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- updated 17 September, 2019

Jewish living experience exhibition
Schools are invited to ‘The Jewish Living Experience’ 4th-15th November 2019

This exhibition is a mobile exhibition which aims to educate the UK public about Judaism, and the culture and history of the British Jewish community. arrow Read more

Tuesday 17th September 2019

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Becoming a highly effective English subject leader Tuesday 24st September 2019 arrow Book now

Deputy and assistant headteacher induction: session one - leading teaching and learning Thursday 26th September 2019 arrow Book now

Becoming a highly effective mathematics subject leader Thursday 26th September 2019 arrow Book now

Developing strategic financial leadership Friday 27th September 2019 arrow Book now

New and aspiring primary science subject leaders Tuesday 1st October 2019 arrow Book now

Essentials for good EYFS provision Tuesday 1st October 2019 arrow Book now


Effective Reporting in SIMS - the basics Tuesday 1st October 2019 arrow Book now

Data Management Services
Data Management Services Newsletter - September 2019

The new DMS newsletter aims to bring you all the latest updates and highlights changes on upcoming tasks you'll need to carry out across the term. arrow Read newsletter

Thursday 12th September 2019

Christmas art competition
Christmas art competition 2019: Who is your Hertfordshire Hero?

Our Hertfordshire Heroes are members of the armed forces community who work hard to protect our nation and are often working away from their families at Christmas. Help send our military heroes some “Christmas cheer” by entering our annual county-wide Hertfordshire Heroes Christmas Art Competition by drawing your own Hertfordshire Hero. arrow Christmas art competition

Wednesday 11th September 2019

Safeguarding
Families First news

Have you signed up to receive the Families First News? A great way to hear news on the early help services and training opportunities across Hertfordshire. There is only one publication every other month, so we will not fill up your inbox! arrow Sign up here

Wednesday 11th September 2019

Safeguarding
Effective safeguarding in schools

Following on from the success of the training held in 2017 and 2018 and in response to local and national needs Hertfordshire County Council, in conjunction with Herts for Learning, will be delivering the next round of safeguarding training for school leaders. Safeguarding is always at the forefront of leaders’ minds. It is crucial to keep an eye on national and local changes. These sessions will provide updates on both, providing delegates with the opportunity to consolidate their existing understanding as well as reflect on changes to procedures and guidance. arrow Read more

Tuesaday 10th September 2019

Employment status
Employment status and IR35

As the new academic year begins, you may be engaging new workers who provide a service but  are not on your school’s payroll. This is a reminder that it is the engaging person’s responsibility to determine the correct employment status of anyone they contract with to undertake any work and pay them accordingly. arrow Read more

Monday 9th September 2019

G-Suite
Free Chromebooks and G-Suite taster session

Herts for Learning is running a free, hands-on, twilight taster session for schools that are interested in finding out more about Chromebooks and G Suite, and how this technology might benefit their school. arrow Read more

Monday 9th September 2019

Purple Mash
Free Purple Mash ‘Mash Meet’ event

Herts for Learning is hosting another ‘Mash Meet’ event on 7th October, 4pm, at Hertfordshire Development Centre. Whether new to 2Simple Purple Mash or in need of a refresher, this is the ideal opportunity to explore the different tools and content available. Places are free but booking is essential as space is limited. For more information and booking arrow Read more

Friday 6th September 2019

Data Management Services
Data Management Services (DMS) Portal launch - November 2019

Herts for Learning is pleased to announce a new Data Management Services (DMS) portal will be launching on the HfL website at the beginning of November 2019. arrow Find out more

Thursday 5th September 2019

Online safety newsletter - Autumn 2019

The Online Safety newsletter for the autumn term 2019 is now available to download. arrow Online Safety Newsletter

Thursday 5th September 2019

Measuring height and weight of children in Year 6 - 2019-20 (NCMP)

The Department for Education and the Department of Health have a shared programme of work to improve children’s health and wellbeing. Promoting healthy weight in children is an important part of this programme. As part of this programme, the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) requires all children in Reception and Year 6 to be weighed and measured. arrow Read more

Wednesday 4th September 2019

ENF training – 15th October 2019

An overview of mainstream school SEND and exceptional needs funding. The Head teacher and SENCo are invited to a two-hour information/training session to update schools and PVIs regarding their knowledge of SEND funding. The purpose of these sessions is to ensure all schools understand how mainstream SEND funding is allocated, how the ENF system works and to look at the process for exceptional needs funding applications. arrow Book online

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Promoting a healthy eating environment in schools

This guidance is for ALL schools in Hertfordshire, providing you with information that can help you to ensure children are eating healthily during the school day, enabling them to have the energy and focus required to do well academically and to stay happy and healthy. arrow Read more

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Primary Science Support for schools

Plan your school's science professional development through the year to maximise the impact on learning, by downloading the Herts for Learning Primary Science Support for schools 2019/20 flyer. arrow Read more (pdf)

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

EU exit: no deal preparations for schools in England

The Government has issued some guidance for schools in the event of a no deal Brexit. arrow Further information from the DfE

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Data collection
Data Collection Calendar – Autumn term 2019 in school only

The autumn data collection calendar from HCC is now available. arrow Data collection

Monday 2nd September 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019
Herts for Learning Annual General Meeting 2019

The Herts for Learning Board of Directors invite the headteachers and chairs of governors from all shareholding schools to the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Herts for Learning Limited, which will be held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG1 2FQ on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 5:00pmarrow Annual General Meeting 2019

Monday 2nd September 2019

Collins
REMINDER: Important information regarding your PA Plus subscription

Herts for Learning (HfL) has signed a deal with HarperCollins UK, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, to produce seven new primary English publications. In September, the English Subject Leader Toolkit and the Primary Writing Toolkit, written and developed by Herts for Learning will be published under the Collins imprint and made available to all schools in the UK and internationally. These new books focus on writing across all year groups in the primary phase and will be published for sale in mid-September.  Read news article. At this time, the English resources they relate will be removed from PA Plus. An email has been sent to all subscribing schools explaining that these resources are protected for existing PA Plus subscribers. We encourage you to download them from your school account by the middle of September to ensure you have continued access to them. Download the resources from PA Plus (subscribers will need to be logged in to access the resources).

Monday 2nd September 2019

Comparative budget share
Comparative budget share (2019/20)   

Comparative graphs/profiles for Section B - Financial 2019/20 are now available in electronic format. The files are published annually and contain a range of financial benchmarking information based upon schools Approved Budget Returns. arrow Comparative budget share

Monday 2nd September 2019

Herts for Learning
Changes to printing of training materials     

As you may be aware, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has recently joined councils up and down the country in declaring a climate emergency.  The time for thinking about change is over and at Herts for Learning (HfL), we believe it is important for us to join HCC in taking proactive action now. As part of our commitment of ensuring both our financial and our environmental sustainability, we are currently developing a Corporate Social Responsibility statement, which will be shared with you shortly.  Included in this statement is our aim to reduce our direct impact on the environment by actively managing our consumption of natural resources, recycling practices and carbon footprint and making best use of technology to ensure that digital is at the heart of what we do. arrow Read more

Wednesday 28th August 2019

Child protection proformas
Model Child Protection Policy 2019

This document replaces the previous version(s) and is operational from the 2nd September 2019. Changes have been highlighted. It takes into consideration the changes/updates in statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019) and Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2018).  Please note there are sections that require the school to input their own details/school arrangements. arrow Child Protection proformas

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Child protection proformas
Annual safeguarding practice audit 2019 (checklist)

An updated version of the safeguarding ‘checklist’ now known as the Annual Safeguarding Practice Audit has been published. arrow Child protection proformas

Monday 19th August 2019

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Recording absence for pupils from the travelling community

Hertfordshire County Council has issued this guidance to support schools with clarity around attendance and registration of Traveller pupils. A number of different groups are covered by the generic term Traveller – Roma, English and Welsh Gypsies, Irish and Scottish Travellers, Showmen (fairground people) and Circus people, Bargees (occupational boat dwellers) and New Travellers. The Education Act 1996 and the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 make statutory provision for all of these groups. arrow Read more

Friday 2nd August 2019

health and safety
Trampolining guidance

HCC Health and Safety have updated their trampolining safety guidance. arrow Guidance

Friday 2nd August 2019

Data management services
HfL’s Data Management Services team reaccredited by Capita for their SIMS support 

Capita has reaccredited the Data Management Services (DMS) team at Herts for Learning (HfL) for their SIMS support to schools and academies. The DMS team, who have been accredited by Capita since 2008, received their reaccreditation in July. The accreditation will last for three years until 2022. The accreditation looks at how schools and academies receive effective and value-for-money support from the DMS team. arrow Read news article

Friday 2nd August 2019

Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership
Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership

The Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership has produced documents to help support schools with identification and the process of referral for potential and identified child victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in Hertfordshire. This includes criminal, labour and sexual exploitation, as well as domestic servitude. arrow Modern Slavery Partnership

Monday 22nd July 2019

Insurance Renewals 2019
Insurance Renewals 2019

The Insurance recharge form has now closed, please do not try to complete and submit the form. If you didn’t submit the information by Friday 19th July, we will recharge you using the information we currently have. If you have any questions, please email insurance@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Monday 22nd July 2019

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Achieving mathematical age-related expectations by the end of Year 2 Wednesday 9th October 2019 arrow Book now

Achieving mathematical age-related expectations by the end of Year 6 Tuesday 15th October 2019 arrow Book now

Intervention tracking in SIMS Tuesday 15th September 2019 arrow Book now

Essentials for leaders of primary history Wednesday 16th October 2019 arrow Book now

The power of relationships in maximising achievement Wednesday 16th October 2019 arrow Book now

Developing expertise in the teaching of reading at Key Stage 2 Thursday 17th October 2019 arrow Book now


Developing expertise in the teaching of reading at Key Stage 1 Thursday 7th November 2019 arrow Book now

Herts for Learning resources shortlisted in the Teach Early Years Awards 2019
Herts for Learning resources shortlisted in the Teach Early Years Awards 2019

Herts for Learning is delighted to announce that two of its resources have been selected as finalists in the 2019 Teach Early Years Awards.  Supersonic phonics has been shortlisted in the Communication, language and literacy category, forresources designed to promote the development of talk and language skills, early writing and/or reading skills. Essential foundations for counting has been shortlisted in the Early exploration category, for ‘maths and science resources, and all resources designed to help children broaden their understanding of the world’. arrow Read more

Friday 19th July 2019

Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project 2019/20
Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project 2019/20

Following analysis of the results from the Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project over several years, the Primary English team have found that taking part in the project in the autumn term has the most impact for the outcomes in participating schools. This allows more time for the strategies to be embedded and applied at a whole class level throughout the spring term. To this end, the team have now decided to only run the project for Y6 pupils in the autumn term (rather than in both autumn & spring). Join this autumn’s project starting on Monday 9th September 2019. arrow Read more

Wednesday 17th July 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (16th July 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… EEF publishes new evaluation reports, including findings from ‘growth mindsets’ approach, find out why one Hertfordshire school has adopted Google technology in their school, and School's bug hotel earns place at Hampton Court Flower Show. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 17th July 2019

School holiday security guidance
IMPORTANT UPDATE - Key Stage 2 comparative report issue

A number of errors in the Key stage 2 comparative report have been identified in the wizard: Key Stage 2 Wizard England 2019. Capita have provided an updated Wizard to replace the report and imported in SIMS using the steps on page 6 in the documentation. NB: The individual pupil report is not affected. arrow Key Stage 2 comparative report issue

Monday 15th July 2019

School holiday security guidance
School holiday security guidance

With the school holidays coming up it is essential to start considering and planning suitable security arrangements for the closure or partial closure of the school over the holidays.
A school holiday security guidance document has been created to help you plan and ensure suitable security arrangements are in place. If you do have any questions, please contact insurance@hertfordshire.gov.uk arrow school holiday security guidance (pdf)

Monday 15th July 2019

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New to Year 6 assessment Tuesday 8th October 2019 arrow Book now

Essential introduction to HR for school leaders Tuesday 8th October 2019 arrow Book now

The secrets of SIMS: a year in the life of a school administrator Tuesday 8th October 2019 arrow Book now

New to Year 2 assessment Wednesday 9th October 2019 arrow Book now

Special educational needs and disabilities.. ready for Ofsted? Wednesday 9th October 2019 arrow Book now

Opening Doors to a Richer English Curriculum: training and consultancy programme Thursday 10th October 2019 arrow Book now

An introduction to learning mentoring for support staff in the primary school Friday 11th October 2019 arrow Book now

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (9th July 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Reading to young children 'boosts maths skills later', New HfL Primary Research Projects and programmes announced for autumn 2019, and Stevenage schoolchildren appeal for help with ecological pond project. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 10th July 2019

New Herts for Learning Primary Research Projects and programmes announced for autumn 2019
Primary Assessment Updates - July 2019

The Herts for Learning Assessment Team have produced their termly update on key assessment issues for primary schools in Hertfordshire. arrow Read more

Tuesday 9th July 2019

New Herts for Learning Primary Research Projects and programmes announced for autumn 2019
New Herts for Learning Primary Research Projects and programmes announced for autumn 2019

Starting this autumn, new reading, phonics, writing, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and mathematics programmes and research projects available to support schools seeking to address and support common themes arising in school development plans these areas across EYFS to KS2 over the next year. arrow Find out more

Monday 8th July 2019

Just Talk Campaign
Just Talk Campaign Week – W/C 18th November

Just Talk is Hertfordshire’s mental health and wellbeing campaign, co-designed with young people from across the county. The campaign and all of its free resources are designed in a way to ensure that it is as easy as possible for anyone to get involved. arrow Just Talk Campaign

Monday 8th July 2019

Hertfordshire Headteacher Summer updates
Hertfordshire Headteacher Summer updates

Following on from the Hertfordhsire Headteacher Summer updates, documents including the Hertfordshire Headteacher updates slides, the future workforce project questionnaire and wellbeing at Camps Hill primary school documents are now available. arrow Hertfordshire Headteacher Summer updates

Friday 5th July 2019

safeguarding
Combating exploitation in schools

Useful contacts, support and programmes of activities from different agencies to combat various types of child exploitation in schools. arrow Contacts and support

Friday 5th July 2019

Save the date: HfL AGM 2019
Save the date: HfL AGM 2019

Please be advised that the Herts for Learning 2019 Annual General Meeting for shareholders will take place on Thursday 3 October 2019 at 5:00pm at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, SG1 2FQ.  We invite all headteachers and chairs of governors from our shareholding schools to attend this event. Further details will follow in early September.

Thursday 4th July 2019

Reception Early Reading project
Reception Early Reading project

The next HfL Reception Early Reading Project will start on 19th September. Invaluable guidance and activities to close gaps in Early Readers in your Reception class this autumn. arrow Read more

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (2nd July 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Three in five secondary school pupils experience mental health problems, 50 things you can do with Chromebooks in the classroom, and Welwyn Hatfield pupils learn about parliament from their own MP. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Urgent
URGENT: Compromised email accounts

At the beginning of the year Herts for Learning’s ICT Services team spent a great deal of time analysing our supported schools email tenancies and we found a large number of accounts had been accessed from unusual locations.  E.g. Nigeria, Russia, Korea etc.  These login locations suggest that the account had been compromised this was largely due to the accounts having weak passwords.  To mitigate the threat we disabled some of the legacy services that hackers use to gain access to email accounts.  However, there was still a requirement for the end user to change their email password to something more secure. arrow Read more

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Insurance renewals 2019
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check project

Looking to reduce the gender gap in your next Y1 Phonics Screening Checks? Find out how our 9-week long Y1 Phonics Screening Check Project for schools in Hertfordshire starting on Thursday 19th September could help. arrow Read more

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Training the Executive Headteachers of tomorrow
Training the Executive Headteachers of tomorrow

Research by the National Governors' Association (NGA), the Future Leaders Trust (TFLT) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has found that the number of executive headteachers in England is rapidly increasing, even though their remit and responsibilities are still largely undefined (2016).
To help school leaders prepare for the roles and responsibilities of an executive headteacher, throughout the academic year, Herts for Learning (HfL) delivered a bespoke training programme and invited experienced Hertfordshire headteachers to take part. arrow Executive Headteachers of tomorrow

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

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