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- updated 23 April, 2018

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Celebrating boys - challenging gender stereotypes
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 arrow Book now: 18EAY/009P
Phase 2-4 phonics: teaching and supporting "Letters and Sounds"
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 arrow Book now: 18ENG/006P
Interschool moderation of final teacher assessment of Key Stage 2 writing
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 arrow Book now: 18ASS/005P
Interschool moderation of final teacher assessment of Key Stage 2 writing
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 arrow Book now: 18ASS/006P
Teaching computing at Lower Key Stage 2
Thursday 24th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18COM/006P
Communication styles
Thusday 24th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18SHR/018A
SIMS Dinner Money for new users
Friday 25th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18SIT/019P

Shabbat Workshops - May 2018

An opportunity for pupils to visit the St. Albans Synagogue and find out more abuot Shabbat.arrow More information and booking

arrow Wednesday 18th April 2018

UPDATE - The Access Group

The Access Group, the developers of HCSS Budgeting software have advised Financial Services of the following regarding Access Group Customers:- Phishing Scam Alert: Ignore request to change payment details. They have said “ this email was not sent by Access and represents a fraudulent attempt to elicit funds from our customers. Customers should NOT provide any information nor send any funds, to any e-mail address or account as indicated in communication”.

arrow Wednesday 18th April 2018

Now available: Herts for Learning Primary Summer Training Programme Summary Booklet

The Herts for Learning Summer Training Programme Summary Booklet is now available in schools and online. This new style booklet provides brief details of our core primary summer term training opportunities by subject area for ease of use. The booklet also includes a number of new and additional training opportunities which have been added due to popular demand. arrow View Booklet

arrow Tuesday 17th April 2018

Business Management Conference: Reaching Above and Beyond on Wednesday 13th June 2018

This annual conference is the perfect opportunity for school business management professionals to take time out from their day to reflect on the positive impact of their role and to network with like-minded professionals. Olympic speaker, Anna Hemmings will ensure delegates walk away feeling energised with a renewed desire to improve outcomes for themselves, their schools and pupils. arrow Book now

arrow Monday 16th April 2018

Early Years SEND Support Survey

Currently, PVI providers, childminders and schools receive support for early years children with SEND in different ways. The PVI sector receives support from the early years SEND team and schools receive a budgetary amount to part fund a SENCO. In a bid to ensure equity across the sector we are consulting with all early years providers on the way early years SEND support should be funded from the financial year 2019/20. The survey opens on Monday 16th April 2018 and closes on Thursday 31st May 2018. You can complete the survey at arrow Early Years SEND Support Survey

arrow Monday 16th April 2018

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Effective mathematical learning sequences; making the most of the new essentials planning resources in Years 1 and 2
Wednesday 25th April 2018 arrow Book now: 17MAT/108P
SIMS Personnel
Thursday 26th April 2018 arrow Book now: 18SIT/013A
School business management briefing
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 arrow Book now: 18SBM/005A
Appraisal and capability workshop
Thursday 17th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18SHR/001A
Where the wonderful things are: unlocking the potential of picture books in the primary classroom
Thursday 21th June 2018 arrow Book now: 18ENG/024P
Understanding Christianity - Primary
Wednesday 27th June 2018 arrow Book now: 18RED/002P

Celtic Harmony Prehistory Inset Training Day - Tuesday 8th May 2018

Celtic Harmony experts in primitive skills and archaeology of the period have come together with Learning Outside the Classroom to bring you ‘Teaching Prehistory Outside the Classroom’ inset day on Tuesday 8 May at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest Iron Age settlement, in Brickendon just outside Hertford.arrow More information

arrow Friday 13th April 2018


Win up to £1,000 for your school! All you have to do is invite older family and friends of the school to join the children for their Daily Mile to help launch the ‘It’s Never Too Late to be Active’ campaign before 4 May 2018. Please email joanne.necchi@hertfordshire.gov.uk for arrow More Information

arrow Friday 13th April 2018

Online Safety Newsletter
Online Safety Newsletter Summer 2018

The Online Safety newsletter for the summer term 2018 is now available to download. arrow Online Safety Newsletter

arrow Friday 13th April 2018

UPDATED Pupil Safeguarding Records Guidance and additional, editable recording proformas

This guidance has been updated in line with The EU General Data Protection Regulation that comes into force on 25th May 2018. Further updates to this guidance are likely in August 2018, following the introduction of EU General Data Protection Regulation and updates to Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE). arrow Proformas & Guidance

arrow Monday 9th April 2018

Online Safety Policy 2018

HfL are pleased to announce that a new Online Safety Policy complete with a range of Acceptable Use Agreements is now available to download. If you would like to book an online safety consultancy visit or a staff meeting to ensure the implications of policy are fully understood by all staff in relation to their safeguarding duty and implemented across the school please contact Shelagh Jennings on tel. 01438 844819 email: Shelagh.jennings@hertsforlearning.co.uk arrow More Information

arrow Thursday 29th March 2018

Policy to Practice: Time To Bacc Languages? Friday 6th July 2018, HDC

This high-profile event aims to support school leaders in taking their language provision to the next stage, subject leaders in developing the curriculum and promoting wider participation at Key Stages 4 and students in getting the most from languages in school to enhance their future lives. Prof Suzanne Graham, Professor of Language and Education at the University of Reading, Suzanne O’Farrell, ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist and a representative from the EBacc Team, Curriculum Division, Department for Education will be addressing the conference on 6th July 2018. For more information or to book places, please visitarrow More information

arrow Tuesday 27th Match 2018

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Induction for new SENCOs
Tuesday 8th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18SEN/001A
School business manager professional development programme (SBM PDP) module 4: working with difficult and/or challenging people
Wednesday 9th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18SBM/001A
A year in the life of a school administrator: the secrets of SIMS
Thursday 10th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18SIT/015P
Deputy and assistant headteacher induction: session five - effective communication
Thursday 10th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18MAN/009P
Strategic absence management
Thursday 10th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18SHR/003A
The sky's the limit - making the best of an outdoor area to engage all learners
Saturday 12th May 2018 arrow Book now: 18EAY/007P

Primary Updates
Primary Assessment Updates - March 2018

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools. arrow More information

arrow Friday 23rd March 2018

Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity

2018 is the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity #HertsYOPA18 and there are lots of ways for you and your school to get involved. Each month there is a different theme. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 20th March 2018

Social Media Survey for Young People – Hertfordshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary wants to improve the way it communicates with young people and the following survey is being carried out to help us find the best ways to send message to people under the age of 16. You do not need to give your name or any other personal details, but we would like to know which social media sites you like to use and if you are interested in news. Thank you in advance for taking part arrow Survey

arrow Friday 16th March 2018

Bikeability Cycle Training Courses

Bikeability Cycle Training Courses are now fully booked for this academic year. We have bookings lists that schools can register on for the Autumn term 2018 and then the Spring and Summer terms for 2019. Please email cycle.training@hertfordshire.gov.uk stating which terms list you would like to be added to.

arrow Thursday 15th March 2018

Walk to school Week
Walk to school Week 21st to 25th May 2018

Get your best foot forward for this year’s challenge starting on the 21st May with the start of Walk to School Week and continuing on to Clean Air Day 21st June 2018 event. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 15th March 2018

Child Abuse
DfE – Together, we can tackle child abuse: support our national campaign

Together, we can tackle child abuse is a Government campaign, led by the Department for Education. It encourages members of the public to help protect children and young people by reporting any concerns of abuse or neglect to their local council. arrow More information

arrow Monday 12th March 2018

The Hertfordshire Internet and Connectivity (HICS) website has had a makeover

If you are interested in our internet and connectivity service, you may want to look at the new HICS website. It is ideal for anyone who wishes to know more on the features and recent improvements we offer as part of our connectivity provision. Technical staff and IT support companies in particular may wish to subscribe to receive an occasional update. For further information, please visit: http://hics.hertsforlearning.co.uk/

arrow Thursday 8th March 2018

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Wellbeing and Vulnerable Groups – Summer Term Training Programme 2018

A comprehensive range of programmes and courses are run each term by the Herts for Learning wellbeing advisers and consultants. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 6th March 2018

Health Related Behaviour Survey

The health related behaviour survey is currently open. Schools can still sign up to complete through the spring and summer terms 2018. Schools who have participated are overwhelmingly positive about the benefits of the high quality data, which covers an extensive range of health and wellbeing issues, and we are very grateful for your participationarrow More Information

arrow Monday 5th March 2018

Penn Resilience Programme

Learn to deliver the Penn Resilience Programme in your school, and help your students to build their resilience, bounce forward from difficulties and seize opportunities with enthusiasm.arrow More information

arrow Monday 5th Match 2018

Free Primary and Secondary Teachers Tennis Coaching Courses

Hertfordshire Schools Lawn Tennis Association are again running their primary and secondary teachers tennis coaching courses. Numbers are limited so please book early to get a place. arrow Course details and booking forms

arrow Monday 26th February 2018

GDPR Toolkit launched

The new GDPR Toolkit from HfL is now available online to purchase. This toolkit is designed to help Data Protection Officers (DPOs) in educational settings to carry out their role and contains supporting guidance, advice and materials to help schools achieve GDPR compliance and drive the right data protection culture throughout the organisation. This toolkit will evolve in the light of feedback from users and best practice in educational settings and provide support and guidance for your staff throughout the period of your subscription. arrow For full details and how to purchase the toolkit

arrow Friday 23rd February 2018

Herts for Learning primary training programme - summer 2018

The primary training programme for summer 2018 from Herts for Learning (HfL) is now available to book online at the HfL website. Our comprehensive programme offers a range of events from briefings to conferences suitable for school leaders, teaching and support staff. The programme is now available as a Flipbook, so that school staff can view our training opportunities online. Please note: the Flipbook replaces the printed version of the programme that was previously sent via the school postbag. To view the summer term programme, please visit: arrow HfL primary training brochure summer 2018

arrow Friday 23rd February 2018

Fraud targeting schools

Action Fraud have reported that there has been increase in the number fraud reports where schools have been targeted. This fraud involves contact being made with the school business manager or other member of staff that has responsibility for authorising money transfers, purporting to be from the Headteacher. The message requests an urgent money transfer. Further information and protection/prevention advice can be read here: arrow More Information

arrow Friday 23rd February 2018

Never Too Late campaign

Win £1000 cash for your school to spend on health and wellbeing by registering for Hertfordshire County Council’s Never Too Late campaign, which aims to help older adults become more active. Just sign up to the Daily Mile and then organise a one-off event in your school where the children invite an older adult to run, jog or walk The Daily Mile with them. Email joanne.necchi@hertfordshire.gov.uk for more details or to register your interest. arrow More Information

arrow Thursday 8th February 2018

Email Security Alert

We have had contact from a number of schools about emails which appear to be from known accounts containing links for them to follow. These are a real security risk, and can lead to hacking of email accounts. Once this has occurred, a hacker can access archive material. We have issued guidance to schools and email security and data protection. arrow More Information

arrow Tuesday 6th February 2018

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) – Herts Grid for Learning (HGfL) updated in readiness for statutory status

Staff who attended the SRE Summit of March 2017 will already be aware that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is to be a statutory subject in all schools from September 2019. In readiness for this change of status, HCC have commissioned HfL to update the content of the RSE pages on the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning. HfL in partnership with HCC aim to support schools to deliver outstanding PSHE provision that includes high quality, age appropriate Relationship and Sex Education. The updated pages will provide school staff with lots of information to support this delivery. arrow For more information please visit the RSE news page

arrow Monday 5th February 2018

RPC Reports for January 2018 - resolved

The problem with RPC reports for January 2018 showing only part of the information, or not at all has been resolved by SAP Support and the correct reports are now available.

arrow Thursday 1st February 2018

GCSE English Revision Workshops – places available

The Secondary English team at Herts for Learning will be running revision sessions on AQA English Language and Literature, starting on the 17th February as well as the full-day courses running in the Easter holidays. Experts in English will provide additional tuition, supporting with one goal – to help students get the best possible grade in each of the two exam papers. These sessions are designed to be booked by parents who are looking for ways to support their children, and would be in addition to support being offered in schools. arrow More information

arrow Monday 29th January 2018

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