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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools - updated 28 January, 2015

The Power in Poetry National Conference - 3rd February 2015
Pupil Welfare
Young Carers Conference - 20th February 2015

The Young Carers’ Conference is an annual event that is co-produced and co-led by Young Carers. The theme this year, ‘Fantasticats the Impact’, will demonstrate the impact of caring on young carers and their families. arrow Download flyer (docx)

arrow Wednesday 28th January 2015

Religious Education
Letter from Lord Nash regarding the work of SACREs

Hertfordshire County Council have recently received a letter from Lord Nash concerning the critical work of the SACREs. This letter highlights the importance of their work to all schools and the key role that Religious Education should play in all schools. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 27th January 2015

primary maths newsletter
Primary Maths Newsletter - Spring 2015

In this issue, the Hfl Primary Maths Advisers focus on the continuing journey to fully embed the new mathematics curriculum, in particular, the development of reasoning in classrooms. You will also find further articles that explore: ‘Assessment and life after levels’; and they also consider the need to clearly map both written and mental calculation. arrow Primary Maths Newsletter

arrow Monday 26th January 2015

School Business Service
Recruitment and Selection - 28th January 2015

Coming up to the busiest time in the recruitment lifecycle, is your school ready to advertise and select the right people? This course will help you with: Making your adverts attractive and effective and getting the best value for money; Preparing the documents that you need for your application pack; Preparing and conducting the interview process. Make it your new year's resolution to be well prepared for the recruitment process and reduce the stress of last minute panics. arrow Book online: Course code 14MAN/110A

arrow Thursday 22nd January 2015

Geography
Developing Progression Geographical Skills and Fieldwork - 29th January 2015

Spaces still available on this course which is designed to support the implementation of the ‘geographical skills and fieldwork’ sections of the new geography curriculum, as well as address some of the common weaknesses in this aspect of primary geography, as identified in the last Ofsted subject report. arrow Book online: Course code 14GEO/002P

arrow Thursday 22nd January 2015

School Business Service
Conducting Staff Appraisals for Support Staff - 12th February 2015

Spaces still available on this course which is designed to support those who are responsible for line managing support staff. This will empower you to review performance, have effective performance conversations throughout the year and ensure that objectives are SMART and being met. arrow Book online: Course code 14MAN/120A

arrow Thursday 22nd January 2015

youth connexions
Ready for ‘Blast-off’? - New Groundbreaking Service for Primary Schools

Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Rocket into the Future intergalactic services’ for primary schools. These innovative lessons have been developed from the successful ‘Widening the Future’ 2014 pilot in Herts Primary Schools. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 22nd January 2015

Severe Weather Guidance
Revised Model Policy for ICT Acceptable Use (Incorporating eSafety and Data Security)

Herts for Learning have updated the model eSafety Acceptable Use Policy, incorporating eSafety and Data Security, which schools can choose to adopt.  This policy has been developed from national guidance and best practice. arrow eSafety Policies
arrow Wednesday 21st January 2015

health and well being
Time to Talk Day

Thursday 5 February 2015 is Time to Talk Day, and we’re asking the nation to take 5 minutes to have a conversation about mental health. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 20th January 2015

behaviour for learning
Behaviour for Learning Conference - 19th March 2015

A growing number of schools are highlighting the development of pupils’ learning behaviour as a key element for school improvement. This conference will comprise engaging, motivating and thought provoking speakers including workshop contributions from local head teachers and senior leaders involved in promoting both learning behaviour policy and practice. arrow Conference details

arrow Monday 19th January 2015

Severe Weather Guidance
Severe Weather Guidance -January 2015

As the weather turns colder please make sure you are familiar with the procedures for school closures in the event of snow and the closure notification system. arrow Severe Weather Guidance

arrow Monday 19th January 2015

Coaching Service
Primary Network Meetings for Schools with Traveller Pupils on Roll

If you have Traveller pupils on roll in your school then you may be interested in attending a termly network meeting at either Apsley development Centre or HDC Stevenage. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 15th January 2015

Coaching Service
Herts for Learning Launches a Quality Mark for Primary Languages

The Primary Languages Quality Mark™ (PLQM) is designed to help primary schools audit, embed and evaluate their foreign language provision through a series of incremental stages that have been developed with the new curriculum for primary languages in mind. arrow HfL website: More details

arrow Thursday 15th January 2015

primary english newsletter
Primary English Newsletter - Spring 2015

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 Wednesday 14th January 2015

Coaching Service
Herts for Learning Coaching Service

Unlock your potential through Herts for Learning’s new Coaching Service. In a recent survey of Hertfordshire headteachers undertaken by Herts for Learning, 77.5% of respondents, stated that they were interested in buying coaching support for themselves or for other members of their team. In direct response to this, Herts for Learning has been working with an independent coaching organisation, to train a cadre of accredited coaches who can support leaders in schools. arrow HfL website: More details

arrow Tuesday 13th January 2015

PSHE
Sex and Relationships Education Digest

A monthly digest of education news for SRE for Hertfordshire schools. arrow January 2015 digest

arrow Tuesday 13th January 2015

14-19
Feeling Good Week 2015

This will take place between the 9th and 13th February, the week before half term. Schools and other services are invited to bid for up to £500 to support events, activities or the purchase of mental health promotion resources which focus on the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people in Hertfordshire. arrow More details

arrow Monday 12th January 2015

14-19
16-19 Study Programmes – EFA Funding Formula and Auditing

This twilight session will cover: The variables within the EFA Funding Formula and how they relate to your Sixth Form, The auditing requirements underpinning 16-19 Study Programmes, The key funding guidance documents to support Sixth Form provision. The workshop is targeted at curriculum leaders, Heads of Sixth Form, Deputy Heads, Business Managers and staff new to Sixth Form. arrow More details

arrow Friday 9th January 2015

14-19
Accessing Higher Apprenticeships for High Performing Students

This half day session will include: Building Apprenticeship awareness into the 16-19 Study Programme, Bringing employers and parents together – does it make a difference?, Repositioning Higher Apprenticeships and dispelling the myths. The workshop is targeted at curriculum leaders, heads of sixth form, senior leadership teams and those providing IAG to post 16 students. arrow More details

arrow Friday 9th January 2015

Power of Purpose
The Power of Purpose - A New You for the New Year

Herts for Learning is delighted to confirm that we are introducing a new programme to schools to develop personal effectiveness: The Power of Purpose. At our special introductory price of £475 for all six, 3 hour sessions, this programme is amazing value for money.  Some of our primary and secondary Heads have already completed this programme, and feel it has radically improved their leadership skills. arrow More details and how to book

arrow Friday 9th January 2015

Assessment
Primary Assessment Updates - Spring 2015

The Herts for Learning Assessment Team have produced their termly update on key assessment issues for primary schools in Hertfordshire. arrow Assessment Update (docx)

arrow Thursday 8th January 2015

Public Health
Accident and Emergency Alternatives - Advice for Schools

As you will be aware, the health service nationally and in Hertfordshire is under great strain at the moment, with our A&E departments in particular finding it hard to cope with the numbers of patients coming through the doors.  We are therefore working to raise awareness of alternatives to A&E, targeting groups including parents of young children who are particularly high users of hospital A&E services. We have produced an information sheet, which ideally we would like Hertfordshire schools and Children’s Centres to include in their regular e-newsletters for parents, as soon as possible.  arrow Information Sheet for Schools

arrow Thursday 8th January 2015

Assessment
New to Year 2 or Year 6

If you have any teachers who have recently begun working in Year 2 or Year 6 we are running training courses which are absolutely essential for them as they explain statutory requirements for assessment tasks/tests: New to Year 2 Course code: 14ASS/072P; New to Year 6 Course code: 14ASS/074P.

arrow Thursday 8th January 2015

Children's Services Information
Data Collection Calendar - Spring 2015 in schools only...

Spring update for the Data Collection Calendar for Schools compiled each year to provide a list of the major and statutory data collections and disseminations of data between schools and the local authority. arrow Spring Calendars

arrow Wednesday 7th January 2015

Power in poetry
Growing Minds Conference - 17th March 2015

An opportunity to listen to internationally recognised speaker, James Nottingham - a leader in transforming up-to-date research into best practice for teaching and learning and author of the books 'Encouraging Learning' and 'Challenging Learning'. Book online course code: 14ASS/088A or visit the HfL Website: Event details

arrow Wednesday 7th January 2015

Power in poetry
The Power in Poetry - Language in Play. National Conference - 3rd February 2015

Join Britain’s Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy and Roger McGough, CBE for services to poetry, for this inspiring and thought provoking one day primary national conference at Theobalds Park Hotel, Cheshunt. Book online course code: 14CON/011A or visit the HfL Website: Event details

arrow Wednesday 7th January 2015

Police
PBX and Dial Through Fraud - Police Message to Schools in schools only...

The police have asked that a bulletin from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit be circulated to schools to warn them about the risk of ‘PBX’ and ‘Dial Through’ fraud. This is where hackers can use a school’s telephone system to make high volume calls to premium rate numbers, potentially resulting in huge bills for the school. The bulletin, which offers ways in which schools can reduce their risk of this type of fraud can be viewed here. arrow Read Bulletin

arrow Wednesday 7th January 2015

Cycling to school
The Big Pedal Competition 2015

The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. Schools can sign up on the Big Pedal website. More information

arrow Wednesday 7th January 2015

Attendance
Children's e-Safety Survey Results

Hertfordshire County Council has released the results of a survey suggesting that many parents are unaware of what their child is doing online. Last year the council conducted a survey of over 1000 children in the county, asking a range of questions about their internet usage. arrow Survey Results

arrow Monday 5th January 2015

SEN
New Ways – Safeguarding Disabled Children’s Conference - 6th March 2015

This conference is an opportunity for practitioners to hear about some of the New Ways of working across Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND Services). arrow Conference Details

arrow Thursday 18th December 2014

Science Courses
Improving Differentiation in Primary Science - 20th January 2015

This course at the Science Learning Centre East of England, Bayfordbury, looks at how you can ensure all pupils are appropriately challenged in science and the theories underpinning the development of teaching approaches in meeting the needs of all pupils in science. arrow Book online: Course code: 14SCI/011P

arrow Thursday 18th December 2014

Training Courses
Upcoming NQT Courses - Spring 2015

Spaces still available on the following courses: Teaching computing at Key Stage 1 for NQTs Course code: 14NQT/070P; 21st January - Active approaches to teaching reading comprehension from Early Years to Year 6 Course code: 14NQT/036P; 11th March - Inclusion matters for primary NQTs Course code: 14NQT/037P.

arrow Thursday 18th December 2014

Public Health
National Dental Survey for 5 year olds

A national dental health survey is undertaken every two years with 5-year-old children. The purpose of this survey is to monitor the trends of oral health in children. arrow More details

arrow Wednesday 17th December 2014

Attendance
Schoolsfx authentication problems fixed

It has come to our notice that several schools have had authentication problems when logging on to Schoolsfx for the first time. HCC and Avco have now rectified the problem and schools should now be able to access Schoolsfx using the credentials posted to them at the end of November. arrow More details

arrow Friday 12th December 2014

Attendance
Information Sheet for Maintained schools on Statutory Responsibilities relating to Attendance

The ISL Attendance team have produced an information sheet for maintained schools regarding their statutory responsibilities relating to attendance, together with the answers to some FAQs. arrow Download factsheet (pdf)

arrow Thursday 11th December 2014

Assessment
Why is My KS2 Value Added Score Lower Than I was Expecting?

Explanation of the 2014 KS2 Value Added model, based on national average progress of 13.4 points by Ben Fuller, Joint Lead Assessment Adviser, Hfl. arrow Value Added Scores

arrow Thursday 11th December 2014

Assessment
Assessment Update Emails from STA

The Standards & Testing Agency regularly send out Assessment Updates to schools via email.  It is important that schools receive these updates and read them carefully so that they complete actions on time and administer the key stages 1 and 2 tasks, tests and checks correctly. arrow More details

arrow Thursday 11th December 2014

British Values
Developing Primary Pupils' Understanding of Britain and Britishness - 15th January 2015

Following on from the Embedding British Values Conference – there are still places available on the 'Developing primary pupils' understanding of Britain and Britishness through the perspectives of history, geography and religious education' course.

.Book online: Course code 14HUM/002P.

arrow Thursday 11th December 2014

training times
Training Times - December 2014

The December issue of our monthly Herts for Learning newspaper, Training Times, is now available. It includes an article on the importance of continuing professional development for all, from newly qualified teachers to school leaders and governors; a spotlight on the work of the Early Years Team; together with the latest Hertfordshire school news, HfL news and and forthcoming courses. arrow Download Training Times (pdf)

arrow Wednesday 10th December 2014

Training Courses
Herts for Learning Training Courses - Spring 2015

Our seasonal spotlight for the spring term focuses on the importance of thinking about the longer term impact of training by embedding learning from training through practice in action, reflection and further development. As a result we are developing a wider range of ‘sandwich courses’ with opportunities to test out new learning and strategies between sessions. arrow Download training programme or search online

arrow Wednesday 10th December 2014

Herts for learning
Herts for Learning (HfL) Announce New Primary Phase Non-executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Karen James, Headteacher at Ludwick Nursery School, has been elected as the new primary phase non-executive director (NED) on the HfL Board as from January 2015. arrow HfL website: More details

arrow Tuesday 9th December 2014

Assessment
Unvalidated 2014 RAISEonline Data

Interactive reports for 2014 data are now available in RAISEonline.  New closing the gaps reports for FSM/CLA pupils are also available. Reports reflect the changes in accountability measures from the Wolf Report, due to changes regarding first entry. arrow More details

arrow Tuesday 9th December 2014

RE
Help I'm Teaching RE - 22nd January 2015

Spaces still available on this course which is designed to support those teachers and teaching assistants in primary schools who regard themselves as non-specialists, but who find that they have been asked to teach RE. It aims to provide non-specialist teachers of RE with ideas and strategies to help them to teach primary RE with increased confidence. arrow Book online: Course code 14RED/008P

arrow Monday 8th December 2014

Power in poetry
The Power in Poetry - Language in Play. National Conference - 3rd February 2015

In the new primary curriculum for English, poetry is central to reading and listening for pleasure. We are delighted to invite schools to our one day conference aimed at inspiring and empowering schools as they embrace this new focus. Key note are speakers Roger McGough CBE and Carol Ann Duffy CBE. Book online course code: 14CON/011A or visit the HfL Website: Event details

arrow Friday 4th December 2014

Leadership
Headteacher Update - Autumn Presentation and Dates for 2015

The presentation from the Autumn term Headteacher updates is now available together with dates for the Spring and Summer terms 2015. arrow Heads Briefing Events

arrow Friday 4th December 2014

citizenship
UK Youth Parliament Elections 2015

Youth Connexions supports young people across the county to represent their District in the Hertfordshire UK Youth Parliament (HertsUKYP) Elections. Ten young people aged 11 – 18 are elected in January each year to represent the district where they live, work or are educated at a local, regional and national level. arrow More details

arrow Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Ballot Box
REMINDER: Voting for a Primary Non-Executive Director Now Open

Herts for Learning Ltd (HfL) invites primary school shareholders to vote for a non-executive director for the HfL Board. Please visit the Herts for Learning website for the information pack and voting form. arrow Hfl website: Primary NED

arrow Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Severe Weather Guidance
Severe Weather Guidance - November 2014

The Severe Weather Plan for Schools has been updated. As the weather turns colder please make sure you are familiar with the procedures for school closures in the event of snow and the closure notification system. arrow Severe Weather Guidance

arrow Wednesday 5th November 2014

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