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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools - updated 24 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

KS2
Problems with Speed of Access - Grid Website

We apologise that access to the Grid website has been slow this week. We have been investigating this issue and have raised it for further investigation with the RM hosting service.

arrow Wednesday 22th April 2015

Tackling mathematics
Tackling mathematics learning difficulties by teaching visually and actively

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

Property Matters course
Property Matters

This session is aimed at school business managers, headteachers and premises managers to understand how school buildings should be effectively managed and maintained including planning ahead for the long term and how to manage capital projects.arrow Book Online: 15MAN/039A

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

Children Services
Help us to shape the future of services for children in Hertfordshire

During April we are holding a series of events with partners and stakeholders to give an overview of an ambitious programme to shape the future of Children’s Services in Hertfordshire. It is an opportunity to broaden the range of stakeholders involved and to discuss ideas and opportunities to develop the improvements further. Input from Head Teachers would be particularly valuable. arrow Briefing events

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 info

arrow Wednesday 15th April 2015

health and well being
Penn Resilience Training

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

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

KS2
HGfL Website - Recent Downtime

We apologise that schools have been unable to access the Grid website due to two recent occasions of outage of the website. This is due to problems with an attack on the website hosting service provided by RM and are unrelated to the HICS network and internet connectivity.

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

Year End
Year End

For schools approaching Year End guidance bulletins are available on the Grid in the Financial Services for Schools section. arrow Year End

arrow Tuesday 31st March 2015

Children Services
Help us to shape the future of services for children in Hertfordshire

During April we are holding a series of events with partners and stakeholders to give an overview of an ambitious programme to shape the future of Children’s Services in Hertfordshire. It is an opportunity to broaden the range of stakeholders involved and to discuss ideas and opportunities to develop the improvements further. Input from Head Teachers would be particularly valuable. arrow Briefing events

arrow Tuesday 31st March 2015

KS2
Dynamic and Creative Teaching for NQTs in KS2 - getting the most out of the pupils

This course will look at how to make meaningful cross-curricular links, how to make teaching choices based on good assessment of the pupils' needs and ways to engage pupils in their learning. There will be opportunities during the day to work collaboratively with colleagues and share ideas. sarrow Book Online: 15NQT/005P

arrow Monday 30th March 2015

KS1
Dynamic and Creative Teaching for NQTs in KS1 - getting the most out of the pupils

This course will look at how to make meaningful cross-curricular links, how to make teaching choices based on good assessment of the pupils' needs and ways to engage pupils in their learning. There will be opportunities during the day to work collaboratively with colleagues and share ideas. arrow Book Online: 15NQT/004P

arrow Monday 30th 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

Thrive
Hertfordshire Year 5 Mathematics Challenge – 30th April 2015

Entries are invited for the Year 5 mathematics challenge. Each school is encouraged to submit a team of four Year 5 pupils for the initial heats which will be held regionally during March, April and May. Winners of these heats will go forward to a 'Grand Final' that will be held at Hertfordshire Development Centre in Stevenage. arrow Course code: 15MAT/012P

arrow Friday 27th March 2015

Crime Prevention Advice
Schools Easter Holiday - Crime Prevention Advice

Hopefully everyone will have an enjoyable holiday but please remember that your school may be vulnerable to crime during the holiday period when there are fewer people on and around the premises. There are a few simple measures that you can take to reduce the risk over the holiday period, including a brief self-assessment guide. arrow Crime prevention advice

arrow Friday 27th 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

Public Health
MindEd Information Sessions

Do you work with children and young people? Do you want to be able to support their mental health? Hertfordshire is offering professionals an opportunity to learn more about the national mental health resource, MindEd information sessions are taking place in April in Stevenage and Hertford.  arrow More details

arrow Wednesday 25th March 2015

Religious Education
Whose values? RE, collective worship and SMSC

This course is designed to support those with responsibility for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural (SMSC) development. The new Ofsted inspection guidance seeks to recognise the key role that SMSC development, religious education (RE), and collective worship play in ensuring a breadth of education. arrow Book Online: 15RED/002P

arrow Tuesday 24th March 2015

Thrive
Media Navigator Training for Young People

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 Tuesday 24th 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

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 be re-launching in May, to help with the cost of new bicycles and cycling equipment up to £1,500. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 18th 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

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 should by now have received an email with details of how to download and import new AM7 reports which give more detailed analysis of attainment and progress for vulnerable groups and individual pupils. To help interpret the reports, an updated version of the Report Catalogue is also available to download. 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 Wednesday 4th 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

children
Young People’s Innovation Fund

Do you have an idea for a new project which helps young people stay healthy in Hertfordshire? If so, you may be eligible for the Young People’s Innovation Fund. Hertfordshire County Council is looking for projects to help disadvantaged young people to stay healthy and safe. arrow Young People’s Innovation Fund

arrow Wednesday 25th February 2015

Parents
Keep Submitting Your Courses for Inclusion in the Parenting Directory for Hertfordshire

The parenting directory is entering its' third term. The directory has been well received by professionals and has received many compliments regarding the content and ease of use. arrow Parenting Directory

arrow Tuesday 24th February 2015

Assessment
RAISEonline Data Update (Primary)

The interactive reports in RAISEonline will be updated on Friday 27th February. This update will include: adding EYFSP data; validated KS2 data. This is the first time that EYFS data has been included in RAISEonline. The Summary reports will be updated on Tuesday 3rd March, to include both these sets of data.

arrow Monday 23rd February 2015

Recycle
FREE Pickup of Unwanted School Electrical Items - April 2015

Hertfordshire Schools are being offered the opportunity to recycle unwanted or broken electrical equipment through a free collection service in April 2015. WasteAware are once again working with partner organisation European Recycling Platform (ERP) to provide the popular collection service, which will take place during the week of the 20th - 24th April 2015. arrow Registration for Pickup

arrow Friday 20th February 2015

sitss
Bogus emails that appear to come from Apple

Emails have been sent to some head teachers’ accounts that look as though they are genuinely from Apple. The email reports a purchase has been made on their account from another part of the world. SITSS has investigated and found the emails to be fakes. SITSS are advising schools to not open any attachments or links in the email. If you are concerned report the email to your IT Support provider or visit https://appleid.apple.com/ to see if your account has been used recently to make a purchase. SITSS are working on blocking the sender of the email to schools who are on Office365.

arrow Tuesday 17th February 2015

14-19
16-19 Study Programmes – EFA Funding Formula and Auditing

This twilight session will cover: The variables within the EFA Funding Formula and how they relate to your Sixth Form, The auditing requirements underpinning 16-19 Study Programmes, The key funding guidance documents to support Sixth Form provision. The workshop is targeted at curriculum leaders, Heads of Sixth Form, Deputy Heads, Business Managers and staff new to Sixth Form. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 17th February 2015

14-19
Fully Funded Training Opportunity - ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is an evidenced based set of actions, that when adopted are proven to improve wellbeing. A toolkit for those working with young people has been developed by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC). This unique training has been centrally funded by HCC and facilitated by How to Thrive who have extensive experience in the practical skills and habits required to build emotional resilience and improve wellbeing. arrow More details

arrow Friday 13th February 2015

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