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updated 8 October, 2019

Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership
Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership

The Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership has produced documents to help support schools with identification and the process of referral for potential and identified child victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in Hertfordshire. This includes criminal, labour and sexual exploitation, as well as domestic servitude. arrow Modern Slavery Partnership

Monday 22nd July 2019

Insurance Renewals 2019
Insurance Renewals 2019

The Insurance recharge form has now closed, please do not try to complete and submit the form. If you didn’t submit the information by Friday 19th July, we will recharge you using the information we currently have. If you have any questions, please email insurance@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Monday 22nd July 2019

Herts for Learning resources shortlisted in the Teach Early Years Awards 2019
Herts for Learning resources shortlisted in the Teach Early Years Awards 2019

Herts for Learning is delighted to announce that two of its resources have been selected as finalists in the 2019 Teach Early Years Awards.  Supersonic phonics has been shortlisted in the Communication, language and literacy category, forresources designed to promote the development of talk and language skills, early writing and/or reading skills. Essential foundations for counting has been shortlisted in the Early exploration category, for ‘maths and science resources, and all resources designed to help children broaden their understanding of the world’. arrow Read more

Friday 19th July 2019

Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project 2019/20
Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project 2019/20

Following analysis of the results from the Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project over several years, the Primary English team have found that taking part in the project in the autumn term has the most impact for the outcomes in participating schools. This allows more time for the strategies to be embedded and applied at a whole class level throughout the spring term. To this end, the team have now decided to only run the project for Y6 pupils in the autumn term (rather than in both autumn & spring). Join this autumn’s project starting on Monday 9th September 2019. arrow Read more

Wednesday 17th July 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (16th July 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… EEF publishes new evaluation reports, including findings from ‘growth mindsets’ approach, find out why one Hertfordshire school has adopted Google technology in their school, and School's bug hotel earns place at Hampton Court Flower Show. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 17th July 2019

School holiday security guidance
IMPORTANT UPDATE - Key Stage 2 comparative report issue

A number of errors in the Key stage 2 comparative report have been identified in the wizard: Key Stage 2 Wizard England 2019. Capita have provided an updated Wizard to replace the report and imported in SIMS using the steps on page 6 in the documentation. NB: The individual pupil report is not affected. arrow Key Stage 2 comparative report issue

Monday 15th July 2019

School holiday security guidance
School holiday security guidance

With the school holidays coming up it is essential to start considering and planning suitable security arrangements for the closure or partial closure of the school over the holidays.
A school holiday security guidance document has been created to help you plan and ensure suitable security arrangements are in place. If you do have any questions, please contact insurance@hertfordshire.gov.uk arrow school holiday security guidance (pdf)

Monday 15th July 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (9th July 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Reading to young children 'boosts maths skills later', New HfL Primary Research Projects and programmes announced for autumn 2019, and Stevenage schoolchildren appeal for help with ecological pond project. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 10th July 2019

New Herts for Learning Primary Research Projects and programmes announced for autumn 2019
Primary Assessment Updates - July 2019

The Herts for Learning Assessment Team have produced their termly update on key assessment issues for primary schools in Hertfordshire. arrow Read more

Tuesday 9th July 2019

New Herts for Learning Primary Research Projects and programmes announced for autumn 2019
New Herts for Learning Primary Research Projects and programmes announced for autumn 2019

Starting this autumn, new reading, phonics, writing, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and mathematics programmes and research projects available to support schools seeking to address and support common themes arising in school development plans these areas across EYFS to KS2 over the next year. arrow Find out more

Monday 8th July 2019

Hertfordshire Headteacher Summer updates
Hertfordshire Headteacher Summer updates

Following on from the Hertfordhsire Headteacher Summer updates, documents including the Hertfordshire Headteacher updates slides, the future workforce project questionnaire and wellbeing at Camps Hill primary school documents are now available. arrow Hertfordshire Headteacher Summer updates

Friday 5th July 2019

safeguarding
Combating exploitation in schools

Useful contacts, support and programmes of activities from different agencies to combat various types of child exploitation in schools. arrow Contacts and support

Friday 5th July 2019

Reception Early Reading project
Reception Early Reading project

The next HfL Reception Early Reading Project will start on 19th September. Invaluable guidance and activities to close gaps in Early Readers in your Reception class this autumn. arrow Read more

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (2nd July 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Three in five secondary school pupils experience mental health problems, 50 things you can do with Chromebooks in the classroom, and Welwyn Hatfield pupils learn about parliament from their own MP. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Urgent
URGENT: Compromised email accounts

At the beginning of the year Herts for Learning’s ICT Services team spent a great deal of time analysing our supported schools email tenancies and we found a large number of accounts had been accessed from unusual locations.  E.g. Nigeria, Russia, Korea etc.  These login locations suggest that the account had been compromised this was largely due to the accounts having weak passwords.  To mitigate the threat we disabled some of the legacy services that hackers use to gain access to email accounts.  However, there was still a requirement for the end user to change their email password to something more secure. arrow Read more

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Insurance renewals 2019
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check project

Looking to reduce the gender gap in your next Y1 Phonics Screening Checks? Find out how our 9-week long Y1 Phonics Screening Check Project for schools in Hertfordshire starting on Thursday 19th September could help. arrow Read more

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Training the Executive Headteachers of tomorrow
Training the Executive Headteachers of tomorrow

Research by the National Governors' Association (NGA), the Future Leaders Trust (TFLT) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has found that the number of executive headteachers in England is rapidly increasing, even though their remit and responsibilities are still largely undefined (2016).
To help school leaders prepare for the roles and responsibilities of an executive headteacher, throughout the academic year, Herts for Learning (HfL) delivered a bespoke training programme and invited experienced Hertfordshire headteachers to take part. arrow Executive Headteachers of tomorrow

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Google chromebooks
50 things you can do with a Chromebook in the classroom

A new Chromebook ebook created by Herts for Learning’s Computing team is now available as a free download. The ebook looks at 50 different ways that a teacher or pupil can use a Chromebook in their classroom. Each of the 50 ways includes suggestions of use, concentrating on using the core G Suite apps for creative and varied learning opportunities. arrow Read more

Friday 28th June 2019

school year book
Help us to build Hertfordshire’s school year book

What is your school’s biggest achievement this year? What is your memorable moment or the greatest accomplishment the pupils have made? What makes a teacher or student smile with pride? Throughout the summer, we will be celebrating by sharing your stories, as part of our year book, about what makes your school or college great. arrow Find out more and how to share your story

Tuesday 25th June 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (25th June 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Phonics screening check: 2019 materials, over 200 Hertfordshire school teams took part in Herts for Learning 2019 maths challenge, and Stevenage and Nepal schools forge links to equip pupils with global knowledge and skills. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 26th June 2019

GovernorHub
Herts for Learning’s Modern Governor service in new partnership with GovernorHub

Herts for Learning, is delighted to announce a new partnership with GovernorHub to support the training and development of governors and trustees in schools and academies across England. Herts for Learning's Modern Governor service – the leading online learning offering for school governors and academy trustees – is partnering with GovernorHub to simplify access to high-quality online learning and to make governors’ training records accessible through GovernorHub’s governing board management tools. arrow GovernorHub

Tuesday 25th June 2019

2019 Phonics Screening Threshold score
2019 Phonics Screening Threshold score

The STA has announced 32 as the 2019 Phonics Screening Threshold score. For details on how to use this information in SIMS, please read on to view the documentation. arrow Read more

Monday 24th June 2019

Herts for Lerning maths challenge
Over 200 Hertfordshire school teams took part in Herts for Learning 2019 maths challenge

Over 200 primary and secondary school teams across Hertfordshire have taken part in the 2019 Herts for Learning maths challenge for pupils in Year 5, Year 7 and Year 8. Regional heats were hosted in locations across the county throughout the spring term before three separate finals, one for each year group, were held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage. arrow Herts for Lerning maths challenge

Friday 21st June 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (18th June 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Strengthen the link between the Pupil Premium and teaching, says new EEF guide, Increase working relationships and teamwork with Herts for Learning and Insights Discovery®, and Sixty-five schools and nurseries take part in Early Years annual programme. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Space Chase
Space Chase – summer reading challenge in libraries

Space Chase is an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. This summer children will help our super space family track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens! As they read library books, they will solve clues and collect special stickers to complete their mission folder. arrow Space Chase

Monday 17th June 2019

Autumn training term 2019
New HfL Primary Research Projects and programmes announced for autumn 2019

Autumn launch dates for Herts for Learmimg Primary and Early Years Research Projects and extended CPD programmes to help improve reading, writing, spelling and maths have been announced. arrow Read more

Friday 14th June 2019

Insights Discovery
Increase working relationships and teamwork with Herts for Learning and Insights Discovery®

Herts for Learning HR Services team have launched a new service – Insights Discovery® – to schools that helps people in understanding themselves and understanding others. The service can improve personal and team effectiveness and make the most of the relationships that affect the workplace. The Insights Discovery® methodology uses a simple and memorable four-colour model to help people understand their style, their strengths and the value they bring to the team. arrow Insights Discovery

Friday 14th June 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (11th June 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… Improving behaviour in schools: six recommendations in new EEF report, HfL Blog post: The place of assessment in the new Ofsted Framework, and find out how one Hertfordshire school participated in Walk to School Week. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Friday 14th June 2019

6th successful year for Herts for Learning’s Early Years annual programme
Sixth successful year for Herts for Learning’s Early Years annual programme

65 Hertfordshire schools and nurseries have taken part in the 2018/19 Herts for Learning Early Years annual programme. The bespoke CPD annual programme, consisting of three one-day events and an inspirational twilight session, enables practitioners to support and improve outcomes for young children. arrow Read more

Thursday 13th June 2019

Education Business Awards
HfL shortlisted for the School Recruitment Award at the 2019 Education Business Awards

Herts for Learning has once again been shortlisted for the School Recruitment Award at this year’s Education Business Awards. This year’s entry showcased how HfL has worked with local schools to develop a new and extended format for the Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fairs, creating more localised events around Hertfordshire and highlighted the new ‘Get into teaching’ events. arrow Education Business Awards

Monday 10th June 2019

New anti-knife crime school lessons
New anti-knife crime school lessons ahead of summer

The Home Office has been working with the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Association and teachers to create new and improved school curriculum materials on knife crime ahead of the summer holidays. arrow New anti-knife crime school lessons

Monday 10th June 2019

Autumn Training Programme
Herts for Learning Training Programme Autumn 2019

Herts for Learning is pleased to announce that our autumn 19 training programme for staff working in primary, including Early Years, and secondary phaseshas now been published on our new CPD Hub: cpd.hertsforlearning.co.uk. arrow Autumn training programme

Monday 10th June 2019

Hertfordshire Heroes
Christmas Art Competition: Who is your Hertfordshire Hero? (Deadline 9th December)

An opportunity for Key Stage 2 pupils to win a “day of adventure” at a Hertfordshire Military base. Hertfordshire Heroes is the name we use to promote the work of the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board. Our Hertfordshire Heroes are members of the armed forces community who work hard to protect our nation and are often working away from their families at Christmas. Help send our military heroes some “Christmas cheer” by entering our annual, county-wide Hertfordshire Heroes Christmas Art Competition by drawing your own Hertfordshire Hero. For more information see here. arrow Read more (pdf)

Thursday 6th June 2019

Designing a Primary Languages Curriculum for the 21st Century
Beyond Words: Designing a Primary Languages Curriculum for the 21st Century – Summer 19

This conference will reflect on what constitutes a principled and considered approach to curriculum planning and design for primary languages and will help to identify practical solutions to the issues and challenges faced by schools. Curriculum intent, implementation and impact will be examined in turn to identify how schools can create a primary languages curriculum that will engage, support, challenge and inspire learners. Our keynote speakers will be Bernardette Holmes MBE and Florence Myles, Professor of Second Language Acquisition at the University of Essex and Catherine Cheater, on behalf of the Institut Français. arrow Read more

Thursday 6th June 2019

The Exchange e-Bulletin
The Exchange e-bulletin (4th June 2019)

This week’s edition of The Exchange e-bulletin, HfL’s roundup of the latest news from local and national media sources, includes… It’s Volunteers week, HfL Blog: Oh, what a journey, and two athletes from Lions Watford school selected to represent Team England at World Championships. Read the latest edition here or subscribe to get the weekly e-bulletin straight to your inbox.

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Anti-Bullying Week 2019
Anti-Bullying Week 2019

Anti-Bullying Week 2019 will be Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November. The theme: “Change Starts With Us”.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to emphasise that anti-bullying in schools is fundamentally about the choices that individual pupils make when they are upset, distressed, worried or have relationship difficulties. Let us know about your activities by following @HfLWellbeing and posting information and photos when the time comes.

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Understanding, Improving and Promoting Language Learning
DfE MFL Hubs CPD Event: Understanding, Improving and Promoting Language Learning – Summer 19

Herts for Learning (HfL) is excited to host this free CPD event. It promises to be an inspirational day that will share the work of the National Centre for Excellence in Language Pedagogy (NCELP) and Hertfordshire Lead Schools from the first year of the Department for Education (DfE) Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Hubs project. The keynote speaker for the day is David Shanks, MFL Consultant and Lead Practitioner across the Harris Federation. David will be supported by Victoria Hobson, research subject specialist, from the NCELP team. arrow Read more

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Herts for Learning INSET development day: Wednesday 12th June 2019
Delegate car park - Hertfordshire Development Centre

Please note the surface of the Hertfordshire Development Centre Delegate car park is in poor condition so please take care when using it.

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Transgender Trend
LGBTQ+ Pack - Transgender Trend

The Herts LGBTQ+ Partnership Children and Young People’s Working Group have recently reviewed the Transgender Trend resource pack for schools called “Supporting gender diverse and trans-identified students in schools”. As a group we agree with the concerns raised by Stonewall UK. Consequently, we continue to recommend that Hertfordshire schools use the Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit produced by Brighton and Hove City Council, which is available on the Grid. Other local authorities such as Warwickshire and Portsmouth also provide similar guidance which we would also recommend. arrow Read more about Transgender Trend

Monday 3rd June 2019

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