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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools
- updated 13 February, 2017

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Herts for Learning

Herts for Learning Training & Events

Creative RE - exploring Christianity
Thursday 9th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16RED/006P

Delivering outstanding PSHCE education
Monday 13th Match 2017 arrow Book now: 16PSE/070P

Teaching for independence in Key Stage 1
Tuesday 14th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16NQT/038P
Embedding fun French for NQTs in the primary classroom

Wednesday 15th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16NQT/041P
Supporting the SEND learner with apps, iPads and other technologies
Thursday 16th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16COM/039P
Year 2 phonics and spelling: planning and assessment
Thursday 16th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16ENG/093P
Fun, focused and effective primary science for NQTs
Thursday 16th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16NQT/054P

School nursing survey
School nursing survey - share your views

In 2018, Hertfordshire County Council will be re-commissioning the services currently delivered by school nursing, health visiting and children’s centres. As part of this process a new survey has been launched to gain feedback on the services delivered by school nursing, which will be used to inform future commissioning decisions. Please encourage your school staff, young people and parents/carers to have their say through completing the survey. arrow School nursing survey

arrow Friday 10th February 2017

Avian Flu Advice for Schools
Avian Flu Advice for Schools who Keep Poultry

Advice for schools who keep poultry to make sure you are complying with the law on Avian Flu. If you keep poultry you are currently required by law to house them or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds. This is because a Prevention Zone is currently in force across the UK. This applies until 28 February 2017. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 9th February 2017

 Freedom of Information Request
Freedom of Information Request

Many Primary Schools have received a Freedom of Information Request entitled Primary School Parent Records. There is an expectation for schools to respond via a link. If you are unsure of the validity of any link or document in relation to a Freedom of Information or Environmental Information Regulation request, the advice from the Information Access Team is to request to respond either by hard copy or email and not via the unknown link. The FOI request has a ‘donotreply’ email address, however the person can be contacted via their website at www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/brian_maloney. FOI Requests have a respond time of 20 working days however, the clock will stop whilst you are awaiting further information. Please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) https://ico.org.uk/ for more information.

arrow Thursday 9th February 2017

Hertfordshire Smokefree Schools Toolkit
Hertfordshire Smokefree Schools Toolkit – Sign up today

Toolkit is to support schools in their journey to be smokefree and is more than just prohibiting smoking on the school premises. It also involves changing the way smoking is addressed in schools, encouraging supportive culture for both staff and students to prevent smoking and help those who already smoke. Take a look at this toolkit and sign up today. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 7th February 2017

Primary Pupil Workshops
‘No Outsiders’ - An Exciting Calendar of Primary Pupil Workshops for 2017

Each year the HfL Wellbeing advisers are asked by primary schools to deliver workshops to mark the many special events that contribute to schools’ SMSC work across the year. In response, new for 2017, the team have developed a pick and mix programme of ready-made pupil workshops that can be booked for us to deliver in your school. All workshops are designed for years 5 and 6 to raise awareness and explore key messages about equality, diversity and inclusion and to support your British Values and the safeguarding curriculum. To find out more visit arrow The Herts for Learning website

arrow Tuesday 7th February 2017

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Herts for Learning Training & Events

Securing better progress in maths: making effective use of practical resources in lower Key Stage 2
Tuesday 21st February 2017 arrow Book now: 16MAT/081P

Guided reading at Key Stage 1: developing fluent readers
Monday 6th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16ENG/088P

Guided reading at Key Stage 2: developing thinking readers
Monday 6th March 2017 arrow Book now:16ENG/089P
Securing better progress in maths: making effective use of practical resources in Key Stage 1
Wednesday 8th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16MAT/080P
National Rescue Award for swimming teachers and coaches
Thursday 9th March 2017 arrow Book now: 17PED/005A
Securing and judging progress in primary science at Key Stage 1
Thursday 9th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16SCI/018P
National Rescue Award for swimming teachers and coaches update
Friday 10th March 2017 arrow Book now: 17PED/006A
Securing better progress in maths: making effective use of practical resources in upper Key Stage 2
Monday 13th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16MAT/082P

HCC
Hertfordshire County Council Email Addresses

Hertfordshire County Council recently switched off its old email address suffix ‘@hertscc.gov.uk’. Schools should check any contacts they hold for HCC to make sure they are for the correct email address ‘@hertfordshire.gov.uk’. The generic email address for contacting the County Council is contact@hertfordshire.gov.uk

arrow Thursday 2nd February 2017

LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month – February 2017

February is LGBT History Month. This would be a great time to introduce some new books that will support your curriculum’s representation of diversity and promote LGBT equality. Take a look at these recommended reading lists. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 31st January 2017

Hics Update
Update on Hertfordshire Internet Connectivity Service (HICS) - January 2017

The HICS network was developed nearly seven years ago and HfL is currently undergoing the process to identify the best provision of service moving forward. This process is in the final stages and further details of the features and costs will be provided to schools in the coming weeks. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 31st January 2017

The Global Learning Programme
The Global Learning Programme (GLP) - Whitehill School Project

Whitehill School are looking for like-minded schools across Hertfordshire (KS2 and KS3) to join them in helping as many pupils as possible to gain a better knowledge and understanding of their place in the world and the part they can play in addressing both local and global issues. An introductory session is running at the school on the 14th March 2017 arrow More information

arrow Monday 30th January 2017

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Herts for Learning Training & Events

An introduction to income generation and grant writing
Tuesday 7th February 2017 arrow Book now: 16SBM/027A

Marketing your school and maximising your donations
Wednesday 8th February 2017 arrow Book now: 16SBM/026A

Teaching and assessing reading comprehension
Thursday 28th February 2017 arrow Book now:16ENG/095P

From good to outstanding in history: promoting pupils’ enquiry skills across Year 1 to Year 6
Wednesday 1st March 2017 arrow Book now: 16HIS/003P
New to role of teaching assistant
Wednesday 1st March 2017 arrow Book now: 16SEN/026A
From good to outstanding in geography: promoting effective development of map skills and fieldwork Year 1 to Year 6
Tuesday 14th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16GEO/003P

FGM Learning Seminars
Female Genital Mutilation Learning Seminars

In conjunction with Barnardos and the National FGM Centre, the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board is offering professionals the opportunity to attend a learning seminar on FGM. It will be led by Sonita Pobi from the National FGM Centre on the 3rd March. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 26th January 2017

My EPIC Era
History Competition for Schools - My EPIC Era

My EPIC Era is back with another great History competition for schools and pupils throughout the UK, brought to you by 60 second histories. My EPIC Era puts pupils in the driving seat, allowing them to share their passion and knowledge of their favourite historical era. arrow More information

arrow Monday 23rd January 2017

The Betjeman Poetry Prize
The Betjeman Poetry Prize Reopens for Entries!

Are your pupils aged 10-13? Why not help them write a poem on the theme of ‘place’ and enter the Betjeman Poetry Prize by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2016.arrow More information

arrow Friday 20th January 2017

Holocaust Educational Trust's
Holocaust Educational Trust's 'Lessons from Auschwitz' Project

The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) provides a privileged opportunity for two post-16 students to participate on their Lessons from Auschwitz Project. (LFA) Since 1999, remarkably more than 31,000 students and teachers from across the country have participated in this unique experience. The four-part course aims to educate about the events of the Holocaust and consider the lessons for today. As a result of Government support and funding, they are able to offer places at a cost of just £59 per participant. Demand for places is always high and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis with priority given to state schools which have not participated before. A very limited number of places for teachers are also available. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th January 2017

Graded Care Profile
Graded Care Profile - Train the Trainer Session

A Train the Trainer course for the Graded care Profile Lite Bite is available through the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board , so that partners can cascade this training throughout their organisations. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th January 2017

Health for Kids and Health for Teens
Health for Kids and Health for Teens - brand new websites launch on 16th January!

On Monday 16 January a dedicated Hertfordshire page under the Health for Kids and Health for Teens website will launch. Not only will it provide local health updates, events and information, but it will contain the contact details of all School Nursing Teams across the county and signpost to relevant services. arrow More information

arrow Monday 16th January 2017

Herts for Learning
Reading on the Rise Conference – Raising Standards

The Herts for Learning primary English team will be running a conference to support the improvement of leadership and teaching of reading. Schools will have an opportunity to hear from Sarah Hubbard, Ofsted’s National Lead for English who will be leading a session on ‘Reading, assessment and curriculum development’.arrow More information and book a place

arrow Friday 13th January 2017

HCC
Compass – Closure at the end of March 2017

Compass the HCC intranet site will be removed at the end of March 2017, and school colleagues will no longer be able to use their current access to the intranet to look up information about HCC colleagues. We are currently looking at alternative options where HCC will still provide key information and contact details to schools, and this will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

arrow Thursday 12th January 2017

Herts for Learning
Herts for Learning Office Evacuation - Wednesday 11th January 9-11am

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Robertson House was evacuated this morning, leading to some disruption to our office based and training services between the times of 8.45am and 11.30am. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience to our customers and visitors, and thank you for your patience and support during this period. Full service has now been resumed. If you have any questions please contact us at info@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

arrow Thursday 12th January 2017

SBM
Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management

Anglia Ruskin University School Business Management Diploma - L4 Online Learning Diploma accredited by the ILM. Intake for a January start date is still open with applications closing on 13 January 2017. The Level 4 Diploma is aimed at practising School Business Managers (SBMs), or individuals developing into this role, who are currently performing all or part of the SBM role at either senior administrator or management level. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 11th January 2017

Parental Drug Awareness Workshop 2017
Book a Parental Drug Awareness Workshop for 2017 at a discount price

The free HCC Parental Drug Awareness Workshops for 2016/17 are now fully booked. Whilst this is great for the 50+ primary and secondary schools that did secure a workshop it does mean that we have a growing waiting list. To try and meet demand for this highly popular workshop and show our commitment to informing parents, Hertfordshire County Council are now offering schools the opportunity to book a Parental Drug Awareness Workshop at a subsidised rate of £260.00. arrow More information

arrow Monday 9th January 2017

leadership
Primary Headteacher Seminars Book now

Bookings are now open for the Primary Headteacher Seminars, being run in February by Herts for Learning. The half-day sessions across the county provide updates on current topics in primary education and this term the agenda includes an update on: Ofsted Framework, the HfL MAT, HR, English and maths, as well as the Early Years Foundation Stage. arrow More details and book a place

arrow Monday 9th January 2017

Data collection
Data Collection Calendar - Spring Term 2017 in schools only

The Spring 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 Wednesday 4th January 2017

Internal Audit
National Fraud Intelligence Bureau Alert for Education establishments ALERT

Fraudsters are calling education establishments claiming to be from the Department of Education. They then ask to be given the personal email and/or phone number of the head teacher/financial administrator. The fraudsters claim they need to send guidance forms to the head teacher (these so far have varied from exam guidance to mental health assessments). The scammers on the phone will claim that they need to send these documents directly to the head teacher and not to a generic school inbox, using the argument that they contain sensitive information. The emails will include an attachment - a .zip file (potentially masked as an Excel or Word document). This attachment will contain ransomware, that once downloaded will encrypt files and demand money (up to £8000) to recover the files. arrow More information

arrow Friday 30th December 2016

WasteAware
Teacher gives FREE assemblies & innovative practical sessions to help your pupils be more WasteAware

Your pupils can learn about an amazing array of materials for your Science targets. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 22nd December 2016

How to Thrive
Parents Under Construction

The Parents Under Construction lessons will enhance student knowledge of parenting responsibilities, the demands and the cost of being a parent. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 22nd December 2016

Pupil welfare
HCC Exclusion Guidance - December 2016

This guidance updates and replaces all previous guidance regarding exclusion from maintained schools, academies and Pupil Referral Units (ESCs) including special schools published by Hertfordshire County Council, here in after referred to as the Local Authority (LA). arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 21st December 2016

KS2 Performance Tables
KS2 Performance Tables released

Validated data for all primary schools in England has now been published in the Performance Tables. arrow More information

arrow Friday 16th December 2016

How to Thrive
.breathe

.breathe is a brand new, six lesson curriculum that introduces students to Mindfulness practice. We offer this curriculum in partnership with the Mindfulness in Schools Project for trained PRP Teachers.arrow More information

arrow Friday 16th December 2016

eSafety Newsletter
eSafety Newsletter Spring 2017

The eSafety newsletter for the spring term 2017 is now available to download. arrow eSafety Newsletter

arrow Friday 16th December 2016

2016 Secondary Schools Assessment Profile
2016 Secondary Schools Assessment Profile (Provisional Release) – December 2016

The 2016 Secondary Schools Assessment Profile is available to download using the link below. The profile contains analysis and presentation of assessment data for KS4 and KS5. As a number of new indicators have been introduced for 2016 in both KS4 and KS5 a number of tables will contain only historical data or will only have data for 2016.arrow More information

arrow Thursday 15th December 2016

Holocaust commemoration event
Hertfordshire SACRE Commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day

The Hertfordshire SACRE Holocaust commemoration event Tuesday 24th January has increased venue size for Tuesday 24th January 2017 to accommodate the high demand from schools for seating. The event is suitable for students from KS3-5, please note the extended RSVP date and apply for your school’s seats, on a first come first served basis, no later than Tuesday 10th January 2017.arrow More information

arrow Thursday 15th December 2016

Spring Term Training Brochure
Spring Term Training Brochure - HfL Wellbeing team

The spring training brochure from the HfL Wellbeing team includes a free SRE Summit that will address key issues across all phases, on 10 March, as well as a range of opportunities to deliver high quality curriculum to support Prevent duties and to support PSHE.arrow More information

arrow Thursday 15th December 2016

New Record of Concern Form - December 2016
New record of Concern Form - December 2016

The Child Protection School Liaison Team have amended the model ‘record of concern’ form. The form now includes a box for DSPs to complete to evidence the outcome of actions taken to safeguard the child. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 14th December 2016

anti-radicalisation
Prevent Training Update

A new free e-learning tool, aimed at those with responsibilities under the Prevent duty, particulary front line staff in schools and colleges, has been developed by the Home Office to help raise awareness of radicalisation. The 45 minute e-learning session will help staff to identify the signs that someone may be at risk and where to go for support. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 13th December 2016

leadership
Primary Headteachers Conference - 4th-6th October 2017 SAVE THE DATE

Due to popular demand, we have secured The Grand in Brighton for the 2017 Primary Headteachers’ Conference.  Please note that this is one week earlier than usual due to availability at the hotel. Wednesday 4th October at 12:00 noon until Friday 6th October 1:00pm. Further information about the conference, including the date when bookings will be open, will be communicated to you in the new year.

arrow Tuesday 13th December 2016

The Exchange
The Exchange - December Edition 2016

The December edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on ICT Services, including ways to save money and time with new products and technical support. arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Tuesday 13th December 2016

parents
Families Feeling Safe - Preventative Behaviour Training Update

Details about two Families Feeling Safe Protective Behaviours programmes being provided in Stevenage and North Herts. We would very much appreciate if you can pass on the details and display the posters with staff, your local networks and family members who may wish to refer to the programme. The funding is focussed  on supporting families who need this help the most. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 13th December 2016

Herts for Learning
Herts for Learning appoints new Managing Director

Herts for Learning, the UK’s largest not-for-profit Schools’ Company, has appointed Andrew de Csilléry as Managing Director, with effect from April 2017. Andrew, who is a Founding Trustee of the Chartered College of Teaching, will be replacing Jan Paine, who has successfully led the business since its launch in September 2013 and will be retiring at Easter. arrow HfL website: Press release

arrow Monday 12th December 2016

30 Hours Free Childcare
30 Hours Free Childcare

FAQs for schools is about providing for the new entitlement for working parents of 3 and 4 year old children which will be introduced in September 2017. This is an additional 15 hours per week entitlement in addition to the child’s existing 15 hour free early education place. arrow Faqs

arrow Monday 12th December 2016

G Suite for Education
Spring Term Computing Courses 2017

The Herts for Learning computing team is running a range of exciting, hands-on courses in the spring term, to support school staff in teaching primary computing. From exploring technology in the EYFS to teaching computing 'unplugged', all courses are now bookable online. arrow More information

arrow Friday 9th December 2016

FSS
Financial service for Schools Helpline - CLOSURE

Please be advised that the Financial Services for Schools Helpline will be closed for training on Monday 9th and Friday 13th of January. Calls to the helpline will be recorded for attention to on return.

arrow Friday 9th December 2016

online school nurse referrals
School Nursing Online Referrals

Parents, teachers, GPs and other healthcare staff can now refer a child to the school nursing service online. arrow Make an online referral

arrow Monday 5th December 2016

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