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» Previous updates are listed in the Archive pages 5 4 3 2 1
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updated 29 March, 2017

Financial service for Schools Helpline Closure 27 June 2016

The helpline will be closed during the morning due to staff training.

arrow Friday 24th June 2016

Metal Machine
Metal machine safety course: S2HS and S6HS - 5/6/7 July 2016 - Spaces Still Available

Are your teachers qualified to deliver Metal Machine within your school? The HCC Health & Safety guidance says that any person using equipment should be fully compliant with the requirements of BS4163:2014. All teachers and support staff should meet these standards before they use, supervise or teach others to use the equipment, processes and tools used in D&T. Accreditation is provided by DATA via a network of Registered Design and Technology Health and Safety Consultants (RDTHSC) contact details and areas of accreditation are available at www.data.org.uk arrow Course code: 16DET/005S

arrow Wednesday 22nd June 2016

RM Finance: Refresher
RM Finance: Refresher - Friday 24th June 2016 - Spaces Still Available

This course is aimed at delegates who have previously attended the RM Finance: new users course, who wish to refresh their knowledge and improve their skills using RM Finance in a supported environment. arrow Course code: 16FSS/005A

arrow Wednesday 22nd June 2016

16-19 Funding Update
Sixth Form Curriculum and Funding Update – Summer 2016

This timely update for school leaders will examine the reforms to the post 16 accountability systems, as well as provide information on 16-19 EFA funding. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 16th June 2016

KS2 tests
Information on applying for a review of the marking of KS2 tests

The STA have published guidance on marking reviews and clerical reviews of KS2 tests. KS2 SATs results will become available on 5th July. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 15th June 2016

Financial Services for Schools – New Budget Monitor

Financial services for schools has created a new budget monitor, for use in maintained schools, which will give schools a clearer overview throughout the year of their predicted year end carry forward balance. We will be running training courses on the new budget monitor for schools using RM Finance and SIMS FMS6. This will give schools the opportunity to view the new monitor before it is released. The new budget monitor will be made available to all schools who buy into FSS visits and / or the helpline as well as any school that attends our training courses. For further information on training courses please see arrow Financial Services for Schools Training

arrow Wednesday 15th June 2016

Big Friendly Read
The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016

Hertfordshire libraries are getting ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge ‘The Big Friendly Read’ 2016. Research shows that the Summer Reading Challenge helps to tackle the problem of children getting out of the reading habit during the school holidays, helping to improve children's confidence then sends them back to school fired up and ready to learn. It is the UK's biggest promotion of children's reading - last year over 18,600 Hertfordshire children took part - and it’s free! arrow More information

arrow Monday 13th June 2016

What does Level 2 post-16 look like? - Friday 1st July 2016

With changes to the choices at KS4 and the introduction of Progress 8 the Level 2 offer post-16 is likely to change to give the young people an opportunity to develop the skills and competencies provided by vocational and technical programmes and qualifications. This half-day session explores the content and thinking behind establishing a one-year programme for the Sixth Form in schools. arrow More information

arrow Monday 13th June 2016

Model Policy
National Business Management Conference - Monday 20th June 2016

Last chance to book a place at our National Business Management Conference on Monday 20 June 2016. Join over 100 of your colleagues to benefit from expert panellists, a variety of topical workshops, key note speech by Dr Angela Smith and networking opportunities with your peers and exhibitors. Booking will close on Wednesday 15 June! To book, go to arrow Course code : 16SBM/009A

arrow Monday 13th June 2016

technical and professional education
Technical and professional education pre and post 16 - Monday 20th June 2016 - Spaces Still Available

This is the third in a series of half-day training sessions co-ordinated by Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager to inform and support schools to understand the DfE changes to vocational education both pre- and post-16 and the introduction of technical and professional education post-16 that enable progression into HE, apprenticeships, self-employment and jobs with training. arrow More information

arrow Monday 13th June 2016

swimming lessons
Changes to RLSS NRASTC – spaces available for summer training

Do you have a swimming pool? Do your teachers teach/supervise swimming lessons? Do your teachers have the relevant up to date qualifications? Are you aware there have been changes to the RLSS NRASTC 6th Edition from 1st January 2016. Anyone wishing to update over 1 day will need to have a current NPLQ or NRASTC. By current, the RLSS requires it to still be within its 24 month validity period, once expired all future candidates must attend the full two day course. The next two day course is due to be held on 12/13 July 2016 and the 1 day refresher is on 13th July – to book your place now arrow Course code: 16PED/006A - 16PED/007A

arrow Friday 10th June 2016

Records Management Toolkit
IRMS Records Management Toolkit for Schools

The publication of the 2016 IRMS Records Management Toolkit for Schools is now available. Over the past years, the toolkit has proven very popular in this sector. Please note that the Toolkit is provided for guidance only and it should not be referred to, or promoted as a “standard”. To download the toolkit please go to - Records Management Toolkit for Schools. More information on Data Protection or Freedom of Information requests can be found at arrow Data Protection & Freedom of Information

arrow Friday 10th June 2016

Parental Drug Workshop
Book now for 2016/17: FREE Parental Drug Awareness Workshops for all schools

Hertfordshire County Council are pleased to offer primary and secondary schools in Hertfordshire another opportunity to book a FREE Parental Drug Awareness Workshop before the end of March 2017. This includes schools that hosted in 2015/16 as well as those unable to secure a slot last time. arrow More information

arrow Friday 10th June 2016

The Exchange
The Exchange - June Edition 2016

The June edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on English, including discount on select courses, reaction to the DfE’s apparent U-turn and how it will affect Hertfordshire schools, and changes to governance regulations. arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Friday 10th June 2016

Protective behaviours
Protective behaviours - Level 1 - 13th June 2016

As an early intervention approach, protective behaviours can improve the emotional wellbeing of children, families and individuals of all ages and help them build skills to keep themselves and others feeling safe, with increased tools and ideas to use in their practice. arrow Course code: 16PSE/005A

arrow Tuesday 7th June 2016

FSS Update

The FSS Helpdesk is closed today 07/06/2016 for training.

arrow Tuesday 7th June 2016

Scaled Scores
Key Stage 1 Scaled Scores and Teacher Assessment advice

The DfE has released the KS1 Scaled Scores conversion tables, that allow teachers to convert pupils’ raw test marks into the scaled score. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 7th June 2016

Pupil Attainment
Reporting Pupil Attainment to Parents 2016 – Key Stages 1 and 2

This year, for pupils in Years 2 and 6, schools will need to report to parents their child’s end of Key Stage teacher assessments (based on the Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks and/or Pre-Key Stage Standards). arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 7th June 2016

Bomb Threat
Responding to a Bomb Threat in schools only

A number of bomb threat communications have recently been received across the Country, including six reported incidents in the Eastern region. These communications have predominantly been directed towards educational establishments. As a result guidance HCC has issued guidance to schools on protective security. Headteachers are also asked to ensure that their senior staff are fully familiar with this guidance. arrow More information

arrow Monday 6th June 2016

Community Engagement Programme
Funding up for grabs!

Schools, community groups and charities can now apply for funding from the Affinity Water Community Engagement Programme.arrow More information

arrow Friday 3rd June 2016

Parental Drug
Eastern Partnership (SEND) moves to Herts for Learning

From May 2016, the administration and quality assurance processes for the Eastern Partnership (SEND) moves from the Eastern Leadership Centre to Herts for Learning. arrow See more on the Herts for Learning website

arrow Thursday 2nd June 2016

HR Briefings
HR Briefings in June – Cancellation

We have taken the decision to cancel the two HR briefings planned for late June 2016 which were due to cover Teacher Pay and Conditions, as we are still awaiting release of the report from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB). This was due to be released by the Government by the end of April but we have been told it will not be released until after the EU referendum, for purdah reasons (the report, however, was with the Government prior to the purdah period starting so we are unsure why it was held up). We hope that a draft revision of the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) will be available shortly after the EU referendum, although no date for releasing this has been communicated. As soon we have new information, we will plan alternative means for communicating with schools on this topic.

arrow Friday 3rd June 2016

Parental Drug
SRE News Digest – May 2016

Summary of the latest news and updates on SRE for Hertfordshire schools. arrow More information

arrow Friday 27th May 2016

Data Collection
Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Autumn Term Data Collection

The Copyright Licensing Agency is intending to conduct a data collection exercise in selected schools and academies in Hertfordshire during the autumn term 2016. In accordance with the current terms and conditions of the Licence, you are required, if requested, to participate fully in any such data collection exercise. arrow Full details of the data collection

arrow Thursday 26th May 2016

Water De-Regulation
Water De-Regulation….What do Schools need to know? - Wednesday 8th June 2016

The conference is aimed at Schools Business Manager’s, Bursar’s, Headteacher's, Office Manager’s, Governor’s, anyone involved in the school finance and will give vital information on the planned changes in how water is supplied and charged to schools from April 2017.To book a place please email your preferred session time 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00 to: lisa.f.barker@hertfordshire.gov.uk

arrow Wednesday 25th May 2016

ofsted commentary
Ofsted Commentary on the Study of Science and Languages in Primary Schools

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has recently commented on the study of science and foreign languages in primary schools. You may like to read two news articles on the Herts for Learning website: Inspection focus: the wider primary curriculum including science and languages and How HfL supports schools to deliver primary languages

arrow Wednesday 25th May 2016

Anti-bullying Week
Anti-bullying Week – Theme ‘Power for Good’ - November 2016

In November 2016 the theme for Anti-Bullying Week will be the Power for Good. This will be a wonderful opportunity to support, develop and celebrate pupil contributions to anti-bullying work and supporting positive relationships. arrow Information about activities and support from HfL

arrow Wednesday 25th May 2016

Curriculum Beyond the Classroom: using the Great Outdoors - Tuesday 21st June 2016 - Spaces Still Available

This is a cross-curricular course that looks at elements from many subjects including mathematics, science, English, modern foreign language, history and geography. arrow Book online: 16CON/001A

arrow Tuesday 24th May 2016

Haileybury – Festival of Wellbeing

The focus of the day is on providing practical strategies to promote and enhance the provision of mental health and wellbeing for pupils in our schools. Attendees will gain insight into different approaches to dealing with the complex issues associated with pupil welfare, happiness and wellbeing. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 24th May 2016

Foundation Learning Network
Foundation Learning Network: Understanding the work of independent training providers - Thursday 9th June 2016 - Spaces Still Available

The third half-day event co-ordinated by Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager, 14-19 Education and Skills Strategy Team will focus on the work of training providers offering 16-19 Programmes of Study for young people who need a mix of vocational training, functional skills and personal and social development. arrow More information

arrow Monday 23rd May 2016

MarvellousMe Communications

'What did you learn at school?' Herts for Learning will be hosting a free session for classroom leaders on how to use the MarvellousMe app from 12.15pm on Tuesday 24th May at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage. For more information or to register your attendance please contact Julie Garstang by email: julie.garstang@hertsforlearning.co.uk or call 01438 844853. arrow More information

arrow Monday 23rd May 2016

PuRE Inspiration – Developing KS1 RE and SMSC – 27th June 2016

A practical and engaging course designed to explore inspiring RE at Key Stage 1. Breathe RE training delivers a wide range of creative ideas and strategies for infant pupils. This visual and active course provides an opportunity to develop RE skills including enquiry, stilling, imaginative story telling and developing Christian concepts. arrow Book online: 16RED/003P

arrow Monday 23rd May 2016

KS1 and KS2 Moderation
KS1 and KS2 Moderation

Hertfordshire primary schools will be informed on Friday 20th May if they have been selected for either KS1 or KS2 moderation of teacher assessment this year. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th May 2016

DfE Guidance
DfE Guidance on Submitting Key Stage 2 Data

The DfE has produced a document that explains the use of all the teacher assessment codes and how data is to be submitted this year. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 17th May 2016

Primary Subjects
Strategies to Promote Pupils’ Thinking Skills in Primary Subjects – Spaces Available

These practical courses, are based upon trialling twenty active learning strategies in the context of primary history and geography topics and resources e.g. fortune lines, mysteries, thinking hats and mind movies. Each strategy will then be cross-referenced against thinking skills components, to create a quick-reference ‘thinking skills grid’, mapping each strategy against the skills they develop.arrow Book online: Primary History 15th June 16HIS/001P or Primary Geography 21st June 16 GEO/001

arrow Monday 16th May 2016

Parental Drug
Parental Drug and Alcohol Awareness Toolkit

This toolkit has been developed by Hertfordshire County Council to support primary and secondary schools in Hertfordshire in delivering in-house Parental Drug Awareness Workshops. It includes a detailed guide for schools advising on how to organise and deliver their own workshops, a PowerPoint presentation, accompanying lesson plan, Drugs Information Sheet and evaluation forms. arrow More information

arrow Monday 16th May 2016

Youth Connexions CPD events
Youth Connexions CPD Events for Schools and Colleges

A great selection of free employer visits have been organised during the Spring and Summer Terms of 2016 for school and college staff. The visits will provide valuable insights into careers opportunities and the labour market.arrow More information

arrow Friday 13th May 2016

Agreed syllabus for Religious Education
Take One Book - Traction Man

A useful resource supporting you in planning a Take One Book unit, using the text: Traction Man by Mini Grey. arrow Download resource (pdf)

arrowFriday 13th May 2016

Model Policy
Model Policy for Restrictive Physical Intervention In Schools

Hertfordshire schools and educational establishments are encouraged to use this 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 More information

arrow Friday 13th May 2016

Agreed syllabus for Religious Education
Hertfordshire SACRE - Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 - Front Cover competition - REMINDER

The Hertfordshire SACRE is delighted to invite all pupils to design a new front cover for the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022. The competition theme is ‘Religion for today and tomorrow’ inviting teachers and pupils to explore the role of religion in society and the diversity of faith in Britain today. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 12th May 2016

maintained schools
HCC Maintained Schools Setting their Budget for 2016-17

Just a reminder that the deadline for submittal is by close of business on 31st May 2016. Note: this during Half Term.

arrow Thursday 12th May 2016

14-19 Newsletter May
14-19 Newsletter - May 2016

The latest 14-19 Education and Skills Newsletter is now available for viewing on the Grid for Learning. Covering updates on upcoming workshops, Employer/Training provider joint working opportunities for schools, Foundation Learning , Hertfordshire Educational Foundation funding opportunity , Bursary Fund , Apprenticeship update , Careers and Enterprise Company initiative and Youth Connexions update. The Newsletter can be viewed here: arrow 14-19 Newsletter

arrow Tuesday 10th May 2016

non executive director
HfL Shareholder Satisfaction Survey 2016

A short satisfaction survey (12 questions) has been developed which focuses on HfL as a company, the services HfL provide to schools and the company’s investment in the common good. The survey will be open between Monday 9th May and Friday 27th May 2016 and a link to the survey will be emailed directly to all headteachers and chairs of governors. arrow HfL website: More information

arrow Monday 9th May 2016

Travel Survey
Hands Up Travel Survey

This year the Safe and Sustainable Journeys in Schools team's annual Hands Up in Herts travel survey is changing. Rather than the traditional paper forms we are inviting schools to register on the Modeshift STARS online school travel planning system and completing the survey online. The system can be accessed by visiting: www.modeshiftstars.org and follwing the steps to register. arrow More information

arrow Friday 6th May 2016

health wellbeing
Emotional Wellbeing - Sharing Best Practice

Hertfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference for Secondary Schools: Prevention and Early Intervention Poster submissions are invited for the Mental Health and Wellbeing conference taking place on Friday October 7th 2016. arrow More information

arrow Friday 6th May 2016

Moderation Clusters
Key Stage 1 Tests Update and Reporting to Parents

As you have probably heard via the media, the KS1 test of grammar, punctuation and spelling is no longer statutory. Schools may still administer it if they wish. We would strongly advise schools to continue to keep the materials stored securely though, throughout the testing period, i.e. the month of May. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 5th May 2016

How to Thrive
How to Thrive

How to Thrive is hosting a range of training courses designed for professionals to model and teach emotional resilience, all aimed at equipping students with the resilience skills to make the most of opportunities and to unlock potential. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 4th May 2016

 sex and relatinships programmes
Working with External Agencies to Deliver Sex and Relationships Programmes in Schools

Some schools have enquired about protocols for engaging with external providers to complement the taught PSHE curriculum on issues such as Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) provision. HCC has produced guidance which represents good practice in working with external providers. We have decided it would be helpful to circulate this to our PSHE co-ordinators and Healthy Schools. We hope that this helps you to devise protocols and approaches to make use of external support that may be available for your school. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 4th May 2016

WRAP Training
WRAP Training Sessions

HCC is continuing to fund centrally provided WRAP training sessions in 2016/17 to ensure that all schools can readily access this training and meet their statutory duties with confidence. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 4th May 2016

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities… Ready for Ofsted – 25TH May 2016

This full day course is relevant for SENCOs and senior leaders with responsibility for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It looks in detail at the evidence required to support self-evaluation using the essentials of day to day good practice and explores the new Framework for Inspection. Common themes and areas for development from recent Ofsted inspections will be shared and considered in the context of your own school. arrow Book online: 16SEN/009A

arrow Tuesday 17th May 2016

Herts Cycling Junior Sportive Cycling Challenge May 22nd 2016

A Sportive is a cycling challenge ride where individual riders can test their fitness and skill while having fun together. Young riders register for FREE at the event HQ and will be given a rider card to keep with them. Riders can start at any time between 10am and 12:00pm. arrow More information

arrow Friday 13th May 2016

Drug and Alcohol Education
Drug and Alcohol Education Survey – tell us what support you need - Closing Date - Friday 6th May 2016

Hertfordshire County Council is reviewing the support it provides to primary and secondary schools with Drug and Alcohol Education. Please help us by filling in this short survey about what your school currently provides, and what you think would be useful in the future. We’ll use your responses to help develop the support we provide to schools next year. The closing date for responses is midnight on Friday 6th May. Thank you very much for your help.

arrow Short Survey

arrow Wednesday 4th May 2016


» Previous updates are listed in the Archive pages 5 4 3 2 1
(page 5 most recent).

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