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updated 14 May, 2018

Free Primary and Secondary Teachers Tennis Coaching Courses

Hertfordshire Schools Lawn Tennis Association are again running their primary and secondary teachers tennis coaching courses. Numbers are limited so please book early to get a place. arrow Course details and booking forms

arrow Monday 26th February 2018

GDPR Toolkit launched

The new GDPR Toolkit from HfL is now available online to purchase. This toolkit is designed to help Data Protection Officers (DPOs) in educational settings to carry out their role and contains supporting guidance, advice and materials to help schools achieve GDPR compliance and drive the right data protection culture throughout the organisation. This toolkit will evolve in the light of feedback from users and best practice in educational settings and provide support and guidance for your staff throughout the period of your subscription. arrow For full details and how to purchase the toolkit

arrow Friday 23rd February 2018

Herts for Learning primary training programme - summer 2018

The primary training programme for summer 2018 from Herts for Learning (HfL) is now available to book online at the HfL website. Our comprehensive programme offers a range of events from briefings to conferences suitable for school leaders, teaching and support staff. The programme is now available as a Flipbook, so that school staff can view our training opportunities online. Please note: the Flipbook replaces the printed version of the programme that was previously sent via the school postbag. To view the summer term programme, please visit: arrow HfL primary training brochure summer 2018

arrow Friday 23rd February 2018

Fraud targeting schools

Action Fraud have reported that there has been increase in the number fraud reports where schools have been targeted. This fraud involves contact being made with the school business manager or other member of staff that has responsibility for authorising money transfers, purporting to be from the Headteacher. The message requests an urgent money transfer. Further information and protection/prevention advice can be read here: arrow More Information

arrow Friday 23rd February 2018

Never Too Late campaign

Win £1000 cash for your school to spend on health and wellbeing by registering for Hertfordshire County Council’s Never Too Late campaign, which aims to help older adults become more active. Just sign up to the Daily Mile and then organise a one-off event in your school where the children invite an older adult to run, jog or walk The Daily Mile with them. Email joanne.necchi@hertfordshire.gov.uk for more details or to register your interest. arrow More Information

arrow Thursday 8th February 2018

Email Security Alert

We have had contact from a number of schools about emails which appear to be from known accounts containing links for them to follow. These are a real security risk, and can lead to hacking of email accounts. Once this has occurred, a hacker can access archive material. We have issued guidance to schools and email security and data protection. arrow More Information

arrow Tuesday 6th February 2018

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) – Herts Grid for Learning (HGfL) updated in readiness for statutory status

Staff who attended the SRE Summit of March 2017 will already be aware that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is to be a statutory subject in all schools from September 2019. In readiness for this change of status, HCC have commissioned HfL to update the content of the RSE pages on the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning. HfL in partnership with HCC aim to support schools to deliver outstanding PSHE provision that includes high quality, age appropriate Relationship and Sex Education. The updated pages will provide school staff with lots of information to support this delivery. arrow For more information please visit the RSE news page

arrow Monday 5th February 2018

RPC Reports for January 2018 - resolved

The problem with RPC reports for January 2018 showing only part of the information, or not at all has been resolved by SAP Support and the correct reports are now available.

arrow Thursday 1st February 2018

GCSE English Revision Workshops – places available

The Secondary English team at Herts for Learning will be running revision sessions on AQA English Language and Literature, starting on the 17th February as well as the full-day courses running in the Easter holidays. Experts in English will provide additional tuition, supporting with one goal – to help students get the best possible grade in each of the two exam papers. These sessions are designed to be booked by parents who are looking for ways to support their children, and would be in addition to support being offered in schools. arrow More information

arrow Monday 29th January 2018

HCSS Budgeting information prior to 2018/19 release

Financial Services will shortly be releasing the maintained school budget software for next year, 2018/19. The software holds 2 years budgets, current and prior year, hence when the 2018/19 version is released any 2016/17 budget scenarios will become unavailable. 2016/17 budget information, including the ABR budget would normally have been stored and filed as part of schools procedures in 2016/17. If you wish to retain further information from a 2016/17 budget scenario it can be printed, and/or saved in Excel format. Comprehensive reporting can be found within the Hertfordshire Report Pack Report from the Reports option and select the tab Hertfordshire Reports.

arrow Wednesday 31st January 2018

EPIC Era 2018
History Competition for Schools - My EPIC Era 2018

Following last year’s EPIC success, My EPIC Era 2018 once again launches its competition for schools and pupils throughout the UK. Brought to you by 60 second histories My EPIC Era aims to encourage pupils interest in history. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 24th January 2018

LGBT History Month 2018
February LGBT History Month 2018

The theme this year is Geography: Mapping Our World. The Proud Trust has produce KS3 and KS4 resources to help secondary schools deliver lessons as part of the February LGBT History Month 2018. Primary schools may also get ideas by looking at the resources. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 24th January 2018

HfL Service Desk hours Update

Following consultations with schools, we are delighted to confirm that HfL are now able to provide earlier access to our Service Desk support and streamline opening hours. From 1st February, the HfL Service Desk (01438 844777) will be open from 8:15am to 5pm, providing support for IT, data and connectivity issues in schools - enabling staff to get support for core functions earlier in the day and before pupils arrive on site. We would like to thank schools for the feedback on this issue, and ask that schools continue to let us know how we can improve service delivery and support through our customer feedback forms/forums. The HR service desk will continue to provide support to schools between 8.30am and 5pm on 01438 844873. arrow Full details of times and SLA

arrow Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Herts for Learning appoints Director of Education Services

Herts for Learning, is delighted to announce the appointment of Rachel Macfarlane as Director of Education Services.arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 17th January 2018

Royal British Legion
Supporting Service Children

The Royal British Legion have produced a detailed best practice resource on how schools and local authorities can support service children in England, covering admissions, wellbeing and funding support. arrow Download education guide

arrow Tuesday 16th January 2018

Primary Headteachers
Primary Headteachers’ 2018 Spring Term Seminars

The agenda has been released for the HfL Primary Headteachers’ spring term seminars. Delivered by the Head of Primary Achievement and a selection of specialist advisers from Herts for Learning, these termly half-day sessions provide headteachers with updates on current topics in primary education. Headteachers are invited to book on to one of the five seminars taking place in February 2018 and bring with them another member of their senior leadership team to support school discussion. arrow More information or book a place

arrow Monday 15th January 2018

My TeenBrain
My TeenBrain - Workshops for Schools

In 2014 Family Services Commissioning, alongside Family Links and Dr John Coleman, developed My Teen Brain for multi-agency professionals working with young people. This has been a valued and well-used resource, and so far almost 1,000 multi-agency professionals have attended the training. 2 evening workshops for school staff are planned in the Spring term to introduce a new module to be delivered in the classroom. arrow More information

arrow Monday 15th January 2018

Country Show
Cassiobury Town and Country Show 2018 – looking for local schools to be involved

Cassiobury Park Education are looking for local Watford schools to be involved in the living history area of the festival this year. The planning is in the early stages but the idea is to tie in with the history of Cassiobury and focus on the Civil War period (1642 – 1651). It would also make an ideal ‘post SATS ‘ fun cross curricular topic combining learning about local history and designing costumes. To get involved please contact guy@classicfestivals.co.uk or Cassiobury@watford.gov.uk

arrow Monday 15th January 2018

Barclays Structural Reform Programme

Barclays Bank are making changes to their accounts structure which will affect all schools holding Barclays General and FIBCA accounts. The changes will take place over the weekend of 20th to 21st January. arrow Further details

arrow Thursday 11th January 2018

Data Protection
GDPR Update – January 2018

As you may know, new data protection regulations (GDPR) come into force from 25th May 2018. These strengthen requirements around data security and will apply to all schools, academies and education settings. HCC and HfL have been working together to identify support to enable you to meet these new requirements is a measured and supported manner. arrow Further information and GDPR Overview

arrow Monday 8th January 2018

Commercial mailings and web content

A number of schools have contacted us about an increasing number of commercial organisations asking schools to send home leaflets or add third party content to their websites. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 2nd January 2018

SACRE – Current Provision and Teaching of RE in Secondary Schools

We have written to all secondary schools in Hertfordshire on behalf of the Hertfordshire SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) following an important national report published earlier this term. One of the roles of the Hertfordshire SACRE is to support local schools in their provision of RE and we are concerned that some schools may be struggling to meet the statutory requirements due to challenges such as lack of specialist teachers, timetabling pressures, performance measures in other subjects and budget. arrow Letter to Secondary Schools

arrow Wednesday 20th December 2017

School Funding Consultation for Primary and Secondary Schools and Academies 2018-19 Reminder

2018-19 sees the introduction of the National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools. HCC is consulting primary and secondary schools on the Hertfordshire funding formula for 2018/19. The consultation which runs from today to 22nd December 2017. arrow Further details

arrow Monday 18th December 2017

Long and Medium Term Plans for Religious Education

Following the implementation of the new Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2017-2022, the Hertfordshire SACRE are pleased to share the attached exemplars of long and medium term planning to support teachers in writing plans for their individual settings. The suggestions are non-statutory and are based on the enquiry approach set out in 'Religion for Today and Tomorrow' which can be purchased from the HFL online shop.arrow More information

arrow Thursday 14th December 2017

ExploRE Workshops in Primary Schools

The Bridgebuilders Christian Trust is now offering workshops to support Religious Education in primary schools in the Stevenage locality.arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 13th December 2017

New Model RE Policies for Primary and Secondary Schools (updated)

SACRE have produced new model RE policies for primary and secondary schools.arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 13th December 2017

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

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