Teacher CPD – Hertfordshire Agricultural Society
FREE Key stage 1 & 2 Teacher CPD – Hertfordshire Agricultural Society

An understanding of food and farming has never been more important, but there is plenty of evidence that many of our pupils have a very limited understanding of where their food comes from. In collaboration with the Hertfordshire County Show, the Leaf Education Teacher CPD session will give you an overview of farming in the UK and an opportunity to share ideas on ways to embed food and farming into different subject areas, to enrich the curriculum. There will also be a tour of the showground, plus a prize draw for tickets for this years’ County Show. arrow Hertfordshire Agricultural Society flyer (pdf)

Wednesday 6th March 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (5th March)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Top Employers to help all primary schools offer careers education to pupils, Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council among best in Britain for tackling anti-LGBT bullying, and Welwyn Garden City pupils compete to help environment. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 6th March 2019

500 Words Story Writing Competition (BBC2)
Hertfordshire Year 8 Maths Challenge 2019

Entries are invited for the Year 8 mathematics challenge 2019. Each school is encouraged to submit a team of four Year 8 pupils for this friendly inter-school competition. The challenge will comprise a mixture of challenge, problem-solving and fun. There are four heats scheduled across the county in the summer term. Winners from individual heats will go forward to the final, to be held on Wednesday 19th June at the Hertfordshire Development Centre. arrow Year 8 maths challenge

Monday 4th March 2019

Momo challenge

Recent media reports have suggested the social media trend, the ‘Momo’ challenge encourages participants to commit acts of self-harm. It is supposedly a form of cyberbullying prevalent on platforms such as WhatsApp and YouTube, where children get anonymous threatening messages.  Over the past few months, the game has been in the news frequently due to its alleged links to three cases of teenagers committing suicide in South America and Asia, such allegations have not been confirmed by the authorities. The charity Samaritans said it was ‘not aware of any verified evidence in this country or beyond’ linking the momo meme to self-harm. arrow Momo challenge

Friday 1st March 2019

Herts for Learning nominated for four awards in the Education Resources Awards 2019

Herts for Learning (HfL) has today been announced as a finalist in three categories of the 2019 Education Resources Awards (ERA). Following the judging of the Awards, HfL has been voted onto the shortlist in the Supplier of the Year - not for profit category; the Primary Resource or Equipment category with the ESSENTIALmaths resource; and the Early Years Resource or Equipment category with two resources: Places to Play every Day and Making the Difference Toolkit. arrow Read more

Wednesday 27th February 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin (27th February)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… All pupils will be taught about mental and physical wellbeing, Free alcohol education training available for Hertfordshire schools, and North Herts schools promote children’s wellbeing with Feeling Good Week Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 27th February 2019

Primary Curriculum Symposium
Self Review Tool for whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing

Mental health and emotional wellbeing is a big factor in everyone’s lives. The Self Review Tool is to support schools in developing their own whole school approach to improvising mental health and emotional wellbeing. As schools find themselves increasingly responding to the mental health difficulties of staff, parents and pupils, the whole school, early intervention approach has never been so needed. The Self Review Tool lists helpful approaches, interventions, resources, practice and tools. arrow More information

Monday 25th February 2019

Primary Curriculum Symposium
Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for our Primary Curriculum Symposium launching on 20th May 2019. Schools can choose from the conference programme or the extended development programme. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. arrow Primary Curriculum Symposium

Friday 22nd February 2019

Summer training programme
Herts for Learning training programme Summer 2019

Herts for Learning (HfL) is pleased to announce that our summer 19 training programme for staff working in primary, including Early Years, and secondary phaseshas now been published on our booking site. arrow Summer 2019 training programme

Friday 22nd February 2019

Stonewall Education Equality Index
Herts for Learning among best in Britain for tackling anti-LGBT bullying

Stonewall, Britain’s leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality charity, has named Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council as amongst the best local organisations for tackling anti-LGBT bullying and celebrating difference in its schools. Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council’s joint entry ranked at third place in this year’s Education Equality Index. The Index measures local authorities’ success in supporting young LGBT people. arrow Read the HfL news article

Monday 18th February 2019

Herts for Learning helps schools achieve high performance for all

Following on from a highly successful session at Birchwood High School in Bishop’s Stortford, Herts for Learning have launched an all-staff INSET day to develop a home and school-wide culture to help close attainment gaps, called ‘Achieving a High Performance Culture for All’. arrow High performing culture for all

Thursday 14th February 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin (12th February)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Education Secretary sets out vision for character and resilience, Minister calls to dispel girls’ misconceptions of STEM subjects, and Herts for Learning English blog: Can you recommend a good book about the Romans? Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 13th February 2019

Break-ins

We have been notified of a number of break-ins at schools across Hertfordshire. Please ensure alarms are set and the school is left secure. If possible arrange for extra checks of the premises to be conducted.

Wednesday 6th February 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin (5th February)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Ban phones in schools, says minister Nick Gibb, multiplication Tables Check: 10 things you need to know, and nominations for HfL non-executive director now open. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Teach in herts
NJC scales for April 2019

The NJC scales for April 2019 have been added to the Grid. These include pay award information for schools and employees, salary scales and FAQs. arrow NJC pay scales

Monday 4th February 2019

Teach in herts
The Armed Forces Covenant Schools Christmas Art competition

The sixth Armed Forces Covenant Schools Christmas Art competition took place at the end of 2018. This was another successful event with over 800 entries from 22 schools across Hertfordshire. Thank you to all the schools that took part, your participation is greatly appreciated. Congratulations to Annabelle from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Royston and Alfie from Garden Fields JMI School in St Albans. Full details about the competition, the prize giving assemblies with photos and the winning pictures are available on the Hertfordshire Heroes website. arrow Christmas art competition

Monday 4th February 2019

Phishing
Phishing Emails

The Herts for Learning ICT Service Desk have had a number of reports today, regarding phishing emails being sent to schools in Hertfordshire.  The emails display a blue box asking the user to click it to display the complete message, if a user clicks the button it takes them to a page pre populated with the users email address asking for a password.  Under no circumstances should users enter their passwords on any screen that looks suspicious.  If you do receive an email that you are unsure of please right click the email and mark it ask junk. To try and prevent users accidently entering their password HICS have blocked the address that the current mail points to, however these usually change regularly. arrow View image here

Thursday 31st January 2019

Hertfordshire Year 7 Maths Challenge 2019
The Exchange e-bulletin (29th January)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… information on the new Recruitment and retention strategy for teachers, new blog post in the Love that Book series looking at The Secret of Black Rock, and Hertfordshire to be national trailblazer in schools’ mental health support. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Updated guidance and forms for purchasing cards
Updated guidance and forms for purchasing cards

Maintained schools are able to access a purchasing card through a central Hertfordshire County Council contract with Natwest. arrow Purchasing cards

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (23rd January)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… New Apprenticeship Campaign 'Fire It Up' launches, nationally renowned speakers announced for the HfL Secondary Mathematics Conference 2019, and Ofsted: Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Relationships and Sex Education
RSE News Digest update

A new monthly digest of education news for RSE for Hertfordshire schools. arrow RSE News Digest

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Developing Young Scientists
Developing Young Scientists bundle offer

‘Developing young scientists – a guide to child‑led enquiry’ and ‘Developing young scientists – a guide to supporting children in reviewing, reporting and writing in science’ are now available. A special bundle offer is available along with additional audit tools to support schools in evaluating and improving enquiries and recording in science. arrow Developing young scientists offer

Thursday 17th January 2019

Consultation on the new Ofsted Framework
The Exchange e-bulletin (16th January)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Facebook backs DfE online safety lessons for pupils, having your say on Ofsted's new inspection plans, and HfL English blog: Getting more mileage out of the Y5/6 spelling list. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Financial Services helpdesk

Budgets: Financial Services are planning towards the release of the maintained schools budgeting software for year 2019/20. In preparation for the addition of this the year 2017/18 will be removed from the budgeting software by Thursday 17th January. If you wish to retain information from the budget 2017/18 it is suggested that the “Hertfordshire Report Pack” report within the software is run and stored securely. If you have questions regarding this please contact the Helpline.

Monday 14th January 2019

Wellbeing in-school training
Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People – data for schools

In September 2017 Sport England launched the new school-based ‘Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People’ to measure participation in sport and physical activity among children in school years 1 to 11. Replacing the Active People survey, Active Lives is the biggest of its kind and gathers data relating to pupil’s sporting behaviours and attitudes, swimming ability, wellbeing, volunteering, and even sports spectating. Completion of the survey provides participating schools with insightful data which can be used to demonstrate the impact of the Sport Premium and to underpin Ofsted reporting. Schools also receive a small amount of funding as a ‘thankyou’. The Herts Sports Partnership has been tasked with administering the survey within Hertfordshire and, has recently been issued with the list of schools and year groups for the Spring 2019 term that we are required to work with. You can find out if your school is on the current list at www.sportinherts.org.uk/pe-sport-premium/active-lives/ or by contacting Shelley Woods on 01707 285887 or at s.woods4@herts.ac.uk.

Friday 11th January 2019

Wellbeing in-school training
Wellbeing in-school training and consultancy support

The Herts for Learning (HfL) Wellbeing advisers offer a wide range of in school training sessions and consultancy support for schools, MATs, settings and parents/carers throughout the year, with additional services added to meet demand. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements or to make a booking by emailing: wellbeing@hertsforlearning.co.uk arrow wellbeing support flyer (pdf)

Friday 11th January 2019

Herts for Learning non-executive director nomination
The Exchange e-bulletin (8th January)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Damian Hinds: Learning life-saving skills in school is crucial, Ofsted Curriculum research: assessing intent, implementation and impact, and a HfL Early Years blog about five simple ways to help stop coughs and sneezes in Early Years settings. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 9th January 2019

Herts for Learning non-executive director nomination
FREE Parent Workshops for secondary schools - ‘Talking about sex and relationships with your teenager’

The average teenager receives messages about sex and relationships from a wide range of sources including teachers, friends, TV and social media as well as whatever they learn at home. But with an increasing number of teenagers admitting to learning most about sex from watching online porn there are concerns that some information is inaccurate, misleading or even damaging. So it’s important young people learn not only the ‘facts of life’ but also develop the skills to evaluate risks and make healthy decisions. arrow Parent workshops for secondary schools

Wednesday 9th January 2019

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