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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools - updated 24 October, 2014

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Bristol Document Summaries - October 2014
Bristol Document Summaries - October 2014 in schools only...

This months summaries include Ofsted’s report on behaviour in schools and the report from the Child Poverty Commission on social mobility in schools. There are also reports on a range of whole school issues such as literacy, parental school choice and assessment. This month’s research report from colleagues here at the Graduate School of Education looks at the challenges of transition from primary to secondary school and how it can be managed more effectively. arrow Bristol Document Summary Service

arrow Friday 24th October 2014

Public Health
What is Flu?

Flu is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is most common during the winter months. People often describe colds as flu, but symptoms of flu come on very suddenly and are much more severe than a cold. Children of 2, 3 and 4 years are now routinely offered flu vaccination. arrow More Details

arrow Friday 24th October 2014

Halloween & Bonfire Night 2014
Halloween & Bonfire Night 2014

During Halloween, Hertfordshire Constabulary work hard to keep you safe and to ensure crime remains low. Children can enter a competition to be in with a chance of winning four free admission tickets to Willows Farm Village and Farm Park (for ages 5-8) and four free admission tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London (for ages 9-16). arrow More details

arrow Friday 24th October 2014

Primary Headteacher Seminars
Primary Headteacher Seminars: Autumn 2014

The Primary Headteacher Seminars presentation is now available to download. arrow Primary Headteachers Seminars (pdf)

arrow Thursday 23rd October 2014

NQT Courses
NQTs Behaviour Management Course - What Every Teacher Needs to Know

The KS1 NQTs behaviour management course scheduled for 4.11.14 and 9.12.14 has been merged with the KS2 NQTs behaviour management course on 6.11.14 and 11.12.14. This course is now available to NQTs in both KS1 and KS2, there are still places available to book please use the following link. arrow Book online: Course code (14NQT/019P)

arrow Thursday 23rd October 2014

ICT
Making the Transition from ICT to Computing in Key stages 3-5 - Breakfast Meeting - 18th November 2014

This breakfast meeting has been set up to provide headteachers, senior leaders and heads of computing in secondary schools with the opportunity to discuss the changes in the computing curriculum and consider how schools will meet this new challenge. arrow Book online: Course code (14ICT/045S)

arrow Monday 20th October 2014

Assessment
RAISEonline 2014 Unvalidated Data Release (Primary)

The Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 and phonics data will be published on school RAISEonline as follows: Interactive reports ( Friday 24th Oct 2014) and Summary reports (Tuesday 28th Oct 2014). arrow More details

arrow Monday 20th October 2014

HICS
Yahoo Update

Users of the HICS network may have realised that restrictions have recently been placed on Yahoo. Please read this article for further information as to why this action has been taken. arrow Yahoo Update (docx)

arrow Thursday 16th October 2014

Public Health
Would You Like to Influence Public Health Services for Children and Young People in Hertfordshire?

Public Health in Hertfordshire County Council are reviewing the current school nurse service to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people. We are consulting with parents, carers, professionals and children and young people across the County to find out views about the school nurse service and what you would it to look like in the future? arrow Online Survey

arrow Wednesday 15th October 2014

BeeZee Bodies
BeeZee Bodies

Public Health, Hertfordshire County Council are delighted to announce a new service that is now available to families. BeeZee Bodies is a free 17 week lifestyle programmes to support parents and families make healthy but realistic changes to their lives to help manage weight. If you have families you feel would benefit or want to get involved contact helenmayhew@beezeebodies.co.uk or call 01234 363774. For further details about the programme visit www.beezeebodies.co.uk . arrow BeeZee Bodies Flyer (pdf)

arrow Monday 13th October 2014

Headteacher updates
Headteacher Updates - Autumn Term 2014

Venues and dates have been confirmed for the Autumn term Headteacher Updates. arrow Dates and Venues

arrow Monday 13th October 2014

Assessment
Important Information for Primary Heads and Assessment Coordinators

Updated versions of SIMS Assessment Manager 7 (AM7) templates and reports are now available to download for schools currently using these for tracking termly pupil progress on National Curriculum levels (Years 2 and 6). The Year 2 templates have been updated to include the correct columns for displaying EYFSP data, and the reports have been updated to include the new SEN codes. The reports can still be used to report historically on other year groups, as well as current Year 2 and Year 6. Schools that have subscribed to the new HfL Primary core teaching, learning and assessment package for the New Curriculum will be able to download and import the new AM7 templates which will allow them to enter termly assessments for Years 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6. arrow AM7 templates and reports

arrow Friday 10th October 2014

Health and Safety
Health and Safety Update - Autumn 2014

Important health and safety guidance for schools: emergency inhalers for use in schools; new model health and safety policy for schools and asbestos in first world war army helmets. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 9th October 2014

School Workforce
TAs Be Your Best - 7th November 2014

A conference specifically for Primary TAs is taking place on Friday 7th November at Watford Football Club. This year’s conference is headlined by Phil Beadle, internationally recognised teacher, journalist and author. The course will explore the notion of being your best by considering mind, body and spirit. Following Phil’s talk there will be workshops and time to share best practice. arrow Book online: Course code (14CON/005P)

arrow Thursday 9th October 2014

Assessment
Year 3 and 4 ‘Assessment Beyond Levels’ Training and Moderation - Autumn 2014 Cluster Meetings (Maths and Writing)

Usually, we hold moderation cluster meetings for Y2 and Y3 teachers at this time of year; to aid transition. However for this year, given the removal of levels, we are holding these clusters for Y3 and 4 to support assessment without levels, and will hold separate moderation support sessions for Y2 teachers (who continue to use levels for this year) later in the year. arrow Cluster Meetings

arrow Thursday 9th October 2014

Recycling
Inspiring Free Waste Activities for Schools in Hertfordshire

Do you want your pupils to learn more about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling waste? Take advantage of our free innovative practical sessions led by an experienced teacher, that will be linked to your current topic and meet national curriculum requirements. arrow More details

arrow Wednesday 8th October 2014

PSHE
Sex and Relationships Education Digest

A new monthly digest of education news for SRE for Hertfordshire schools. arrow October 2014 digest

arrow Tuesday 7th October 2014

Design & Technology
Wood Machine Course - 11th, 12th and 13th November

Due to demand an additional date has been added for the Health and Safety DATA Extended Modules Wood Machine course (Course code: 14DET/008A)

arrow Tuesday 7th October 2014

Training Times
Training Times - October 2014 Edition

The fifth issue for the new academic year of our monthly Herts for Learning newspaper, Training Times, is now available, which includes an article on Ofsted inspection framework revisions and a spotlight on Computing and Technology Festival with the latest Hertfordshire school news, HfL news and and forthcoming courses. arrow Training Times (pdf)

arrow Monday 6th October 2014

School Workforce
Calling All School Business Managers

Following the ongoing success and positive feedback for the Primary School Business Manager (SBM) forum, which has been running for three years and has 90 members, representing schools across Hertfordshire, Herts for Learning has introduced a forum for secondary SBMs. The Hertfordshire Secondary School Business Manager forum (HSSBM) has been set up in response to requests from headteachers, chairs of governors and business managers, and will meet half termly from November. arrow School Forum Meetings

arrow Friday 3rd October 2014

Training Times
Training Times - How Do You Use Yours?

As we go to print with the fifth edition of Training Times we are keen to hear your comments about the paper. We have recently received fantastic feedback from Samantha Jayasuriya, headteacher at Kenilworth Primary School in Borehamwood, who uses the content as a basis for discussion points at her SLT meetings. If you have any comments about how/where you use your copy, please contact: jessica.broadbent@hertsforlearning.co.uk

arrow Friday 3rd October 2014

Early Years
Early Years Outcomes Toolkit

The Early Years Outcomes Toolkit has been developed by Herts for Learning and has been designed specifically for Early Years PVI settings to help support children’s development. The toolkit, similar to the SIMS based toolkit used in schools, enables practitioners, leaders and managers to track and analyse the progress of individuals and groups of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage as well as demonstrate progress across prime and specific areas of learning. arrow Find out more

arrow Friday 3rd October 2014

Maths Courses
Maths Course - 25th Nov, 9th Jan , 3rd Feb, 4th Mar, 30th Mar

Spaces are still available on the Five day subject leadership in primary mathematics Course (Course code: 14MAT/063P)

arrow Thursday 2nd October 2014

Public Health
Protect Children From Flu this Winter

With winter fast approaching parents and carers across Hertfordshire are being reminded to get their two, three and four year-olds protected from flu. arrow More Details

arrow Wednesday 1st October 2014

Assessment
Primary Assessment Updates - Autumn 2014

The Herts for Learning Assessment Team have produced their termly update on key assessment issues for primary schools in Hertfordshire. arrow Assessment Update (doc)

arrow Wednesday 1st October 2014

Local Democracy Week
How to get involved in Local Democracy Week - 13th-19th October 2014

European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) is a yearly event which aims to raise awareness about local government. This year’s theme is ‘Participatory Democracy: sharing, proposing, deciding’. To mark the event, Hertfordshire County Council is organising a series of events in collaboration with The Hertfordshire UK Youth Parliament, Youth Connexions and Herts For Learning including visits to schools and ideas for lesson plans and activities for PSHE. arrow Local Democracy Week

arrow Wednesday 1st October 2014

SFU Interim return
Schools' Capital Return - Interim Return Required by 8th December 2014! Available for Completion through Solero via the GRID from 1st October 2014

Once again HCC requires schools to complete an Interim Capital Return, as at 30th September 2014. This is to assist in preparing accurate and timely reporting information for capital expenditure, to provide information to assist in the valuation of assets for the HCC balance sheet and to prevent a large amount of work at year end for HCC and schools and to allow early investigation of any queries. The Return is available for completion from 1st October 2014. arrow Interim Return Details

arrow Tuesday 30th September 2014

Mental Health Booklet
Mental Health Booklet for Young Carers

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust have launched their new mental health booklet for young carers. It provides a concise and easy to understand information for young people who are carrying out caring for an adult with a mental health condition. The guide has been written by young carers for young carers living in Hertfordshire, with support from HPFT. arrow More Details

arrow Tuesday 30th September 2014

2015 School 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. We would like children to use their persuasive skills in film to encourage more people to cycle, walk or scoot to school. arrow More details

arrow Monday 29th September 2014

Autumn Training Programme
Autumn Training Programme: Book Early to Avoid Disappointment!

The autumn term training programme, delivered by Herts for Learning (HfL), is proving more popular than ever and places on our training courses are filling up fast. The comprehensive HfL autumn training programme currently includes 266 courses, across 27 subjects and our seasonal spotlight for the autumn term centres around future leaders and the leadership and management role. arrow HfL website:  Autumn training programme

arrow Monday 29th September 2014

Assessment
Repeat Sessions – Launching the New HFL Assessment System

In response to popular demand we are repeating our launch sessions for our new primary assessment resources. If you missed them first time around, or if you would like to send some other members of staff, then never fear. Sessions will be run on 15th October at Watford Hilton Hotel, and 20th October at Robertson house, Stevenage. Please book on in the usual way at Training Courses & Online Booking . arrow For further information see the flyer (pdf)

arrow Friday 26th September 2014

MFL Courses
MFL Courses - Spaces Still Available

Spaces are still available on the Three Day Primary Language Subject Leader Course (Course code: 14MFL/019P0)

arrow Wednesday 24th September 2014

Wi-Fi Access for NHS Staff
Wi-Fi Access for NHS Staff

School Nurses and Speech & Language Therapists that visit your school use mobile devices such as Tough books (type of laptop) in order to record their work with children at your school. Unfortunately, school buildings often block the mobile signal. The solution to this problem is to use Wi-Fi technology. NHS would like to request that your school shares the Wi-Fi log in access with NHS staff. arrow More Details

arrow Wednesday 24th September 2014

Bristol Document Summaries - September 2014
Bristol Document Summaries - September 2014 in schools only...

All sectors of education are covered in this month’s summaries, but there is a particular focus on Key Stage 2 and on primary modern languages which is especially pertinent in the light of their new statutory status. A research report from colleagues here at the Graduate School of Education looks at how parents can support their children’s mathematics learning. A new “myths and facts” document from the DfE flags up some of the important changes which are taking place this academic year.arrow Bristol Document Summary Service

arrow Wednesday 24th September 2014

14-19
Ofsted FE Good Practice

Ofsted have produced a  report that summarises the most significant features of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in the further education and skills sector and the factors that contribute to these. Her Majesty’s Inspectors visited further education colleges, sixth form colleges, independent learning providers, employer providers and providers of community learning and skills between September 2013 and April 2014.arrow Ofstead FE Good Practice Report (pdf)

arrow Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Public Health
Guidance On Infection Control In Schools and Other Childcare Settings

"Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings" document provides guidance for schools and other childcare settings, such as nurseries, on infection control issues. It is an updated version of guidance that was produced in 2010. arrow More Details

arrow Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day - 29th January 2015

The Hertfordshire SACRE is pleased to announce that the HMD 2015 event will take place in the Three Valleys District of Rickmansworth, at St Joan of Arc Catholic School on Thursday 29th January 2015, at 5.45pm.  This prominent and memorable event in our annual calendar brings together a number of schools and local communities in an act of learning, remembrance, reflection, and commemoration. arrow More Details

arrow Tuesday 23rd September 2014

school travel action plan
The Future of School Travel Planning - Action Morning

The School Travel Action Morning will take place on Tuesday 18th November at Robertson House. The Action Morning is an opportunity to hear about the work of the Safe and Sustainable Journeys to Schools team and the ways in which we support schools to deliver road safety training and promote active and sustainable journeys to school. arrow More Details

arrow Monday 22nd September 2014

black history month
Black History Month

Pupils engage in their learning through a stimulating and interesting curriculum which reflects their interests, cultures and faiths. Black History Month is celebrated internationally every October. HfL is able to offer bespoke training, support and guidance across all school phases and other settings for Black History Month. We are also offering a new workshop on the legacies of Oxford University's black scholars suitable for primary and secondary schools. arrow More Details

arrow Friday 19th September 2014

Primary Disability Workshop
Primary Disability Workshop: All Inclusive - Tackling Disability-Related Bullying

During the workshop young people will consider their existing stereotypes/ prejudices towards disabled people and explore the term disability and understand that disabilities can be visible as well as invisible. The activities and resulting discussion will allow them to explore different aspects of disability-related prejudice and look at the steps that they can take to ensure that they are inclusive and that they challenge any disability-related prejudice and bullying amongst their peers. arrow Workshop Details (pdf)

arrow Friday 19th September 2014

ceba
Certificate in Educational Business and Administration

The Certificate in Educational Business and Administration is a level 3 equivalent programme. It is a perfect opportunity for administrative staff to develop their professional competence in relation to their role and extend their knowledge and skills. arrow Course Details

arrow Friday 19th September 2014

Media Training
Media training - Preparing You to Confidently Engage with the Press - 6th November 2014

In response to requests from schools for professional media training, Herts for Learning is offering a one day media training course for Headteachers, Governors and Senior Leadership Teams. Delivered by Andrew Carapiet, an experienced journalist, this course will help help school leaders use the media to effectively reach out to stakeholders and their community.arrow Course Details and Booking

arrow Friday 19th September 2014

SITSS
Attention to Schools with Apple Products - September 2014

As users may already be aware, following Apple's recent announcement, the latest version of their mobile operating system - "iOS8", has been released to the public this week. From this point forwards, all new iPads, iPods and iPhones will be shipped with iOS8 pre installed, and all existing devices will prompt users to install the update. SITSS advise schools not to upgrade to iOS8 at this time, until we have completed testing of the update, to ensure it works in educational environments. arrow More Details

arrow Thursday 18th September 2014

leader training
Free Training for Family Links Parent Group Leader Training

Would you like to be trained as a Parent Group Leader for Family Links? Childhood Support Services is funding Parent Group Leader training in Autumn and Spring terms. The Training is for front line professionals who would like to deliver Family Links Nurturing programme to families. arrow More Details

arrow Thursday 18th September 2014

Care Taker Training Course
Caretaker Training Course - 27-28th October 2014

A Cleanwise certified training course for caretakers is being offered in Bishops Stortford over 2 days in October. arrow More Details

arrow Tuesday 16th September 2014

14-19 Training
BTECs and progression into Higher Education: an information and advice morning for curriculum leaders

"BTECs and progression into Higher Education: an information and advice morning for curriculum leaders" workshop will be held on Friday 17th October 2014 at Hertfordshire Development Centre from 8-30 - midday. For further information see the flyer (pdf).

arrow Tuesday 16th September 2014

Secondary NQT Subject Training
Secondary NQT Subject Training

Secondary NQT Subject Training is now available to book. For further information see the flyer (pdf) and book online.

arrow Monday 15th September 2014

Public Health
The Routine Child Immunisation Programme

With a new academic year about to start NHS highlight the importance of the childhood immunisation programme. arrow The Routine Child Immunisation Programme

arrow Monday 15th September 2014

Primary HIP Handbook 2014-15
Primary HIP Handbook 2014-15

Herts for Learning Primary Achievement Team have updated the Hertfordshire School Improvement Partner Handbook which is designed to provide headteachers and governors with key information about the work of the HIP and the programme of visits for the year. arrow Primary HIP Handbook 2014-15 (pdf)

arrow Monday 15th September 2014

Primary NQT Induction Courses
Primary NQT Induction Courses

Final few places remaining on HfL's Primary NQT induction courses (KS1 and KS2). For further information see the flyer (pdf) and book online.

arrow Friday 12th September 2014

Traveller News
Storytelling Project - Exploring Cultural Awareness

Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire Music Service (HMS) ran a storytelling project in three Hertfordshire primary schools: Bedmond Village Primary and Nursery in Abbots Langley, Essendon CofE Primary School in Hatfield and Wormley CofE Primary School in Broxbourne, with the aim of promoting inclusion and celebrating cultural diversity. The schools were chosen as they have a high number of Travellers on roll. Storyteller Mike Dodsworth and visual artist Andy D'Cruz are deliver a training day for primary schools where they will share techniques and activities that helped make the project a success. arrow More Details

arrow Thursday 11th September 2014

Training Times
Training Times - September 2014 Edition

The fourth issue for the new academic year of our monthly Herts for Learning newspaper, Training Times, is now available, which includes an article on the first phase of our Exchanging Excellence™: Closing Gaps research project and a spotlight on the work of our NQT advisers, together with the latest Hertfordshire school news, HfL news and and forthcoming courses. arrow Training Times (pdf)

arrow Wednesday 10th September 2014

key stage 3 religious education
Key Stage 3 Religious Education

We are pleased to offer some updates to the existing scheme of work for Key Stage 3 students in years 8 and 9. The suggested key questions and examples to support teaching and learning, aim to meet some of the requirements set out in the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2012-2017. arrow Key Stage 3 Religious Education

arrow Wednesday 10th September 2014

workshops for whizz kids
Workshops for Whizz Kids Years 5 & 6

There are still spaces on the up and coming Workshop for Whizz Kids for able pupils in Years 5 & 6 being held over 3 dates this term all from 4pm – 5.30pm here at The Hertfordshire Development Centre. arrow Workshop Details

arrow Monday 8th September 2014

penn resilience
Penn Resilience Programme (PRP) Teacher Training - November 2014

The next Penn Resilience Programme (PRP) teacher training will be held on 3rd, 4th, 5th and 10th and 11th of November 2014 at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield. The PRP is a national and internationally recognised evidenced based set of 18 lessons that build vital emotional resilience skills and competencies. Places at the training are subsidised by How to Thrive for Hertfordshire schools and services. Book early to avoid disappointment. arrow Penn Resilience Programme

arrow Monday 8th September 2014

primary english newsletter
Primary English Newsletter - Autumn 2014

The Herts for Learning Primary English Teaching and Learning Advisers have put together a newsletter with useful articles and guidance on the new national curriculum. arrow Primary English Newsletter

arrow Monday 8th September 2014

anti-bullying week
Marking National Anti-Bullying Week 2014 - 17th-21st November 2014

Details of training and workshops available throughout November and beyond to support National Anti-Bullying Week. arrow National Anti-Bullying Week (pdf)

arrow Monday 8th September 2014

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
A revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory framework comes into force on 1 September 2014. The framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. This framework will replace the existing 2012 framework on 1 September 2014 and is available to view. arrow Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

arrow Friday 5th September 2014

AnyComms Plus

AnyComms Plus
The current version of AnyComms is due to be replaced by a new version called AnyComms Plus at the beginning of October. The new version is web-based and therefore works in an entirely different way to the current version Anycomms but it is straightforward to use and has more features, as well as being completely secure for the transmission of confidential and sensitive information. arrow Further details

arrow Friday 5th September 2014

Ofsted
Ofsted Update: Key Changes for the New Academic Year

Once again, Ofsted has revised their documentation, updating their frameworks at the start of the academic year. Our HfL Advisers (who are also accredited Ofsted inspectors) have attended training during the summer break and have produced up to date guidance to help you to anticipate the changes in emphasis and how these may affect your next inspection. Read our feature article on the HfL website.... arrow HfL Website: Ofsted Update

arrow Thursday 4th September 2014

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