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updated 19 July, 2019

New starter process guide
New starter process guide

HCC/Serco have produced a guide to the new starter process for school staff which covers the process from the offer letter to contract of employment. The guide can be found in the HR policies section of the Grid. There is also a link to it under the HR/payroll forms page on the Grid.

Friday 31st May 2019

The Grid website survey
The Grid website survey

The Grid website survey has now closed and we received 274 responses. Thank you for taking the time to respond. We will be reviewing your feedback as we plan the redevelopment of a new website.

Friday 31st May 2019

Child protection form
IMPORTANT: Partner agencies briefing: new child protection contact form - 28th May 2019

Hertfordshire has developed a new online form which will revolutionise how professionals make contacts about children. arrow Learn more

Thursday 23rd May 2019

The National Award for SEN Coordination for Hertfordshire SENCOs
The National Award for SEN Coordination for Hertfordshire SENCOs

All SENCOs new-to-role since 2009 must successfully complete the National Award for SEN Coordination within three years of coming into post. arrow Learn more

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (21st May)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… New support for trainee teachers, HfL Blog: Celebrating 50 years since humans first walked on the moon, and Science day a success at Royston school. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Assessment 2.0: Rebooting School Assessment for a New Era – Autumn 19
Conference: Assessment 2.0: Rebooting School Assessment for a New Era – Autumn 19 - 23rd September

In the new Education Inspection Framework, Ofsted’s focus on assessment is shifting away from looking at data, towards exploring how schools use assessment to check pupils’ understanding, inform future teaching and help pupils embed and use their learning across the curriculum. This conference will hear from Matthew Purves, Ofsted’s Deputy Director for Schools, about the rationale for and expectations of this new approach. The conference will also feature a keynote presentation from Professor Guy Claxton, author of the highly acclaimed The Learning Power Approach (2018) and much more, to bring us up to date on his latest research into approaches to developing confident and capable learners. arrow Read more

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Herts Public health have launched a Suicide Prevention Network website
Herts Public health have launched a Suicide Prevention Network website

The aim of the website is to provide a forum for those working together as a network across Herts to prevent suicide within Hertfordshire. It will be used as a place to publish documents, share news items, update the network, and share our views (via the twitter feed). arrow Suicide Prevention Network website

Friday 17th May 2019

Ofsted
New Ofsted Inspection Framework from September 2019 now published

The new Ofsted Inspection Framework has now been published and can be viewed at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-inspection-framework. Read the Ofsted press release arrow Read more

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Curriculum Matters: A Leadership Conference for Deputy and Assistant Headteacher
Curriculum Matters: A Leadership Conference for Deputy and Assistant Headteachers – Summer 19

This conference provides a timely opportunity for deputy and assistant headteachers to hear from national experts regarding the most recent educational research on curriculum design and implementation, reflect on the practice in their schools and strengthen collaboration on a local level. Christine Counsell, curriculum expert and member of Ofsted's curriculum advisory group, will lead senior leaders through the thinking around ‘taking the curriculum seriously.’ Laura McInerney, the education journalist, public speaker, and co-founder of Teacher Tapp, will offer delegates the inside track on the key education trends for 2019. arrow Read more

Wednesday 15th May 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (14th May)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Ofsted’s new inspection arrangements to focus on curriculum, behaviour and development, HfL Shareholder Satisfaction Survey 2019 now open! and Second national schools' title for Stevenage's Ethan Walsh. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Timpson Review on school exclusions published
Timpson Review on school exclusions published

This week, former Government Children's Minister Edward Timpson CBE published a review into school exclusions. Schools will be made accountable for the pupils they exclude and there will be a clampdown on off-rolling, as part of Government measures taken in response to the Timpson Review of school exclusion. arrow Read more

Thursday 9th May 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (7th May)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Online memory games can boost maths scores by three months, says EEF, New requirements for Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), and Early Years settings explain their Early Years Quality Standards journey and how they achieved Gold status. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 8th May 2019

New training course for PVIs
Herts for Learning launches new management and leadership training course for PVIs in Bedfordshire

Herts for Learning has today launched a new training course, specifically designed for PVI managers in and around Bedford. The new course, A year in the life of an Early Years manager, allows PVI managers to forensically evaluate their own practice and provision and provides participants with personalised toolkits to support a smarter approach to leading and managing their settings across the year. arrow New training course for PVIs

Tuesday 7th May 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (30th April)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes…DfE: Calls for more men to work in the Early Years, Herts for Learning Early Years blog: School Dogs and find out which Hertfordshire schools have received a TES award nomination. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Friday 3rd May 2019

Insurance renewals 2019
Measles outbreak - May 2019

Director of Public Health, Jim McManus, asks if you would please note this letter from Public Health England about measles advice to schools and parents. arrow Letter to headteachers (pdf)

Thursday 2nd May 2019

Insurance renewals 2019
Health and Safety newsletter - April 2019 in school only

The latest health and safety updates for schools, including new legislation, guidance and legal cases. arrow April 2019 newsletter

Wednesday 1st May 2019

RSE and health education
New requirements for Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education

The new regulations for teaching Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education in England’s primary and secondary schools have passed through the House of Lords and will come in to force from September 2020.  Find out how HfL can help your school start making the transition with our range of specially devised training courses and consultancy services starting this term. arrow Find out more

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Insurance renewals 2019
REMINDER: Important information - insurance renewals 2019

The Insurance Team now have a new way of asking you for your Annual Travel Scheme, Third Party Hirers and Computer declarations. We will require you to complete and submit an online Insurance Recharge form. The Insurance Recharge form can be found in your list of forms when you log in to The Schools On Line Electronic Returns and Outputs (SOLERO). At the beginning of July we will ask you to submit your declarations using the form. We will keep you updated by putting updates on The Grid and in School Bulletins. If you require further information please contact insurance@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Wednesday 1st May 2019

attendance
Penalty notices

HCC have updated the education penalty notices code of conduct, guidance and application pack and new guidance for parents is now available. arrow Attendance

Tuesday 30th Aprill 2019

Budgeting software
Budgeting software

Financial Services are aware that schools are receiving emails from Access Education Product Management requesting that they enter the school URN number into the budget planning software. These are genuine emails and relate to the new interface to the budgeting software that is being rolled out called Workspace. Currently there is no date set for its roll out to Hertfordshire schools. Financial Services will keep you informed of it’s progress.

Tuesday 30th Aprill 2019

Early Years assessment project
The HfL 2019/20 Early Years Assessment Project

Strengthen and improve the Good Level of Development (GLD) for your school and support your team to close attainment gaps, by taking part in the 2019/20 Herts for Learning Early Years Assessment project. Over the last two years, this project has enabled participating schools to raise their GLD by on average 11 percentage points. arrow Find out more

Monday 29th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (23rd April)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Half of schools 'not fully compliant with GDPR', how to achieve Grade 4 in GCSE mathematics with new HfL resource and find out how one Hertfordshire headteacher is getting his pupils to learn outside. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Roadmap to September 2020 mandatory Relationships and Sex Education
The Herts for Learning Roadmap to September 2020 mandatory Relationships and Sex Education

In response to the new mandatory changes in delivering Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) coming into force from 2020, the Herts for Learning Wellbeing team are offering schools, academies and MATs a series of training opportunities and consultancy services this term aimed to equip their staff with the knowledge and teaching strategies to start delivering the new curriculum from September 2019. arrow Find out more

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Achieving Grade 4 in GCSE mathematics with new HfL resource

Herts for Learning’s newest mathematics resource designed to help students achieve a Grade 4 in mathematics is now available. Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics provides students with useful and easy-to-understand revision exercises from the curriculum to help students achieve a Grade 4 in mathematics. arrow Achieving Grade 4 in GCSE mathematics

Wednesday 17th April 2019

EU exit: no deal preparations for schools in England

The Government has issued some guidance for schools in the event of a no deal Brexit. arrow Further information from the DfE

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Conference Announcement: Literacy: the Gateway to Lifelong Learning - Exploring Reading and Writing Opportunities for Young Children – Autumn 2019
Conference Announcement: Literacy: the Gateway to Lifelong Learning - Exploring Reading and Writing Opportunities for Young Children – Autumn 2019

Herts for Learning is delighted to announce our early literacy conference taking place on Tuesday 19th November 2019 is now available to book. During the conference we will lead delegates into a wonderful world of literacy. As the day unfurls, practitioners will be inspired to reflect on how they nurture reading and writing with young children. This event has been designed around captivating speakers including Julie Cigman, Early Years Consultant, trainer and writer, who has had a number of articles published along with her latest book, Becoming a Writer in Leaps and Bounds – supporting boys’ writing in the EYFS. Other inspiring speakers include Pippa Goodhart, author of such wonderful picture books as You Choose and Just Imagine to name but a few. Kevin Graal, a highly skilled children’s storyteller and well-respected presenter, will also be joining us and sharing his passion for developing language through storytelling. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. arrow the Gateway to Lifelong Learning

Tuesday 9th April 2019

Employment Status and IR53
Employment status and IR35

Are you responsible for engaging workers who provide a service but who are not on your school’s payroll? It is the engaging person’s responsibility to determine the correct employment status of anyone they contract with to undertake any work and pay them accordingly. arrow Read more

Friday 5th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
Learn 2 Live 2019

The Learn 2 Live road safety education programme for students in Years 12, and 13, is running in venues all around Hertfordshire through September 2019. The programme is open free of charge to all schools and colleges within Hertfordshire. The event educates and informs young drivers and passengers on the dangers out and about on the road and how to avoid them. arrow Learn 2 Live

Thursday 4th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
Herts for Learning celebrates success in Early Years Strategic School Improvement Fund project: ‘Communicate to Succeed’

Herts for Learning, working in partnership with three teaching school alliances (TSAs): Acorns Teaching School Alliance, The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance and West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership, celebrated the culmination of a successful project to improve outcomes for children in the Early Years in Hertfordshire. arrow Communicate to Succeed

Thursday 4th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
Conference Announcement: Education: The Way Out of Disadvantage - Summer 2019

On Monday 1st July Herts for Learning are delighted to be holding our annual conference, focusing on addressing the needs of our disadvantaged pupils. The aim of the conference is to raise the profile of these pupils who need us most by hearing from respected keynote speakers, sharing experiences and participating in a series of workshops. arrow Education: The Way Out of Disadvantage

Thursday 4th April 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (2nd April)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Schools to trial new multiplication tables check, Herts for Learning winner in the Education Resources Awards 2019, and St Albans schools teach science lesson to more than 2,500 pupils. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Thursday 4th April 2019

VAT issue
VAT issue on March year end Biscuit

The BISCUIT report is showing VAT reimbursements. We have been made aware that some of the reimbursements may have been made for the wrong amount. As usual, do not accrue VAT on this document in Period 12. Once in Period 1, please post all the report as actuals. Please post the VAT even though it may be incorrect otherwise the bank will not reconcile. Adjustments will be made in May.

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Business Management Conference
Bookings now open: Business Management Conference 2019: Inspiring Futures – Tuesday 26th November 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted to announce our annual business management is now available to book. This year’s conference is focussing on inspiring SBMs in their role and their influence on shaping the future of their school. The conference is the perfect way to step away from the day-to-day pressures, stay up to date on all the latest educational and professional developments and network with other SBMs. Speakers to be announced shortly. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. arrow Business Management Conference 2019

Monday 1st April 2019

For the attention of schools using FMS6 for financial accounting
For the attention of schools using FMS6 for financial accounting

Please be aware that there is currently an issue with the FMS Spring Upgrade. This has been reported by a number of local authorities and affects the reporting in CFR. Financial Services are aware that this comes at a particularly difficult time and we are working with Capita to ensure an early solution to this problem. In the meantime the FMS Spring Upgrade release has been stopped. If you have further questions please contact the Financial Services helpline: 01992 555753.

Friday 29th March 2019

Year 8 maths challenge
Hertfordshire Year 8 Maths Challenge 2019

Places are still available for the Year 8 mathematics challenge 2019. Each school is encouraged to submit a team of four Year 8 pupils for this friendly inter-school competition. The challenge will comprise a mixture of challenge, problem-solving and fun. There are four heats scheduled across the county in the summer term. Winners from individual heats will go forward to the final, to be held on Wednesday 19th June at the Hertfordshire Development Centre. arrow Year 8 maths challenge

Thursday 28th March 2019

Herts for Learning winner in the Education Resources Awards 2019

Herts for Learning (HfL) has been announced as a winner in the Early Years category of the 2019 Education Resources Awards (ERA) at a ceremony in Birmingham. Following the judging of the Awards, HfL has been named winner in the Early Years Resource or Equipment category with Places to Play every Day. HfL's Making the Difference Toolkit was also a finalist in this catagory. arrow Read more

Thursday 28th March 2019

Appointment of secondary phase non-executive directors to the Herts for Learning Board
Appointment of secondary phase non-executive directors to the Herts for Learning Board

Following the recent election process for two secondary phase non-executive directors, Herts for Learning is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Honnor and Andrew Wellbeloved as non-executive directors to the HfL Board. arrow Read more

Thursday 28th March 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin (19th March)
The 2019/20 HfL Improving Progress in Mathematics Project

To join the next Improving Progress in Mathematics Project starting in September, please email training@hertsforlearning.co.uk or complete the online expression of interest form by Friday 24th May. Places will be confirmed with schools by Friday 28th June 2019. arrow Improving Progress in Mathematics Project

Wednesday 27th March 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin (19th March)
The Exchange e-bulletin (26th March)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Story time with e-books 'not as helpful' as print books, HfL maths blog: Divide and conquer: Do we share or do we group?, and Sawbridgeworth school wins National Schools Travel Award at the Houses of Parliament. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Love That Book workshop roadshow
Love That Book workshop roadshow: The King who Banned the Dark

Following excellent feedback for the workshops on offer at this year’s Love That Book conference, we are delighted to be able to take a number of the workshops ‘on the road’ this summer. In this workshop, Jane Andrews will share her love of ‘The King Who Banned the Dark’ and help the audience to consider how it can inspire learning across two key stages. arrow Love That Book workshop roadshow

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Register as an early adopter
Register as an early adopter: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

The Department for Education is looking for schools to act as early adopters of the RSE curriculum and begin teaching the new subjects from September 2019. arrow Register as an early adopter

Friday 22nd March 2019

Hertfordshire Headteacher Spring updates
Hertfordshire Headteacher Spring updates

Following on from the Hertfordhsire Headteacher Spring updates, documents including the Governor awards nomination form, the whole school approach to mental health poster and postgraduate teaching apprenticeship FAQs and links to Ofsted and DfE documents are now available. arrow Hertfordshire Headteacher Spring updates

Friday 22nd March 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin (19th March)
The Exchange e-bulletin (19th March)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Plans launched to boost quality of post -16 qualifications, Modern Governor joins with Herts for Learning to support school governance across England, and find out what Bishop’s Stortford students are doing to help the environment. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Conference programmes available: Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019
Conference programmes available: Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019

Herts for Learning are delighted to confirm the full programmes for Primary Curriculum Symposium launching on 20th May 2019. Across the three conference days, sessions will be delivered by: Mary Myatt, Education Adviser; Clare Sealy, Headteacher, St Matthias School, Tower Hamlets; Marina Breeze, Headteacher, Little Munden C of E (VC) Primary School, Ware; Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment; Marcus Cooper, Primary Adviser, Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and a range of specialist advisers and consultants from Herts for Learning. arrow Primary Curriculum Symposium

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Love That Book workshop roadshow: Last Stop on Market Street
Love That Book workshop roadshow: Last Stop on Market Street

Following excellent feedback for the workshops on offer at this year’s Love That Book conference, we are delighted to be able to take a number of the workshops ‘on the road’ this summer. In this workshop, Kathy will use the wonderful, award-winning picture book ‘Last Stop on Market Street’ by Matt De La Pena. arrow Love That Book workshop roadshow

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics: A 10 week GCSE revision programme
Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics: A 10 week GCSE revision programme

The Secondary Maths team at Herts for Learning have successfully launched a ready-made revision programme for GCSE Mathematics Grade 4, designed to make revision as easy and productive as possible. ‘Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics’ consists of 30 revision sessions, each one focusing on a topic which is important for GCSE success at Grade 4. The programme is designed to encourage independent working and to complement revision offered by schools. arrow Visit the Herts for Learning online shop

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Stone to Iron Age Prehistory INSET courses
Stone to Iron Age Prehistory INSET courses, at Celtic Harmony Camp near Hertford 

Celtic Harmony’s prehistory experts have designed 3 INSET Day courses in 2019 to help support teachers to create an engaging Prehistory topic at KS2, ‘Britain from Stone, Bronze and Iron Age’. Interactive talks by Archaeologist Keith Fitzpatrick Matthews and primitive skills workshops with Luca Parrella Celtic Harmony Heritage Director with classroom resources. Limited spaces secure your place today! arrow Read more

Thursday 14th March 2019

Free or low cost computing CPD for teachers
Free or low cost computing CPD for teachers

Herts for Learning is happy to be supporting the National Centre for Computing Education, in delivering and promoting free or low cost computing CPD opportunities for teachers in KS1 to A level. Bursaries are also available for some courses, for eligible teachers. arrow Read more

Thursday 14th March 2019

Appointment of new non-executive director
Appointment of new non-executive director to the Herts for Learning Board

Herts for Learning Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Staples as a non-executive director to the HfL Board. Robert is the Headteacher at Fairlands Primary School, a large, three-form entry primary school located in Stevenage.  He was elected, unopposed, to the role of primary school / academy phase non-executive director and will replace Amanda Godfrey on the HfL Board from April 2019. arrow New non-executive director

Thursday 14th March 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (12th March)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… 10 top tips for school leaders and governing boards, details about Herts for Learning’s Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019, and find out how what happened when a Hertfordshire school held a ‘wellbeing day’. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Modern Governor joins with Herts for Learning to support school governance across England
Modern Governor joins with Herts for Learning to support school governance across England

Herts for Learning (HfL) is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Modern Governor to support and develop strategic leadership in schools and academies across England. Modern Governor is the leading online governance learning solution for local authorities, multi-academy trusts and individual schools & academies. arrow Read more on the HfL website

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Just Talk 5 minute survey
Just Talk 5 minute survey

February 4th - 11th 2019 was Hertfordshire's Just Talk week. To ensure we support schools as effectively as possible in the future, please can you complete this very short (no more than five minutes) survey to provide us with some feedback about the campaign. arrow 5 minute survey

Monday 11th March 2019

Run a Beep Beep! Day to engage early years in road safety basics
Run a Beep Beep! Day to engage early years in road safety basics

Beep Beep! Days, sponsored by Churchill, are a great opportunity for early year’s educators to introduce children to road safety basics, with fun activities and resources provided by Brake, the road safety charity. Every year thousands of tots and infants aged 2-7 take part to help save little lives. To help UK early years get involved with the initiative, Brake produces a range of special resources to help little ones understand road safety basics, from the importance of holding a grown up’s hand to recognising when it’s safe to cross. arrow Beep Beep day

Friday 8th March 2019

FREE Key stage 1 & 2 Teacher CPD – Hertfordshire Agricultural Society
FREE Key stage 1 & 2 Teacher CPD – Hertfordshire Agricultural Society

An understanding of food and farming has never been more important, but there is plenty of evidence that many of our pupils have a very limited understanding of where their food comes from. In collaboration with the Hertfordshire County Show, the Leaf Education Teacher CPD session will give you an overview of farming in the UK and an opportunity to share ideas on ways to embed food and farming into different subject areas, to enrich the curriculum. There will also be a tour of the showground, plus a prize draw for tickets for this years’ County Show. arrow Hertfordshire Agricultural Society flyer (pdf)

Wednesday 6th March 2019

The Exchange e-bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (5th March)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Top Employers to help all primary schools offer careers education to pupils, Herts for Learning and Hertfordshire County Council among best in Britain for tackling anti-LGBT bullying, and Welwyn Garden City pupils compete to help environment. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Momo challenge

Recent media reports have suggested the social media trend, the ‘Momo’ challenge encourages participants to commit acts of self-harm. It is supposedly a form of cyberbullying prevalent on platforms such as WhatsApp and YouTube, where children get anonymous threatening messages.  Over the past few months, the game has been in the news frequently due to its alleged links to three cases of teenagers committing suicide in South America and Asia, such allegations have not been confirmed by the authorities. The charity Samaritans said it was ‘not aware of any verified evidence in this country or beyond’ linking the momo meme to self-harm. arrow Momo challenge

Friday 1st March 2019

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