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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools
- updated 28 April, 2016

Health and Safety
English Newsletter - Summer 2016

The English newsletter for summer term 2016 is now available to download. This issue includes: Whipping Up a Book Frenzy; Guided Reading – Where Next?; Do you sound good to listen to?; Heighten the sense of audience by reading; Re-igniting Reading in Schools; Start Making Sense; and Book Reviews. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 28th April 2016

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

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

arrow Thursday 28th April 2016

Foundation Learning Network
Foundation Learning Network: Understanding the work of independent training providers - Thursday 9th June 2016

The third half-day event co-ordinated by Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager, 14-19 Education and Skills Strategy Team will focus on the work of training providers offering 16-19 Programmes of Study for young people who need a mix of vocational training, functional skills and personal and social development. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 27th April 2016

technical and professional education
Technical and professional education pre and post 16 - Monday 20th June 2016

This is the third in a series of half-day training sessions co-ordinated by Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager to inform and support schools to understand the DfE changes to vocational education both pre- and post-16 and the introduction of technical and professional education post-16 that enable progression into HE, apprenticeships, self-employment and jobs with training. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 27th April 2016

Hertscam
HertsCam is now recruiting for the MEd programme starting in September 2016

The HertsCam MEd in Leading Teaching and Learning is a two-year, part-time master’s programme, which enables participants to become effective agents of change, by leading development projects to improve the quality of teaching and learning in their schools. The course is both practical and critical, leading to tangible improvements in educational practice and to advancements in professional knowledge. arrow More information

arrow Monday 25th April 2016

Moderation Clusters
Year 2 Moderation Clusters

Year 2 moderation clusters are happening now! Have you booked your place? For information, see arrow More information

arrow Monday 25th April 2016

MFL Matters Newsletter
Primary Maths Newsletter - Summer Term 2016

The Summer version of the Primary Maths Newsletter is now avaliable to download . arrow Download Newsletter

arrow Monday 25th April 2015

The Exchange
The Exchange - April & May Edition 2016

The April/May edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on thinking about your school's budget, reaction from the Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair held in March, and also news from Hertfordshire schools and Herts for Learning. arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Friday 22nd April 2016

pupil welfare
Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools

The Local authority has published guidance for all maintained school, academies, free schools, studio schools, UTCs EScs and PSBs on the use of part time time-tables for pupils of compulsory school age ( the term after their fifth birthday to the last Friday in June following their 16th birthday) All schools are asked to return information to the local authority on children who are on part time tables within five days of the pupil starting or ending a part -time time table. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 21st April 2016

NQT
Teaching drama for NQTs in Key Stage 1 - Wednesday 18th May 2016

This course is designed for newly qualified teachers and those who wish to develop their confidence in teaching drama and applying it across the curriculum. There will be a practical element with opportunities for discussion, skills sharing and questions. Participants will leave with new exciting ideas and resources to support their teaching. Please ensure you wear comfortable shoes and clothing. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 21st April 2016

Primary Assessment Update
Primary Assessment Update - April 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 Thursday 21st April 2016

health wellbeing
Health Related Behaviour Survey 2016

The 2016 survey is in schools. The survey provides valuable information for participating schools through the tailored report they receive. We are pleased to say that we have more signed ups to date than 2014, with 80 schools so far. For schools participating online the school contribution is reduced by 50% on the 2014 contribution. We are extending the deadline for signing up to Friday 29 April. Schools in Hertfordshire complete the survey every 2 years and we are asking schools to take part in the survey in either the summer term 2015-16 or autumn term 2016-17. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 21st April 2016

MFL
Moving on up. Transition - Working together at KS2 and KS3 to improve outcomes for students in languages - 24th June 2016

Keynote speaker: Catherine Cheater, renowned national author and languages consultant. The aim of the conference is to: discuss and embed the Key Stage 2 and 3 Programmes of Study for Languages continue to develop good practice in teaching and learning meet the requirements of the both the primary and secondary curricula strengthen transfer and transition in languages teaching between Key Stages 2 and 3 and from Key Stages 3 to 4 raise standards in Modern Foreign Languages in Key Stage 3 to provide a secure foundation for Key Stage 4 languages entitlement.

arrow Course code: 16MFL/001

arrow Wednesday 20th April 2016

SBM
HR restructure and redundancies: what schools need to know - Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Are you considering restructuring your staff to achieve a more efficient structure or looking to decrease your staffing costs? We still have places on the HR Restructure and Redundancies: What schools need to know course that is running on 3 May. For further information or to book a place, please see arrow Course code - 16SBM/006A

arrow Wednesday 20th April 2016

Drug and Alcohol Education
Drug and Alcohol Education Survey – tell us what support you need

Hertfordshire County Council is reviewing the support it provides to primary and secondary schools with Drug and Alcohol Education. Please help us by filling in this short survey about what your school currently provides, and what you think would be useful in the future. We’ll use your responses to help develop the support we provide to schools next year. The closing date for responses is midnight on Wednesday 4th May. Thank you very much for your help.

arrow Short Survey

arrow Tuesday 19th April 2016

pupil welfare
Guidance on the evaluation and management of child sexual behaviour

The Child Protection School Liaison Team have launched a new toolkit entitled ‘Guidance on the evaluation and management of child sexual behaviour, including RAMP’ . This will replace the old RAMP proforma for children displaying problematic or harmful behaviour. arrow More information

arrow Monday 18th April 2016

How to Thrive
How to Thrive

How to Thrive is hosting a range of training courses designed for professionals to model and teach emotional resilience, all aimed at equipping students with the resilience skills to make the most of opportunities and to unlock potential. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 14th April 2016

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 14th April 2016

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Hertfordshire SEND Strategy

HCC launched a new SEND Strategy in September 2015  to ensure that children and young people with SEND in Hertfordshire receive the right support in their educational settings. We have identified a number of priorities for the next three years and set up ten workstreams to address these. Representatives from schools, parents and services are involved in all aspects of the work. arrow SEND strategy

arrow Tuesday 12th April 2016

First World War
First World War Support for Schools

As part of the Army’s commemorations of the centenary of the First World War, the MOD has developed a programme which includes learning resources aimed at secondary schools and the option for schools to request a soldier to support teaching activities in the classroom.arrow MOD website

arrow Tuesday 12th April 2016

Data collection
Data Collection Calendar - Summer Term 2016 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 Tuesday 12th April 2015

bull 226
RM Finance - Period 1 - Bulletin 226

RM Finance users, Bulletin 226 Period 1 2016 is available on the Grid. This bulletin details the setup procedures for the new financial year 2016-17. It includes checks to perform, backup and archiving, entering accrued brought forward, entering and fixing the Approved Budget and also children’s centres. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Raising Awareness of Harmful Practices – Free Event 26th May 2016

On behalf of the Asian Women’s Resource Centre – and in conjunction with Hertsmere Borough Council and the Shiva Foundation a FREE forthcoming training and awareness event is being offered to raise awareness of harmful practices, such as; Honour Based Abuse (HBA), Forced Marriage (FM), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Faith Based Violence (FBV). arrow More information

arrow Monday 11th April 2016

Confident Teens
Confident Teens - Building Resilience Programme

Teenage girls face many pressures and these Building Resilience workshops help them increase their confidence and resourcefulness, so they can progress at school both personally and academically.  This programme is run after-school, and paid for by parents, with the option of some students being funded by Pupil Premium. arrow More information

arrow Monday 11th April 2016

Esafety Newsletter
Esafety Newsletter Summer 2016

The esafety newsletter for the summer term is now available to download. arrow Esafety Newsletter

arrow Friday 8th April 2016

Flourishing mindfully
Flourishing Mindfully in Schools - Monday 25th April 2016 - Thursday 28th April 2016

Do you want to improve your focus as a teacher and help to encourage young people to concentrate on their learning more? This four-week twilight course is designed for teachers wanting to bring mindfulness and positive psychology including the encouragement of growth mindsets into their whole-school approach. arrow Course code : 16PSE/001A - 16PSE/002A

arrow Friday 8th April 2016

Teaching Resilience
Free Session on Teaching Resilience in UK Schools

How to Thrive is delighted to invite you to a twilight session on how teaching resilience can help build a thriving school environment. The session will discuss resilience as a pathway to fulfilling potential and succeeding in school and beyond. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 5th April 2016

Academies
Bulletins Available for Academies - A26 & A27

Bulletins available for academies. A26, Academy March data prep for Accounts Return and prep for the Budget Forecast Return and A27, FMS Spring Upgrade 6.168 Additional Guidance.arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 5th April 2016

CFR Assistant
RM CFR Assistant - Bulletin 227

Please be advised that there is a new bulletin on the grid that should be read in conjunction with the other RM Year End bulletins. It concerns reporting within the RM CFR Assistant. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 5th April 2016

Summer SBM
SBM Summer Term Briefing - Wednesday 20th April 2016

The SBM Summer term briefing will be covering updates relating to Finance, HR, H&S and more. To book a place at The Fielder Centre on 20 April 2016. arrow Course code - 16SBM/005A

arrow Monday 4th April 2016

Summer Term 2016 cpd
Summer Term 2016 training programme: Book early to avoid disappointment!

Our seasonal spotlight for the summer term focusses on embedding a growth mindset environment’. Research has indicated that a ‘growth mindset’ and setting higher expectations with encouraged support enables students to reach their maximum potential. Herts for Learning are always committed to bringing you the most up-to-date educational issues, therefore have produced courses to fulfil these requirements. arrow Summer term training programme

arrow Monday 4th April 2016

mental health support
Free online mental health support for 10-to-25-year-olds

Children and young people in Hertfordshire can now get free online emotional and mental health support using a website called Kooth.com. They can sign up, choose an avatar (an online character) to represent them anonymously and have an online chat with a counsellor or therapist. The counsellor or therapist can help with lots of different problems, including family problems, eating disorders, loneliness, bullying, anxiety and depression. Schools are being offered free training to encourage pupils to use Kooth.com.arrow More information

arrow Thursday 31st March 2016

Agreed syllabus for Religious Education
SARETT Meeting - 28th April 2016

SARETT meeting on April 28th twilight session – Hinduism Workshop by Avesha productions, just £10 per teacher.arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 30th March 2016

Data Protection
Urgent Data Protection Information for Head Teachers

In October 2015 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that an EU agreement with the US, called Safe Harbor, was invalid with immediate effect. The replacement, EU-US Privacy Shield, affords additional security benefits regarding data transferred by companies between the EU and the US. The European Commission issued a press-release on 29 February 2016, although at the time of writing, there is no date set for its implementation. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 29th March 2016

Sense Of Humour
A Sense Of Humour - Film & Animation Competition

A Sense Of Humour is a free film and animation competition run by Elstree Film Design for children and young people aged up to 25 living in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, London and Surrey. Entrants will produce an original 90 second short film or animation from scratch around the theme of ‘A Sense of Humour’. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 24th March 2016

Agreed syllabus for Religious Education
Hertfordshire SACRE - Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 - Front Cover

The Hertfordshire SACRE is delighted to invite all pupils to design a new front cover for the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022. The competition theme is ‘Religion for today and tomorrow’ inviting teachers and pupils to explore the role of religion in society and the diversity of faith in Britain today. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 24th March 2016

Youth Connexions CPD events
Youth Connexions CPD events for Schools and Colleges

A great selection of free employer visits have been organised during the Spring and Summer Terms of 2016 for school and college staff. The visits will provide valuable insights into careers opportunities and the labour market.arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Primary Heads and Assessment
Important information for Primary Heads and Assessment Coordinators

There has been an update to the HfL Primary PA+ SIMS AM7 reports. Schools that have subscribed to the PPA+ subscription package will soon receive an email with details of how to download and import these reports.

arrow Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Statutory Moderation
Statutory Moderation Letter KS1 - KS2 - March 2016

This letter sent to Headteachers contains changes to Statutory Moderation procedures for the year 2016. arrow More information

arrow Monday 21st March 2016

Art Competition
Herts County Show - Art Competition

Hertfordshire County Show 11th Annual Primary School Art Competition WIN £250 cash prize for your school… and a free class admission ticket to Willows Activity Farm in London Colney. arrow How to enter

arrow Wednesday 16th March 2016

Smokefree
Hertfordshire Smokefree Schools

Hertfordshire Smokefree Schools is a free programme to support all schools in Hertfordshire to become Smokefree. It has been developed in partnership by Hertfordshire’s Stop Smoking Service and Vulnerable Young People Policy teams as part of the Hertfordshire Tobacco Control Alliance. arrow Find out more

arrow Wednesday 16th March 2016

PE Sports Premium
PE and Sport Premium Funding – School Websites

If your school receives PE and sport premium funding, you must publish details on your school website by 4th April 2016 of how you are spending this funding in the 2015/16 academic year and the effect it has had on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 9th March 2016

The Exchange
The Exchange - March Edition 2016

The latest issue includes an article on what is meant by independent writing; revolutionising mathematical mindsets in Hertfordshire schools; supporting children to engage with the words on the KS2 word lists ; Hertfordshire teachers recognised in New Years Honours List and much more. arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Wednesday 9th March 2016

coach education week
Need Help with your Budget?

With more and more pressure being put on school budgets due to factors including inflated costs, increase in pension contributions and National Insurance, Herts for Learning has developed a ‘Budget Pressures Toolkit’ aimed at providing and sharing information about how to manage school’s finance in these circumstances. This free resource can be accessed on the Herts for Learning website. arrow HfL website: Budget Pressures Tookit for Schools

arrow Monday 7th March 2016

cycling update
Cycling Update

The cycle training team is now fully booked for Bikeability courses until the end of the summer term 2016. If schools would like to express and interest in Bikeability courses or Beginner Biking courses for Early Years please e mail cycletraining@hertfordshire.gov.uk arrow More information

arrow Friday 4th March 2016

RAISEonline and Inspection
RAISEonline and Inspection Dashboard – Validated 2015

The primary RAISEonline Summary Report and the Inspection Dashboard (also available from RAISEonline) are now fully up to date with 2015 Validated data arrow More information

arrow Thursday 3rd March 2016

Statutory Moderation
DfE Changes to Statutory Moderation 2016

Please note that, contrary to the information given in recent Headteacher Seminars and in the last Primary Assessment Updates letter, the dates for submitting teacher assessment data this year have been changed by the DfE to the end of June. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 3rd March 2016

HCT School Nursing Service
HCT School Nursing Service Health Care Plan Guidance for Schools

HCT Children’s Universal School Nursing service has developed the health care plans for allergy and anaphylaxis; sickle cell disease; asthma; and epilepsy, for use by Hertfordshire schools. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 2nd March 2016

MARAC Toolkit 2016
Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) Toolkit- 2016 Update

Please be aware that we have made some changes to the MARAC process for schools – specifically in relation to the school report form and electronic return of this to the MARAC coordinator. Please download the updated toolkit.The process now involves schools emailing the completed MARAC report to the MARAC coordinator at a secure Police email account using a password protected document. Herts Police does not subscribe to the Schools/Herts FX system and this is causing unnecessary delays in receiving school information to share at MARAC.

arrow Monday 29th February 2016

PRP Training
How to Thrive

How to Thrive is hosting a range of training courses designed for professionals to model and teach emotional resilience, all aimed at equipping students with the resilience skills to make the most of opportunities and to unlock potential. To find out more about our work, including the Penn Resilience Programme, Media Navigator, Sex Ed Sorted and Routes to Personal Resilience visit How to Thrive www.howtothrive.org or contact us, info@howtothrive.org.

arrow More information

arrow Friday 26th February 2016

Agreed syllabus for Religious Education
Agreed syllabus for Religious Education – 2016 review!

Every five years a local authority has to review its agreed syllabus for Religious Education. The Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) will undertake this review for Hertfordshire schools. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 24th February 2016

Britannica
Britannica Digital Learning resources

Herts for Learning is offering a discounted price for the Britannica® Digital Learning's resources. Britannica's award-winning online interactive resources are aligned to the National Curriculum and designed for all ages and abilities. arrow More information

arrow Friday 19th February 2016

Christmas Competition
Community Covenant Christmas Competition Results

In December 2015, Key Stage 2 students (ages 8-11) were invited to take part in the 2015 Community Covenant Christmas School’s Competition. The posters were to be “Christmassy” in design, and would be sent off to Hertfordshire-based soldiers serving overseas. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 17th February 2016

Trial of Phonics
Schools Week: EEF Gives £3.6m for Trial of Phonics, Maths, Reading and Grammar Tools

Schools Week is reporting that hundreds of schools will be recruited to test six new tools aimed at improving reading, writing, maths and science. Link to article. School leaders are now being encouraged to put themselves forward for the pilots, which have been launched today. Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the foundation, said: “We know that the six programmes we’ve announced new funding for today can all improve results for primary school pupils. But only by evaluating them on a larger scale will we be able to find out if they can be implemented successfully in many different schools.” Schools can find out more and get involved: arrow Projects

arrow Wednesday 17th February 2016

coach education week
Budget Pressures Toolkit for Schools - Free Resource

With more and more pressure being put on school budgets due to factors including inflated costs, increase in pension contributions and National Insurance, Herts for Learning has developed a ‘Budget Pressures Toolkit’ aimed at providing and sharing information about how to manage school’s finance in these circumstances. This free resource can be accessed on the Herts for Learning website .arrow HfL website: Budget Pressures Tookit for Schools

arrow Friday 12th February 2016

Data Protection
ICO Advice to Schools Regardng Data Protection and Freedom of Information

The Information Commissioner’s Office have posted a video and further advice on the responsibilities of schools regarding Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 10th February 2016

health safety
Asbestos in Schools: Data Collection

Further to the communication received from the Education Funding Agency requesting head teachers answer a short survey around asbestos management in schools. Please see some FAQ’s which may help in answering this. The online questionnaire can be found on the GOV.UK website, the closing date for which is Monday 29 February 2016. arrow Asbestos FAQs

arrow Monday 8th February 2016

Sumdog Data Protection
Sumdog Data Protection

Sumdog is an educational gaming platform which is becoming popular with schools.arrow More information

arrow Friday 5th February 2016

Child Protection Policy
Child Protection Policy Update

Please be aware we have made two changes to the Child Protection Policy Proforma under section 2, ‘Statutory Framework’. These relate to the date for the document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and are highlighted in yellow. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 4th February 2016

My Epic Era 2016
My Epic Era 2016 - Competition for Schools

My EPIC Era 2016 is a new History competition for schools and pupils throughout the UK, run by 60 second histories. Entrants are asked to name their favourite era in history and tell us all about it – they can write about it , draw it, make it – they can even sing or film it. The winners will have their EPIC era made into a series of 60 second histories films, the runners up will have History Squad will run one, half-day workshop run by the History Squad on location at the winning school (worth £300). arrow Competition details

arrow Wednesday 3rd February 2016

FSS
Budgeting in Hertfordshire maintained schools

The software for creating schools budgets for 2016-17, HCSS Budgeting previously known as FPS Web, has been released and is now available to use. Guidance will be available on the Grid at arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Penalty Notices
Penalty Notices for Unauthorised Absence

Following consultations with school representative bodies, governing body groups and Hertfordshire Police we have amended the Hertfordshire Code of Conduct and process for issuing penalty notices for unauthorised absence. This will simplify and speed up the process for schools and academies to make applications to the Local Authority for penalty notices to be issued. The new Code of Conduct applies from February 2016. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 3rd February 2016

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