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updated 24 April, 2018

Grenfell Tower Fire
Advice for schools following the Grenfell Tower Fire

HCC have published some FAQs for schools on what is happening as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire. arrow More information

arrow Friday 30th June 2017

Primary HeadTeacher Induction Training Programme
Primary New HeadTeacher Induction Training Programme: Autumn 2017

Details are now available of the Hertfordshire induction programme for new headteachers which is designed to assist the process of initiation to headship, introduce colleagues (where appropriate) to Hertfordshire County Council Children's Services, and support colleagues in balancing the practical demands of their new role with personal leadership development. arrow More information

arrow Friday 30th June 2017

The Green Tree Schools Award
The Green Tree Schools Award – Free Help and Support for Schools from the Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust has a new Woodland Learning Officer for Heartwood Forest, Vicky Duxbury, who is working side by side with schools - encouraging them to get out with pupils to visit woods, plant trees on their grounds and teach them about the importance of trees and nature. Vicky helps schools to register on and to work through the charity’s Green Tree Schools Award which helps schools include teaching about woods and trees in their curriculum or during extra-curricular activities. arrow Further information (pdf)

arrow Thursday 29th June 2017

RM Finance Online UPDATE - Roll-Out Important please read

New information concerning the roll-out of RM Finance Online and how it will be achieved in your school is available from the link. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 28th June 2017

Single Central Record
Single Central Record Updated Information and Guidance – June 2017 in schools only

Hertfordshire County Council’s Safe Staffing Team has carried out a full and thorough review of the School Single Central Record and the statutory requirements of the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education in collaboration with HfL and the Senior Education Manager. At the time of publication, this document contains the most up-to-date guidance and advice on best practice as recommended by these stakeholders. arrow Single Central Record guidance

arrow Tuesday 27th June 2017

RM Finance Online – Update – Please Read

Please follow the link below to see the latest information about training and rollout of the upgraded RM Finance Online software. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 22nd June 2017

School Recruitment Award
HfL shortlisted for the School Recruitment Award at the 2017 Education Business Awards

Herts for Learning has once again been shortlisted for the School Recruitment Award at this year’s Education Business Awards. Building on from the success of last year’s Education Business Awards, which saw Herts for Learning (HfL) win the 2016 School Recruitment Award for its Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair, this year’s entry showcased how HfL has worked with local schools to develop both its Teacher Recruitment Fair and launch their new Enhanced Leadership Recruitment Service arrow More information

arrow Thursday 22th June 2017

The Exchange
The Exchange - June & July Edition 2017

The June/July edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on assessment and safeguarding, after the recent tragic events in Manchester and London. The paper’s headline story is about how CPD is still vital, despite constant budget pressures.arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Tuesday 20th June 2017

HR Services
HR Services Login Changes

The Herts for Learning (HfL) HR Services portal holds a wealth of important information to help your school run smoothly. The HR Services portal is continually updated and is the only place HR Services model policies can now be sourced. In addition to the model policies there are template letters, case law, job descriptions and school recruitment guidance. All schools that have signed up to receive HR services have been contacted with the new login details and the new user name and password is now in effect. Headteachers and School Business Managers please pass on the new login details to authorised members of staff.

arrow Tuesday 20th June 2017

Autumn Term 2017
Autumn Term 2017 Training Programme

The autumn term 2017 training brochure from Herts for Learning is just landing in schools. A number of training courses and programmes are available offering a breadth of knowledge and expertise across a range of topics to teachers, subject leads, administration staff, SLT members and school business managers, to name but a few. Courses and programmes are designed and delivered by experienced educationalists who are known both locally and nationally. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 8th June 2017

Important: Free School Meal (FSM) Registration Guidance for SIMS

There has been some confusion recently in regards to Free School Meals registration, the reports on Solero and how to record this information in SIMS. We have published some clarification/guidance, which can be found arrow Here

arrow Wednesday 7th June 2017

Important Message from HCC: Payroll Tax Code Error in May 2017 (Updated Monday 5.6.17)

It has been brought to our attention that in this month’s payroll, HMRC has made a significant number of errors with tax codes for some Hertfordshire County Council staff including those in schools, which may have resulted in an overpayment of tax from May’s salary. Further to our communications on Friday 2 June 2017 we are pleased to be able to update you. HMRC have this morning advised that the quickest and most effective way of resolving this is for affected employees to contact HMRC direct.  HMRC will be able to review your tax code and rectify any error during the call and update your records and tax code accordingly. The number you should contact is 0300 200 3300 or visit their website here . Please have your National Insurance number available. In the meantime, if any colleague believes they are likely to suffer particular financial hardship through this error, or if you have any queries, please phone Serco on 25000 who will be able to help you. arrow Previous updates

arrow Friday 2nd June 2017

Public Health Communications
Exam stress - Public Health briefing May 2017

Guidance and resources for schools and parents on minimising exam stress for pupils in Hertfordshire. arrow More information

arrow Friday 26th May 2017

HCC Advice: Responding to the current terrorism threat

Following the recent attack in Manchester, you will know that the level of threat of international terrorism published by British security services has been revised to ‘Critical’. It is important that schools reassure staff to ensure they are alert, but not alarmed. Schools should take this opportunity to review their safeguarding and security arrangements, and be extra vigilant during the school day when there is a high volume of visitors to sites. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 25th May 2017

FGM Workshop
Free Female Genital Mutilation Workshops for Schools

These workshops will cover: Types of FGM, Prevalence, Risk Indicators, Implications, Law & Legislation, Referral Process and Support Services arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 24th May 2017

PSHE Association Guidance
PSHE Association Guidance

Following the tragic events yesterday in Manchester, the PSHE Association have published guidance for schools to help respond to children’s questions and worries. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Manchester Incident
Manchester Incident: Advice for headteachers and schools

Ofqual have issued a statement on the Manchester incident giving advice for schools and students in light of exams. arrow Link

arrow Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Maths Newsletter
Maths Newsletter Summer 2017

The Maths newsletter for the summer term 2017 is now available to download. arrow Maths newsletter

arrow Monday 22nd May 2017

English Newsletter
English Newsletter Summer 2017

The English newsletter for the summer term 2017 is now available to download. arrow English newsletter

arrow Friday 19th May 2017

Connectivity Issues (HICS)
Update on Connectivity Issues

Following extensive negotiations with our current HICS supplier, we are pleased to confirm that they are now treating connectivity disruption as a priority issue. We are receiving technical updates each hour and will continue to keep you informed as we work to restore the service to expectations as soon as possible.

arrow Wednesday 17th May 2017

Ransomware Virus
WannaCry Ransomware Virus

You would have seen the reports in the news regarding a global Ransomware Virus attack that has most notably affected the NHS. This recent attack serves as a stark reminder that these viruses can cause major disruption and, where good backups are not in place, the loss of data. The vast majority of Ransomware Viruses are distributed in fake e-mail attachments therefore, it is imperative that you do not open any e-mail attachments unless you are confident that it is genuine. A common example of a fake e-mail attachment is an invoice for work carried out by a company you have never heard of, or from a strange e-mail address, these rely on the user being curious about the work/invoice and opening it without thinking.
arrow More information for schools who subscribe to the HfL ICT Services McAfee antivirus solution
All school admin email accounts have been sent an email which contains an attachment which causes IE to crash if you try to open it or delete it. Please ignore this email whilst HfL ICT services find a fix for this. Screenshot of email (jpg)

arrow Monday 15th May 2017

Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid Training for School and College Staff in Hertfordshire June and July 2017

During this year's national Mental Health Awareness Week, Herts for Learning would like to highlight the Mental Health First Aid training we have available to schools.Herts for Learning (HfL) have teamed up with accredited and experienced MHFA trainer, Irtiza Qureshi, to provide the much needed additional opportunities for MHFA training for both primary and secondary school staff through this compressed one-day training course,Youth MHFA Schools and Colleges, which is fully certificated by MHFA England. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 10th May 2017

Crime Prevention
Crime Prevention Advice for Young People

Advice from Hertfordshire Constabulary suitable for young people on crime prevention for theft and robbery, including advice on safeguarding mobile phones.arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 10th May 2017

Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education
Launch of new Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022

The new RE Agreed Syllabus and non-statutory guidance document ‘Religion for Today and Tomorrow' was launched to over 300 delegates on Thursday 27th April. HfL is providing the following day courses for implementation of the new requirements. In addition, we are offering twilight support ‘Sat Nav RE’ to assist colleagues in finding their way around the documents ready for September 2017. All schools will be sent a copy of the new Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022 and are able to purchase the non-statutory guidance from the general section of the Herts for learning online shop. arrow More information

arrow Friday 5th May 2017

Walk to school Week
Walk to school Week 15th to 19th May 2017

Due to the success of our mascot Buster themed Walk to School Weeks we are running another one this May, 15th to 19th May 2017. Buster is walking from the Triassic Period in South America, around the world, travelling along the timeline to meet Betsy who is a relatively young dinosaur from the Cretaceous Period. arrow More information

arrow Friday 5th May 2017

Global Learning CPD Day
Hertfordshire Global Learning CPD Day – 19th June 2017

The Global Learning Programme (GLP) is building a national network of schools, committed to equipping their pupils to make a positive contribution to a globalised world by helping their teachers to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3. The GLP gives teachers a fully supported way to embed global learning into their teaching. It helps them teach pupils about the challenges our world faces and think critically about how to deal with issues such as poverty, inequality and sustainability. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 4th May 2017

Hertfordshire’s Children Looked After and Care Leavers website

Hertfordshire County Council has been working with the Children In Care Council to produce a website specifically for Hertfordshire’s Children Looked After and Care Leavers. The website contains information around what a young person can expect when in care what they are entitled to and what happens when they leave care. Please promote this website amongst any young people you work with who are looked after by Hertfordshire County Council or have recently left care. If you have any feedback or comments please email Jo.Mayes@hertfordshire.gov.uk. arrow Visit site

arrow Wednesday 3rd May 2017

The Exchange
The Exchange - May Edition 2017

The May edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on how Herts for Learning is helping disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils. The paper also features case studies looking at mathematical mindsets and information about the Apprenticeship Levy. arrow Download The Exchange

arrow Tuesday 2nd May 2017

National Clear Air Day
National Clear Air Day – 15th June – Campaign for schools

HCC and East Herts District Council are leading work with other district authorities to promote National Clean Air Day. This is an opportunity to encourage more children/parents to travel to school sustainably, or if they have to drive ensure they turn their engines off when outside school. We would like as many schools as possible to take part and encourage parents to switch off their engines and help improve the air quality around school.arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Primary Headteacher Seminars
Primary Headteacher Summer Term Seminars

The termly half-day Primary Headteacher seminars are brought to you by a range of specialist advisers from Herts for Learning. These crucial sessions are the most time effective way to ensure you stay up to date and ready to deal with the challenges in primary education.arrow More information

arrow Friday 28th April 2017

Continuum of Needs
New Continuum of Need document available

For all Designated Senior Persons/Designated Safeguarding Leads and Head Teachers, a new Continuum of Need document has been published to assist practitioners in making threshold decisions about the support needs of children . This replaces the old Meeting The Needs of Children and Families in Hertfordshire. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 27th April 2017

Hertfordshire Constabulary
Urgent Message from Hertfordshire Constabulary

The Constabulary has been notified of The Blue Whale Challenge. While there have been no incidents relating to this in Hertfordshire it is an ideal opportunity to educate and prevent. arrow More information

arrow Monday 24th April 2017

Primary Headteachers' Conference - Thriving under pressure!

Save the date for the Herts for Learning Primary Headteachers' Conference 5th and 6th October, 2017 The Grand Hotel, Brighton. Book your place on-line from Monday 22nd May, 2017 arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 19th April 2017

most able disadvantage pupils
Be All You Can Be - most able disadvantaged pupils in mainstream schools conference

The aim of the conference is to raise the profile of these pupils who need us most by hearing from keynote speakers, sharing experiences and participating in a series of workshops. These include how to track pupil premium grant spend with the business management team, how to best use a stretch and challenge toolkit with the teaching and learning advisers and the effective use of a self-evaluation toolkit with our early years colleagues. arrow Course code:17CON/002A

arrow Tuesday 11th April 2017

RM Finance Online and School Fund Accounts

Schools will be aware that RM Finance will be upgraded to the new web-based version called RM Finance Online. Please follow the link to read information concerning schools fund account. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 5th April 2017

eSafety Newsletter
eSafety Newsletter Summer 2017

The eSafety newsletter for the summer term 2017 is now available to download. arrow eSafety Newsletter

arrow Monday 3rd April 2017

 Youth Connexions
Youth Support Worker NCS programme 2017

Are you or anyone you know over 20 years old and looking for a job during the summer? Do you have experience of working with young people and an interest in helping them to develop their skills and confidence? YC Hertfordshire is delivering the National Citizen Service (NCS) during Summer 2017 across the county. NCS offers young people aged 16-17 (to 24 for those with a learning disability) the opportunity to develop the skills, confidence and attitudes to support them in engaging with their local community and volunteer in a social action project. arrow More information

arrow Friday 31st March 2017

How to Thrive
Resilience: Become a Penn Resilience Programme Teacher

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 Wednesday 29th March 2017

Prevent Duty alerts
Prevent Duty alerts now available on HICS

We are pleased to inform you that HICS, your connectivity service, has an added layer of protection for its users. This comes at no additional cost and is included within your existing HICS subscription fee. Schools can now opt in to receive emailed alerts notifying them when local sessions have accessed websites with extremist related content, in line with the Government’s Prevent Strategy. The alert will be sent out within a few minutes to an email address of your choice. arrow Find out more and to set up Prevent alerts

arrow Monday 27th March 2017

RSE and PSHE Training Programme
New RSE and PSHE Training Programme

The Herts for Learning Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Pupils Team have put together an exciting new Core RSE and PSHE Training Programme for 2017. arrow Download brochure

arrow Friday 24th March 2017

statutory requirements
HICS - the next generation internet service for Hertfordshire schools FAQ's

The HICS network currently provides internet and connectivity services to over 520 schools and academies in Hertfordshire. The service is strategically managed by HfL and the ICT in Schools Partnership Working Group, which is made up of representatives from the headteacher and governor communities. The service has enabled all schools in Hertfordshire to receive an excellent connectivity service, wherever they are situated, whilst also ensuring that they get a value for money, educational service providing secure links in and between schools and where appropriate, the LA. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 23rd March 2017

statutory requirements
There are new statutory requirements for RE in Hertfordshire schools from September 2017

The new syllabus parallels the National Curriculum for community schools and is recommended for Church schools, academies and free schools. The new statutory requirements offer clarity and revision to the aims, time allocation, breadth of study, assessment model and expected learning outcomes for Religious Education arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 22nd March 2017

 Youth Connexions
YC Hertfordshire – the new name for Youth Connexions

As of this month, Youth Connexions has changed its name to YC Hertfordshire. We continue to deliver high quality youth work projects and programmes and provide information, advice, guidance, work related learning, outdoor education and other services under the new name of YC Hertfordshire, part of HCC Children’s Services.The new name reflects national developments and the diversity of projects and programmes delivered to children, young people and adults - in schools, colleges, Children’s Services settings and the community. Our websites and materials will be updated over the coming weeks and months to reflect this change of name. arrow More information

arrow Friday 17th March 2017

Summer Term 2017
Summer Term 2017 Training Programme

During the summer terms we are running 222 training courses, all of which are carefully planned and offer fantastic value. We always listen to feedback from previous course participants and over 90% have rated the quality of content and training materials as being good or excellent, and 96% rating the subject knowledge of their training course as good or excellent. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 9th March 2017

 Youth Connexions
Youth Connexions Hertfordshire

YC Hertfordshire already works with more than 100 schools and colleges to provide impartial information, advice, guidance, youth work, work related learning, outdoor education opportunities and personal and social development programmes for young people including specific programmes focusing on prevention and early intervention. arrow Find out more

arrow Tuesday 7th March 2017

Safeguarding Resources
New safeguarding resources now available

Hertfordshire County Council and the Police have produced a video and accompanying lesson plan to help raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. The 7 minute video tells the story of a 15 year old girl who is befriended on Facebook by someone she has never met and goes on to meet him alone. The video also tackles issues such as sexting and drugs and alcohol and is accompanied by a quiz and class discussion. The resources can be found here arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 7th March 2017

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