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- updated 18 January, 2017

Public Health Conference 2017
Public Health Conference 2017

The Public Health Conference will take place on 22 February 2017 from 9am in Robertson House, Stevenage. This event is free for all relevant professionals working in Hertfordshire, whether statutory, private or voluntary sector, places are limited so registration is essential.arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 18th 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

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Herts for Learning

Herts for Learning Training & Events

Teaching computing at lower Key Stage 2
Monday 6th February 2017 arrow Book now: 16COM/035P

Conducting support staff appraisals
Wednesday 8th February 2017 arrow Book now: 16SBM/018A

RM: Finance: year end preparation
Thursday 9th February 2017 arrow Book now: 16FSS/062A
Understanding and using the EYFS Profile
Thursday 9th February 2017 arrow Book now: 16ASS/057P
RM: Finance: year end preparation
Thursday 9th February 2017 arrow Book now: 16FSS/061A
Teaching computing at upper Key Stage 2
Thursday 2nd March 2017 arrow Book now: 16COM/037P

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

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Herts for Learning

Herts for Learning Training & Events

Key Stage 1 grammar: the fine detail and application
Tuesday 31st January 2017 arrow Book now: 16ENG/081P

Stretch and challenge in Key Stage 1 mathematics
Wednesday 1st February 2017 arrow Book now: 16MAT/077P

Year 5 and 6 grammar: the fine detail and application
Thursday 2nd February 2017 arrow Book now: 16ENG/082P

Stretch and challenge in lower Key Stage 2 mathematics
Thursday 2nd February 2017 arrow Book now: 16MAT/078P
Stretch and challenge in upper Key Stage 2 mathematics
Monday 6th February 2017 arrow Book now: 16MAT/079P
Year 3 and 4 grammar: the fine detail and application
Wednesday 29th March 2017 arrow Book now: 16ENG/096P

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

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Herts for Learning

Herts for Learning Training & Events

New to Year 6
Tuesday 24th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16ASS/072P

Being yourself: valuing diversity in your setting
Tuesday 24th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16EAY/061P

Revitalising reading: whole-school approaches to reading
Tuesday 24th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16ENG/078P
Hertfordshire's Primary Schools' Sport and PE Conference. Developing the Whole Child for “Healthy, Happy, Active Children

Tuesday 24 th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16PED/015P
Year 1 phonics and spelling: planning and assessment
Thursday 26th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16ENG/079P
Great active assessment in Key Stage 2 mathematics
Thursday 26th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16MAT/073P

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 2016 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

Holocaust memorial day
Holocaust Memorial Day - 24th January 2017 - Book by 13th December 2016

The Hertfordshire Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) would like to invite schools to attend a Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration (HMD) event. The HMD 2017 event takes place on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at 1pm at The John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School, Hitchin Road, Stevenage, SG1 4AE. arrow More information

arrow Monday 12th 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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Herts for Learning Training & Events

Securing age-related expectations in English – Year 2
Tuesday 10th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16ENG/073P

Appraisal and capability workshop
Tuesday 10th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16SHR/006A

Sims Census preparation using school data
Wednesday 11th January 2017 (AM) arrow Book now: 16SIT/084A
Wednesday 11th January 2017 (PM) arrow Book now: 16SIT/085A
New to primary NQT induction for NQTs and their tutors – spring starters
Wednesday 11th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16NQT/048P
Assessment for learning in primary science
Thursday 12th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16SCI/015P
Bar modelling – establishing a deeper understanding through a whole school approach

Thursday 12th January 2017 arrow Book now: 16MAT/072P

Health and well being
Five Year Maths Progression Pathway

The new maths progression pathway has been produced by the HfL Maths advisers to help secondary schools plan the progression of their students in mathematics from Year 7 through to Year 11. The curriculum is broken down into easy-to-understand descriptors, graded from 1 to 9. The pathway is available in a basic or gold package. For more information and to purchase please visit the Herts for Learning online shop. arrow

arrow Tuesday 29th November 2016

Health and well being
Teenage Cancer Trust - Free Presentations for Year 10 and Above

The Teenage Cancer Trust has visited a number of Hertfordshire secondary schools to talk about teenage cancer. They can offer a free presentation which ideally lasts up to an hour and works either as a standalone presentation to the whole year group together, or can form part of a health day or assembly. arrow More information

arrow Monday 28th November 2016

Hertfordshire Early Years Conference
Booking now live - Hertfordshire Early Years Conference - Physical Development - 19th April 2017

On 19th April 2017 the Early Years Conference will be taking place at Hertfordshire Development Centre from 9:30am - 4:00pm. The conference will have a theme of physical development with international speaker Professor Iram Siraj and Carol Archer confirmed. The conference is a must for teachers and early years practitioners working with children aged 3 - 5 years; in nursery and reception classes. Book online: Course code 17EAY/010P

arrow Friday 25th November 2016

HfL online shop
Herts for Learning Launches New Online Shop

The shop, which can be found at www.hertsforlearning.co.uk, contains a plethora of materials written by Herts for Learning’s expert advisers, some of which have never previously been available.  Many of the materials are instantly downloadable, available 24/7 and can be purchased via Paypal, credit or debit cards, therefore offering simple, easy payment. Materials available in the online shop support staff working in education settings and teaching across all phases from Early Years, through to Post 16, covering all core subjects. arrow Visit HfL Online Shop

arrow Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Re-commissioning of Children’s Centres
CPSLO Consultation Service (which do not meet threshold for a referral to social care)

Changes to the service where a member of the Child Protection School Liaison Team has been present (during term time) in the Targeted Advice Service (TAS) and then the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to complete consultations with schools who have rung with concerns about children (where they have not been clear on the appropriate actions after consulting the Meeting the Needs document and the HSCB Child Protection Procedures). arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Re-commissioning of Children’s Centres
Child Flu Immunisations - Head of Primary Schools

A letter for Heads of Primary Schools regarding child flu immunisation within Primary Schools. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 17th November 2016

SEVERE WEATHER
Updated Severe Weather Guidance in school only

With winter weather here, Hertfordshire County Council have updated their severe weather guidance for schools. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 17th November 2016

G Suite for Education
G Suite for Education, including Google Classroom - what is all the fuss about?

Herts for Learning is offering a product called G Suite for Education, in conjunction with Google. Find out about Google Drive (for sharing individual files with unlimited Cloud storage), Google Classroom (a virtual learning environment) and Google Docs, Sheets and Slides (an alternative to Microsoft office) at one of our taster twilight sessions. Every delegate who attends will receive a free Google Cardboard, a device to explore virtual reality. arrow More information

arrow Monday 14th November 2016

MFL annual conferences
Modern Foreign Language conferences

The time of year for Modern Foreign Language conferences is fast approaching, so make sure you book your place today. HfL holds annual conferences for primary and secondary schools where attendees can listen to key speakers, be updated on the latest national, regional and local issues surrounding modern languages teaching in their school phase and, as always, have some time to network and share ideas. arrow Primary Leaders of Languages Annual Conference - 16MFL/003P - Secondary heads of MFL annual conference - 16MFL/002S

arrow Wednesday 9th November 2016

attendance
Hertfordshire Local Authority Policy on School Attendance

HCC has updated the Local Authority Policy on School Attendance to reflect amendments to the Pupil Registration regulations which came into force on 1st September 2016 and advice published by the Department of Education November 2016. The policy contains additional information regarding the content of the Admission and Attendance Registers and the requirement to notify the local authority within 5 school days of admitting a pupil on to the school roll at non-standard admission times. Detailed Guidance on Removal from Roll is also available by following this link. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 9th November 2016

Feeling Good Week 2017
Feeling Good Week 2017 - 13th-19th February 2017

The application form for Feeling Good Week 2017 is now open! - http://hwhertfordshireyouth.co.uk/fgw17/. Follow the link for more information, share with as many contacts and young people as possible and feel free to submit a bid yourself. Closing date is 1st January 2017! Take a look on our twitter and Instagram pages @hwhertfordshire to quickly share our posts about Feeling Good Week! arrow More information

arrow Monday 7th November 2016

Re-commissioning of Children’s Centres
Re-commissioning of Children’s Centres, School nursing and Health Visiting Service

The County Council’s contracts for the Health Visiting service, the School Nursing service and Children’s Centres expire in 2018. Officers from Children’s Services and Public Health, as well as key partners from the current providers, have been working together to explore opportunities for the services to be better aligned and to work more closely together, to inform future commissioning intentions. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 3rd November 2016

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