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updated 7 January, 2019

Feeling Good Week
Don’t miss out! Final week for submitting bids for Feeling Good Week 2019 - closing date is this Friday 7th December

Feeling Good Week will be 11th – 17th February next year. Feeling Good Week is a Hertfordshire-wide event that encourages schools and the wider community to promote children and young people’s emotional wellbeing by raising awareness of mental health and showing where support can be accessed within the community. There is opportunity to put in a funding bid for up to £500 to support activities in school that week. The deadline for applications is the 7th December. arrow More information

Tuesday 4th December 2018

School Leaders Managing Change
School Leaders Managing Change: Herts for Learning’s annual Governors’ Conference 2018

Herts for Learning was delighted to welcome over 200 governors to the 2018 Hertfordshire Governors’ Conference, held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage on Saturday 17th November. With the theme of ‘School Leaders Managing Change’, delegates enjoyed a comprehensive conference programme jointly put together by the HfL Governance Services team and the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors. arrow More information

Tuesday 20th November 2018

SACRE
Primary Leaders of Languages Conference – Friday 30th November 2018

We are delighted to announce keynote speeches from Suzanne Graham, Professor of Language and Education at the Institute of Education University of Reading, Steve Eadon, Arsenal Double Club Languages Coordinator, Jackie Rayment, British Council Ambassador and Juliet Lawson, Primary Language Teacher of the Year. arrow More information

Friday 9th November 2018

Detailed English plan
Detailed English plan based on an engaging World War I text - available for £1.00 donation for Remembrance Day

As we approach the 11th November, many schools across the country will be focusing on the significance of Remembrance Day and the importance of peace. To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and support pupils, our detailed English plan is based on an engaging World War I text. This is now available as part of the PA plus subscription package and is also available for non-subscribers to purchase for £1, with net proceeds being donated to the Royal British Legion for Remembrance Day. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 7th November 2018

Financial services helpdesk closure
Financial Services helpdesk closure dates

The Financial Services helpdesk will be closed for training on the morning of Tuesday 13th November 2018. Calls to the helpline will be taken and attended to following the training.

arrow Wednesday 7th November 2018

Financial services helpdesk closure
Online booking system for HfL training courses – availability this weekend

Due to essential maintenance at the Stevenage site from 6pm on Friday 9th November until 8am on Monday 12th November, the online booking system for HfL training courses may be unavailable during this time. Please email training@hertsforlearning.co.uk if you experience any booking issues.

arrow Wednesday 7th November 2018

The Herts for Learning Annual SEND Conference
The Herts for Learning Annual SEND Conference – 15th November 2018

Lift-Off… Celebrating High Ambition for Children with SEND. We are delighted to announce keynote speeches from Brian Gale OBE, DfE SEN and Disability Professional Adviser and Natalie Packer, Education Consultant (SEND and School Improvement) arrow More information

arrow Monday 5th November 2018

Teach in herts
Get Into Teaching – Saturday 10th November 2018

The Teacher Recruitment Event activities this year have been increased to 5 smaller events (based on our pilot model in Watford last February) located around Hertfordshire following the consultation completed with Headteachers at the end of the summer term. Booking forms for schools will be available shortly, but in the meantime – please save the dates! arrow Dates and venues

arrow Monday 5th November 2018

Cycle to work scheme
Female Genital Mutilation  - Home Office campaign

The Home Office is launching a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) campaign on the 5th October and it will be running for eight weeks as part of their commitment to tackling this crime and protecting vulnerable women and girls. The campaign will support their ongoing work to tackle FGM, which includes an ongoing programme of outreach by the Home Office’s FGM Unit, work with law enforcement bodies, and working with partners to help ensure the Government’s response is as effective as it can be. The campaign seeks to help prevent FGM by changing attitudes among affected communities through raising awareness of the negative long-term health consequences of FGM. The campaign also encourages communities to report via the NSPCC’s FGM helpline. arrow More information (pdf)

Monday 29th October 2018

AGM attendance
Countywide RE survey for Headteachers and Subject Leaders with responsibility for RE - DEADLINE November 5th 2018

A countywide RE survey has been issued today by the Hertfordshire SACRE for completion by Headteachers or Subject Leaders with responsibility for RE. The purpose is to formulate advice and support and to advise the authority on the provision of RE in all schools in Hertfordshire including Academies and Free Schools. Any teacher completing this survey by November 5th 2018 will be entitled to receive a FREE digital download of the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 for their school once the survey window has closed. It is expected that all schools (apart from nursery schools, faith academies and Voluntary Aided Schools with a religious character) to complete the following 2018 RE survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HertsSACRESurvey . arrow More information and sample pages from the syllabus

arrow Friday 26th October 2018

HCSS Budgeting mid-year update
Application deadline for the HfL Early Reading Project extended

The deadline for joining the next fantastically successful Herts for Learning YR (Reception) Early Reading Project starting on 7th November has been extended to 6th November. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 24th October 2018

HCSS Budgeting mid-year update
HCSS Budgeting mid-year update

HCSS budgeting mid-year update for maintained schools is planned for release during half term. It will include the Teachers Pay Award along with other known changes and revised assumptions. IMPORTANT: The update will be presented as an optional update. It is strongly recommended that users lock any working scenarios that they wish to save prior to applying the update. Details of the update will be available in a Financial Services bulletin planned to accompany the release of the software. arrow More information

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Epipen and EpiPen Junior shortage
EpiPen and EpiPen Junior shortage – please ensure you are aware of the following information

Schools should be aware that there is currently a supply issue affecting EpiPen and that there is likely to be limited availability of EpiPen and EpiPen Junior for the remainder of 2018. arrow More information (pdf)

Monday 22nd October 2018

Home Office guidance on county lines
Home Office guidance on county lines

This guidance outlines what county lines (and associated criminal exploitation) is, signs to look for in potential victims, and what to do about it. The document is a supplement to an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies, to help identify and protect those exploited through gang violence. arrow More information

Monday 22nd October 2018

Hertfordshire Secondary Headteachers' Conferences 2018-19
Hertfordshire Secondary Headteachers' Conferences 2018-19

Planned by headteachers, for headteachers, these conferences provides an ideal opportunity for leaders to hear from national experts, reflect on practice in their schools and strengthen collaboration on a local level. Book all three conferences by Friday 2nd November 2018 to receive a discount. arrow More information

Monday 22nd October 2018

Financial Resilience Forum
New management advisers introduced to support schools in maximising their resources and budgets

Herts for Learning will be providing 20 School Resource Management Advisers to work with schools across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the London boroughs. HfL are one of just nine providers across the country that have been awarded a contract to deliver this highly specialist service. arrow More information

Friday 18th October 2018

Hertfordshire teacher recruitment events
Hertfordshire Teacher Recruitment Events

Herts for Learning is pleased to announce that they will be extending their Hertfordshire Teacher Recruitment Events brought to you by Teach in Herts to five events over the key teacher recruitment period November 2018 to May 2019 in three different locations in Hertfordshire. arrow More information

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Primary Science Conference
Primary Science Conference – 24th October 2018

The theme for this year’s conference is engaging pupils and teachers through working and thinking scientifically and will feature a keynote from the Wellcome Trust and a workshop from Sphere Science. With one week to go, it is not too late to book your place. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 17th October 2018

Halloween and Bonfire Night competition
Halloween and Bonfire Night competition

The Halloween and Bonfire quiz will test your knowledge on how to stay safe and be responsible during the Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities. Hertfordshire Constabulary have a fantastic competition running this year for children aged up to 16. There are two categories - children aged 5-8 can win tickets to 360 Play in Stevenage! Children aged 9 to 16 can win tickets to the Warner Bros. studio tour - the making of Harry Potter in London! arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 16th October 2018

Halloween downloadable posters
Downloadable Halloween posters

Hertfordshire Constabulary have produced two downloadable Halloween themed posters for kids and teenagers. The posters can be used in schools to raise awareness of staying safe during Halloween. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 16th October 2018

False Widow
False Widow spiders - advice for schools

Given the media attention in previous years any risk posed from false widow spiders has got blown out of all proportion. It is normal to see more spiders at this time of year as they come indoors for warmth. False widow spiders are native to the UK, and are common in Southern England. They are most active at night; during the day they tend to remain within or near their webs. arrow More information

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Hertfordshire Business Awards
Herts for Learning announced as a finalist in the 2018 Hertfordshire Business Awards

Following the judging of the Awards, organised by Archant, Herts for Learning has been voted onto the shortlist in the ‘Large Business of the Year’ category. The Hertfordshire Business Awards 2018 seek to unearth the dynamic companies, pioneering entrepreneurs and the visionary and ambitious leaders, who are breaking boundaries and showcasing innovation. arrow More information

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Stress management
Stress management

Work related stress accounts for almost half of all working days lost across the UK, in the last 12 months almost half a million working days were lost in secondary schools due to stress, depression or anxiety. Updated risk assessments for schools and guidance. arrow More information

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Compromised Email Accounts
Compromised email accounts

A number of schools have recently had their email accounts compromised, in some cases with hackers potentially gaining information to contents of confidential emails. These might have resulted in personal data breaches under the GDPR. All school users should be aware of the risks around having easily guessable passwords (e.g. using the school name), with not changing passwords regularly or with sharing passwords. Subscribers to the HfL GDPR toolkit can refer to the advice on managing password security in the Data Security Policy template (added to the resources in September). arrow More information (pdf)

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Early Reading Project Pilot
Herts for Learning announces impact of the Reception Early Reading Project Pilot

A new pilot project, delivered collaboratively by the Herts for Learning (HfL) English and Early Years team, has doubled the progress of struggling readers within a sound Early Years ethos. The Early Reading project pilot, which started in the autumn term of 2017, involved 53 pupils from nine schools in Hertfordshire. The aim of the pilot project was to improve outcomes in reading at the end of the Reception year, effectively closing gaps in children’s early reading skills and knowledge. arrow More information

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Early Years Conference
Annual Early Years Conference: Play, Learn, Achieve – Wednesday 30th January 2019

This conference will focus on the importance of supporting children's learning and development through purposeful play to maximise achievement and is a must for teachers and Early Years practitioners working with children aged three to five years in Nursery and Reception classes. arrow More information

Monday 15th October 2018

Fire Safety
Hazard House – Fire safety for children and young adults

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service has launched a new gameshow to teach children and young adults about fire safety. Hazard House pits two fire cadets against each other to find eight common fire hazards in the quickest time. The 12-minute mini-episode is available to watch here: Hazard House. Watch the episode with your class to help them learn about common fire hazards and encourage them to find hazards in their own homes.

Friday 12th October 2018

The Hertfordshire Headteacher Updates
The Hertfordshire Headteacher Updates – 2018/2019

The dates for this year’s Hertfordshire Headteacher Updates have now been confirmed. arrow Dates for your diary

Thursday 11th October 2018

HfL logo
Hertfordshire Primary Headteachers' Conference 2018 - 17th-19th October 2018

Navigating Leadership in the Real World: identifying the moral compass for you and your school.  Additional speakers confirmed. Online bookings close Friday 12th October arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 10th October 2018

Teach in herts
SAVE THE DATE - Hertfordshire Teacher Recruitment Events 2018-19

The Teacher Recruitment Event activities this year have been increased to 5 smaller events (based on our pilot model in Watford last February) located around Hertfordshire following the consultation completed with Headteachers at the end of the summer term. Booking forms for schools will be available shortly, but in the meantime – please save the dates! arrow Dates and venues

Monday 8th October 2018

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

National Anti-Bullying Week is 12th-16th November 2018 and the theme for this year is 'Choosing Respect'. Details of the workshop run by HfL wellbeing advisers during November and suggestions of activities for schools to deliver. arrow More information

arrow Monday 8th October 2018

Outdoor Classroom Day - 1st November
Outdoor Classroom Day – 1st November 2018

When teachers take learning outdoors they report some powerful impacts: Children’s behaviour improves, whole classes are excited to learn, and individuals who feel inhibited by the curriculum often thrive in an outdoor environment.  When adults think back to their own happiest memories of childhood, they frequently recall the joy of playing outdoors. Play is not only central to children’s enjoyment of childhood, but teaches critical life skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and creativity. arrow More information

arrow Wednesday 3rd October 2018

health and safety
Availability of EpiPen® adrenaline auto-injector in the UK

See the Allergy UK and Epipen websites for the latest updates on supply issues of EpiPen® adrenaline auto-injector in the UK. For the remainder of 2018, EpiPen® and EpiPen® Junior will be subject to restricted availability. Some specific batches of 0.3mg Epi-pen ‘senior’ have now been extended for 4 months past their expiry date. The affected lot numbers, which have labelled expiry dates between July 2018 and November 2018, are listed here. (docx)

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Early reading project
November 2018 – March 2019 HfL YR Early Reading Project

The deadline for applications to join the next 12-week long HfL YR Early Reading Project starting on 7th November to help improve the trajectory of YR pupils towards attaining ELG reading and ARE in phonics, is Wednesday 17th October 2018. arrow More information

arrow Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Governor's Annual Conference
Hertfordshire Governors' Annual Conference: School Leaders Managing Change

Bookings are now open for the Annual Hertfordshire Governors’ Conference on Saturday 17th November 2018 at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage arrow More information

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Honour Based Abuse Conference
Honour Based Abuse Conference – 7th November 2018

Hertfordshire Constabulary Event on honour based abuse. arrow More information (pdf)

arrow Monday 1st October 2018

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