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- updated 2 December, 2016

Health and well being
Five Year Maths Progression Pathway

The new maths progression pathway has been produced by the HfL Maths advisers to help secondary schools plan the progression of their students in mathematics from Year 7 through to Year 11. The curriculum is broken down into easy-to-understand descriptors, graded from 1 to 9. The pathway is available in a basic or gold package. For more information and to purchase please visit the Herts for Learning online shop. arrow

arrow Tuesday 29th November 2016

Health and well being
Teenage Cancer Trust - Free Presentations for Year 10 and Above

The Teenage Cancer Trust has visited a number of Hertfordshire secondary schools to talk about teenage cancer. They can offer a free presentation which ideally lasts up to an hour and works either as a standalone presentation to the whole year group together, or can form part of a health day or assembly. arrow More information

arrow Monday 28th November 2016

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Herts for Learning

Herts for Learning Training & Events

Heads of English - winter conference 2016
Wednesday 7th December 2016 arrow Book now:16ENG/097S

Secondary heads of MFL annual conference

Friday 9th December 2016 arrow Book now: 16MFL/002S

Using FFT Aspire in Key Stages 1 and 2 for school self-evaluation and target-setting

Monday 12th December 2016 arrow 16ASS/037P

SIMS top tips - labels and letters

Tuesday 13th December 2016 arrow 16SIT/083P

Metal machine safety course: S2HS and S6HS

Tuesday 13th December 2016 arrow 16DET/007S

Hertfordshire Early Years Conference
Booking now live - Hertfordshire Early Years Conference - Physical Development - 19th April 2017

On 19th April 2017 the Early Years Conference will be taking place at Hertfordshire Development Centre from 9:30am - 4:00pm. The conference will have a theme of physical development with international speaker Professor Iram Siraj and Carol Archer confirmed. The conference is a must for teachers and early years practitioners working with children aged 3 - 5 years; in nursery and reception classes. Book online: Course code 17EAY/010P

arrow Friday 25th November 2016

HfL online shop
Herts for Learning Launches New Online Shop

The shop, which can be found at www.hertsforlearning.co.uk, contains a plethora of materials written by Herts for Learning’s expert advisers, some of which have never previously been available.  Many of the materials are instantly downloadable, available 24/7 and can be purchased via Paypal, credit or debit cards, therefore offering simple, easy payment. Materials available in the online shop support staff working in education settings and teaching across all phases from Early Years, through to Post 16, covering all core subjects. arrow Visit HfL Online Shop

arrow Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Holocaust memorial day
Holocaust Memorial Day - 24th January 2017

The Hertfordshire Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) would like to invite schools to attend a Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration (HMD) event. The HMD 2017 event takes place on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at 1pm at
The John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School, Hitchin Road, Stevenage, SG1 4AE. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Asist Training
Asist Training (via The Ollie Foundation) - 7th and 8th December 2016

This two-day certified workshop is to support professionals to spot the warning signs of someone who is having suicidal thoughts and provide a recognised ‘pathway’ to use to help combat them. It will also teach relationship building skills and how to gain the trust of a person having suicidal thoughts through ‘open talk’. arrow More information

arrowTuesday 22nd November 2016

Re-commissioning of Children’s Centres
CPSLO Consultation Service (which do not meet threshold for a referral to social care)

Changes to the service where a member of the Child Protection School Liaison Team has been present (during term time) in the Targeted Advice Service (TAS) and then the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to complete consultations with schools who have rung with concerns about children (where they have not been clear on the appropriate actions after consulting the Meeting the Needs document and the HSCB Child Protection Procedures). arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 22nd November 2016

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Herts for Learning

Herts for Learning Training & Events

Analysing your Data for English and maths subject leaders in primary schools

Monday 5th December 2016 arrow Book now: 16ASS/041P

Planning an engaging and exciting science week

Tuesday 6th December 2016 arrow Book now: 16SCI/010P

The reasoning rich classroom: Key Stage 1
Wednesday 7th December arrow Book now: 16MAT/041P

Developing vocabulary

Thursday 8th December 2016 arrow Book now: 16ENG/047P

HCSS Budgeting: managing your school's budget throughout the year

Thursday 8th December 2016 arrow Book now: 16FSS/046A

Deputy and assistant headteacher induction: session two - school data

Thursday 8th December 2016 arrow Book now: 16MAN/053P

Re-commissioning of Children’s Centres
Child Flu Immunisations - Head of Primary Schools

A letter for Heads of Primary Schools regarding child flu immunisation within Primary Schools. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 17th November 2016

Updated Severe Weather Guidance in school only

With winter weather here, Hertfordshire County Council have updated their severe weather guidance for schools. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 17th November 2016

Pupil welfare
What's the Problem? A Guide for Parents of Children and Young People who have got in Trouble Online

This guide, produced by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, is designed to answer questions that parents may have about an online incident that their child has been involved in. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 17th November 2016

Religious Education
Hertfordshire SACRE Commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day

Schools are invited to attend the Hertfordshire SACRE commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at 1.00-3.15pm at The John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School, Stevenage. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 17th November 2016

RAISEonline and Inspection
Analysing your 2016 RAISEonline and Inspection Dashboard data (Key Stages 1 and 2)

In response to high demand, these extra courses are specifically aimed at helping Headteachers and other leaders in primary schools to read and interpret their new RAISEonline and Inspection Dashboard reports arrow Key Stage 1: 16ASS/084P - Key Stage 2: 16ASS/085P

arrow Tuesday 15th November 2016

G Suite for Education
G Suite for Education, including Google Classroom - what is all the fuss about?

Herts for Learning is offering a product called G Suite for Education, in conjunction with Google. Find out about Google Drive (for sharing individual files with unlimited Cloud storage), Google Classroom (a virtual learning environment) and Google Docs, Sheets and Slides (an alternative to Microsoft office) at one of our taster twilight sessions. Every delegate who attends will receive a free Google Cardboard, a device to explore virtual reality. arrow More information

arrow Monday 14th November 2016

Consultation on IDACI Funding Factor in Primary and Secondary Budget Shares      

The DfE has recently announced that it will be changing the thresholds relating to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) factor. It is therefore necessary for HCC to propose and consult Schools on new IDACI unit funding rates for 2017-18. The consultation is open from 14th-28th November 2016 and can be accessed here arrow Consultation

arrow Friday 11th November 2016

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Herts for Learning Training & Events

Do you speak learnish?: the role of teaching assistants in the implementation of AfL

Tuesday 29th November 2016 arrow Book now:16ASS/042A

Year 5 and 6 spelling: the fine detail and application

Tuesday 29th November 2016 arrow Book now:16ENG/041P

Helping children with specific learning difficulties to understand and progress in mathematics

Tuesday 29th November 2016 arrow Book now:16MAT/045P

Making maths matter: teaching the tricky bits for NQTs in Years 1 and 2

Tuesday 29th November 2016 arrow Book now:16NQT/034P

HR restructure and redundancies: what schools need to know

Wednesday 30th November 2016 arrow Book now:16SBM/046A

Practical and engaging approaches to teaching grammar for NQTs in Key Stages 1 and 2

Friday 2nd December 2016 arrow Book now:16NQT/036P

MFL annual conferences
Modern Foreign Language conferences

The time of year for Modern Foreign Language conferences is fast approaching, so make sure you book your place today. HfL holds annual conferences for primary and secondary schools where attendees can listen to key speakers, be updated on the latest national, regional and local issues surrounding modern languages teaching in their school phase and, as always, have some time to network and share ideas. arrow Primary Leaders of Languages Annual Conference - 16MFL/003P - Secondary heads of MFL annual conference - 16MFL/002S

arrow Wednesday 9th November 2016

Hertfordshire Local Authority Policy on School Attendance

HCC has updated the Local Authority Policy on School Attendance to reflect amendments to the Pupil Registration regulations which came into force on 1st September 2016 and advice published by the Department of Education November 2016. The policy contains additional information regarding the content of the Admission and Attendance Registers and the requirement to notify the local authority within 5 school days of admitting a pupil on to the school roll at non-standard admission times. Detailed Guidance on Removal from Roll is also available by following this link. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 9th November 2016

Shirley Clarke
Shirley Clarke Action Research Showcase

Shirley Clarke showcase afternoon: updated research and examples of formative assessment from the Hertfordshire learning teams and Shirley Clarke. Come and hear Shirley Clarke talk about her latest action research findings, followed by presentations from all of the Hertfordshire teachers involved in this year’s action research project. Areas explored will include the latest developments in the most effective use of success criteria, mastery and depth learning, collaborative improvement, marking and feedback-including conference marking, questioning- including the use of SOLO taxonomy- and lesson starts, and developing the learning culture to promote growth mindsets. arrow Course code: 16ASS/055A

arrow Monday 7th November 2016

Feeling Good Week 2017
Feeling Good Week 2017 - 13th-19th February 2017

The application form for Feeling Good Week 2017 is now open! - http://hwhertfordshireyouth.co.uk/fgw17/. Follow the link for more information, share with as many contacts and young people as possible and feel free to submit a bid yourself. Closing date is 1st January 2017! Take a look on our twitter and Instagram pages @hwhertfordshire to quickly share our posts about Feeling Good Week! arrow More information

arrow Monday 7th November 2016

Wind in the Willows
Christmas Show for Primary Schools – Wind in the Willows

Specially adapted for children age 4-11. Packed with delightful animal characters, a magical story, great songs for the children to join in with and loads of high-jinks and fun, Flying Pizza Theatre Company’s Wind in the Willows will start your celebrations with a real fizz! The show lasts one hour and is performed by skilled professional actors. Prices start from only £210 for a single show and we are now offering £30 off to our local Hertfordshire schools for all November & January shows. arrow Download flyer

arrow Monday 7th November 2016

Sixth form curriculum and funding update
Sixth form curriculum and funding update - Autumn 2016

This term’s briefing for sixth form leaders will examine the details and implications of the most recent developments to post 16 inspection and the use of the new 16-19 dashboard. In addition, delegates will have the opportunity to share curriculum models and developments and view best practicearrow Course code: 16MAN/116S

arrow Thursday 3rd November 2016

Re-commissioning of Children’s Centres
Re-commissioning of Children’s Centres, School nursing and Health Visiting Service

The County Council’s contracts for the Health Visiting service, the School Nursing service and Children’s Centres expire in 2018. Officers from Children’s Services and Public Health, as well as key partners from the current providers, have been working together to explore opportunities for the services to be better aligned and to work more closely together, to inform future commissioning intentions. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 3rd November 2016

Special Schools’ Workshop: Future Options including MATs

Following on from the discussion about Multi-Academy Trusts at the recent Special School headteacher conference, HfL would like to invite Special School headteachers to attend a workshop looking at the future options in relation to MATs. This workshop would involve two specific sections (as requested by schools). The first section will be a ‘catch-up’ session for all those who did not attend one of the recent HfL MAT presentations. The second would be to discuss the various options that are open to special schools going forwards. arrow Course code: 16MAN/119P

arrow Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Spring Term 2017
Spring Term 2017 Training Programme

We have over 200 training courses running during the spring term, with feedback from participants on previous courses being very positive. Over 90% of previous participants have rated the quality of content and training materials as being good or excellent, and 96% rating the subject knowledge of their training course as good or excellent. We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues on one of our training courses in the future, so you too can benefit from this expertise. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 1st November 2016

Maths Newsletter
Primary Maths Newsletter - Autumn Term 2016

The latest maths newsletter for Autumn 2016 is available to view. To help teachers think about the priority focuses for mathematics, the newsletter is packed with a full range of articles and ideas. arrow Download Newsletter

arrow Tuesday 25th October 2016

How to Thrive
Sex Ed Sorted Part 2

This training session is an opportunity for teachers preparing to deliver Sex Ed Sorted to develop their competence in the subject matter and to identify practical strategies to address issues that may arise in the classroom. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 20th October 2016

Art Competition
KS2 Christmas Art Competition

Opportunity for pupils to win a prize for their school!. Following the resounding success of last year’s Christmas Competition, Hertfordshire’s Armed Forces Covenant has decided to run this competition again this year. Locally-based service personnel will be serving overseas away from their families this Christmas providing help and assistance to people around the world, and they have said how much they appreciate receiving pictures from Hertfordshire children during the Christmas period. arrow KS2 christmas Art Competition

arrow Monday 17th October 2016

Halloween and fireworks
Halloween and Fireworks Posters

The fortnight around Halloween and Fireworks/Bonfire Night is the busiest time of year for the police and fire service as the number of incidents they are called to increase. These posters can be used by schools to promote Halloween and fireworks safety. arrow Posters

arrow Thursday 13th October 2016

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC)

SFSC is a 13 week course run by two trained facilitators and is for parents with children between the ages of 8-16 years who are concerned they are drifting into anti-social behaviour / offending behaviour or at risk of escalation into specialist services. arrow Course information

arrow Monday 10th October 2016

Herts for Learning
Multi-Academy Trust videos

There are many sources of information on the government’s policy for academisation, however there is still much uncertainty in the industry. Herts for Learning is working with schools and academies to help clarify the landscape and the options available to enable them to move forward. To assist schools and academies with making these decisions and the transition to a MAT or a SAT, Herts for Learning has developed a suite of services to support schools and academies every step of the way. As a starting point, to enable them to understand the current landscape, a series of three videos have been developed focused on academisation. arrow More information

arrow Friday 7th October 2016

School values in CAMHS transformation – Survey

In Hertfordshire, a transformation plan is underway to redesign the way that support for children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing is delivered. This work is being led by Hertfordshire Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and East and North Herts CCG. This survey is for schools in Hertfordshire to have their say in the early stages of the local CAMHS transformation plan. The Survey is asking for your views about what you would value as part of the CAMHS system in the future. This will support the development of a model which will be consulted upon in due course. arrow School values in CAMHS transformation survey

arrow Friday 7th October 2016

How to Thrive
Helping students thrive in schools

How to Thrive are specialists in supporting schools to build their students resilience. Exciting upcoming events include Mental Illness Investigated, School Health Alcohol Hard Reduction Programme and the Penn Resilience Programme. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 6th October 2016

Daily Mile
The Daily Mile’ is live in Hertfordshire – are you up for it?

Developed by a Scottish Head Teacher, Elaine Wyllie, the Daily Mile aims to improve the physical, mental, emotional and social health and wellbeing of children, regardless of age or circumstances. All children go outside in all weathers to walk/run for 15 minutes a day, at a time that best suits the needs of each class. It’s completely free: there’s no kit, and no time wasted. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 5th October 2016

Primary Updates
Primary Assessment Updates - Autumn 2016

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 4th October 2016

The Exchange
The Exchange - October Edition 2016

The October edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on MATs, including our upcoming conferences and how HfL is supporting and helping schools decide what is best for them.arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Monday 3rd October 2016

Innovation Fund
Innovation Fund for projects to boost young people’s mental healths

If you work with children and young people in Hertfordshire and have an idea for a project to boost their emotional health and wellbeing, bid for funding now. Organisations and groups can apply for up to £10,000 from our Innovation Fund. Schools, youth and community groups, charities, NHS, local councils and housing associations can all apply. arrow More information

arrow Friday 30th September 2016

Road Safety Team
New Road Safety in Schools Team

We are pleased to announce that after a significant restructure the School Crossing Patrol Service and the Safe and Sustainable Journeys to School teams have merged to form the Road Safety in Schools Team. arrow More information

arrow Monday 26th September 2016

Child Protection Policy
Child Protection Policy – Important Information

The Child Protection School Liaison Team has decided to make a slight addition to the Child Protection Policy (September 2016). We are aware that some schools may have already agreed the current policy and are using it. Therefore after seeking advice from Governance we are issuing some guidance. arrow Child Protection Policy

arrow Monday 26th September 2016

Myriad Project
Myriad Project – Would you like to take part?

A national secondary school-based research project led by the University of Oxford. The project is investigating how schools prepare young people to manage their emotional health and improve their resilience during adolescence. Participation in the project would enable your school and, especially, your pupils to gain valuable insight into high-quality scientific research processes and will provide an opportunity for your pupils to see ‘research in action.’ arrow More information

arrow Friday 23rd September 2016

Youth connexions
Hertfordshire primary school students are ‘Rocketing into the Future'

Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions primary school careers programme ‘Rocket into the Future’ supports schools in ensuring their students are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of future life including secondary school. Over 30 schools across Hertfordshire have now taken part in Rocket into the Future workshops. There is a variety of sessions on offer for schools to choose from. arrow Press release

arrow Friday 23rd September 2016

HICS Procurement Update
HICS Procurement Update on the Hertfordshire Internet and Connectivity Service (HICS)

The new HICS service is nearly here! On the 12th September, HfL commenced the procurement process to identify a new provider of the network from 2017 onwards (this could be Updata or someone else). Schools, quite rightly, do not want to commit to a service without further details specifically around costs and service levels etc. arrow More information

arrow Friday 23rd September 2016

*NEW VIDEO* - Mental Fluency in Mathematics

Mental fluency is the key to success and is so much more than just what pupils can hold in their heads. This new video, Mental Fluency in Mathematics, is one of the tools developed specifically to help schools consider the elements needed to embed this into their classrooms and ensure pupils approach their mathematics with confidence and flexibility. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 21st September 2016

Letter to Parents
Letter regarding parents taking child out of school during term time

Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services has provided a standard letter which can be given to parents and carers to support the governing body and headteachers in communicating their decision to refuse a request to allow leave of absence for holidays in term time. Please ensure that you delete any locally saved copies of last year’s letter signed by Andrew Simmons and replace with this one. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 21st September 2016

Penn Resilience Programme (PRP)

The PRP is 18 evidenced based lessons aimed at 11-14 year olds (although is applicable for older and younger age groups). The PRP teaches resilience skills in a practical, useful and relevant way, appropriate to the classroom and non-school settings. The highly regarded curriculum offers a set of skills that underpin the way your students will cope with setbacks and make the most of opportunities both in school and as life skills beyond school. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 21st September 2016

County Councillor
County Councillor Visits to Schools

For the past few years, Hertfordshire County Council has been encouraging County Councillor visits to schools to celebrate Local Democracy Week. This is a national and European event that aims to raise awareness about the work of local authorities and encourage people to take part in local democracy. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 21st September 2016

Ofsted Update
Ofsted Update – September 2016 Updated

Visit the Herts for Learning website to see a summary of the key changes for Ofsted inspections this term.

arrow Wednesday 21st September 2016

Herts for Learning
Keeping in Touch with You

Herts for Learning is changing the way that we send emails out to schools but in order to add your school to the new software database we need to have evidence that you have ‘opted in’ to receive emails from Herts for Learning. Therefore, to ensure that you don’t miss out on important Herts for Learning updates in the future (including HR, Finance and MAT news) please take a moment to ‘opt-in’ by following this link: arrow Opt-in here

arrow Thursday 15th September 2016

Child Protection
Child Protection Policy Updated

This document replaces the previous version (February 2016). It included updates to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ DfE and therefore is effective from the 5th September 2016. As there are multiple changes throughout this document (due to the changes in statutory guidance) it has not been viable to highlight them (as in previous versions). arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 14th September 2016

Advice for Parents – What to Do if Your Child is Unwell

A quick guide for parents for schools and settings to display with what to do if their child is unwell. arrow What to Do if Your Child is Unwell (PDF)

arrow Tuesday 13th September 2016

Primary Computing Scheme
Primary Computing Scheme

The Primary Computing Scheme provides a creative approach to delivering the 2014 computing curriculum. It supports the teaching and the development of computing, building computer science capability and digital literacy for current and future learning. The scheme is organised into four phases, Early Years, KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2, with learning themes for each. In response to feedback, from September 2016 Herts for Learning will be expanding and improving the Primary Computing Scheme. As part of the service, subscribers will have access to a new online area where additional materials will be provided, and regularly updated, to support teachers in delivering the computing curriculum. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 13th September 2016

Free School Meals
Are You Making the Most of Pupil Premium? - Free School Meals

We are asking all schools to encourage parents/carers who have a child starting in reception, year 1/ year 2 from September 2016, (irrespective of their income status) to register their entitlement for Universal Infant Free School Meals. For pupils starting in year 3, if parents/carers are on certain benefits they could be entitled to free school meals. arrow More information

arrow Monday 12th September 2016

PREVENT - Training
Urgent: PREVENT - Training

Are you sure that you are fully compliant with the PREVENT duty and will meet Ofsted’s expectations? It is vital that schools and early years settings, including childminders, have ensured that they have accessed adequate training on anti-radicalisation and have subsequently put a strategy in place as part of their safeguarding. Although the legal minimum is that one member of staff has been WRAP trained (DfE 2015), Ofsted inspectors are applying higher expectations. arrow More information on Ofsted inspection and training available

arrow Thursday 8th September 2016

Sex Education
Half price Sex Education lesson plans and resources for primary schools

Hertfordshire County Council is offering primary schools the chance to buy the CD ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools’ for £62.50 – half the normal price. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 7th September 2016

Hertfordshire Behaviour Strategy
Hertfordshire Behaviour Strategy 2015-18

This behaviour strategy identifies how In Hertfordshire a partnership of the council, schools, parents and other stakeholders both promotes positive behaviour and offers support to children who find it difficult to engage positively in learning and manifest these difficulties through poor behaviour. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 7th September 2016

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