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- updated 3 July, 2015

non executive director
The Financial Services for Schools Helpline Closing Dates

The Financial Services for Schools Helpline will be closed for training on Wednesday 22nd July.

arrow Friday 3rd July 2015

training times
Training Times - July 2015

The latest issue includes articles on Improving children's mental health ; Meet some of our advisers; A day of exchanging educational excellence; National SBM Conference 2015; Virtual English Office launches; Web subscription service moves to Primary PA+; Forthcoming training courses. arrow Download Training Times (pdf/1MB)

arrow Wednesday 1st July 2015

HT Newsletter
School safety matters - June 2015 in schools only...

The June Health and Safety Newsletter is now available and includes information about Grid updates, new publications from the DfE and HSE , FAQs and recent court cases relevant to schools. arrow Health and Safety Newsletter

arrow Wednesday 1st July 2015

Phonics and Key Stage 1
Updates for Phonics and Key Stage 1

The DfE have now confirmed that the phonics screening check threshold mark for 2015 is 32. All schools with pupils who have taken the phonics check should now download and import updated versions of the Year 1 and Year 2 Phonics Screening wizards as advised in document S1533. In addition, an issue has been found with the calculations for APS for Current FSM pupils, so all schools reporting KS1 data are also advised to download and import the revised version of this report. updated wizards and the report can be found here.  arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 30th June 2015

HertsCC, HfL and DfE
Mail from HertsCC and HfL blocked Updated 26/06/15 13:48

The HCC e-mail system was placed on a widely used anti-spam blocklist which meant some e-mails sent from HCC or HfL earlier today may not have been received by external e-mail systems, including the Office 365 e-mail system used by schools. This problem has now been addressed.

arrow Friday 26th June 2015

 Metal Machine
Metal machine safety course: S2HS and S6HS - (three days) - Places Still Available

This will be the last opportunity before the end of the autumn term to ensure all staff teaching Metal Machine are competent to undertake the tasks expected of them. DT has training standards approved by the Training and Development Agency (TDA) and published by DATA ‘Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology’. These standards provide a nationally recognised health and safety qualification which is fully compliant with the requirements of BS4163:2014. All teachers and support staff should meet these standards before they use, supervise or teach others to use the equipment, processes and tools used in D&T. arrow Course code: 15DET/004S

arrow Wednesday 24th June 2015

Bristol Document Summaries - May 2015
Bristol Document Summaries - June 2015 in schools only...

This month's summaries present and number of reports from the Higher Education Authority and the Higher Education Policy Institute. A survey was carried out by students evaluate different aspects of their university experience. arrow Bristol Document Summaries - June 2015

arrow Monday 22nd June 2015

PSHE report
Government Prepares Response to PSHE Report as Young People Call for Statutory Status

Nicky Morgan has announced that there will be a response to the Commons Education Committee’s recommendations that PSHE education should be made a statutory subject by 26th June. This announcement comes as a new survey of young people aged 12 to 15 shows that over 9 in 10 pupils who are taught PSHE education believe that all pupils should receive these lessons.arrow More information

arrow Friday 19th June 2015

CPD
Do you speak Learnish? - Putting Growth Mindset into Practice - 25th June 2015

This whole day session will explore how you can ensure your pupils ‘consistently display a thirst for knowledge and understanding and a love of learning’ (outstanding grade descriptor - Ofsted handbook, January 2015) The day will include workshops, activities and discussion to support your school’s development of growth mindset principles. Delegates will receive a range of practical activities for use in the classroom and also a ‘ready-to-go’ CPD package to use with your staff. arrow Course code: 15ASS/003A

arrow Friday 19th June 2015

KS2 Test Results and Markschemes
Herts Computing Scheme - Version 4 is coming!

Herts for Learning is proud to announce that Version 4 of the Herts Computing Scheme for primary schools will be published at the end of August 2015. The new version will be generally updated and improved. but will also include a deeper focus on understanding around physical computers and how they "talk " to each other and will include a new emphasis on exploration and evaluation of devices and software. The new version will also provide some helpful samples of assessed work. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 18th June 2015

KS2 Test Results and Markschemes
New Statutory Duties for Schools – 1st July 2015

Schools should be aware that they have a new statutory duty from 1st July 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. (Schools should be alert to issues around staff, pupils and parents) . arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 17th June 2015

KS2 Test Results and Markschemes
KS2 Test Results and Markschemes – Update

Information from DfE regarding logging in to NCA Tools to access KS2 test results and markschemes. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 16th June 2015

RE Quality Mark
News Updates - RE Quality Mark - RE FAQ's

For general news on the RE quality mark and for RE - FAQ's - Update from Herfordshire SACRE follow link to RE news pagearrow More information

arrow Tuesday 16th June 2015

Assessment Update
KS4 Assessment Update

Update on Key Stage 4 2015 performance tables checking in June and changes to the 2015 performance tables. arrow Assessment Update

arrow Tuesday 16th June 2015

Universal Infant Free School Meal Registration
Universal Infant Free School Meal Registration - Update to Schools with Infant Age Pupils

It is clear that in terms of increased uptake of meals, Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) has been a clear success in Hertfordshire. However, there has been a reduction in the numbers of free school meal claimants in the primary sector which is likely to be in part a result of the incentive for parents to register being lost..arrow More information

arrow Friday 12th June 2015

HfL Shareholder Satisfaction Survey 2015 – Closing Tomorrow

The Board at Herts for Learning (HfL) would thank those headteachers and chairs of governors that have already completed the HfL shareholder satisfaction survey.The survey will remain open until tomorrow, Friday 12th June, so if you have not yet completed it, we would be grateful if you could do so by this date. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 11th June 2015

Secondary Mathematics Conference
Secondary Mathematics Conference - 2nd July 2015

During the day you will receive updates and advice for preparing for Key Stage 4 in light of new specifications and Ofqual research project. There will be a session looking at teaching the new foundation plus. This session will be hands on to show activities which will engage pupils with the new material at this tier. We will also look at the assessment at the top end of this tier. There will be a mirror session to address the new materials at higher tier with particular reference to iteration, proof and connectivity across mathematics. arrow Course code: 15MAT/038S

arrow Wednesday 10th June 2015

Primary Heads Seminars
Primary Heads Seminars – Summer Term 2015

The presentations for the Primary Heads Seminars are now available to download. arrow Presentations

arrow Tuesday 9th June 2015

Valuing Difference
Valuing Difference: Creating Inclusive Settings in the EYFS - 7th July 2015

This course will enable delegates to explore why everyone in a setting should be accepted for who they are and be proud of themselves and their families. Auditing inclusive provision and ideas for inclusive practice will be key components. arrow Course code: 15EAY/001P

arrow Monday 8th June 2015

Safeguarding update training for headteachers
Safeguarding and Anti-Radicalisation for Head Teachers - 9th July 2015

This course will provide important information on the Hertfordshire context in relation to CSE and anti-radicalisation. Participants will understand the referral process for CSE and anti-radicalisation as well as understanding current activity and priorities across the country. By attending participants will be awarded their level 2 safeguarding training certificate. arrow Course code: 15PSE/003A

arrow Monday 8th June 2015

14-19 Team Newsletter
14-19 Team Newsletter - May 2015

The May 14-19 Newsletter is now available and includes information about the training events in the Summer & Autumn Terms , Funding Updates, Resources and National Apprenticeship Week and an update from Youth Connexions. arrow 14-19 Team Newsletter

arrow Friday 5th June 2015

14-19 ‘Non-Qualification Booking Form
What Counts as ‘Non-Qualification’ Planned Hours - 10th June 2015 - Places Still Available

What counts as 'non-qualification' hours?" programme will take place at the Hertfordshire Development Centre Stevenage on Wednesday 10th June 2015 between 4pm – 5.30 pm. arrow More information

arrow Friday 5th June 2015

non executive director
The Financial Services for Schools Helpline Closing Dates

The Financial Services for Schools Helpline will be closed for training on the following days Monday 8th June and Monday 7th September.

arrow Thursday 4th June 2015

NQT Courses
NQT Induction Training for Primary Tutors and Secondary Coordinators and Mentors – Spaces Available

Spaces are still available on the NQT Induction Programme training for Tutors: Primary – ‘Essential guide to the role of the primary NQT induction tutor for new tutors’ or ‘Refresher for experienced primary NQT induction tutors’; and Secondary – ‘Leading effective NQT induction - for secondary school coordinators (professional tutors)’ and ‘Being an effective NQT tutor (mentor) - for secondary school NQT mentors’.arrow Book online: NQT courses

arrow Wednesday 3rd June 2015

HertsCC, HfL and DfE
Mail from HertsCC, HfL and DfE going into user’s Junkmail folders

Microsoft have made a change to Office365 e-mail that means rules that previously prevented mail from specific sources going into a user’s Junkmail folders now have the opposite effect. To address this you should ensure your IT support provider follows the procedure linked to this article. Please note that if SITSS provide your Office-365 e-mail support then we are currently actioning this and you do not need to contact us unless you believe the problem is still occurring with e-mails that were first sent to your users on Thu 4th Jun 2015 or later. arrow Procedures

arrow Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Maths
July and October Taster Sessions for Maths Specialist Teacher Programme

Herts for learning is delighted to inform schools that the University of Hertfordshire is now recruiting for the 7th cohort of its highly successful Maths Specialist Teacher Programme (MaST) starting in the next academic year. arrow Details of taster sessions

arrow Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Drowning Prevention Week
Drowning Prevention Week – 20-28th June 2015

Drowning Prevention Week, 20 – 28 June, the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK, aims to reduce the number of drowning and near drowning incidents that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe near water. arrow More Information

arrow Monday 1st June 2015

non executive director
HfL Shareholder Satisfaction Survey 2015

A short satisfaction survey (12 questions) has been developed which focuses on HfL as a company, the services HfL provide to schools and the company’s investment in the common good. The survey will be open between Monday 1st June and Friday 12th June and a link to the survey will be emailed directly to all headteachers and chairs of governors. arrow HfL website: More information

arrow Monday 1st June 2015

Bristol Document Summaries - May 2015
Bristol Document Summaries - May 2015 in schools only...

There is a definite ‘post-election’ feel this month with the Sutton Trust report on the educational background of our MPs, and a challenge to the continuing expansion of the academies programme by the NfER. Those colleagues who work in Initial Teacher Education will find summary 85 useful as a benchmarking tool with regard to recruitment. There is a curricular focus this month on mathematics with an evaluation of the Mathematics Mastery programme at primary and secondary level. arrow Bristol Document Summaries - May 2015

arrow Thursday 28th May 2015

National Dental Survey
National Dental Survey for 5 year olds

The Hertfordshire Special Care Dental Service is carrying out an NHS survey on the teeth of our 5 year old children. The information gained from this survey enables dental services to be targeted for groups and populations where oral health is poorest. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 28th May 2015

Local Authority Funding - SpLD Training
2015-2016 Local Authority Funding for Accredited SpLD Training

Teachers and Teaching Assistants (HLTA/TAs) working in a Hertfordshire school and with the support of the Head Teacher can apply for funding for accredited SpLD courses from a range of course providers arrow Application details

arrow Thursday 28th May 2015

14-19 ‘ EFA Funding Booking Form
Understanding EFA Funding Allocation Documents and Maximising Funding 6th July 2015

Understanding EFA Funding Allocation Documents and Maximising Funding programme will take place at the Hertfordshire Development Centre Stevenage on Monday 6th July 2015 between 4pm – 5.30 pm. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 27th May 2015

14-19 ‘Non-Qualification Booking Form
What Counts as ‘Non-Qualification’ Planned Hours - 10th June 2015

What counts as 'non-qualification' hours?" programme will take place at the Hertfordshire Development Centre Stevenage on Wednesday 10th June 2015 between 4pm – 5.30 pm. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 27th May 2015

Education Pledge 2015 Schools Competition
Education Pledge 2015 Schools Competition

In order to help sustain the Olympic and Paralympic values and legacy, members of the Hertfordshire Lifestyle & Legacy Partnership Board have again pledged a number of rewards for schools. Why not enter your school into the competition for a chance to win some of the fantastic prizes on offer. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 21st May 2015

Down Syndrome Conference
Down Syndrome Conference - 28th September 2015

This conference is aimed at school staff, professionals, front line workers and parents/carers of children and young people with Down Syndrome. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 21st May 2015

School Business Manager National Conference
Herts for Learning School Business Manager National Conference - 8th June 2015

Following the success of last year's School Business Manager conference, Herts for Learning is pleased to announce a National SBM Conference in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University. The conference will include key speakers from the education sector, enable delegates to participate in three interactive and inspiring workshops as well as meeting with exhibitors from a wide range of industries. arrow Course code: 15MAN/041A

arrow Thursday 21st May 2015

KS1 Moderation Clusters
Could You Spare Five Minutes to Help Improve National eSafety Guidance?

Childnet are updating their guidance for schools on cyberbullying response and prevention (last updated in 2007). In developing this work, they are looking for examples and ideas from schools, which can later be shared across the UK. In order to help them please fill in the short survey which can be found by clicking on this link, by 17th June: arrow National eSafety Guidance

arrow Tuesday 19th May 2015

KS1 Moderation Clusters
KS1 Moderation Clusters

End of KS1 moderation cluster meetings are being held immediately after half-term. This is also being sent in hard copy to your Headteacher next week. Please use the online booking system to book the cluster that is most convenient for you to attend. arrow More information

arrow Friday 15th May 2015

Equalities Update for Hertfordshire Schools
Equalities Update for Hertfordshire Schools - Spring 2015

This Equalities Update aims to keep you abreast with prevailing legal requirements according to the Equality Act 2010, and convey as accurately as possible the official advice and guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE), the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Government Equalities Office (GEO). arrow More information

arrow Thursday 14th May 2015

KS2
Accessing HCC Systems - Proxy Error Message Update

The fix for this issue has now been rolled out. If you have any queries relating to this, please contact Kevin.crawley@hertsforlearning.co.uk

arrow Wednesday 13th May 2015

non executive director
SIMS FMS6 All FMS Schools Fund Account Year End

Schools using SIMS FMS for the Fund Account, the Fund Account Year End bulletin no.173 is available within Financial Services for Schools. arrow Fund Account Year End

arrow Tuesday 12th May 2015

Tech for TAs
Curriculum Beyond the Classroom: Using the Great Outdoors - 22nd June 2015

This is a cross curricular course that looks at elements from many subjects including mathematics, science, English, modern foreign language, history and geography. You will explore creative opportunities for using the outdoor environment for practical problem solving within mathematics, scientific investigations and delivering cross curricular content using outdoor activities. The resources provided can be used back in school to help teachers set exciting mathematical challenges, create science trails and outdoor interactive areas around your school. This course will help you develop activities to aid the delivery of the new National Curriculumarrow Course code: 15MAT/004P

arrow Tuesday 12th May 2015

non executive director
Herts for Learning Appoint a New Non-executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Paul Johnson, Headteacher at St Luke’s Foundation Special School, has been elected as the new non-executive director (NED) for ‘class D’ shareholders (special schools and alternative provision academies) on the HfL Board as from July 2015. arrow HfL website: More information

arrow Tuesday 12th May 2015

Tech for TAs
Tech for TAs: Having Fun with Computing in your School - 12th June 2015

TAs and LSAs are vital in helping the teacher to deliver the computing curriculum, often playing a more practical role in lessons where they directly support children in using the software and hardware. In this course we will get hands-on with a range of topics found in the computing curriculum, giving you the confidence to support and lead computing activities in your school. Using a range of devices, programs and apps we will create animations, record podcasts, write blogs and try some simple programming. We will discuss the importance of eSafety and copyright, and you will leave full of ideas to share with colleagues. To book click here:arrow Course code: 15COM/009P

arrow Tuesday 12th May 2015

English Newsletter
Maths Newsletter Summer 2015

The Maths newsletter for the summer term is now available to download. This issue includes The Goldilocks Principle, Good Practice in Herts, Fluency Research, Mad about Maths Manipulatives, Maths Conference, Professional Reading and many more interesting topics. arrow Maths Newsletter

arrow Monday 11th May 2015

Confident to Return Programme
Confident to Return Programme – For qualified teachers considering returning to the profession (Summer Term)

Herts for Learning and schools across Hertfordshire are keen to identify and support qualified teachers and encourage them to re-join the teaching profession. If you have previously qualified as a teacher and are thinking of moving back into the classroom, Herts for Learning has developed the perfect programme to support you and to help build up your confidence to return to teaching. arrow Course code: 15SUP/001A

arrow Thursday 7th May 2015

Parent Survey
Parents Survey – Talking to Your Child about Drugs

In a recent Hertfordshire survey, 72 per cent of year six primary school aged children said that they wanted their parents to discuss drugs and alcohol with them. In general, most children, especially those under 16, trust their parents and will respond to the information and support that they offer. In Hertfordshire we would like to support parents with this. We are therefore asking schools to raise awareness of a survey for parents which will help inform future campaigns to raise awareness of this important issue. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 6th May 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 for the New Curriculum will soon receive an email with details of how to download and import an update to the AM7 reports.  To help interpret the reports, an updated version of the Report Catalogue is also available to download, along with a document detailing the latest changes. 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 Tuesday 5th May 2015

Teach in Herts Survey
Teach in Herts Website Redevelopment – We want your feedback!

We are currently planning for our new Teach in Herts website due for launch in September 2015. This is part of the work Herts for Learning is undertaking to address recruitment issues in schools. We would really like feedback from schools using the site to advertise their jobs and from people who are looking for jobs or used it to find their current job. arrow Fill in the online surveys

arrow Wednesday 29th April 2015

Youth Connexions
Youth Support Workers – National Citizen Service

Are you looking for some work during the summer holiday and half terms? Are you interested in helping young people to develop skills and confidence? If so Youth Connexions would like to hear from you! Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions is delivering the National Citizen Service (NCS) during the summer (mid June - mid August), autumn and spring half terms. arrow More Information

arrow Wednesday 29th April 2015

Cycle to work
Cycle to Work in schools only

Are you thinking of getting a new bike? Would you like to cycle to work? Getting a bike may be cheaper than you think. The cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme will open again on 1st May, to help with the cost of new bicycles and cycling equipment up to £1,500. arrow More information

arrow Monday 27th April 2015

Child protection
The Herts Aid - Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

In May 2015,Herts Aid are facilitating the production of Chelsea’s Choice in order to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) across Hertfordshire.  HfL are pleased to support this programme and would encourage schools to access this opportunity if at all possible. arrow More Information

arrow Tuesday 21st April 2015

School Admin
Removal from Roll Guidance for Schools and Academies

We have updated the Removal from Roll Guidance for Schools and Academies. Pupils may only be removed from a school roll in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 8 of the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006 and The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. The guidance and removal from roll reasons now more closely reflect the wording of the regulations. Please discard any previous versions of the guidance and removal from roll forms you have been using. arrow More Information

arrow Monday 20th April 2015

training times
Training Times - April/May 2015

The latest issue includes articles on the first Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair; Meet the Parent2Parent team; eSafety - What's new?; Growing Hertfordshire minds; Innovation in SEND; The HertsCam Network; Forthcoming training courses; News from Hertfordshire schools. arrow Download Training Times (pdf/2MB)

arrow Monday 20th April 2015

Statutory Assessment Updates
Statutory Assessment Updates – Summer 2015

The statutory assessment updates for summer 2015 is now available to download arrow More Information

arrow Monday 20th April 2015

 Health and Safety
Asbestos Management in Schools

The effective management of asbestos in our schools is key to ensuring all staff and children have access to a safe working and learning environment. Schools must ensure that all staff involved in managing and commissioning work on the fabric of the building are familiar with the school’s asbestos survey data and in-particular the limitations of these. arrow More Information

arrow Monday 20th April 2015

English Newsletter
English Newsletter Summer 2015

The english newsletter for the summer term is now available to download. This issue includes Spelling Geek, Mind The Gap, Effective Use of TA's,Y1 Reading Screening Check, Grammar: 50 Shades of Meaning, Professional reading Corner, Guided Reading, Stepping up to Quality Writing, Editing and Redrafting and Book Reviews . arrow English Newsletter

arrow Friday 17th April 2015

health and well being
Governor Recruitment Roadshow - May/June 2015

HfL Governance Team are linking up with Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG) and SGOSS Governors for Schools (voluntary governor recruitment agency) to run a series of roadshows at the weekends during May and June to raise the awareness for the need for governors and raise the profile of the role. arrow Governor recruitment roadshow

arrow Wednesday 15th April 2015

Esafety Newsletter
Esafety Newsletter Summer 2015

The esafety newsletter for the summer term is now available to download. This issue includes Ofsted Update, Curriculum for Life, Trolling, Social Media and Microsoft family safety. arrow Esafety Newsletter

arrow Friday 17th April 2015

Children
Early Years Pupil Premium

From April 2015, schools, pre-schools, nurseries, and childminders will be able to claim extra funding through the early years pupil premium (EYPP) to support children’s development and learning. The early years pupil premium can provide an extra £302 a year for three and four year old children who have been in care or adopted from care or whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits. arrow Link to FAQs

arrow Thursday 16th April 2015

Children
Children’s Centres New Arrangements

In September 2014 the decision was made to retain all 82 Hertfordshire Children’s Centres and to group them in 29 geographical areas. After a competitive tender process that concluded in December 2014 contracts were awarded to 17 organisations. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 16th April 2015

pupil welfare
Educational Grants

Do you have a student who wishes to take part in a school visit, visit a foreign country, has a disability or is underprivileged? The Hertfordshire Educational Foundation (HEF) is a small registered charity that provides support for young people in need in Hertfordshire. arrow More information and application forms for schools

arrow Thursday 16th April 2015

health and well being
The Great Maths Con! - A one day National Conference - 18th September 2015

A one day national conference for leaders, teachers and anyone interested in Primary mathematics to reflect upon the way we teach mathematics. This inspiring conference aims to help challenge damaging stereotypes and to re-energise and revolutionise the way you teach and pupils learn mathematics. arrow Hfl website: Event information

arrow Wednesday 15th April 2015

health and well being
Penn Resilience Training - June/July 2015

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 Thursday 9th April 2015

Thrive
Media Navigator Training for Young People - 17th June 2015

Do you think that increasing understanding of how to navigate the media is important for young people? How to Thrive are delighted to invite you to our first open access Media Navigator training. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 9th April 2015

RM Finance
RM Finance - Period 1

The bulletin is now available for RM users Period 1 procedures. arrow RM Finance

arrow Thursday 2nd April 2015

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