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Latest news for Hertfordshire Schools
- updated 24 January, 2021

Coronavirus - UPDATED Saturday 23/01/2021 in school only

Public Health and HCC regularly update their advice and information for schools on Coronavirus.
Go to: Coronavirus home page

arrow Waste procedures for lateral flow testing - 23/01/2021 (under mass testing) new
arrow HCC official update for schools - 22/01/2021 (under updates)

arrow Lateral flow testing FAQs - 21/01/2021 (under mass testing) new
arrow Lateral flow testing risk assesments for secondary and primary - 21/01/2021 (under mass testing) new

arrow Coronavirus FAQs for schools - 18/01/2021 (under key documents)

Disadvantages conference
Special one-off all-staff discounted offer for the 2021 HfL Disadvantaged Conference

Reach for the stars! Raising aspirations and expectations for our disadvantaged learners, Wednesday 3rd February. Given the current importance of this subject and our overriding purpose as a company, Herts for Learning have taken the decision to offer this cross-phase online conference to all schools at a cost of £71 per school rather than per delegate. arrowRead more

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Data collection calendar - termly update spring 2021

The data collection calendars for Spring 2021 are now available for primary (including nursery); secondary (including middle and ESCs); and special schools. arrow Data collection

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Hertfordshire Grid
Searching the new Grid website

This is the fifth of a series of updates to tell you about the new Grid website to be launched at the beginning of February – the date will be confirmed shortly. arrowRead about the new Grid website

Monday 18th January 2021

Local democracy
Local democracy in Hertfordshire lesson plans for KS3-K4

Whether you’re thinking about local democracy in the context of personal, social and health education (PSHE) or the citizenship curriculum, some Hertfordshire-specific detail brings local democracy to life. The KS3-KS4 lesson plan pack includes: a look at the differences between central government and local government, with Hertfordshire examples; central and local government responsibilities; thinking about councillors’ roles and applying a local context; and council budgets with the opportunity to have your say as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s budget setting process. arrowRead more

Friday 15th January 2021

Digital Learning
Digital Learning: Empowering schools to get the best from EdTech

Monday 8th – Thursday 11th March – free event.

A series of FREE webinars over four days showcasing cutting edge innovation and practice from the Technology in Schools expert team and leading suppliers of EdTech to help you find the right solutions for your school. arrowRegistration now open

Thursday 14th January 2021

Primary Assessment update (KS1 and KS2)

This information was emailed to all Hertfordshire primary, middle and all-through schools on Tuesday 12th January 2021 from Herts for Learning following the recent announcements from the DfE regarding KS1 and KS2 statutory assessment for this academic year. arrowRead more

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Hertfordshire Grid
The new Grid website - keeping up to date

This is the fourth of a series of updates to tell you about the new Grid website to be launched at the beginning of February – the date will be confirmed shortly. arrowRead about the new Grid website

Tuesday 12th January 2021

RM Finance
RM Finance report change

The Budget Profiles YTD (Year to Date) report can now be run by period selection. This report is the report that is generated and saved in .CSV format to populates the monthly Control Form monitor. Previously the report was run to period 13 but it should now be run with period selections From period 1 to the period you are monitoring. If you have any questions please contact the Helpline: 01992 555713

Monday 11th January 2021

Guidance for submitting payroll instructions during periods of school closure in school only

During this period of enforced school closures, we appreciate schools’ staff may be working remotely and not have access to the SAP Portal. In view of this, we have obtained approval from the HCC Audit team to accept instructions via e-mail to make key changes to the payroll. arrowRead more

Thursday 7th January 2021

Spring term 2021 – message from Herts for Learning
Spring term 2021 – message from Herts for Learning

As we begin the spring term of 2021, Andrew de Csilléry, Managing Director Herts for Learning shares his spring message. arrowRead more

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Wellbeing for education
Wellbeing for Education Return – January 2021 webinars

The ‘Wellbeing for Education Return’ training forms part of the government’s national project designed to support schools and colleges on responding to the wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people, staff and parents as a result of coronavirus. This training has been developed by MindEd and Anna Freud Centre and will be delivered by Herts for Learning’s Wellbeing Advisers on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council. The webinars are running again this term and can be booked on the HfL CPDHub (select ‘wellbeing’ under Subject) arrowWellbeing for Education Return

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Hertfordshire Grid
Families First News

Our December edition of the Families First News has now been published. The newsletter brings together news, service updates and training opportunities from across the Families First Partnership. If you have not already received a copy, please subscribe here.

Tuesday 15th December 2020

Hertfordshire Grid
What content will be on the new Grid website?

This is the third of a series of updates to tell you about the new Grid website to be launched early in the Spring term 2021. arrowRead about the new Grid website

Monday 14th December 2020

Year 5 maths challenge
The HfL 2021 Year 5 mathematics challenge: Enter a team of four of your pupils to take part in our annual friendly inter-school competition

Bookings are now open for schools to enter a team of four Year 5 pupils for this year’s Year 5 Mathematics Challenge competition. This year’s competition will be run remotely through a live webinar format with six online heats on various dates in January and February to help schools find a convenient date for their team to take part, followed by the Grand Final in March. arrowRead more

Friday 11th December 2020

New Grid website
Accessing the new Grid website from anywhere

This is the second of a series of updates to tell you about the new Grid website to be launched early in the Spring term 2021. arrowRead about the new Grid website

Monday 7th December 2020

Shared Anti-Fraud Service
Be aware

Primary schools may be targeted by threat actors claiming there was a High Court Writ against the head teacher for something that supposedly the school has stopped paying years ago. They demanded that £3000 be paid over the phone in order to stopped enforcement officer coming into the premises. Do not disclose any personal or financial details over the phone or make any payments, ask for the information to be emailed. Please report to the Shared Anti-Fraud Service

Friday 4th December 2020

Primary Assessment Breaking News
Primary Assessment - Breaking News

Everything you need to know about today's primary assessment announcements. arrowPrimary Assessment Breaking News (pdf)

Thursday 3rd December 2020

The first edition of the newly launched termly RE@Herts

This first edition provides information for teachers about what SACRE is and does, the review of the agreed syllabus, Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January 2021), local network groups that operate across Hertfordshire for teachers and also details for schools about applying for SACRE funding support for schools thinking of applying for the RE Quality Mark (REQM). arrowRE@Herts

Thursday 3rd December 2020

New HfL phone numbers
New HfL phone numbers

From Monday 30th November, HfL will be introducing a new, improved phone system into the business. The new system will ensure that remote working for staff is seamless, and phone contact with HfL, through service desks or when direct dialling individuals, is never compromised. arrowNew HfL phone numbers

Monday 30th November 2020

Feeling Good Week
Feeling Good Week 2021 – application for funding

Youth organisations, schools, and young people are invited to submit a bid and apply for up to £500 of funding, which has been put forward by Hertfordshire County Council, and the county’s two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The bids will be reviewed by a panel in December, and they will decide which projects will receive funding for Feeling Good Week 2021. arrowFeeling Good Week

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Digital classroom
Herts for Learning training programme Spring 2021

Herts for Learning (HfL) is pleased to announce that our Spring 21 training programme for staff working in primary, including Early Years, and secondary phases has now been published. arrow Read more

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Digital classroom
The HfL Secondary Mathematics Conference: Maths at the Chalkface - Excellence in the Mathematics Classroom

This year’s conference, with keynote speaker Robert Wilne, will be firmly based in classroom practice and will be flooded with productive ideas on transforming student progress in your school. This conference is open to all, but would be particularly suitable for all classroom teachers. including NQTs, but will also be highly relevant to heads of department, aspiring heads of department and others interested in mathematics education in Key Stages 3 and 4. arrow Read more

Friday 20th November 2020

Digital classroom
The Digital Classroom is now open - access exclusive resources for remote learning

The Digital Classroom provides free access for all Hertfordshire schools to a carefully selected series of resources to support and develop delivery of remote learning. Read more about it on the Herts for Learning website. arrow Digital Classroom

Friday 20th November 2020

Recruiting now for foster carers

Local foster carers are joining forces with us in a new campaign to highlight the desperate need for more carers. The new #RecruitingNow campaign, which features real life foster carers from across Hertfordshire, is appealing to residents who may have been affected by a change in circumstances owing to coronavirus. arrow Read more

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Reading Fluency Expo
The Herts for Learning online Reading Fluency Expo! 2021, Wednesday 20th January 2021

Join experts in the field of improving reading comprehension at KS1-KS3 at our one-day online event with Pie Corbett, Dr Tim Rasinski, Kate Charlton and with contributions from a selection of English Subject Leaders from Primary and secondary schools around the country. arrow Read more

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Primary Headteachers’ Seminars autumn 2020
RSE webinars from the Sex Education Forum in November

A series of 75 minute webinars are running throughout November to support schools and those who work with them to plan high quality, evidence-based RSE. All sessions are run using zoom and are interactive with opportunities for practice sharing and questions. arrowRead more

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings
Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings

New DfE guidance has been published for providers, parents and carers on keeping children safe in community activities, after-school clubs, tuition, sports training and other out-of-school settings. arrowDfE: Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings

Thursday 22nd October 2020

Realising the potential of technology in education – free webinars
Realising the potential of technology in education – free webinars

The HfL Technology in Schools team have worked closely with specialists to pull together a series of free webinars to support you in having a remote learning contingency plan as advised in new guidance from the DFE. We are running a new week-long series of twilight webinars starting on the 2nd November. Specialising in Google, these short webinars are perfect for schools who are either are at the start of their digital journey or are fully integrated with a digital platform but would like support with next steps. arrowFind out more

Tuesday 20th October 2020

Hertfordshire Headteacher Updates
2020/2021 Hertfordshire headteacher update in school only

Save the dates: provisional dates have been set for the Heads Updates. Once these have been finalised, they will be communicated along with further details and agenda items in a future bulletin. arrowHertfordshire headteacher updates

Tuesday 13th October 2020

Bletchley Park’s award-winning learning offer is available free for eligible schools

During World War 2 Bletchley Park’s codebreakers faced adverse conditions and battled against the clock to get results. Sound familiar? In the current challenging circumstances, we are proud to be able to offer opportunities for students to continue learning about Bletchley Park’s inspiring story. arrowLearn more

Monday 5th October 2020

Wellbeing for Education
Wellbeing for Education return – Covid-19 DfE funded support for schools

This national project provides funding and resources requiring local authorities to train and support schools and colleges on responding to the wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people, staff and parents as a result of coronavirus. There are two elements to this vital project: A new national training package, developed by MindEd and Anna Freud Centre, will be delivered in Hertfordshire by Herts for Learning’s Wellbeing Advisers during Autumn Term 2020. The course is designed to enable participants to cascade training and to provide guidance and resources for staff on responding to the impact of coronavirus on the wellbeing of their students and staff. This training will be tailored for Hertfordshire’s local context and signpost to local data and services. Follow up consultancy, advice and support will be available to schools, until March 2021. arrowWellbeing for Education

Friday 2nd October 2020

Department for Education
DfE free remote education webinars

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering several school-led webinars on remote education to help share good practice. This is to support schools that are looking for help to improve the quality of their remote provision. Webinars include Edtech demonstrations; and webinars for school leaders, middle leaders and teachers. arrowMore information

Friday 2nd October 2020

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