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updated 25 April, 2019

Parental Drug and Alcohol Awareness workshops
Parental Drug and Alcohol Awareness workshops

Choices about drugs and alcohol might be made much earlier then many parents / carers realise, with some children exposed before they leave primary school. Whilst schools provide drug education for pupils, HCC builds on this by offering Parental Drug and Alcohol Awareness workshops to help families carry on learning together at home. arrow Parental Drug and Alcohol Awareness Workshops

Monday 31st December 2018

Insurance charges

As you may have noticed you had not been charged for Engineering when all other Insurances were recharged, this is due to obtaining the breakdown from the Insurer.  The Engineering recharges are now being put through via the biscuit. For some schools you may notice two recharges. One recharge for 18/19 and the other is an adjustment for 17/18. For the 17/18 adjustment you will see either a refund or recharge. arrow Insurance charges

Friday 21st December 2018

Online Safety
New online safety news letter for spring term 2019

The new parent and teacher issue of the online safety news letter for the 2019 spring term is now available. This issue features information about digital wellbeing, online challenges and peer pressure, making sense of relationships, relationships and sex education and picture books with an online safety message by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross. arrow Latest newsletter

Wednesday 19th December 2018

My Big Career
My Big Career workshops 2019

Herts for learning has teamed up with My Big Career to provide unrivalled opportunities for disadvantaged, Post-16 leaners. These include ‘Insight Days’ at leading organisations (Vogue, Sky, Avalon and M&C Saatchi Merlin and others). This partnership will also provide young people with the opportunity to sign up for an ‘Access to Medicine’ course, which will provide the knowledge, skills and understanding to ensure budding medics are fully equipped to complete their  UCAS application and confident in their approach to the challenging interview process for medical degree courses. arrow Workshop information(docx)

Tuesday 18th December 2018

Secondary Mathematics Conference
URGENT ALERT FROM HFL: Example of a phishing attempt In schools only

Herts for Learning would like to make you aware of a very convincing phishing attempt, which has affected one of our schools in Hertfordshire. Please ensure that all email users are aware that once logged into their account, they should never have to enter their password to view the content of an email, and they should never be required to enter payment details. arrow Phishing advice

Friday 14th December 2018

Driving a minibus
Driving a minibus - training from HCC now available for school staff

Hertfordshire County Council is now offering practical training for school staff to enable them to add minibus (D1) entitlement to their driving licence. This is essential for any employee who wishes to drive a minibus, regardless of the weight of the vehicle. arrow More information (pdf)

Thursday 6th December 2018

Email Alert
URGENT ALERT FROM HFL: Hacked email accounts In schools only

Herts for Learning have recently seen a rise in the number of compromised Office 365 accounts; in most cases the accounts have been accessed by the hacker simply guessing the users password.  These are referred to as brute force attacks.  The hacker will use a program to try thousands in an automated fashion.  Once the hacker gains access to the users email sometimes they are just sending lots of junk messages to other users within the school and externally.  Others are sending emails internally in the schools with fake invoices and bank account details. HfL is taking action to address but also require urgent actions from schools. arrow More information on what to do

Thursday 6th December 2018

LGBT History Month, February 2019 – Sharing good practice
LGBT History Month, February 2019 – Sharing good practice

Hertfordshire’s LGBTQ+ children and young people working group are inviting Hertfordshire schools to help us to mark LGBT History Month, February 2019. We would like you to consider submitting a brief description and/or photographs of activities, events and/or developments in LGBTQ+ that you have been involved in over 2018 or have planned for 2019 so we can share good practice in Hertfordshire schools. arrow LGBT history month

Thursday 6th December 2018

Herts for Learning launches The Great School Framework
Herts for Learning launches The Great School Framework: building on The Nine Pillars of Great Schools

To support its work on school improvement, Herts for Learning (HfL) has launched The Great School Framework©, an aspirational vision of the features of a great school which focuses on the holistic outcomes for children. arrow The Great School Framework - more details

Monday 3rd December 2018

Helping to remove key barriers to securing optimum outcomes
Helping to remove key barriers to securing optimum outcomes

HfL research projects and programmes starting this spring to help improve spelling, phonics, comprehension, sentence structure and punctuation. arrow More information

Monday 3rd December 2018

Financial services
Supporting your strategic plan

In this challenging financial climate, the importance of medium-term planning and having a strategic financial plan cannot be underestimated. To ensure that these provide an effective management tool, time is needed to evaluate how resources are being used and to scan the horizon for challenges which may impact plans. To help Hertfordshire maintained schools gain an early view of their financial plan/budget for 2019/20, Herts for Learning Financial Services team have recently launched a mid-year update to their financial planning tool, HCSS budgeting software. arrow More information

Friday 30th November 2018

emergency response plan
Schools emergency response plan

The schools emergency response plan is an up to date guide for Hertfordshire schools to use when responding to an emergency, which may affect the operation of their premises and their day to day business. Tabletop excersize templates and scenarios have also been added to give guidance in dealing with emergency situations. arrow More information

Thursday 29th November 2018

Severe Weather Guidance
Severe weather guidance - November 2018 In schools only

The Severe Weather Plan for Schools has been updated. As the weather turns colder please make sure you are familiar with the procedures for school closures in the event of snow and the closure notification system. arrow More information

Wednesday 28th November 2018

Teach in Herts Recruitment Events – Registration is now open

The first Get Into Teaching Fair that took place in Watford on 10th November was a great success, with 121 potential teachers registering and 80 delegates arriving on the day to attend workshops and talk to teaching schools and the university face-to-face, and they provided very positive feedback. The registration for the next series of events is now open for both school exhibitors and attendees. arrow More information

Thursday 22nd November 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

Shared Anti-Fraud Service
Shared Anti-Fraud Service

The Shared Anti-Fraud Service (SAFS) is a fraud prevention and investigation service. SAFS operates alongside the Shared Internal Audit Service, an existing partnership based in Stevenage and hosted by Hertfordshire County Council. arrow More information

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Primary assessment updates
Primary assessment updates - November 2018

Updates include: initial release of data for KS2, KS1 and Phonics, voluntary data collection - Y4, Y5 and Y6 Summer data, FFT Aspire tools subscription information and documentation regarding statutory assessment at the end of Key Stages EYFS, 1 and 2. arrow More information

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Insurance Services

The Insurance section of Hertfordshire County Council provides insurance policies to schools. Follow the link for updates on policies we provide, optional extensions (schemes) and frequently asked questions. arrow More information

Tuesday 13th November 2018

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

RE Assessment grid for primary age related expectations by year group

An RE assessment grid has been developed by Hertfordshire SACRE members to provide the statutory expected learning outcomes for the end of each key stage taken from Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2017-2022 pages 18-22 wheels. For years 1, 3 and 5 new suggested non-statutory exemplars are provided in italics. In school training and consultancy on assessing RE is available from HfL. arrow More information

Thursday 8th 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

Spring training programme
Spring 2019 Training Programme

Herts for Learning (HfL) is pleased to announce that our spring 19 training programme for staff working in primary, including Early Years, and secondary phases has now been published on our booking site. arrow More information

Monday 5th 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

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(page 5 most recent).

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