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- updated 26 August, 2016

Changes to the Pupil registration regulations from 1st September 2016

With effect from 1st September 2016, The Education (Pupil Registration) (England)(Amendment)Regulations 2016 place additional statutory duties on all schools to share details of pupils who are moving between schools at non-standard admission times, i.e. whenever a child of compulsory school age leaves a school before completing the school’s final year or joins the school after the start of the first year. The amendments are intended to improve communication and co-ordination between schools and the Local Authority to ensure that all children of compulsory school age are safe and receiving suitable education. Schools are required to notify the Admissions team within 5 days of admitting a pupil to their admissions roll using SeAM. Schools are required to notify ISL Attendance Team within 5 days of removing a pupil from the admissions roll using the Removal from Roll notification available on SIMS or word document.

arrow Friday 26th August 2016

Positive Behaviour, Autism, Learning Disability, Mental Health Service (PALMS) – Feedback on this service

The Positive Behaviour, Autism, Learning Disability, Mental Health Service (PALMS) has been running since April 2015 and we are reviewing how well it is working. Hertfordshire County Council, in partnership with East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group, would like to hear what you think. We are keen to find out about your experience of the PALMS service. We would therefore appreciate it if you could spend 10 minutes answering the questions below. All responses are anonymous and you will not be contacted for further information. The survey will be open until Friday 30th September. Your views will be collated and used to help us develop PALMS further. arrow Survey for professionals: Professionals Survey or Survey for parents: Parents Survey

arrow Wednesday 24th August 2016

Book Now for Autumn Term Parent2Parent Programmes

The Parent2Parent programme is already running successfully in primary schools throughout Hertfordshire, with positive feedback from headteachers, parents and children alike. The programme has also now been written for parents of teenage children and is available in secondary schools from September. HfL is now taking bookings for both primary and secondary Parent2Parent programmes for the autumn term. A short taster session for secondary schools is being held in Stevenage on Wednesday 14th September for local schools who would like to find out more. For further information on the programme please visit: arrowParent2Parent or p2p@hertsforlearning.co.uk

arrow Monday 22nd August 2016

eSafety Newsletter
eSafety Newsletter Autumn 2016

The eSafety newsletter for the Autumn term is now available to download. arrow eSafety Newsletter

arrow Thursday 18th August 2016

Privacy Shield
EU-US Privacy Shield

Schools are reminded that the data protection policy of third party data handlers (school data services for example) should always be checked for suitability according to the sensitivity of the data concerned. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 17th August 2016

Donald Mackean Trust
Science Grants for Disadvantaged Young People in Hertfordshire

The Donald Mackean Trust is here to provide grants for disadvantaged young people in Hertfordshire to enter STEM and related learning and careers with a science focus. Namely, technology, engineering, maths, health and the environment and indeed science. Applications are now invited for 2016/17 and should be submitted via the Head of your school or college. arrow More information

arrow Friday 29th July 2016

early years pupil premium
Have you applied for the early years pupil premium for children in your nursery class?

Since April 2015 schools from all over Hertfordshire have applied for the early years pupil premium for their eligible children. For schools that have not already accessed the early years pupil premium, you are missing out on vital additional funding to support children in your nursery class. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 28th July 2016

Herts for Learning
Are you thinking of setting up a local Multi Academy Trust (MAT)?

Given recent changes in educational policy, a number of schools are now considering setting up their own local Multi Academy Trusts (MATs). We are keen to work with schools considering establishing a MAT to provide assistance and support through this process and beyond. If you are interested in setting up a MAT and would like to book a meeting with a member of our Business Development team to discuss your plans and ongoing needs, please contact carole.bennett@hertsforlearning.co.uk or ring 01438 843353. We are also planning a networking and knowledge sharing event for schools creating a MAT, which is to be held at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield on 5th October 2016. There are limited spaces at this event, which can be booked here: arrow Course code: 16SBM/017A

arrow Tuesday 26th July 2016

Health and Safety
Health and Safety Newsletter - July 2016 in schools only

The latest version of the Health & Safety Newsletter is now available for download. arrow More information

arrow Monday 25th July 2016

School Waste Electrical Recycling Collections
School Waste Electrical Recycling Collections 26th – 30th September 2016

Does your school have unwanted electrical items? Hertfordshire Schools are again being offered the opportunity to recycle unwanted or broken electrical equipment through a free collection service in September 2016 arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 20th July 2016

Quality Mark
Hertfordshire Schools Awarded Religious Education Quality Mark

The Hertfordshire SACRE extend congratulations to the Hertfordshire schools who have received the Religious Education Quality Mark. we are proud of the achievements of those who have placed a high emphasis and regard on the teaching of RE, and the place that it has within the wider community. arrow More infomation

arrow Tuesday 19th July 2016

FREE assemblies & innovative
Teacher gives FREE assemblies & innovative practical sessions to help your pupils be more WasteAware

Your pupils can learn about an amazing array of materials for your Science targets.arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 19th July 2016

National Day of Memory
Hertfordshire supports ‘Britain’s lost women’ National Day of Memory 2016

Hertfordshire’s County Community Safety Unit is supporting this year’s National Day of Memory for victims of Honour Killings, and using the day as an opportunity to raise awareness of Honour-Based Abuse. The National Day of Memory, which happened on Thursday 14th July, is fronted by national charity Karma Nirvana – which supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse. arrow More information

arrow Monday 18th July 2016

health wellbeing
Girls Active: Funded opportunity to increase physical activity and emotional wellbeing of female pupils

Can you think of any girls in your school who do not seem to be reaching their full potential? Public Health, Herts Sports Partnership, and the CCGS have provided funding to Youth Sports Trust to offer an exciting opportunity for 10 secondary schools to pilot an approach to increase physical activity and emotional wellbeing in teenage girls. arrow More information

arrow Friday 15th July 2016

Parental Drug
SRE News Digest – May & July 2016

Summary of the latest news and updates on SRE for Hertfordshire schools. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 13th July 2016

The Exchange
The Exchange - July Edition 2016

The July edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on Early Years, including the Annual Programme and their conference next term. The paper also features Chris Carter’s free app of the month and a quick guide to our new primary computing scheme. arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Tuesday 12th July 2016


Please check your Head and SBM email accounts for a communication from Herts for Learning concerning recommendations on teachers' pay. If you appear not to have not received it please also check your junk or spam inboxes.

arrow Friday 8th July 2016

Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council named Britain’s best local authority tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools

Stonewall, Britain’s lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, has named Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council as the best local authority in Britain for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference in its schools . arrow More infomation

arrow Friday 8th July 2016

Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus
The Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 front cover competition

The Hertfordshire SACRE would like to thank all the Hertfordshire teachers and students who entered the front cover competition for the Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017- 2022. arrow More infomation

arrow Thursday 7th July 2016

Unplugged Programme Training – social influences, life skills and drug prevention for secondary schools and ESCs

Unplugged is an evidence-based secondary school programme designed to equip young people with specific skills and resources that they need to resist social influences and to support knowledge about drugs and their adverse consequences. HfL on behalf of HCCwill be offering FREE training for schools in the Hertfordshire area to learn more about the programme . arrow More information

arrow Thursday 7th July 2016

KS2 Stage 2 test results
Key Stage 2 Test Results & Reporting

The DfE has today made KS2 Test Results available via the NCA Tools website. Schools should download the file and import it into SIMS ready to create reports for parents. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 5th July 2016

KS1 Phonics
KS1 Phonics Screening Check Threshold

The Standards & Testing Agency (STA) has announced that the Threshold for the 2016 Phonics Screening Checks remains at 32. This means that we will not be publishing any additional wizards to our website and schools can calculate the Phonic Grades for each child using the original 2016 wizards you already have, following the instructions in our document (reference S1600).arrow More information

arrow Monday 27th June 2016

Primary Assessment Update
Herts for Learning Training Courses – Autumn 2016

Our seasonal spotlight for the autumn term focuses on 'Resilience and wellbeing in times of change'. Resilience helps us to maintain our wellbeing in difficult circumstances and we have designed a number of training courses to help school staff focus on their personal resilience and wellbeing in times of change. arrow More information

arrow Friday 24th June 2016

HCC’s website has changed to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk

HCC’s website has changed its name and address from hertsdirect.org to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk. This change provides even more assurance around security for HCC and its service users under the trusted ‘gov.uk’ service. Redirects are in place so anyone attempting to visit hertdirect.org will be automatically redirected to the new site. When you next carry out any housekeeping or maintenance on your own website, please take the opportunity to replace any content and links on your site with www.hertfordshire.gov.uk. The project team is also in the process of updating the SAP portal for schools. The SAP Application Support team will be in contact with you directly about these changes at the appropriate time. If you have any queries please email the project team at HertsDirect.MigrationProject@hertfordshire.gov.uk

arrow Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Primary Assessment Update
Primary Assessment Update - June 2016

The Herts for Learning Assessment Team have produced their termly update on key assessment issues for primary schools in Hertfordshire. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 21st June 2016

Childhood Influenza (Flu) Immunisation Programme 2016/17 Update

As Head teachers will be aware, last year saw the introduction of the Childhood Influenza (Flu) immunisation Programme for all children in school years 1 and 2. HCT School Nursing Service will be contacting schools this term to arrange a date for these immunisation sessions to be delivered in the autumn term and appreciate your support in facilitating delivery of this programme. arrow For more information

arrow Friday 17th June 2016

Local Authority
Local Authority funding for accredited SpLD training 2016-2017

Teachers can apply for funding for OCR Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties. This year we are particularly interested to align applications to the local DSPL area and will be looking to achieve a good spread across these areas Applications should be made with the support of the Head Teacher. Deadline for applications is 8th July 2016. arrow More information

arrow Friday 17th June 2016

Free School Meals
Free School Meals – Year 2 to Year 3

If you have children moving into your school from year 2 in to year 3 that are entitled to a free school meal, parents/carers will need to reapply as they are not automatically renewed. Once an application has been made there will be no need to reapply as this will be done automatically following our renewals process if they are still eligible. Please ask parents/carers to log on to arrow Free schools meals to apply.

arrow Thursday 16th June 2016

SRE Updates

The Government's statutory safeguarding guidance for schools: 'Keeping children safe in education; statutory guidance for schools and colleges' has been updated (May 2016). The updated guidance which will commence from 5 Sept 2016 puts stronger emphasis on teaching about safeguarding and the role of SRE in doing so. There are a number of simple steps that primary and secondary schools can take to review and update your teaching about safeguarding. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 15th June 2016

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