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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools - updated 23 April, 2014

Hfl announces new primary phase non- executive directors and election of a new chair of the board
transport
Proposals for the Future of 16-18 Year Olds Travel

Hertfordshire County Council wants to hear your views on its proposals for the future of travel for 16-18 year olds in full-time education or training. Special schools may want to flag this up with their parents. arrow Consultation

arrow Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Herts for Learning Training Courses - Summer 2014
Spaces Still Available on the Following HfL Courses - May 2014

1st May 2014: Assessing primary RE: 14RED/001P

19th May 2014: Phonics and spelling at Key Stage 2: pulling it all together: 14ENG/011A
21st May 2014: Lifting the lid on learning: developing independent learners: 14ENG/012P

21st May 2014: Getting started with Early Literacy Support (Year 1 literacy support): 14ENG/015P

arrow Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Heartbleed information
Internet Security Threat ‘Heartbleed’ in schools only...

The internet security threat ‘Heartbleed’, which you may have seen in the news over the past week, allows hackers to capture user details on public websites by exploiting vulnerabilities in the coding used to construct internet sites. arrow Heartbleed Information

arrow Thursday 17th April 2014

Bristol Document Summaries - January 2014
Bristol Document Summaries - April 2014 in schools only...

This months summaries look at how teachers feel about the new performance-linked pay and appraisal arrangements; what schools do to maintain the motivation and engagement of all Key Stage 4 students; and how the new accountability measures will affect 16-19 providers. There is a curricular focus on mathematics this month with the PISA 2012 report on English pupils’ problem solving skills, the final report on the mathematics linked pair of GCSEs and an evaluation of the primary Catch Up Numeracy programme. arrow Bristol Document Summary Service

arrow Tuesday 15th April 2014

Thriving families
Thriving Families

Thriving Families is a holistic, intensive, family intervention service. It is an integral part of Hertfordshire County Council’s early intervention and prevention strategy. The Thriving Families teams work in partnership with agencies such as the police, schools, housing associations and job centres, to improve the lives of the families they support. arrow Thriving families

arrow Friday 11th April 2014

The Hertfordshire Computing Scheme for Primary Schools, Version 3
The Hertfordshire Computing Scheme for Primary Schools, Version 3

The Herts for Learning Primary Computing Scheme (version 3) provides a creative approach to delivering the Computing curriculum and is fully aligned with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing.  It supports the teaching and the development of computing and builds computer science capability for current and future learning. arrow Primary Computing Scheme & Video

arrow Thursday 10th April 2014

SITSS
SITSS: Technical Consultant Vacancy

SITSS are seeking a network / technical consultant who has a real enthusiasm for all IT and how it can enhance children’s performance. Joining our team provides the exciting prospect of working with over 500 schools each of which has a different approach to their IT solutions. You will enable schools to maximise value from their ICT investment to improve pupils’ outcomes and attainment by providing high quality technical support and advice. arrow HertsDirect: Technical Consultant Vacancy

arrow Thursday 10th April 2014

SITSS
Reminder - Microsoft XP Support Ending

Official support for Microsoft’s Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 ended on 8th April 2014. Find out more about what to do to keep your data secure on the Information Commissioner's website. arrow ICO: Data Security

arrow Tuesday 8th April 2014

Hertfordshire County Show: Saturday 24 & 25 May 2014
Hertfordshire County Show: Saturday 24th & 25th May 2014 Art Competition

The Hertfordshire County Show is a fun, family day out which takes place every year at The Showground in Redbourn. Has your school entered the art competition? The deadline of 2 May is fast approaching so don’t miss on the chance for your school to win cash prizes, tickets and a class visit to Willows Farm. arrow Geography News

arrow Tuesday 8th April 2014

Herts for Learning Contract Services 2014/15
The Business of Running a School Conference - 25th June 2014

This is the first Herts for Learning conference aimed specifically at School Business Managers (SBMs). Speakers will include two highly experienced SBMs, Nickii Messer and Justine Berkeley, and will cover a range of school business related topics. arrow Book online: Course code 14MAN/050A

arrow Tuesday 8th April 2014

Assessment
Primary Assessment Update

Following the DfE announcement Herts for Learning has produced a presentation on assessment to update primary schools. arrow Primary Assessment Update

arrow Monday 7th April 2014

esafety
Children’s eSafety Survey Launched!

Parents and carers have told us what they think about their child’s internet use and now we have heard from adults we would like to hear from the children themselves. We would like your help, please work with the children in your class and help them to complete the survey in your IT lessons. arrow Children's eSafety Survey

arrow Monday 7th April 2014

HSCB
Would You Recognise if a Child or Young Person was being Sexually Exploited?

As a professional working with young people, you may have opportunities to identify issues early. Therefore it is important to familiarise yourself with the signs that a child or young person is being exploited and help spread awareness of these to staff and the children and young people in your care to prevent this happening in your school. arrow Know the signs

arrow Monday 7th April 2014

PE and Sport Grant: Conditions of Grant for the Academic Year 2013 to 2014
PE and Sport Grant: Conditions of Grant for the Academic Year 2013 to 2014

The DfE have tasked Herts Sports Partnership with completing a random review of school websites. This review will then inform the next paper to the Ministerial Board for PE and School Sport. We would like to remind you of the guidance provided by the Department of Education in November 2013 concerning the grant award.  arrow PE: Sports Premium

arrow Friday 4th April 2014

Maths: Secondary Workshops for Whizz Kids - Years 3 and 4
Maths: Workshops for Whizz Kids: Years 3 and 4: May 2014

We are offering three mathematics 'Whizz Kids' workshops for Year 3 and 4 most able pupils. Schools may send up to four pupils, two per year group who will be expected to attend all three workshops. Pupils must be accompanied by a teacher who will be responsible for the pupils during the workshops. Additional teachers are welcome to attend to help with facilitating these workshops and to develop their own enjoyment of problem solving.  arrow Book Online: 14MAT/001P

arrow Friday 4th April 2014

Maths Primary Snippets: Fractions
Keeping Children Safe: New Statutory Guidance from the DfE

Updated statutory safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges. 'Keeping children safe: updated statutory guidance for schools' (April 2014). Effective immediately, it has been sent to all schools and colleges and replaces ‘Safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education (2006)’.  arrow DfE: Download Guidance (pdf)

arrow Thursday 3rd April 2014

HCC School Improvement Strategy
School Improvement Strategy Launch -

The new Hertfordshire Strategy for School Improvement 2014-17 is available to download from the link below. Hard copies will also be sent to schools next term. arrow Hertfordshire Strategy for School Improvement

arrow Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Maths Primary Snippets: Fractions
Maths Primary Snippets: Fractions Twilight Sessions

A snappy twilight session giving you practical methods for dealing with fractions in line with the new National Curriculum. You will look at the increased expectations of the curriculum and come away with useful models to use straight away in the classroom. You will tighten your understanding on the criteria for progression within the new curriculum and address any concerns or misconceptions.  Maths Training

arrow Wednesday 2nd April 2014

MFL: Primary Language Angel Subscription Offer
MFL: Primary Language Angel Subscription Offer

There's now only one term left before you're obliged to teach a foreign language as a formal part of your KS2 curriculum.  September 2014 is approaching fast. Language Angels: Free Trial and Video

arrow Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PE
PE: Trampolining for Teachers Refresher Course: 22nd April 2014

The course is aimed at those teachers holding the full part one and two trampolining for teachers qualification, or those who hold the BG Trampoline Coach or above, or the BTF trampoline coach qualification, who are coaching in schools. arrow PE News

arrow Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Maths
New HfL Model Written Calculation Policy

The new model written calculation policy has been developed to support schools in meeting the requirements of the New National Curriculum and will be available as an electronic document for delegates attending the upcoming New Curriculum: developing understanding and progression in calculation course at the Watford Hilton 28th April and Stevenage HDC 30th April. arrow Book online: Course code 14MAT/029P or 14MAT/028P

arrow Tuesday 1st April 2014

cultivating independent learners
Cultivating Independent Learners; An Innovative Practice - 21st May 2014

Lifting the Lid on Learning is embedded within the English curriculum, uniting your strive for independent learning with your plans for the New National Curriculum. This innovative course takes top educational theory on behaviour for learning and transforms it into a classroom-friendly model. arrow Course details and booking

arrow Tuesday 1st April 2014

Herts for Learning Contract Services 2014/15
HfL Key Messages from the Board - March 2014

The HfL Board met on the 26th April and the key messages for shareholders can be read on the HfL website. arrow HfL Website: Key Messages

arrow Tuesday 1st April 2014

English New National Curriculum: Suggested Long Term Planning
New English National Curriculum: Suggested Primary Long Term Planning

Are you struggling with your new curriculum planning? A new guide for primary English teachers’ long-term planning is now available for download. Members of the English advisory team at Herts for Learning have put together a rigorous infrastructure to support teachers in their planning for the new National Curriculum, which comes into action in September 2014. arrow New English National Curriculum: Suggested Long Term Planning

arrow Monday 31st March 2014

Bristol Document Summaries - January 2014
Bristol Document Summaries - March 2014 in schools only...

The key word for this month is diversity, with the summaries covering a wide range of issues and perspectives including: how ready teachers and senior leaders feel to implement the new primary curriculum; and a curricular focus on mathematics, with a research briefing on a project to facilitate creativity at primary level. arrow Bristol Document Summary Service

arrow Friday 28th March 2014

WW1 - French Teaching Resources
World War 1 - French Teaching Resources

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War and Sheila Ball has developed some exciting materials in French which will help deliver innovative lessons on the topic for either KS3 or KS4. arrow Teaching Resources - World War 1

arrow Friday 28th March 2014

Assessment
Primary Assessment and Accountability: DfE Announcement

The DfE has published the final outcome to the consultation on primary assessment and accountability. We would advise all interested parties to read the document in full; however we have provided a few key headlines. arrow Key headlines

arrow Friday 28th March 2014

eSaftey Spring Term 2014
Parent Survey on their Children's eSafety - Results

As part of Safer Internet Day 2014 Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board invited parents and carers to complete a short survey on the internet use of children. arrow Survey results

arrow Friday 28th March 2014

DSPL Newsletter - Spring 2014
DSPL Newsletter - Spring 2014

The latest DSPL newsletter includes: National Autistic Society Accreditation in Hertfordshire special schools, KS4 enhancement programme, Working with parents and a behaviour strategy training programme; Hertfordshire Steps. arrow DSPL Newsletter

arrow Monday 24th March 2014

FSS: New Standard.CVT File Available for RM Finance Users
FSS: RM CFR Assistant Upgrade - Now Available

The upgrade must be completed before producing the year end export. Upgrade Instruction: Bulletin 199
Please read the instructions before attempting to complete the process. arrow RM Upgrades: Download software in schools only...

arrow Monday 24th March 2014

Herts for Learning Training Courses - Summer 2014
Herts for Learning Training Courses - Summer 2014

Our seasonal spotlight for the summer term training courses brochure centres on ‘growing life long learners’ which will help you identify those courses that enable teachers to help pupils build their own learning power; preparing them for learning outside the classroom and into the future. arrow Download training programme or search online.

arrow Friday 21st March 2014

EYFS News
EYFS: The Children and Families Bill

Including provisions for establishing childminder agencies and making it easier for schools to offer wrap-around care - has received Royal Assent, and so becomes law.  The Department for Education will be working to commence the Bill's provisions over the coming weeks and months.  More information will be available in upcoming issues of their newsletters.
weblink DfE: Children and Families Bill

arrow Wednesday 19th March 201

FSS: New Standard.CVT File Available for RM Finance Users
FSS: New Standard.CVT File Available for RM Finance Users

The Standard.cvt file is now available to download. Please follow the instructions contained in the RM Finance Housekeeping Bulletin 196 before attempting to use this file. arrow RM Upgrades in schools only...

arrow Monday 17th March 2014

elearning: digital divide
Digital Inclusion: Getting Families Online in Hertfordshire

In schools around the country, students are sharing their digital skills with people in their communities – friends, family, neighbours, community groups – and helping them to enjoy the benefits the internet can bring. Guidance, resources and case studies on how schools can help get families online in Hertfordshire. arrow Digital Inclusion

arrow Monday 17th March 2014

Healthy Eating
Childrens's Food Trust: Eat Better Do Better Newsletter

As part of their work, the Children's Food Trust produce a monthly newsletter, Eat Better, Do Better.  The newsletter contains a wealth of information.  The newsletters covers issues that are relevant for schools, caterers, parents and early years settings.  We would like to encourage schools to include links to the Newletter in their own websites, newsletters and parent mail. weblink Eat Better Do Better Newsletter

arrow Friday 14th March 2014

2014 Youth Connexions Annual Conference: Raising Aspirations through IAG
Youth Connexions Annual Conference: Raising Aspirations through IAG

Youth Connexions held their annual Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) Conference on 11 March 2014. The conference was opened by Chris Hayward, HCC Executive Member for Enterprise, Education and Skills. He talked about how it is essential that employers, education professionals and careers guidance practitioners work in partnership to ensure that young people make a successful transition into adult life. arrow Youth Connexions Conference & Video

arrow Friday 14th March 2014

DfE Suggested Materials for the New Primary Curriculum
DfE Suggested Materials for the New Primary Curriculum

Each subject group has a range of advice and materials relating to the primary national curriculum (statutory from September 2014), these materials will be updated on a regular basis. arrow Primary National Curriculum Resources

arrow Friday 14th March 2014

HICS
Hertfordshire Internet Connectivity Service (HICS) Update - March 2014

The provision of internet connectivity services to schools has regrettably fallen below satisfactory levels over recent months.  The HICS team continues to work closely with Updata to improve stability of the network and to return the service to its usual high levels of availability and stability.  A number of actions are in progress to improve performance levels across the network, but it is important that we provide maximum flexibility to schools during this period, without compromising safety. arrow HICS: network stability plan

arrow Thursday 13th March 2014

SEND briefings
SEND Briefings - March 2014

These termly sessions are for all phases. They will help you to be confident in understanding your school's statutory duties and provide practical support in enabling you to fulfil your leadership and management responsibilities. Topics to be included in this term’s briefing: draft SEN code of practice; Ofsted updates. arrow SEND briefings

arrow Wednesday 12th March 2014

Primary
EEF Funded National Primary Research Project: Success for All (SFA)

SFA has been awarded £1.4 million by the Education Endowment Foundation to roll out a substantial 2 year research programme. There is no financial cost for participating schools. They are looking for schools in England who wish to become part of the research and consider themselves to be challenged. Closing date: 31st March 2014. arrow More details on benefits for schools and prospectus

arrow Wednesday 12th March 2014

free school meals
Universal Infant Free School Meals (updated with FAQs)

The DfE have produced some guidance around Universal Free Infant Meals detailing schools' obligation to provide free school meals to all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2. HCL have undertaken a review of all their sites and identified any issues in meeting the duty. Simon Newland has written to all non-HCL schools asking them to identify any issues that they will have in meeting the duty. Schools with any questions or concerns should contact catherine.tallis@hertfordshire.gov.uk. arrow DfE: Guidance and HCC FAQs

arrow Wednesday 12th March 2014

New national curriculum
New Secondary Curriculum Conference - 28th April 2014

This conference is designed to allow senior leaders to reflect upon the many changes that are upon them; new GCSE requirements, new reporting requirements, new KS3 and new AS and A levels. The new curriculum will also be covered by subject advisers and input will be given on mathematics, English, science, MFL and computing. arrow Book online: 14CON/002S

arrow Tuesday 11th March 2014

Making Progress in Secondary RE
Media Training - Preparing You to Confidently Engage with the Press

In response to requests from schools for professional media training, Herts for Learning is offering a bespoke in-school training day package for Headteachers, Governors and Senior Leadership Teams. The training day will help school leaders use the media to effectively reach out to stakeholders and key target audiences to communicate the aims, objectives, goals and achievements of their school. HfL is also hosting a one day media training course for individuals to attend on Thursday 8th May 2014. arrow Media Training: more details on the HfL website

arrow Monday 10th March 2014

SFU: Budget Guidance for Schools 2014/15
SFU: Schools’ Final 2013/14 Capital Return is Now Available Through Solero

Year End information update – the Schools’ Final 2013/14 Capital Return is now available for completion and submittal through Solero. arrow SFU: Financial Returns & Forms

arrow Monday 10th March 2014

Dissemination Event: 'Stand out Boys' Project
Dissemination Event: 'Stand out Boys' Project: 22nd May 2014

This twilight session is for primary headteachers, and will describe the very practical model used to help prevent underachievement in boys and how to introduce this to your school. The ‘Stand out boys’ project aims to prevent underachievement by targeting those boys (as they come into reception) who show characteristics that will prevent them settling into their learning thus heightening their risk of underachievement. arrow Dissemination Event, book online: 14MAN/040P

arrow Monday 10th March 2014

Making Progress in Secondary RE
Making Progress in Secondary RE: Deeper Thinking, Better Learning : 19th May 2014

This full day course will be led by Stephen Pett from RE Today, an experienced RE  trainer and consultant who writes for and edits RE Today Services’ RE curriculum series, Questions in RE, and contributes to a range of other international publications. arrow Secondary RE course, book online: 14RED/004S

arrow Monday 10th March 2014

SFU: Budget Guidance for Schools 2014/15
SFU: Budget Guidance for Schools 2014/15

The new Budget Preparation Guidance document is now available to download providing information on a range of issues for schools in the preparation of budgets for 2014/15. arrow SFU Publications

arrow Friday 7th March 2014

DBS - safe staffing
Herts Guard - DBS Online System

The Safe Staffing Team launched the new DBS online system, HertsGuard, in November for Schools.  The average time to process a DBS check has been reduced from 8 days to 5 days as a result of the new system.  Most schools are now using the system and we now need all remaining schools to begin using it by 14th March 2014. arrow Herts Guard - Support Options

arrow Thursday 6th March 2014

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