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updated 15 March, 2019

HfL - assessment
New Herts Primary Assessment Profile 2018

The primary assessment profile is now an online tool. Headteachers will need to register for an account to access it. arrow More information

arrow Friday 31st August 2018

pupil welfare
Admissions 2019/20 In schools only

Updated admissions guidance from HCC for 2019/20. arrow More information

Friday 31st August 2018

pupil welfare
HCC Guidance on part-time timetables

Updated guidance on the use of part-time timetables for pupils of compulsory school age. arrow More information

Friday 17th August 2018

Measuring height and weight of children in Year 6 - 2018-19 (NCMP)

Letters for parents and headteachers with regard to the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for 2018-19. arrow More information

Thursday 16th August 2018

Financial services
RM Finance Online – Fund Account

The Fund and/or Capital account facility is ready for schools. If you wish to migrate your data to RM Finance Online, RM will be able to attach the facility to your data area. arrow Please follow the instructions

arrow Monday 13th August 2018

e safety
Online safety newsletter - Summer 2018

The Online Safety newsletter for the summer term 2018 is now available to download. arrow Online Safety Newsletter

arrow Wednesday 1st August 2018

Teacher reading
YR Early Reading Project - Friday 21st September 2018

Improve the trajectory of YR pupils. The next HfL Early Reading Project will start on 21st September, offering invaluable guidance and activities to close gaps in early readers in your reception class this autumn. arrow More information

Tuesday 14th August 2018

waste recycling
Free waste electrical collections for schools - final registration by 30th September 2018

There’s still time to register your school for the free waste electrical collections in October. Anything with a plug or battery will be collected arrow More information
arrow Wednesday 1st August 2018

National anti-bullying week
National Anti-Bullying Week for 2018

National Anti-Bullying Week is 12th-16th November 2018 and the theme for this year is 'Choosing Respect'. HfL workshop descriptions will be available shortly if you would like external visitors to bring in a new dimension. arrow More information

arrow Monday 30th July 2018

Annual travel scheme and third party hirers

It’s that time of year again and you will shortly be receiving an email from us asking for your Annual Travel Scheme and Third Party Hirers figures. Please ensure they are with us by 14th September 2018. If you require further information please email insurance at insurance@hertfordshire.gov.uk or phone 01992 555480.

arrow Wednesday 25th July 2018

DfE consultation - relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education

The Department for Education launched its consultation on its draft guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. You can find all the related consultation documents on the DfE website, along with the link to the consultation survey. arrow DfE Consultation

arrow Wednesday 25th July 2018

Child protection
Model Child Protection Policy - updated July 2018

This document replaces the previous version(s) and is operational from the 3rd September 2018. Changes have been highlighted. It takes into consideration the changes/updates in statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018) and Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2018).  Please note there are sections that require the school to input their own details/school arrangements. arrow Read more

arrow Monday 23rd July 2018

HfL logo
Possible contact record corruption in SIMS

Schools will already be aware of an issue in SIMS earlier this year that could have potentially corrupted Contact data in SIMS, associating people to the incorrect Students. This has the potential to lead to data breaches under GDPR, as information could be shared with the incorrect parents. Following extensive conversations with Capita and SIMS Support Units across the country, HfL’s Data Management Services have produced a document to collate all of the information previously provided to schools, along with additional information needed in relation to this issue, which can be found here.

arrow Monday 23rd July 2018

HfL logo
Phone partners

As you may be aware, Hertfordshire County Council have previously provided telephony solutions to schools. They are now withdrawing from this service. Herts for Learning (HfL) has been asked by schools to identify alternative providers for them. We are delighted to confirm that we are now working with our new expert provider, Hello Telecom, to offer schools and academies a service that, as well as being quality assured by HfL to ensure it meets schools’ changing needs, offers high-quality VOIP systems at an affordable price, with a clear, value-for-money price structure and school-ready systems. If you want to discuss this new service, please contact Alice O’Shea on 08000 116 443 or email her at hfl@hello-telecom.co.uk.

arrow Wednesday 18th July 2018

HfL logo
Hertfordshire schools save on improved internet services

Herts for Learning (HfL) is working with over 500 schools across Hertfordshire to save them money on their broadband whilst delivering an enhanced service. HfL has worked closely with schools and academies across the county to develop a high-quality connectivity provision tailored to their specific needs. HfL’s Hertfordshire Internet and Connectivity Service (HICS) provides a safe, secure network, which is designed to enable schools to access the internet and education services in a supported environment. HICS’ new provision offers not just a better service, but costs savings to schools enrolled of at least 15%. arrow Read more

arrow Wednesday 18th July 2018

HfL logo
Herts for Learning is Finalist in the 2018 Nursery World Awards

Herts for Learning (HfL) has just been announced as a finalist in the 2018 Nursery World Awards. Following the judging of the Nursery World Awards 2018 HfL has been voted onto the shortlist in the ‘Staff Resources’ category with its Making the Difference Early Years Toolkit -supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable children. The Nursery World Staff Resource Award is open to early years resources and equipment that help practitioners to improve their practice and provision. arrow More information

arrow Friday 13th July 2018

HfL - assessment
KS4 and KS5 exam results data collection and helpline

As in previous years, we are asking all Hertfordshire schools and academies to submit to us their headline figures for KS5 and KS4 results on the results days (16th and 23rd August, respectively). arrow More information

Wednesday 11th July 2018

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Christmas art competition 2018 - Opportunity for Key Stage 2 pupils to win a prize for their school!

Following the resounding success of last year’s Christmas Competition, Hertfordshire’s Armed Forces Covenant has decided to run this competition again this year – with a difference! The 2018 competition will be judged by Northwood HQ - the UK’s principal military headquarters – who will distribute the art to armed forces personnel working away from home at Christmas. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 10th July 2018

HfL logo
Save the date: HfL AGM 2018

please be advised that the Herts for Learning 2018 Annual General Meeting for shareholders will take place on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 5.00pm at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage.  All headteachers and chairs of governors from shareholding schools are invited to attend.  Further details about this event will follow in early September.

arrow Monday 9th July 2018

HfL EY logo
Book now for the 2018/2019 Early Years Annual Programme

The Herts for Learning Early Years team are pleased to announce that the 2018/19 Early Years Annual Programme is now open for booking. The 2017/18 Annual Programme saw a record 79 Hertfordshire schools and nurseries taking part with lots of positive feedback being received. The bespoke CPD Programme enables headteachers and practitioners to fully develop their provision, practice and improve outcomes for young children. arrowFind out more or book your place.

arrow Friday 6th July 2018

HfL - financial services
RM Finance Online - Combined Batching Functionality

RM have re-introduced the functionality in the latest update. There is a new tab in the View/Post Batch area called “Combined Income & Expenditure”. The functionality is not yet working as intended. We will issue guidance on the combined functionality in due course. The original RM Finance Online batching functionality is working as normal.

arrow Friday 6th July 2018

Headteacher briefings Summer 2018 - presentations

The presentations from the Summer 2018 headteacher briefings are available to download. arrow Presentations
arrow Tuesday 27th June 2018

Data management services
Phonics Screening Threshold Score 2018

The STA has announced 32 as the 2018 Phonics Screening Threshold score. arrow For details on how to use this information in SIMS to view the Phonics Screening documentation.
arrow Monday 26th June 2018


Parental drug awareness workshops - now booking for Autumn 2018 - Spring 2019

Making choices about drugs and alcohol can begin much earlier then many parents / carers realise, with some children exposed before they leave primary school. HCC Parental Drug and Alcohol Awareness Workshops provide practical information about a range of drugs, alcohol and the law, along with tips on how to have positive conversations at home that encourage making healthy choices. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 21st June 2018

HfL - financial services
Changes to HCSS Budgeting access

HCSS Budgeting access is changing with “Single Sign On” functionality being launched at the beginning of July. In order access the software the developers require a unique and current email address for users and confirmation by 25th June. Those who have accessed the budgeting software recently will have already been prompted to supply these details. If you have not logged into your HCSS Budgeting software in the last month it is recommended that you do so and follow the guidance provided from the Launch page by selecting “Guidance Notes” and then follow the  “HCSS Product Suite Signing In Guidance” from the list presented.

arrow Tuesday 19th June 2018

HfL - assessment
Primary Assessment Updates - June 2018

Updates include: Statutory data submission dates and guidance; teacher assessment codes; headteacher declaration forms; KS2 updates; KS anaylsis tools; FFT Aspire and KS1 results. arrow Update (Pdf)

arrow Monday 18th June 2018

Drowning Prevention Week

The annual Drowning Prevention Week campaign will run between 15 – 25 June 2018. The campaign, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and this year run in partnership with the RNLI and Swim England, aims to reduce the number of drowning and near-drowning incidences that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe and have fun near water. The campaign encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities, to promote water safety education through events, lessons, games and activities, in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water. arrow Further information and resources

arrow Friday 15th June 2018

The Dyslexia Award  - funded training opportunity for Sencos, Teachers and TAs in Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools/settings

This year we have an exciting new, funded, training opportunity developed in response to demand from SENCos, teachers and teaching assistants for a shorter, manageable alternative to the Level 5 course on dyslexia. arrow More information

arrow Friday 15th June 2018

School workforce
Do you need assistance understanding Employment Status and IR35?

On the dedicated IR35 page we have now added a Glossary of Terms to accompany the other useful documents and links, including a short, informative video to assist you with understanding and completing the ‘Check Employment Status for Tax’ test. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 13th June 2018

training and events
2018 Primary autumn training programme summary booklet

With over 270 training courses and CPD opportunities, scheduled during the autumn term, for primary, secondary and Early Years staff, our 2018 Primary autumn training programme summary booklet is now available online as a quick-and-easy way for primary staff to see all opportunities we currently have next term by subject area. More courses and events will be added to our programme to meet demand and changes in the educational landscape and will be available from hertsforlearning.co.uk/booking along with our training and CPD programme for secondary and Early Years staff. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 12th June 2018

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Research shows that children's reading can 'dip' during the long holidays and this can cause children to lose confidence when they return back to school. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to get into libraries and helps them keep up their reading skills. arrow More information

arrow Friday 8th June 2018

training and events
2018 Autumn term training programme

The Herts for Learning 2018 autumn term Primary and Secondary programme of training courses and CPD opportunities for staff is now available on our training and events booking site. Our programme offers training and CPD opportunities for teaching staff at all levels, including NQTs and teaching assistants, in a wide range of subjects and for administration, support and office staff, as well as for staff in senior leadership roles. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 6th June 2018

HfL wellbeing award
The Herts for Learning Wellbeing Award

Over the last two years Herts for Learning (HfL) advisers have revised and expanded the Healthy Schools Programme to add rigour and reflect new priorities. We have now integrated this revised programme into a new HfL Wellbeing Quality Mark which is available for schools to sign up to. The Herts for Learning Wellbeing Quality Mark has now replaced the Healthy Schools Programme which is no longer recruiting schools. arrow More information

arrow Thursday 31st May 2018

Young person's group

Hertfordshire County Council wants to hear the views of young people whose families have/ are receiving a service from social care. A new group is starting, run by and for young people aged 12 years to 16 years, the aim of which is to listen to views and help bring about improvements to the way in which Children’s Services work with families. arrow More information

arrow Monday 29th May 2018

Updates to Online Safety Policy and Acceptable Use Agreements

Please note that we have made a few amendments to the Online Safety Policy and Acceptable Use Agreements, please see version 003 of the policy. Details of the changes made can be found in the ‘Online Safety Updates 22.5.18’ document. HfL has provided the Model Online Safety Policy, including a range of Acceptable Use Agreements and additional guidance that you may wish to use in your school or setting. Please note that this is a ‘model’ policy and can be adapted to meet the needs of your school/ setting. All adaptations should be risk assessed. Please insert your school name, logo and policy title to the front page. If you have any queries please contact Shelagh.jennings@hertsforlearning.co.uk. arrow Online safety policies

arrow Friday 25th May 2018

PSHE - blue heads
Fully funded alcohol education training and lesson plans free for Hertfordshire secondary schools

The Alcohol Education Trust and HfL have secured Hertfordshire Community Funding to run an exciting Alcohol Education training and resources programme for our secondary schools with the first event at Apsley on 6th June. For further details and to book your place  please see: arrow More information

arrow Friday 25th May 2018

GDPR logo
HfL GDPR compliance statement

As you will be aware, on 25th May 2018, a new landmark privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in the European Union (EU). The GDPR expands the privacy rights granted to EU individuals, and it places many new obligations on organisations that process EU personal data.Herts for Learning (HfL) already has a consistent level of data protection and security across our organisation, and we are actively working towards compliance with the GDPR, for 25th May and beyond. In preparation for GDPR, we have produced a statement which sets out how we comply with the GDPR in the processing of personal data, and how we ensure compliance of third parties. Our compliance statement can be found in the footer of the HfL website here.
If you have any queries regarding HfL’s compliance with GDPR, please email our Data Protection Officer at dp.foi@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

arrow Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Confident teens
Celebrating four years of supporting girls to progress

Herts for Learning is celebrating its four-year partnership with confidence specialists, Confident Teens®. Teachers know the impact on learning of friendship difficulties, social media and body worries for teen girls. They see the distraction, anxiety and, sadly all too often, mental health problems that can develop. Confident Teens’ ‘Building Resilience’ programme supports girls to combat these pressures and build their resourcefulness. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 22nd May 2018

road safety
Learn2Live Campaign - September 2018

The Learn 2 Live road safety education programme for students in Years 12, and 13, is running in venues all around Hertfordshire through September 2018. The programme is open free of charge to all schools and colleges within Hertfordshire. arrow More information

arrow Friday 18th May 2018

Financial services to schools
HCSS Budgeting Software Message

Financial Services have been advised that users of HCSS Budgeting will receive a message when using the software later this week requesting “Email and Organisation Confirmation”. This should be completed with a current, valid organisation email address and the selection of the organisation type from the dropdown box provided. This information is required by HCSS for planned “exiting new developments” of your HCSS product(s).

arrow Tuesday 15th May 2018

HfL logo
Policy to Practice: Time To Bacc Languages? - Friday 6th July 2018

This high-profile event aims to support school leaders in taking their language provision to the next stage, subject leaders in developing the curriculum and promoting wider participation at Key Stages 4 and students in getting the most from languages in school to enhance their future lives. Prof Suzanne Graham, Professor of Language and Education at the University of Reading, Suzanne O’Farrell, ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist and a representative from the EBacc Team, Curriculum Division, Department for Education will be addressing the conference on 6th July 2018. For more information or to book places, please visitarrow More information
arrow Thursday 21st June 2018

cycle to work
Cycle to Work Scheme - June 2018 In schools only

The cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme will be running throughout June 2018, to help with the cost of new bicycles and cycling equipment up to £2,000. The scheme will be open from 1st – 30th June 2018. arrow Cycle to Work Scheme

arrow Monday 29th May 2018

Walk to school Week
Walk to school Week 21st to 25th May 2018

Get your best foot forward for this year’s challenge starting on the 21st May with the start of Walk to School Week and continuing on to Clean Air Day 21st June 2018 event. arrow More information

arrow Monday 14th May 2018

Fostering transforms lives

As part of Foster Care Fortnight (May 14th to 27th), Hertfordshire County Council’s fostering and adoption recruitment team is now urging people to consider transforming their lives and the lives of children by becoming foster carers. arrow More information

arrow Monday 14th May 2018

In-school data protection awareness training

Herts for Learning offers in-school, all-staff training on basic data protection and cyber security. This 90-minute staff meeting is a non-specialist, non-technical information and awareness session aimed at any member of staff that has access to personal data. We cover precautions around email, portable disks, printed copies and much more. arrow More information

arrow Friday 11th May 2018

The Green Tree Schools Award
Outdoor classroom day – May 17th 2018

What will you be doing outdoors? Why not investigate your trees as part of the Woodland Trust’s Green Tree School Award; sow some Poached Egg plants to attract pollinators as part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening; do an earthworm survey – see OPAL’s citizen science surveys; or investigate incredible invertebrates as part of the RSPB Wild Challenge. For more ideas on things you could do visit arrow More information

arrow Friday 4th May 2018

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

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