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updated 17 January, 2020

Revision workshops
Reception Early Reading Project starting 9/1/20

Places are still available for schools to take part in the next 12-week HfL Reception Early Reading Project starting on 9th January 2020 which has previously helped to improve participating school’s Reception Reading Early Learning Goal outcomes by on average 4.6ppts (largest +13ppts). arrow Find out more

Monday 9th December 2019

Spelling SOS KS2 Project - 15th January 2020

Places are still available for Hertfordshire primary schools to take part in the next 8-week HfL Spelling SOS KS2 Project starting on 15th January 2020. The project will provide delegates with strategies to make swift and powerful impacts on pupils’ spelling achievement and improve their trajectory towards EXS at the end of KS2, have a more positive relationship with spelling and be more enthusiastic, confident spellers with an increased understanding and knowledge of the spelling system. arrow Find out more

Tuesday 10th December 2019

ICT and DMS planned closure day - 11th December

Please note that our ICT and DMS Service Desk will be closed on the 11th December for a staff training inset day. For urgent matters relating to internet connectivity, our HICS calls will be answered via RM, our service provider. In the case of an emergency please call 07741 500551. The email signature to be: Herts for Learning ICT Service Desk
Telephone: 01438 844777. Email: help@sd.hertsforlearning.co.uk.

Tuesday 10th December 2019

Christmas art competition
Now accepting entries to the Hertfordshire Heroes Christmas Art competition 2019!

Opportunity for a Key Stage 2 pupil 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. The deadline is 9th December and you can find out information about how to enter at arrow Christmas art competition

Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Herts County Council
Hertfordshire Budget Survey 2019 – asking for views from students

Hertfordshire County Council has released its yearly survey to capture residents’ opinion on how the Council should be spending its budget over our next financial year. We want to get a wide variety of responses and opinions from all age groups and we are currently looking for ways to reach younger audiences, who have been traditionally underrepresented in this survey. We are particularly interested in hearing from sixth form students. Please could you share our survey with your students and encourage them to complete our survey. The deadline is the 15th of December 2019. arrow survey can be found using this link

Thursday 21st November 2019

Primary Languages Conference
Herts for Learning Annual Primary Languages Conference – Friday 29th November 2019

This is our annual primary language event of the year. Delegates can listen to keynotes from Professor Florence Myers, Research Director and Chair of RiPL, Sarah Schechter, Director, Routes into Languages East and Bye Fellow, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge and Sue Cave, Cave Languages. arrow Read more

Thursday 21st November 2019

Secondary Languages Conference
Herts for Learning Annual Secondary Languages Conference – Friday 6th December 2019

Our popular annual conference enables delegates to network, share ideas and hear updates on the latest issues surrounding languages teaching in secondary schools. Our keynote speaker for 2019 is Michael Wardle, National Lead for Modern Foreign Languages, Ofsted. As usual, representatives from AQA and Edexcel will provide feedback on the summer exams. arrow Secondary Languages Conference

Monday 18th November 2019

The new Data Management Services (DMS) Portal is now live
Young People's Survey 2019

This survey is targeted to all young people in Hertfordshire aged between 11-17 (going up to the age of 25 for those young people with special educational needs.) The aim of the survey is to hear and capture the voices of young people across the county to understand better what young people want from out-of-school activities, the issues of greatest concern to them, and how we can make services and activities better. If you haven’t already done so, we would like to encourage you to promote the survey amongst your students in your school. Closes 30th November. arrow Young People's Survey

Friday 15th November 2019

Just Talk Campaign
Just Talk Campaign Week – W/C 18th November

Just Talk is Hertfordshire’s mental health and wellbeing campaign, co-designed with young people from across the county. The campaign and all of its free resources are designed in a way to ensure that it is as easy as possible for anyone to get involved. arrow Just Talk Campaign

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Transitions survey
Transitions survey

Family Services Commissioning are looking at how parents/carers and their children found the transition into school. Please could you share the link below with your parents. Do you have a child in reception or year 1? Hertfordshire County Council are consulting with parents/carers on how it was for parents and children starting school. Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey below. Closing date: Monday 2nd December 2019. arrow Read more

Friday 8th November 2019

#Just Talk
Just Talk – resources to help you promote positive mental health in your school

*New resource* Just Talk is a local, award-winning mental health campaign that has been co-designed with local young people and encourages children and young people to talk about things that are worrying them before they escalate. Please watch this short film to find out how your school can make the most of the free, easy-to-use resources and support available through the campaign and see the positive impact Just Talk is having on young people in the 76 local schools already using it. arrow Read more

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

GCSE revision workshops
HfL’s GCSE revision workshops back for spring 2020

The Herts for Learning secondary maths and English teams have announced 25 revision workshops for spring 2020, designed to motivate and challenge students in an engaging, focused and active learning environment. These supportive sessions are taught in groups of up to 30 students with two subject experts providing additional tuition with the sole aim of helping your child perform to their full potential in the summer examinations. arrow GCSE revision workshops

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Families First survey
Families First survey

We have created a short survey to gain a snapshot of the understanding across the services of the Families First way of working and help us to build on the good work taking place and also recognise where improvements can be made. Please take just a couple of minutes to give your feedback. arrow Families First survey

Monday 14th October 2019

School Emergency Response Plan
School Emergency Response Plan update

The School Emergency Response Plan has been updated. It has been produced as a 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. In addition, a new Critical Incident Helpline document has also been added which lists contact details for the helpline. arrow School Emergency Response Plan

Monday 14th October 2019

Our Passion, Their Future
Our Passion, Their Future. Placing Children at the Heart of the Early Years Curriculum – 30th January 2020

Ofsted specialist adviser for Early Education, Phil Minns, will be providing a keynote on ‘lessons so far’ since the launch of the new education inspection framework with a focus on early reading. Neil Farmer, International Educational Consultant supporting schools and settings, will be speaking about the purpose of what we do in Early Years and why. Billy Hickling, a veteran performer with the international hit percussion show STOMP will engage the audience in the award winning TrashBang music endnote. arrow Our Passion, Their Future

Monday 14th October 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019
Herts for Learning Annual General Meeting 2019

Herts for Learning’s Annual General Meeting 2019 was held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage on Thursday 3rd October at 5pm. The AGM provided a great opportunity for Herts for Learning’s Managing Director, Andrew de Csilléry and the Chair of the HfL Board, Robin Barrett, to report to shareholders about the impact that HfL has had on education over the last year and to share the company’s plans for the year ahead. arrow Annual General Meeting 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

Model Health and Safety policy update
Model Health and Safety policy update

The Model Health and Safety policy has now been updated. This document provides a customisable template to assist schools in producing a written health and safety policy. arrow Model health and safety policy

Thursday 10th October 2019

Welcome to the Great School Framework

Over the past year, many of you will have heard about or been involved in the development of the Great School Framework, which strives to bring together and share the component parts of what makes a ‘great school’.  Its development has been a collaborative venture, with input from a number of HfL colleagues and many Hertfordshire school leaders. arrow Read more

Wednesday 9th October 2019

Herts for Learning launches new benefits for Quality Improvement Forum members

Herts for Learning’s Early Years team has announced a range of new benefits for members of its Early Years PVI support service for pre-school and PVI settings managers, the Quality Improvement Forum. Members can now benefit from new discounts on educational resources from TTS Group and workshops from EPIC Early Years. As well as discounts, Premier Education are offering QIF members a free one-hour session for your setting focusing on Wellbeing, Performing arts or sport. This can be for adults or children. arrow Read more

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Just Talk Campaign
Just Talk Campaign Week – W/C 18th November

Just Talk is Hertfordshire’s mental health and wellbeing campaign, co-designed with young people from across the county. The campaign and all of its free resources are designed in a way to ensure that it is as easy as possible for anyone to get involved. arrow Just Talk Campaign

Monday 7th October 2019

The Hertfordshire SEND Toolkit workshops - 14th-25th October

A series of free essential workshops are part of a county-wide programme to introduce schools to the Hertfordshire SEND toolkit. This newly developed resource accompanies the Hertordshire SEND Quality Offer and the SEND Benchmark & Planning Tool. Together this suite of materials provides schools with a vision, a self-evaluation framework and now has a toolkit providing a range of resources, tools and guidance to support the onward journey. Workshops are being delivered in all DSPL areas between 14 - 25 October. arrow Read more

Friday 4th October 2019

HR Services Helpdesk Closure
Young Chef of the Year Award

This month sees the launch of the Young Chef of the Year Award across Welwyn, Hatfield and Stevenage schools. The Award focuses on celebrating food education in the classroom and giving children hands-on practical experience alongside the message that what you eat is closely linked to your health and wellbeing. In April 2017 The Food Teacher™, was commissioned to create an innovative and engaging award for 10 and 11 year olds in Fleetwood, Lancashire. This was a project sponsored and supported by NHS funding, local and national sponsors.  450+ pupils took part and following its great success the award is now being made available to all schools across the UK and Ireland with over 4,000 pupils set to complete the award this year. arrow Read more

Friday 4th October 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

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Herts for Learning secondary Mathematics support for schools 2019/20 flyer
Secondary Mathematics 2019/20 CPD support for schools

Plan your Secondary Mathematics staff’s professional development through the year to maximise the impact on learning, by downloading the Herts for Learning secondary Mathematics support for schools 2019/20 flyer (pdf) which also includes listings for training courses at the Matrix Maths Hubs

Thursday 3rd October 2019

HCC logo
Hertfordshire County Council’s De-delegation Proposal 20/21, 21/22 and 22/23 Important information

An email has been sent to all maintained schools (27/9/19) from Simon Newland, Operations Director, Education with a summary of the de-delegation proposals for primary, secondary and special schools and ESCs, detailing the additional non-statutory services that Hertfordshire County Council will provide to help, and support Hertfordshire schools deliver the best education they can for their pupils.  These additional services will be delivered by HfL commissioned by HCC through the ‘core contract’. The email contains links to the Grid for the full proposal documentation, frequently asked questions and an email address for any additional queries you may have.  The consultation closes: 1st November 2019.  If you have any questions please use this email de-delegation.questions@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

» Previous updates are listed in the Archive pages 5 4 3 2 1
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