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- updated 17 February, 2020

Coronavirus outbreaks originating in China - UPDATED 11/02/2020 in school only

You will have seen the media coverage on the spread of the new coronavirus, a virus of the same family of viruses as the type which caused the SARS (Serious Acquired Respiratory Syndrome) worldwide outbreak in 2002-2003. Public Health are regularly updating their advice and information for schools and links to the latest news to keep you up to date on this rapidly evolving situation. arrow Coronavirus outbreak

Hinduism training - March 11th 2020

RE co-ordinators, RE governors, and anyone else currently teaching RE classes are welcome to attend our primary RE meeting (WHHERE) on March 11th 4pm to 5:15pm in central WGC with training from a Hindu specialist. Free meeting, free parking, refreshments provided. arrow Read more

Thursday 13th February 2020

Want the chance to win £1000 cash for your school and help your local community? - Closes Friday 13th March 2020 

The successful Never Too Late campaign is back by popular demand and if you sign up to hold a one-off Never Too Late launch event you could win £1000 for your school!  arrow Read more

Thursday 13th February 2020

Recognise, Response, Refer posters and postcards

The Recognise, Response and Refer advice for Early Years and advice for schools safeguarding posters and postcards have been revised to align with current procedures. arrow Read more

Thursday 13th February 2020

Secondary Mathematics Conference: Maths at the Chalkface – Monday 23rd March 2020

This year’s conference is firmly based in classroom practice, flooded with productive ideas on transforming student progress in mathematics. It will be especially suitable for classroom teachers – maybe those who don’t often get to attend conferences! It is also highly relevant to heads of department and others interested in mathematics education at Key Stages 3 and 4. We welcome back Robert Wilne, who delivered a memorable workshop at last year’s conference, as our keynote speaker. Robert will focus on challenge in mathematics teaching: how to get the level of challenge consistently right for every student, whatever their level of attainment. arrow Secondary Mathematics Conference

Monday 10th February 2020

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Differentiation in Key Stage 1 mathematics: how to scaffold successful learning Monday 9th March 2020 arrow Book now

Differentiation in Key Stage 2 mathematics: how to scaffold successful learning Tuesday 10th March 2020 arrow Book now

Apps, iPads and SEND learners - exciting tools and ideas for TAs, LSAs and other supporting staff Tuesday 10th March 2020 arrow Book now

Managing staff conflict and handling grievances Wednesday 11th March 2020 arrow Book now

New to primary languages? Upskilling for NQTs, TAs and non-specialist teachers Wednesday 11th March 2020 arrow Book now

Road to reading - creating reading opportunities that are easily embedded throughout the provision to enrich and challenge the cohort Tuesday 17th March 2020 arrow Book now

Reach for the Stars! Raising aspirations and expectations for our disadvantaged learners – Wednesday 1st July 2020

This annual conference will focus on addressing the needs of our disadvantaged pupils across all phases of education. This year Marc Rowland, Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Learners Adviser for Unity Schools Partnership, will be delivering a keynote on improving outcomes for disadvantage and vulnerable learners. Dr Janet Goodall, Associate Professor in the School of Education at Swansea University will be delivering the second keynote related to a parental engagement and the impact on children's learning. arrow Reach for the Stars!

Friday 7th February 2020

HR & payroll administration training for newly appointed schools business managers, bursars and school secretaries

These sessions will be aimed at employees who have recently been appointed to administrative posts in your school. They are being held at Apsley 2, Hemel Hempstead on the morning of Friday 14 February 2020. There will be no charge to schools for the training. If you have a recently appointed member of staff involved in the administration of payroll and/or employment contracts who would benefit from training in the basics, please contact to arrange your session.

Friday 7th February 2020

Reminder: Changes to the way in which you request ISL Services

The updated Single Service Request (SSR) form is now available for schools to download and import into SIMS from DMS Portal on the Herts for Learning website. arrow ISL Services

Friday 7th February 2020

Year 5 and 6 moderation cluster documents update

The updated Year 5 and 6 moderation clusters will focus on exploring accuracy of assessment judgements in reading and writing. The clusters will take place across the county between 3rd-16th March. Included on this page is a timetable showing the venues, dates, times and booking link for each session.  Also there is the guidance for teachers, regarding what to bring to the session, including suggested activities for reading and writing. arrow KS2 moderation clusters

Friday 7th February 2020

Inspiring RE conference - Wednesday 25th March 2020

NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE) is holding an ‘Inspiring RE Conference’ on Wednesday 25th March 9.30 – 12.30 pm in Milton Keynes. The conference will provide teachers with practical ideas on how to ensure your RE curriculum is coherent and creative (and Ofsted ready!). The cost is from £50 per person including lunch and refreshments. arrow Further details and booking information (pdf)

Wednesday 5th February 2020

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Exploring technology in the EYFS Monday 24th February 2020 arrow Book now

Teaching grammar: practical and engaging approaches Wednesday 26th February 2020 arrow Book now

Staff conduct and discipline Thursday 5th March 2020 arrow Book now

Making the last term count: closing gaps in English and maths learning - Key Stage 1 Tuesday 24th March 2020 arrow Book now

Making accurate EYFSP assessments for Reception pupils: expected or exceeding? Thursday 26th March 2020 arrow Book now

Developing skills in Microsoft Excel Friday 27th March 2020 arrow Book now

NCS and the Role of the Youth Support Worker

National Citizen Service with YC Hertfordshire is a fantastic opportunity for 16 and 17 year-olds. It brings together young people from diverse backgrounds, providing them with an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience and the prospect of making a real difference in the world. We are looking for seasonal team members to be NCS Youth Support Workers, willing to help guide young people every step of the way as they take on the NCS challenge, gain new skills and make new friends. arrow Read more

Thursday 30th January 2020

Action regarding the school budget software (Access Education Budgeting, was HCSS)

As we approach the release of the budget software for 2020/21, planned for early February, the access to the school’s budgets for year 2018/19 will be removed. This is due to the software providing access to two years at one time only, the current and prior year. It is suggested that schools review their requirements for retaining records of their 2018/19 budget scenario(s) and print and/or save any reports to keep if not already done so. Recommended reports to keep include: The Hertfordshire Report Pack (available from the software in: Reports > Hertfordshire Reports). If you have any questions regarding the above please contact the Helpline on 01992 555753 or email

Thursday 30th January 2020

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Making the last term count: closing gaps in English and maths learning - Key Stage 2 Tuesday 17th March 2020 arrow Book now

Appraisal and capability workshop Wednesday 18th March 2020 arrow Book now

Deputy and assistant head teacher induction: session four - leadership and building effective teams Thursday 19th March 2020 arrow Book now

Be more moderator: Key Stage 1 - writing standardisation training for teacher and school leaders Thursday 19th March 2020 arrow Book now

Developing expertise in the teaching of reading at Key Stage 1 Thursday 19th March 2020 arrow Book now

Linking primary science and English for impact Thursday 19th March 2020 arrow Book now

Don't be caught out!

Invoice fraud is a growing problem for schools. Don’t be a victim – be aware of it and have the necessary measures in place to help ensure you’re able to spot it. Prevent invoice fraud by improving your processes and follow some simple tips from the Shared Anti-Fraud Service. arrow How to protect your school

Friday 24th January 2020

Free access to the FundEd online fundraising portal and termly publication for all Herts schools

From January 2020, for a 12 month period, all Hertfordshire schools will have free access to FundEd’s online fundraising portal and termly publication. This will provide all Herts schools with the chance to increase their income generation prospects. To access the portal, schools will need to use the login details for the FundEd website sent on Wednesday 18th December 2019 to all Heads and School Business Managers. arrow Read more

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Herts for Learning Year 7 Mathematics Challenge

Entries are invited for the Year 7 Mathematics Challenge 2020, each school is encouraged to submit teams of four Year 7 students for this friendly inter-school competition. There are five heats scheduled across the County in March, winners from individual heats will go forward to the Final, to be held on Thursday 26th March at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage. Please search ‘Year 7 Mathematics Challenge’ on our CPD Hub for more information and to book. arrow Year 7 Mathematics Challenge

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Python Programming essentials for GCSE computer science

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) is running a 2-day course at Hitchin Girls School in February. Bursaries are available to support some teachers through this course. arrow Read more

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Authorised Signatory Forms for SERCO - now updated

Schools must register authorised signatories to enable Serco to process invoices and payroll transactions on behalf of the school. These documents have now been updated. arrow Authorised Signatory Forms

Thursday 16th January 2020

Online safety newsletters - Spring 2020

The spring HfL Online Safety Newsletters have now been published by the HfL Wellbeing team and feature a wealth of helpful links, guidance, news and updates. Please feel free to download the School Staff and / or Parents and Carers version and share it with your personal and professional networks. arrow Online safety newsletters

Thursday 16th January 2020

Hertfordshire service request form update

To access advice and support about individual children from any teams in the Integrated Services for Learning, a Service Request form must be completed. Please note, of these the Hertfordshire service request form has now been updated. arrow Service request form

Wednesday 15th January 2020

HR and Payroll Guides for Schools

New guides for HR and payroll have been produced to provide basic guidance for those taking on the role of HR and Payroll administration in schools. arrow Read more

Friday 10th January 2020

Model policy for reducing the need for restrictive interventions in schools update

Hertfordshire schools and educational establishments are encouraged to use this updated 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 Read more

Friday 10th January 2020

Herts for Learning appoints Transformation Director

Herts for Learning is delighted to announce an important new addition to its leadership team. Matt Schofield has been working with HfL since mid-2019 to help select new Finance, Payroll and other support systems, and has now joined the company as Transformation Director. Matt will be a member of the Executive Team. In this role he will help to manage implementation, data cleansing and training to ensure that the change is successful and that HfL realises the benefits of this important investment. arrow Read more

Thursday 9th January 2020

New updates added to the Standing Advisory Council on Religous Education (SACRE)

New updates have been added to the SACRE page on the Grid. These include guidance on collective worship and also information on what is SACRE and what does it do? arrow Read more

Thursday 9th January 2020

Herts for Learning appoints Head of Technology in Schools

Herts for Learning is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Bramwell as Head of Service – Technology in Schools with effect from January 2020. Chris is an experienced technology leader, having spent more than 25 years both in the public and private sectors including ten years as a head of IT at BT. Much of Chris’ career has focussed on delivering ‘fit for purpose’ IT solutions and technology-enabled change. This included delivering Wi-Fi for the Olympic venues and ensuring that BT Mobile launched without a hitch. arrow Read more

Thursday 9th January 2020

Data Collection Calendar – Spring term 2020 in school only

The Spring term Data Collection Calendar for 2020 has 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

Monday 6th January 2020

Guidance for schools: post-London Bridge terror attack

The DfE has issued guidance for schools following the terror attack at London Bridge for any pupils seeking support. arrow Read more

Monday 16th December 2019

RM Finance Online - Multi Line posting issue with VAT

Please be aware that there is an intermittent issue with VAT when using the multiline posting screen. RM have posted a message within the software with further information. When reclaiming VAT please ensure that you reselect the correct VAT code and ensure that the VAT on the invoice agrees with the VAT on the screen before posting. This issue is expected to be resolved on Thursday evening. RM are going to amend any incorrect transactions through the back of the system, do not attempt to adjust the transactions, if you find any. Please contact the financial services helpline if you require any further advice.

Tuesday 10th December 2019

Revision workshops
GCSE Mathematics and AQA English Revision Workshops for spring and summer 2020

The HfL Secondary Mathematics and English advisers are running 25 GCSE revision workshops starting in January.  Schools, parents and Carers can all book places for their children / students onto these workshops designed to support your school’s own revision programmes and motivate and challenge students in engaging, focused and active learning environments to help students feel 'exam ready'. Please visit the HfL CPD Hub to book places or please share the flyer with your parent body. arrow Revision workshops (pdf)

Wednesday 4th December 2019

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