Herts for Learning - a Schools' Company
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Hertfordshire County Council has been working with schools and academies on the development of a new schools’ company to provide flexible school improvement and business support services that will meet the future needs of education in Hertfordshire.
This page will keep Hertfordshire schools up to date with the latest developments and currently contains:
The count for the election of non-executive directors in Herts for Learning Ltd was held on 3rd April 2013. In total across all categories (primary, secondary and special / ESC academies) 166 schools voted. The count was verified by an independent scrutineer, Michael Scandrett. A full report will be presented to the Herts for Learning Board at the next meeting.
The successful candidates are:
Special / ESC academy category:
Representing Hertfordshire County Council:
Profiles of the HfL Board of Directors New
We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the non-executive directors and look forward to working with them in the coming months.
The Herts for Learning Ltd Board met on the 17th April 2013 for a 'handover' board meeting between the members of the shadow board and the newly elected members and formally ratified the results of the election.
Details have been collated for all the candidates standing for election as a non-executive director of Herts for Learning Ltd and these can now be viewed below:
Non-Executive Director Candidates - Primary
Non-Executive Director Candidates - Secondary
Non-Executive Director Candidates - Special and ESC Academy
Voting will take place between Monday 18th March and 5pm on Thursday 28th March 2013. (Please note that this is a day earlier than previously notified due to 29th March 2013 being Good Friday.)
As governing bodies are the legal shareholder in a schools’ company, Chairs of Governors will receive an electronic copy of the green voting paper by Monday 18th March 2013. Although we encourage Chairs of Governors to discuss the candidate selection process with their headteacher, please bear in mind that HfL can only accept voting papers submitted by the Chair of Governors.
Please print a copy of the voting paper and mark it with your choices.
Please note you can vote for candidates as follows:
Primary: Each shareholder can vote for up to 3 candidates as three non-executive directors from the primary phase will be elected to the board.
Secondary: Each shareholder can vote for up to 2 candidates as two non-executive directors from the secondary phase will be elected to the board.
Special and ESC Academy: Each shareholder can vote for up to 1 candidate as one non-executive director from the special/ESC phase will be elected to the board.
Please ensure your voting paper is signed by an individual who has the authority of the governing body to vote on behalf of the shareholder.
Completed voting papers should be returned to:
Alternatively, please fax your completed voting paper to 01438 844967.
Due to the volume of votes we are anticipating we regret we will not be able to acknowledge that individual voting papers have been received.
All candidates will be invited to witness the count and a representative from HCC Legal Services will be present to act as scrutineer. The count is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 and the results of the election will be communicated to all Chairs of Governors and headteachers via this page on the Grid, no later than Monday 15th April 2013.
Last week was the first chance Hertfordshire schools had to demonstrate their support for Herts for Learning by expressing an interest in buying a share in the new schools' company. We are thrilled with the response and are pleased to report that over 450 schools purchased a share. Thank you to those schools that responded so promptly.
A shadow board is currently overseeing the establishment of the new company. The next step in the process is for candidates to stand as a non-executive director between 25th February and 1st March 2013. An election will take place between 18th March and 29th March 2013 allowing shareholders to vote for a non-executive director from their school phase.
The search has also started to appoint a Managing Director to head up Herts for Learning. Accountable to a Board of Directors, the Managing Director will lead the new company through transition to ensure that it builds on its significant potential. This role presents an opportunity to build an innovative new model of school improvement services in a commercial and enterprising context.
Full details of the Managing Director position, including a job description and person specification can be found on:
We are now in the final stages of the development of our new schools’ company, Herts for Learning Ltd (HfL). This company will begin trading under the governance of a new Board of Directors from September 2013.
This pack is designed to guide you through the process of becoming a shareholder and being part of this journey.
We have listened to feedback from governors and headteachers and reduced the price of a share in Herts for Learning from £100 to £25. We hope that this price reduction will make the purchase of a share more accessible to schools.
The following documents have been sent out to schools but copies can also be downloaded below:
Pink Form (to nominate a non-executive director) NOW CLOSED
Job Description and Person Specification for Non-Executive Director NOW CLOSED
Articles of Association - Herts for Learning Limited
Blue Form (to express and interest in buying a share) NOW CLOSED
The latest update for schools on the new schools' company Herts for Learning including:
We have produced an information pack for Headteachers and Governors to update you on the latest developments.
The information pack will:
We hope that you find this information useful. If you have any questions or require any further details please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Governors' Conference on the 17th November 2012 we discussed putting together a 're-presentation kit' to help you when you deliver the presentation to other Governors at your school. The kit is available to download below and includes:
The PowerPoint slides that Carole Bennett delivered to you, now with speaker notes:
A PDF version of the same, which you may find easier to print:
A copy of the Headteacher and Governor information pack we referred to during the presentation:
A copy of the 'what SSE currently do' brochure we referred to during the presentation:
The first in a series of updates on the future provision of school improvement services in Hertfordshire, this update includes:
Schools Update Issue No.1