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updated 24 April, 2018

Donald Mackean Trust
Science Grants for Disadvantaged Young People in Hertfordshire

The Donald Mackean Trust is here to provide grants for disadvantaged young people in Hertfordshire to enter STEM and related learning and careers with a science focus. Namely, technology, engineering, maths, health and the environment and indeed science. Applications are now invited for 2016/17 and should be submitted via the Head of your school or college. arrow More information

arrow Friday 29th July 2016

early years pupil premium
Have you applied for the early years pupil premium for children in your nursery class?

Since April 2015 schools from all over Hertfordshire have applied for the early years pupil premium for their eligible children. For schools that have not already accessed the early years pupil premium, you are missing out on vital additional funding to support children in your nursery class. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 28th July 2016

Herts for Learning
Are you thinking of setting up a local Multi Academy Trust (MAT)?

Given recent changes in educational policy, a number of schools are now considering setting up their own local Multi Academy Trusts (MATs). We are keen to work with schools considering establishing a MAT to provide assistance and support through this process and beyond. If you are interested in setting up a MAT and would like to book a meeting with a member of our Business Development team to discuss your plans and ongoing needs, please contact carole.bennett@hertsforlearning.co.uk or ring 01438 843353. We are also planning a networking and knowledge sharing event for schools creating a MAT, which is to be held at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield on 5th October 2016. There are limited spaces at this event, which can be booked here: arrow Course code: 16SBM/017A

arrow Tuesday 26th July 2016

Health and Safety
Health and Safety Newsletter - July 2016 in schools only

The latest version of the Health & Safety Newsletter is now available for download. arrow More information

arrow Monday 25th July 2016

School Waste Electrical Recycling Collections
School Waste Electrical Recycling Collections 26th – 30th September 2016

Does your school have unwanted electrical items? Hertfordshire Schools are again being offered the opportunity to recycle unwanted or broken electrical equipment through a free collection service in September 2016 arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 20th July 2016

Quality Mark
Hertfordshire Schools Awarded Religious Education Quality Mark

The Hertfordshire SACRE extend congratulations to the Hertfordshire schools who have received the Religious Education Quality Mark. we are proud of the achievements of those who have placed a high emphasis and regard on the teaching of RE, and the place that it has within the wider community. arrow More infomation

arrow Tuesday 19th July 2016

FREE assemblies & innovative
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 Tuesday 19th July 2016

National Day of Memory
Hertfordshire supports ‘Britain’s lost women’ National Day of Memory 2016

Hertfordshire’s County Community Safety Unit is supporting this year’s National Day of Memory for victims of Honour Killings, and using the day as an opportunity to raise awareness of Honour-Based Abuse. The National Day of Memory, which happened on Thursday 14th July, is fronted by national charity Karma Nirvana – which supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse. arrow More information

arrow Monday 18th July 2016

health wellbeing
Girls Active: Funded opportunity to increase physical activity and emotional wellbeing of female pupils

Can you think of any girls in your school who do not seem to be reaching their full potential? Public Health, Herts Sports Partnership, and the CCGS have provided funding to Youth Sports Trust to offer an exciting opportunity for 10 secondary schools to pilot an approach to increase physical activity and emotional wellbeing in teenage girls. arrow More information

arrow Friday 15th July 2016

Parental Drug
SRE News Digest – May & July 2016

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

arrow Wednesday 13th July 2016

The Exchange
The Exchange - July Edition 2016

The July edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on Early Years, including the Annual Programme and their conference next term. The paper also features Chris Carter’s free app of the month and a quick guide to our new primary computing scheme. arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Tuesday 12th July 2016


Please check your Head and SBM email accounts for a communication from Herts for Learning concerning recommendations on teachers' pay. If you appear not to have not received it please also check your junk or spam inboxes.

arrow Friday 8th July 2016

Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council named Britain’s best local authority tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools

Stonewall, Britain’s lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, has named Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council as the best local authority in Britain for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference in its schools . arrow More infomation

arrow Friday 8th July 2016

Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus
The Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 front cover competition

The Hertfordshire SACRE would like to thank all the Hertfordshire teachers and students who entered the front cover competition for the Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017- 2022. arrow More infomation

arrow Thursday 7th July 2016

Unplugged Programme Training – social influences, life skills and drug prevention for secondary schools and ESCs

Unplugged is an evidence-based secondary school programme designed to equip young people with specific skills and resources that they need to resist social influences and to support knowledge about drugs and their adverse consequences. HfL on behalf of HCCwill be offering FREE training for schools in the Hertfordshire area to learn more about the programme . arrow More information

arrow Thursday 7th July 2016

KS2 Stage 2 test results
Key Stage 2 Test Results & Reporting

The DfE has today made KS2 Test Results available via the NCA Tools website. Schools should download the file and import it into SIMS ready to create reports for parents. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 5th July 2016

KS1 Phonics
KS1 Phonics Screening Check Threshold

The Standards & Testing Agency (STA) has announced that the Threshold for the 2016 Phonics Screening Checks remains at 32. This means that we will not be publishing any additional wizards to our website and schools can calculate the Phonic Grades for each child using the original 2016 wizards you already have, following the instructions in our document (reference S1600).arrow More information

arrow Monday 27th June 2016

Primary Assessment Update
Herts for Learning Training Courses – Autumn 2016

Our seasonal spotlight for the autumn term focuses on 'Resilience and wellbeing in times of change'. Resilience helps us to maintain our wellbeing in difficult circumstances and we have designed a number of training courses to help school staff focus on their personal resilience and wellbeing in times of change. arrow More information

arrow Friday 24th June 2016

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

HCC’s website has changed to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk

HCC’s website has changed its name and address from hertsdirect.org to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk. This change provides even more assurance around security for HCC and its service users under the trusted ‘gov.uk’ service. Redirects are in place so anyone attempting to visit hertdirect.org will be automatically redirected to the new site. When you next carry out any housekeeping or maintenance on your own website, please take the opportunity to replace any content and links on your site with www.hertfordshire.gov.uk. The project team is also in the process of updating the SAP portal for schools. The SAP Application Support team will be in contact with you directly about these changes at the appropriate time. If you have any queries please email the project team at HertsDirect.MigrationProject@hertfordshire.gov.uk

arrow Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Primary Assessment Update
Primary Assessment Update - June 2016

The Herts for Learning Assessment Team have produced their termly update on key assessment issues for primary schools in Hertfordshire. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 21st June 2016

Childhood Influenza (Flu) Immunisation Programme 2016/17 Update

As Head teachers will be aware, last year saw the introduction of the Childhood Influenza (Flu) immunisation Programme for all children in school years 1 and 2. HCT School Nursing Service will be contacting schools this term to arrange a date for these immunisation sessions to be delivered in the autumn term and appreciate your support in facilitating delivery of this programme. arrow For more information

arrow Friday 17th June 2016

Local Authority
Local Authority funding for accredited SpLD training 2016-2017

Teachers can apply for funding for OCR Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties. This year we are particularly interested to align applications to the local DSPL area and will be looking to achieve a good spread across these areas Applications should be made with the support of the Head Teacher. Deadline for applications is 8th July 2016. arrow More information

arrow Friday 17th June 2016

Free School Meals
Free School Meals – Year 2 to Year 3

If you have children moving into your school from year 2 in to year 3 that are entitled to a free school meal, parents/carers will need to reapply as they are not automatically renewed. Once an application has been made there will be no need to reapply as this will be done automatically following our renewals process if they are still eligible. Please ask parents/carers to log on to arrow Free schools meals to apply.

arrow Thursday 16th June 2016

SRE Updates

The Government's statutory safeguarding guidance for schools: 'Keeping children safe in education; statutory guidance for schools and colleges' has been updated (May 2016). The updated guidance which will commence from 5 Sept 2016 puts stronger emphasis on teaching about safeguarding and the role of SRE in doing so. There are a number of simple steps that primary and secondary schools can take to review and update your teaching about safeguarding. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 15th 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


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

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