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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools - updated 17 September, 2014

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road safety
Walk to School Week: 13th – 17th October 2014

Congratulations to the 5 schools who have won a visit by Buster. Although the draw now been made there is still time to register. arrow Registration Form

arrow Wednesday 17th September 2014

RM Education
RM Education; Past, Present and Looking to the Future - 9th October 2014

A free and exclusive Hertfordshire head teacher's event, to gain exclusive insight into RM Education and how technology could enhance teaching and learning at your school, including a Q&A with CEO David Brooks. Venue: Townsend School arrow More Details

arrow Tuesday 16th 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

Hertfordshire Premiere of FREE - Autumn term 2014 (1.5 hour sessions) Book now!

FREE is a ground-breaking film for primary school pupils, from Rikki Beadle-Blair, that conveys a powerful message about difference, diversity and respect. It will be shown at 2 cinemas in Hertfordshire. The 60-minute film follows the stories of four children as they explore family, friendship and what it means to be yourself. FREE challenges gender stereotyping, homophobic bullying/language and shows the importance of celebrating difference. It has been specifically designed to complement schools' KS2 PSHE curriculum. The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with the director. arrow Full Details and Booking Form

arrow Tuesday 9th 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

road safety
Walk to School Week: 13th – 17th October 2014

Register by the 16th September for your FREE Walk to School Week materials. All schools registered by 16th September will be entered in to a raffle, the first 5 forms drawn will receive a visit from Buster. arrow Registration Form

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


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 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

Christmas Truce

World War 1 Christmas Truce Commemorations
The Martin Luther King Peace Committee have produced some useful teaching resources to help schools, churches and civic institutions mark the December 1914 Christmas truces. The resource pack coves activities for KS2-4 for history, geography, art, music, literacy, RE and PSHE and may also be useful for Christmas assemblies. arrow Download resource pack and visit website

arrow Wednesday 3rd September 2014


New WasteAware Education Pack for KS2
The new WasteAware Key Stage 2 education pack is now available to download. The new pack features 10 factsheets and teacher resource packs covering a variety of waste topics. arrow New WasteAware education pack for KS2

arrow Wednesday 3rd September 2014


School Waste Electrical Recycling Collections – September 2014
Schools in Hertfordshire are being offered the opportunity to recycle their unwanted or broken electrical equipment through a free collection service in September 2014. 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 22nd September 2014. arrow Recycling collection

arrow Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Education Data Collection
Comparative Budget Share Data

Comparative graphs/profiles for Section B - Financial 2013/14 are now available. The files are published annually and contain a range of financial benchmarking information based upon schools Approved Budget Returns and are split into four school types. arrow Comparative budget share data

arrow Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Consultation on School Funding 2015-16

This consultation relates to school funding arrangements for 2015-16 and we welcome and seek the views of all schools, academies and other stakeholders within this consultation process. Closing date 23rd September 2014. arrow Consultation document and survey

arrow Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Data Collection Calendar
Data Collection Calendar - Autumn 2014

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 schools and the local authority. The Autumn term calendar is now available.arrow Data Collection Calendar

arrow Monday 1st September 2014

Computing Scheme
The New Version of the Herts for Learning Computing Scheme for the Primary Phase is now here

Version 3.1 of the Herts for Learning Primary Computing Scheme has now been released. The scheme provides a creative approach to the teaching and the development of Computing from the EYFS to Year 6, helping to build computer science capability for current and future learning. It is fully aligned with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing. The new version now uses the new HfL Assessment Approach and outcomes can be used in SIMS Assessment Manager 7 with its extensive reporting capability. The scheme includes statements to support the creation of a baseline for children entering Year1. In addition the scheme has been generally developed and updated. For more information please contact the Computing and ICT team on phone: 01438 844893 or email: ictcurriculum@hertsforlearning.co.uk. arrow Computing Scheme Version 3.1

arrow Thursday 28th August 2014

Closure of the RM LP
Closure of the RM Learning Platform

The RM Learning Platform will no longer be available from 29th August 2014. RM have individually contacted Hertfordshire schools still running the RM learning platform to advise them of the closure and how to download their data. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the closedown of the RM Learning Platform, please get in touch with RM by phoning 01235 854 693 or emailing rmunify@rm.com. arrow Closure of the RM Learning Platform

arrow Tuesday 18th August 2014

Herts Grants
Herts Grants

Hertfordshire Educational Foundation (HEF) is a charity that provides financial support for young people living in Hertfordshire. Grants are available for primary school pupils to take part in educational visits whose parents are unable to pay for the visit. The Sir George Burns Fund supports young people between the ages of 16–21 who have disability or are underprivileged. Travel scholarships enable students aged between the ages of 17-21 to undertake approved interesting courses and other educational activities abroad. arrow Herts Grants

arrow Friday 15th August 2014

Important Message/Dinner Money 7 End of Year Procedures in SIMS

We would like to remind all schools that use the Dinner Money 7 Module in SIMS that it is imperative you change your Meal Charges and Meal Definitions before the children return to school in September. Failure to do so will result in Years Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 being charged for meals when they are entitled to Universal Free School Meals. Nursery and Years 3 to 6 will also have the wrong charges against them.  arrow Full Details

arrow Tuesday 12th August 2014

cycle to work
Are you thinking of getting a new bike? in schools only...

Would you like to cycle to work? Getting a bike may be cheaper than you think. We are re-launching the cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme in September, to help with the cost of new bicycles and cycling equipment up to £1,500. arrow Cycle to Work scheme

arrow Thursday 31th July 2014

thames water
Thames Water Education Centre - Tour for Schools

Thames Water have a guided tour for schools which shows where waste water is treated, and an interactive workshop showing how it all works. A perfect trip for any topic linking to water or the environment, or for those looking for a day out with a difference! Our activities have excellent links to a variety of national curriculum subjects. Tours are free for schools who are Thames Water customers. arrow Thames Water Education Centre

arrow Monday 28th July 2014

send newsletter
SEND Pathfinder Newsletter - July 2014

The latest SEND Pathfinder newsletter keeping families and professionals up to date is now available. arrow SEND Pathfinder Newsletter- July 2014 (pdf)

arrow Friday 25th July 2014

Janet V-Scene
Changes to JANET Video Conferencing Service

Users of the JANET Video Conferencing service (JVCS) will probably be aware that on July 28th 2014 the service is changing to 'V-Scene.' Information about the new service, and a link to a short video to introduce it, can be found here. arrow Videoconferencing

arrow Friday 18th July 2014

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

This month's summaries have an emphasis on research commissioned by the Department for Education with questions being asked about academy autonomy and about how local education systems are working together. Research from the TALIS survey about the lives of teachers in England featured in the media recently and is also included this month. There is a curricular focus on sport, with Ofsted’s exploration of competitive sport and its link to later sporting engagement and success. arrow Bristol Document Summary Service

arrow Friday 18th July 2014

Training Times
Training Times - July 2014 edition

The third issue of our new monthly Herts for Learning newspaper, Training Times, is now available, which includes an article on a new transition project in North Herts and a spotlight on the work of the Vulnerable Groups Team, together with the latest Hertfordshire school news, HfL news and and forthcoming courses.

arrow Training Times (pdf)

arrow Thursday 17th July 2014

mythical maze
Mythical Maze

Hertfordshire libraries are preparing for Mythical Maze, the 16th National Summer Reading Challenge. Last year, over 18,000 Hertfordshire children took part, and this year's challenge is even more exciting. Open to children of all ages and abilities, the Summer Reading Challenge aims to encourage children to enjoy reading for pleasure, and recognise their own personal achievements. arrow Summer Reading Challenge

arrow Wednesday 16th July 2014

tools for schools
Tools for Schools

The emotional and mental health of children and young people is often a cause of concern for professionals and parents alike. These tools were created to give guidance to universal services to have a better understanding and clarity about how to manage common issues that families face and who to go to for support. The updated version is now available. arrow Updated Tools for Schools Resource(pdf)

arrow Wednesday 16th July 2014

Exchanging Excellence ® Closing Gaps Conference Presentations

Herts for Learning is delighted with the feedback from delegates attending the Exchanging Excellence ® Closing Gaps Conference which took place in Stevenage on Monday 7th July 2014. A number of keynote speakers delivered talks on their experience of closing gaps. The presentations from each keynote speaker are now available for download. arrow Closing Gaps conference presentations

arrow Tuesday 15th July 2014

Keeping Your School Safe Over The Summer Holidays

Hertfordshire Constabulary has prepared some simple measures your schools can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime during the summer holiday period. Completing the ‘Schools Crime Prevention Self Assessment’ audits below will help you identify any gaps you may have in your school security and help you focus your efforts to address the issues raised and keep your school safe over the holidays. arrow Crime Prevention for Schools

arrow Monday 15th July 2014

Guidance of 2014 KS2, EYFS and KS1 Results

Guidance on possible preliminary data analysis of your 2014 KS2 results and 2014 EYFS and KS1 results arrow Guidance of 2014 KS2, EYFS and KS1 results

arrow Monday 14th July 2014

Health & Well Being
Childrens Physical Activity Ideas

Disney have teamed up with Change4Life, the Public Health approach to healthy living, to produce the 10 minute shake up – ideas for physical activity to get kids moving this summer which are fun and free. arrow 10 minutes Shakeup change4life

arrow Friday 11th July 2014

Leading RE training course
"Leading RE for the first time" Training Course - 18th September 2014

This course is for those teachers who have never lead on RE before, you will evaluate the skills needed to be an effective subject leader. Using discussion, guidance and workshop activities, there will be a focus on leadership and management of the subject area, planning and resourcing, teaching and learning .arrow Course Details and Booking

arrow Friday 11th July 2014

KS2 Analysis Report
2014 KS2 Analysis Report

The KS2 Analysis report for 2014, which gives you an immediate analysis of your KS2 data, is now available for download. Instructions for downloading, importing and running the report are included in the document for Returning KS2 data, S1464. The report includes a number of different sheets, each providing a different approach to analysing your KS2 results. Please see the accompanying document, W074, on the web page for full details of how to use the report.arrow KS2 Analysis Report

arrow Thursday 10th July 2014

New! Herts for Learning School Business Manager Consultancy Service launching Autumn 2014!

Herts for Learning are really excited to offer the service of School Business Manager (SBM) consultants to support schools with raising achievement.arrow School Business Manager Consultancy

arrow Wednesday 9th July 2014

Historic County Flags Day
Historic County Flags Day - 23rd July 2014

Great Britain celebrates the nations historic county flags day on 23rd July 2014. You can download the poster.arrow Historic County Flags Day Poster

arrow Wednesday 9th July 2014

Importing KS2 Test Results
Importing KS2 Test Results Urgent Information for all Primary and Special Schools

Please note a change in our instructions for importing the Test results for KS2 in our document, Returning KS2 Teacher Assessments, document reference S1464 page 28 point 3. Please note that when importing the CTF file you MUST select Add KS2 for Existing Pupil Only

arrow Tuesday 8th July 2014

Health & Well Being
Leading Mental Health in Hertfordshire Schools Newsletter - Summer 2014

Summer 2014 Newsletter introduces the updated version of Tools for Schools that supports school and other universal Professionals to establish cause for concern, assess the risk, identify needs. In addition, the MindEd e-portal which has been designed to support professionals working with children and young people, has been added in this issue. arrow Leading Mental Health in Hertfordshire Schools - Summer 2014 Newsletter

arrow Friday 4th July 2014

Video Conferencing Services - 14th July 2014

Due to the ongoing work to increase the resilience of the HICS network, video conferencing services will be unavailable for schools on Monday 14th July. We apologise for any inconvenience. If you wish to discuss this further please contact: kevin.crawley@hertsforlearning.co.uk

arrow Wednesday 2nd July 2014

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