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- updated 5 February, 2016

Sumdog Data Protection
Sumdog Data Protection

Sumdog is an educational gaming platform which is becoming popular with schools.arrow More information

arrow Friday 5th February 2016

Child Protection Policy
Child Protection Policy Update

Please be aware we have made two changes to the Child Protection Policy Proforma under section 2, ‘Statutory Framework’. These relate to the date for the document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and are highlighted in yellow. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 4th February 2016

My Epic Era 2016
My Epic Era 2016 - Competition for Schools

My EPIC Era 2016 is a new History competition for schools and pupils throughout the UK, run by 60 second histories. Entrants are asked to name their favourite era in history and tell us all about it – they can write about it , draw it, make it – they can even sing or film it. The winners will have their EPIC era made into a series of 60 second histories films, the runners up will have History Squad will run one, half-day workshop run by the History Squad on location at the winning school (worth £300). arrow Competition details

arrow Wednesday 3rd February 2016

FSS
Budgeting in Hertfordshire maintained schools

The software for creating schools budgets for 2016-17, HCSS Budgeting previously known as FPS Web, has been released and is now available to use. Guidance will be available on the Grid at arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Excelling in the Workplace
Excelling in the Workplace Course

There are still a few places left on the “Excelling in the Workplace” course for those who want to develop their Excel skills and expertise. The course is on Monday 7 March, from 9.30 to 12.30 and can be booked using course code. arrow Course code - 15MAN/120A

arrow Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Penalty Notices
Penalty Notices for Unauthorised Absence

Following consultations with school representative bodies, governing body groups and Hertfordshire Police we have amended the Hertfordshire Code of Conduct and process for issuing penalty notices for unauthorised absence. This will simplify and speed up the process for schools and academies to make applications to the Local Authority for penalty notices to be issued. The new Code of Conduct applies from February 2016. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Best Value Handbook
Facilitating Best Value Handbook

This handbook has been developed to facilitate best value across Hertfordshire schools and contains information on central contracts and services commissioned and procured by the Council. It also contains information for each contract and tips on running costs, and guidance on effectively managing the financial challenges of flat-cash funding. arrow More information

arrow Friday 29th January 2016

School Waste Electrical Recycling Collections
School Waste Electrical Recycling Collections - 14th – 18th March 2016

Hertfordshire Schools are again being offered the opportunity to recycle unwanted or broken electrical equipment through a free collection service in March 2016 arrow Collection details

arrow Thursday 28th January 2016

LGBT resources
Resources to help you celebrate LGBT History Month (February) 2016

We have identified some great teaching resources for use in primary and secondary school to celebrate LGBT history month. arrow LGBT resources

arrow Thursday 28th January 2016

14-19 Newsletter January
14-19 Newsletter - January 2016

The latest 14-19 Education and Skills Newsletter is now available for viewing on the Grid for Learning. Covering updates on upcoming workshops, curriculum changes, Bursary Fund, new providers of Alternative Provision and Apprenticeships the Newsletter can be viewed here: arrow 14-19 Newsletter

arrow Wednesday 27th January 2016

Children’s Services Organisational Charts
Children’s Services Organisational Charts

HCC has produced some organisational charts for Children’s Services to help schools identify who to contact. arrow CS organisational charts

arrow Wednesday 27th January 2016

Developing a post 16 vocational
New workshops coming up from the 14-19 Education and Skills Team

Three new workshops are now available for booking:
Effective Commissioning and Quality Assurance of Independent Alternative Provision on Friday 26th February 2016.
The reform of vocational qualifications 14-19 and the introduction of technical and professional education post-16 on Friday 11th March.
The second Foundation Learning Network meeting on Thursday 17th March. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 26th January 2016

election
Voting for Primary and Secondary Non-executive Directors - Now Open

Herts for Learning Ltd (HfL) would like to invite shareholders to vote for the candidates of non-executive director for the HfL Board. The terms of three of the elected directors are expiring - 2 directorships elected by secondary school and academy shareholders; and 1 directorship elected by primary school and academy shareholders. For details of how to vote visit the Herts for Learning website. arrow Election details

arrow Tuesday 26th January 2016

Take one book
Take one Book: enriching Reading and Writing in Year 5 and 6 - 15ENG/073P - Wednesday 24th February 2016

Take one book is an exciting and engaging way to enrich children’s reading and writing skills through the study of a single text. Children will make visible progress in a shortspace of time as skills are embedded and improved.This course offers teachers the opportunity to consider an alternative approach to planning that will run alongside their existing planning for the National Curriculum. Delegates will consider how, over this concentrated period of time, children can produce a range of writing in a variety of text types, all in response to the chosen book. arrow Course code - 15ENG/073P

arrow Monday 25th January 2016

Take one book
Take one Book: enriching Reading and Writing in Year 3 and 4 - 15ENG/072P - Monday 8th February 2016

Take one book is an exciting and engaging way to enrich children’s reading and writing skills through the study of a single text. Children will make visible progress in a shortspace of time as skills are embedded and improved.This course offers teachers the opportunity to consider an alternative approach to planning that will run alongside their existing planning for the National Curriculum. Delegates will consider how, over this concentrated period of time, children can produce a range of writing in a variety of text types, all in response to the chosen book. arrow Course code - 15ENG/072P

arrow Monday 25th January 2016

Take one book
Take one Book: enriching Reading and Writing in Key Stage 1 - 15ENG/071P - Friday 5th February 2016

Take one book is an exciting and engaging way to enrich children’s reading and writing skills through the study of a single text. Children will make visible progress in a shortspace of time as skills are embedded and improved.This course offers teachers the opportunity to consider an alternative approach to planning that will run alongside their existing planning for the National Curriculum. Delegates will consider how, over this concentrated period of time, children can produce a range of writing in a variety of text types, all in response to the chosen book. arrow Course code - 15ENG/071P

arrow Monday 25th January 2016

The Exchange
The Exchange - January and February Edition 2016

The latest issue includes information on the 2016 Recruitment fair; discount rates for Britannica Encyclopaedia; how schools can benefit from a new budget toolkit; Hertfordshire School contacts British astronaut Major Tim Peake; P2P pilot launches in secondary school and much more.arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Monday 25th January 2016

FSS
Financial Services For Schools (FSS) RM Finance: Year End Preparation training course 15FSS/073A – now available to book

FSS will be running a year end preparation training course on Thursday 11th February. This course is mandatory for all school finance staff who wish to attend the RM Finance year end workshop course in the summer term and will assist staff in their preparations for the year end process. arrow More information

arrow Friday 22nd January 2016

English Newsletter for Spring 2016
English Newsletter Spring 2016

The English newsletter for spring term 2016 is now available to download. This issue includes: reading for pleasure; resources to support planning for English; supporting children to engage with words; and grammar, punctuation and spelling assessment. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 21st January 2016

Esafety Model Policy
eSafety Model Policy – Version 10 now available

This version includes minor but necessary changes to Data Protection components and some amendments to terminology. Start with the latest version as a template if your school is currently updating its eSafety Policy. An amendment list can be found with the policy document. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 19th January 2016

BBC Micro:Bit project
Have you registered your school for the BBC Micro:Bit project?

The BBC micro:bit is a small, codable device that can be programmed to do all sorts of incredible things – it’s been specially developed to help teach students to code and the BBC is giving away one free to every Year 7 child in the UK this Spring term. Secondary and Middle schools can sign up to take part. arrow More information

arrow Monday 18th January 2016

Teach in Herts
Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair 2016

Following the success of the first Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair in 2015, the Board of Herts for Learning has committed to proactively help fund and support Hertfordshire schools once again, by running a second teacher recruitment fair on Saturday 19th March 2016 at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage. arrow More information

arrow Monday 18th January 2016

Offfice365
Office 365 and Internet Explorer Versions

If your Office 365 e-mail looks very different today, then it is likely because Microsoft have stopped supporting all but the latest version 11 of Internet Explorer with Office 365. If you are currently using an older version of Internet Explorer, you will now be redirected to a simpler ‘lightweight’ version of the Office 365 e-mail interface which looks significantly different from the usual one and provides fewer features. The solution is to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use an alternative web browser such as Firefox and Chrome.

arrow Thursday 14th January 2016

child protection
Children Missing from Care or Home

A briefing note for Hertfordshire schools on procedures for children missing from care or home . arrow Briefing Note

arrow Tuesday 12th January 2016

School business management briefing
School Business Management Briefing

Spring term SBM briefing will be covering updates from H&S, Finance and ICT along with an in-depth discussion on the recent communication relating to the New Local Government Pay Offer. The briefing will be at the Fielder Centre on Wednesday 20 January and starts at 9.30 am arrow Course code - 15MAN/117A

arrow Tuesday 12th January 2016

Safeguarding Disabled Children Conference
Safeguarding Disabled Children Conference - 10th March 2016

An event for learning and reflection that focusses on meeting the needs of Disabled Children and Young People acrossHertfordshire who are at risk of harm, neglect or exploitation. arrow Conference details

arrow Monday 11th January 2016

Change4Life
New healthy eating teaching resources coming soon!

Look out for Change4Life’s new healthy eating teaching resources arriving with a School Fruit and Veg Scheme (SFVS) delivery in January or early February. arrow More information

arrow Monday 11th January 2016

Primary Assessment Updates
Primary Assessment Updates Spring 2016

The Primary Assessment Updates for Spring 2016 includes floor standards and ‘coasting’ status (KS2), changes to timing of teacher assessment cycle (KS1 and KS2) and information on teacher assessment arrow More information

arrow Monday 11th January 2016

Maths Newsletter
Maths Newsletter Spring 2016

The Maths newsletter for the spring term 2016 is now available to download. This issue includes Viva la revolution, Pope Paul Catholic Primary School: changing mind-sets, Using HfL Assessment Tasks to secure teacher judgements, Teaching for Mastery: Underpinning Learning Theories The ‘CPA’ Approach, Upcoming training and many more interesting topics. arrow Maths Newsletter

arrow Monday 11th January 2016

Data Collection Calender
Spring 2016 Data Collection for Schools

The Data Collection Calendar for Schools is compiled each year to provide a list of the major and statutory data collections and disseminations of data between. The Spring update is now available for schools. arrow Data Collection Calendar

arrow Monday 11th January 2016

New Local Government Pay Offer
New Local Government Pay Offer

Guidance for schools on the new local government pay offer. The Schools HR service will be holding a Termly Briefing for School Leaders on date 1st and 2nd March 2016 to include the latest pay offer.arrow More information

arrow Monday 11th January 2016

FPS Web
FPS Web will be launching its new user interface w/c 11th January

This is a re-design to make it quicker and easier to use and also adds some useful features. Financial Services for Schools have published Bulletin FPS007 and a supporting video guide to the new interface. The FSS Helpline is also available if you have further queries. arrow More information

arrow Friday 8th January 2016

Cultivating Mental Fluency
Cultivating Mental Fluency: a Mastery Approach – dates in January 2016

The new testing framework in maths clearly indicates a higher level of mental fluency is required for pupils than previously expected. This course will enable delegates to develop mental fluency in pupils using a mastery approach. arrow Download flyer

arrow Friday 8th January 2016

English Courses for Spring 2016
English Courses for Spring 2016

Our English courses for the Spring term include guided reading for KS1 and KS2; Year 1 phonics and spelling; and planning new curriculum units for fiction and non-fiction. arrow Download flyer

arrow Friday 8th January 2016

Esafety Newsletter
Esafety Newsletter Spring 2016

The esafety newsletter for the spring term is now available to download. This issue includes ECJ ‘Safe Harbor, Counter-extremism guidance for schools and childcare providers, Safer Internet Day 2016 and Outstanding grade descriptors from the school inspection handbook. arrow Esafety Newsletter

arrow Monday 4th January 2016

Active and engaging RE
Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 - 28th January

The HMD Commemoration 2016 will take place on Thursday 28th January 2016 at 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start. The venue for Hertfordshire HMD 2016 will be Richard Hale School, Hale Road, Hertford, SG13 8EN arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 22nd December 2015

Active and engaging RE
Review of Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2012-2017

The first SARETT meeting of 2016 aims to bring together local network teachers who teach RE according to the statutory requirements set out in the current Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 22nd December 2015

Developing a post 16 vocational
Developing a Post 16 Vocational ,Technical and Professional Curriculum Survey

A survey is being carried out by the 14-19 Education and Skills Strategy Team and Pearsons to help identify development needs for support on developing a vocational, technical and professional curriculum. For more information and to complete the survey. arrow More information

arrow Monday 21st December 2015

CAMHS Review
Teacher Available to lead assembly & FREE innovative practical sessions

Would you like a qualified teacher to lead an exciting D&T project linked to your topic? Or teach your pupils more about the value of reducing waste by reusing and recycling materials. Do you want your pupils to learn about an amazing array of materials for your Science targets? arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 15th December 2015

Foundation Learning Network
Foundation Learning Network Launched!

A new Foundation Learning Network for Hertfordshire was launched on the 8th December at the Hertfordshire Development Centre. The event included presentations about Entry Level and Level 1 qualification changes, Ofsted requirements and good practice at Hertswood Academy. For further information about the Launch please follow this link: arrow More information

arrow Friday 11th December 2015

Spring 2016 Training Courses
Herts for Learning Training Courses – Spring 2016

Our seasonal spotlight for the spring term focusses on ‘accessible courses’. Feedback from our shareholders has indicated that there is a need for courses outside the school working hours to increase opportunities for staff without incuring cover costs. We are committed to continuing to review our programme to meet your changing needs.arrow Training courses

arrow Thursday 10th December 2015

Developing a post 16 vocational
Safe and Responsible Use of Images

Herts for Learning have produced a leaflet and poster for schools to communicate to parents on the safe and responsible use of images during the seasonal period. arrow Safe use of images

arrow Thursday 10th December 2015

PRP Training
Penn Resilience Programme (PRP) Training 21st - 29th June 2016

The PRP has been designed to give you a unique opportunity to learn from experts in the field of emotional resilience and wellbeing. The training will equip you to make full use of the comprehensive lesson plans and interactive activities that enable young people to develop the skills of emotional resilience in a fun, practical and meaningful way. arrow More information

arrow Monday 7th December 2015

Sex Education Forum
Young Enterprise’s Business Competition

Young Enterprise’s Tenner Challenge is back! A FREE nationwide competition that gives young people just 1 month and £10 to set up a business learning vital skills along the way. 11 – 19 year olds can take part through their school, college or youth organisation. Teachers can register on: www.tenner.org.uk Registration opens on 30 November 2015 and the Tenner Challenge takes place from 22nd February – 18th March 2016. Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. arrow Find out more

arrow Friday 4th December 2015

 ECJ ‘Safe Harbor’
ECJ ‘Safe Harbor’ Ruling and School use of US-based Internet Services - Update with HCC advice

On the 6th October 2015 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that an EU agreement with the US called Safe Harbour is invalid with immediate effect. That agreement relates to EU data protection law and the transfer of ‘personal data’ from EU member states to the US.
arrow More information

arrow Friday 4th December 2015

Primary Updates
Primary Update - December 2015

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 2nd December 2015

Severe Weather Guidance
Switcboard Access Call – Suspicious Caller Requests Remote Access to School Switchboard in schools only

We have been asked to alert schools to potential hacking of school telephone systems. arrow Bogus call information

arrow Tuesday 1st December 2015

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