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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools - updated 21 May, 2015

Down Syndrome Conference
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 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

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

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

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

educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities… Ready for Ofsted - 20th May 2015

This full day course is relevant for SENCOs and all leaders with responsibility for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It looks in detail at evidence to support self-evaluation using the essentials of day to day good practice. During the day, we will explore the four key judgements and also consider implications for early years settings and 6th form. Common themes and areas for development from recent Ofsted inspections will be shared and considered in the context of your own school arrow Course code: 15SEN/003A

arrow Friday 8th May 2015

Confident to Return Programme
Confident to Return Programme – For qualified teachers considering returning to the profession

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

KS2
Accessing Grid Website ** problems resolved** (updated )

We now believe the problems have been resolved and any proxy exceptions in the browsers can be removed. If you have any queries relating to this please get in touch with Kevin Crawley (HICS) on kevin.crawley@hertsforlearning.co.uk

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

educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities… Ready for Ofsted - 20th May 2015

This full day course is relevant for SENCOs and all leaders with responsibility for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It looks in detail at evidence to support self-evaluation using the essentials of day to day good practice. During the day, we will explore the four key judgements and also consider implications for early years settings and 6th form. Common themes and areas for development from recent Ofsted inspections will be shared and considered in the context of your own school arrow Course code: 15SEN/003A

arrow Friday 1st 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

Tackling mathematics
Primary SEND Good Practice Day

You are invited to join other primary colleagues to a facilitated day to give SENCOs and other school leaders time to consider options and opportunities for embedding the changes within the new ways of working of the SEND code of Practice (2014). The day will provide an opportunity to share ideas, engage in discussion and promote good practice around key themes within the SEND reforms. arrow Course code: 15SEN/008P

arrow Thursday 23rd April 2015

Tackling mathematics
Tackling mathematics learning difficulties by teaching visually and actively - 21st May 2015

This course is designed for all teachers of numeracy and mathematics, SENCOs, INCOs and learning support teachers to raise awareness about dyscalculia and identify what issues affect pupils' learning and performance in mathematics. You will be given an opportunity to share and experience practical ideas which you can take back into the classroom to help students overcome these barriers. The course is suitable for primary, special and secondary. arrow Course code: 15MAT/035A

arrow Wednesday 22th April 2015

Hertfordshire’s Help to Buy New Homes Show
Hertfordshire’s Help to Buy New Homes Show – 16th May 2015

Help to Buy East and South East are the appointed Agent for Hertfordshire. A free event with housing providers showcasing homes available for Help to Buy, advice on equity loans or shared ownerships. arrow More Information

arrow Tuesday 21st 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

 Public Health
Adolescent Masterclass Session – 18th May 2015

The next masterclass session will focus on Adolescent Health: Moving from Deficits to Positive Well-being. To book a place on this masterclass, please email: publichealth@hertfordshire.gov.ukarrow 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

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

HICS Internet Connectivity
Accessing Twitter through the HICS network

The Twitter website has been accessible throughout the HICS network for a few years now. We always try to make sure that the web filtering policies reflect a consensus view of the schools that use them and permitting access to this was authorised by The ICT in Schools Partnership Working Group. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 2nd April 2015

HICS Internet Connectivity
Help us to keep your network secure – who has remote access into your school?

Lots of staff use VPN to connect remotely into the HICS network, allowing them to work from home. VPN is delivered as part of the HICS package at no additional cost. If you currently do not use this service but wish to, please get in touch. arrow More Information

arrow Tuesday 31st March 2015

Headteacher Updates
Headteacher Updates – Spring Term 2015 Presentations

Headteacher Updates – Spring Term 2015 Presentations The presentations for the Spring term Headteacher Updates are now available to download. The Summer 2015 dates have now been published. arrow Headteacher updates

arrow Monday 30th March 2015

Bristol Document Summaries - January 2015
New DfE Safeguarding Guidance - March 2015

The DfE has published a range of updated statutory safeguarding guidance for schools and other practitioners . arrow Safeguarding practice in schools

arrow Monday 30th March 2015

World Book Day
Beat the Street

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

arrow Monday 30th March 2015

Data collection
Data Collection Calendar - Summer Term 2015 in schools only

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

arrow Thursday 26th March 2015

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

This months summaries include the proposed performance descriptors for primary school attainment; effective deployment of teaching assistants; progress on reforms to vocational education; effective PHSE and the question of whether there is a ‘postcode lottery’ in terms of access to certain GCSE subjects. arrow Bristol Document Summary Service

arrow Wednesday 25th March 2015

training times
Free Financial Seminars in schools only

Free Independent Financial Advice Workshop for those thinking of retiring in the next two years. Workshops and initial individual consultations are provided free of charge on financial planning, career transition and pre retirement as part of Herts Rewards. See timetable for workshop details, times and venues. arrow Financial Seminars

arrow Wednesday 25th March 2015

Public Health
Support for Young Carers

Hertfordshire recognise young carers as children and young people under the age of 18 years, who provide care to another family member, who has a physical illness / disability; mental ill health; sensory disability or has a problematic use of drugs or alcohol. The level of care they provide would be usually taken on by an adult and as a result of this has significant impact on their normal childhood.  arrow Download practitioner sheet (pdf)

arrow Wednesday 25th March 2015

training times
Training Times - March 2015

The latest issue includes articles on the new DfE focus on building character, resilience and grit in pupils; meet the science and MfL advisers; Early Years Pupil Premium; the new School Business Manager Services; together with the latest Hertfordshire school news, HfL news and and forthcoming courses. arrow Download Training Times (pdf/1MB)

arrow Tuesday 24th March 2015

Statutory Requirements
New Statutory Requirements for School Websites

Schools to publish childcare provision alongside school performance tables making it easier for parents to know what is available. arrow Statutory Requirements

arrow Monday 23rd March 2015

Training Courses
Herts for Learning Training Courses - Summer 2015

Our seasonal spotlight for the summer term focusses on improving leadership. This was a key area highlighted in the recent Ofsted East of England regional report, and Herts for Learning have put together specific courses that allow leaders at all levels to be confident and competent to embed a culture of high expectations and ambition. arrow Download training programme or search online

arrow Wednesday 18th March 2015

Waste & Recycling
Free Visits to Schools to Educate about Waste and Recycling

Do you want your pupils to learn more about the value of reducing waste by reusing and recycling materials?? Take advantage of HCC’s FREE innovative practical sessions led by an experienced teacher, that can be linked to your current topic and meet national curriculum requirements. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th March 2015

World Book Day
National Conference for Primary Deputy and Assistant Headteachers - 18th June 2015

Creative, Curious and Courageous: Embracing the Leadership Challenge! This one day national conference will explore the leadership role of deputy and assistant headteachers in the context of current educational change and challenge. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th March 2015

Solar eclipse
Stonewall Young Writers’ Competition

Anyone aged 14-17 can enter by submitting either a short story or poem on the theme of ‘LGBT equality: changing hearts and minds’. As well as prizes for the winners and runners up, the winning short story and poem will be published on the Guardian Children’s books website. Closing date for entries is Friday 22nd May. arrow More information

arrow Monday 16th March 2015

World Book Day
Primary Headteachers Seminars Presentations – Spring 2015

The presentations from the Spring primary heads seminars is now available to download. arrow headteacher briefings

arrow Monday 9th March 2015

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

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

arrow Friday 6th March 2015

Travel Film Competition
2015 School Travel Film Competition

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

arrow Monday 2nd March 2015

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

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

arrow Monday 2nd March 2015

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