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- updated 31 May, 2016

Parental Drug
SRE News Digest – May 2016

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

arrow Friday 27th May 2016

Data Collection
Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Autumn Term Data Collection

The Copyright Licensing Agency is intending to conduct a data collection exercise in selected schools and academies in Hertfordshire during the autumn term 2016. In accordance with the current terms and conditions of the Licence, you are required, if requested, to participate fully in any such data collection exercise. arrow Full details of the data collection

arrow Thursday 26th May 2016

Water De-Regulation
Water De-Regulation….What do Schools need to know? - Wednesday 8th June 2016

The conference is aimed at Schools Business Manager’s, Bursar’s, Headteacher's, Office Manager’s, Governor’s, anyone involved in the school finance and will give vital information on the planned changes in how water is supplied and charged to schools from April 2017.To book a place please email your preferred session time 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00 to: lisa.f.barker@hertfordshire.gov.uk

arrow Wednesday 25th May 2016

ofsted commentary
Ofsted Commentary on the Study of Science and Languages in Primary Schools

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has recently commented on the study of science and foreign languages in primary schools. You may like to read two news articles on the Herts for Learning website: Inspection focus: the wider primary curriculum including science and languages and How HfL supports schools to deliver primary languages

arrow Wednesday 25th May 2016

Anti-bullying Week
Anti-bullying Week – Theme ‘Power for Good’ - November 2016

In November 2016 the theme for Anti-Bullying Week will be the Power for Good. This will be a wonderful opportunity to support, develop and celebrate pupil contributions to anti-bullying work and supporting positive relationships. arrow Information about activities and support from HfL

arrow Wednesday 25th May 2016

Curriculum Beyond the Classroom: using the Great Outdoors - Tuesday 21st June 2016 - Spaces Still Available

This is a cross-curricular course that looks at elements from many subjects including mathematics, science, English, modern foreign language, history and geography. arrow Book online: 16CON/001A

arrow Tuesday 24th May 2016

Haileybury – Festival of Wellbeing

The focus of the day is on providing practical strategies to promote and enhance the provision of mental health and wellbeing for pupils in our schools. Attendees will gain insight into different approaches to dealing with the complex issues associated with pupil welfare, happiness and wellbeing. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 24th May 2016

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

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 Monday 23rd May 2016

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

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 Monday 23rd May 2016

MarvellousMe Communications

'What did you learn at school?' Herts for Learning will be hosting a free session for classroom leaders on how to use the MarvellousMe app from 12.15pm on Tuesday 24th May at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage. For more information or to register your attendance please contact Julie Garstang by email: julie.garstang@hertsforlearning.co.uk or call 01438 844853. arrow More information

arrow Monday 23rd May 2016

PuRE Inspiration – Developing KS1 RE and SMSC – 27th June 2016

A practical and engaging course designed to explore inspiring RE at Key Stage 1. Breathe RE training delivers a wide range of creative ideas and strategies for infant pupils. This visual and active course provides an opportunity to develop RE skills including enquiry, stilling, imaginative story telling and developing Christian concepts. arrow Book online: 16RED/003P

arrow Monday 23rd May 2016

KS1 and KS2 Moderation
KS1 and KS2 Moderation

Hertfordshire primary schools will be informed on Friday 20th May if they have been selected for either KS1 or KS2 moderation of teacher assessment this year. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th May 2016

DfE Guidance
DfE Guidance on Submitting Key Stage 2 Data

The DfE has produced a document that explains the use of all the teacher assessment codes and how data is to be submitted this year. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th May 2016

Primary Subjects
Strategies to Promote Pupils’ Thinking Skills in Primary Subjects – Spaces Available

These practical courses, are based upon trialling twenty active learning strategies in the context of primary history and geography topics and resources e.g. fortune lines, mysteries, thinking hats and mind movies. Each strategy will then be cross-referenced against thinking skills components, to create a quick-reference ‘thinking skills grid’, mapping each strategy against the skills they develop.arrow Book online: Primary History 15th June 16HIS/001P or Primary Geography 21st June 16 GEO/001

arrow Monday 16th May 2016

Parental Drug
Parental Drug and Alcohol Awareness Toolkit

This toolkit has been developed by Hertfordshire County Council to support primary and secondary schools in Hertfordshire in delivering in-house Parental Drug Awareness Workshops. It includes a detailed guide for schools advising on how to organise and deliver their own workshops, a PowerPoint presentation, accompanying lesson plan, Drugs Information Sheet and evaluation forms. arrow More information

arrow Monday 16th May 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 Friday 13th May 2016

Agreed syllabus for Religious Education
Take One Book - Traction Man

A useful resource supporting you in planning a Take One Book unit, using the text: Traction Man by Mini Grey. arrow Download resource (pdf)

arrowFriday 13th May 2016

Model Policy
Model Policy for Restrictive Physical Intervention In Schools

Hertfordshire schools and educational establishments are encouraged to use this framework, and to adapt it to their own situation. It is advised that all schools should be familiar with the Hertfordshire Policy on the use of Restrictive Physical Intervention. arrow More information

arrow Friday 13th May 2016

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

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 12th May 2016

maintained schools
HCC Maintained Schools Setting their Budget for 2016-17

Just a reminder that the deadline for submittal is by close of business on 31st May 2016. Note: this during Half Term.

arrow Thursday 12th May 2016

14-19 Newsletter May
14-19 Newsletter - May 2016

The latest 14-19 Education and Skills Newsletter is now available for viewing on the Grid for Learning. Covering updates on upcoming workshops, Employer/Training provider joint working opportunities for schools, Foundation Learning , Hertfordshire Educational Foundation funding opportunity , Bursary Fund , Apprenticeship update , Careers and Enterprise Company initiative and Youth Connexions update. The Newsletter can be viewed here: arrow 14-19 Newsletter

arrow Tuesday 10th May 2016

non executive director
HfL Shareholder Satisfaction Survey 2016

A short satisfaction survey (12 questions) has been developed which focuses on HfL as a company, the services HfL provide to schools and the company’s investment in the common good. The survey will be open between Monday 9th May and Friday 27th May 2016 and a link to the survey will be emailed directly to all headteachers and chairs of governors. arrow HfL website: More information

arrow Monday 9th May 2016

What does Level 2 post-16 look like? - Friday 1st July 2016

With changes to the choices at KS4 and the introduction of Progress 8 the Level 2 offer post-16 is likely to change to give the young people an opportunity to develop the skills and competencies provided by vocational and technical programmes and qualifications. This half-day session explores the content and thinking behind establishing a one-year programme for the Sixth Form in schools. arrow More information

arrow Friday 6th May 2016

Travel Survey
Hands Up Travel Survey

This year the Safe and Sustainable Journeys in Schools team's annual Hands Up in Herts travel survey is changing. Rather than the traditional paper forms we are inviting schools to register on the Modeshift STARS online school travel planning system and completing the survey online. The system can be accessed by visiting: www.modeshiftstars.org and follwing the steps to register. arrow More information

arrow Friday 6th May 2016

health wellbeing
Emotional Wellbeing - Sharing Best Practice

Hertfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference for Secondary Schools: Prevention and Early Intervention Poster submissions are invited for the Mental Health and Wellbeing conference taking place on Friday October 7th 2016. arrow More information

arrow Friday 6th May 2016

Moderation Clusters
Key Stage 1 Tests Update and Reporting to Parents

As you have probably heard via the media, the KS1 test of grammar, punctuation and spelling is no longer statutory. Schools may still administer it if they wish. We would strongly advise schools to continue to keep the materials stored securely though, throughout the testing period, i.e. the month of May. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 5th May 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 Wednesday 4th May 2016

 sex and relatinships programmes
Working with External Agencies to Deliver Sex and Relationships Programmes in Schools

Some schools have enquired about protocols for engaging with external providers to complement the taught PSHE curriculum on issues such as Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) provision. HCC has produced guidance which represents good practice in working with external providers. We have decided it would be helpful to circulate this to our PSHE co-ordinators and Healthy Schools. We hope that this helps you to devise protocols and approaches to make use of external support that may be available for your school. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 4th May 2016

WRAP Training
WRAP Training Sessions

HCC is continuing to fund centrally provided WRAP training sessions in 2016/17 to ensure that all schools can readily access this training and meet their statutory duties with confidence. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 4th May 2016

Guidance on Fasting in Ramadan 2016

The Hertfordshire SACRE is issuing this guidance to schools to support students, families and staff and to prepare to meet their needs during the month of Ramadan. This year some public examinations will coincide with the month of Ramadan. Young Muslims, therefore, may need to include the preparation for examinations into everyday activities during Ramadan. arrow Guidance and letters

arrow Wednesday 4th 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

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
Part-time Timetables

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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