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Herts for Learning

Developing independent, resilient and powerful learners Tuesday 1st September 2020 arrow Book now

Service terms, contracts, service agreements and other professional information for staff in a SIMS school remote training Tuesday 8th September 2020 arrow Book now

Google Classroom - everything you need to know to get started Wednesday 9th September 2020 arrow Book now

Seasons Greetings
Season’s Greetings from Herts for Learning

As we approach the end of the autumn term of 2020 and head towards the festive period, Andrew de Csilléry, Managing Director Herts for Learning shares our plans and arrangements for the holidays. arrowRead more

Wednesday 16th December 2020

University of Hertfordshire
The 2019/20 Executive Primary Headteachers of Tomorrow 

Twelve Hertfordshire Primary headteachers completed the HfL/University of Hertfordshire 2019/20 Executive Leadership programme. arrowFind out more

Wednesday 30th September 2020

What do you think about climate change and sustainability in Hertfordshire?

Hertfordshire County Council has launched a survey to gather input from Hertfordshire’s school students and educators about climate change and the ambitions outlined in the county council’s Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy. Climate change is the world’s greatest challenge and will require bold action from future generations over the coming decades. arrow Climate change survey
Monday 28th September 2020

VAT change - income from school meals purchased by adults in school only

The purpose of this note is to explain the limited way in which the Chancellor’s temporary VAT change to catering impacts on income from school meals purchased by adults. arrow More information
Thursday 24th September 2020

Herts for Learning
HfL to deliver fully funded “Wellbeing for Education Return” training to all Hertfordshire schools this autumn

The Herts for Learning Wellbeing team have been identified by Hertfordshire County Council as the ‘local experts’ best placed to deliver the “Wellbeing for Education Return” government funded statutory training to all Hertfordshire schools and colleges in October and November 2020. Schools will be contacted shortly with final course and booking details. arrow More information

Thursday 17th September 2020

Families First
Families First news

Our September edition of the Families First News has now been published. The newsletter brings together news, service updates and training opportunities from across the Families First Partnership. If you have not already received a copy, please subscribe.

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Flu vaccination programme
Flu vaccination in schools

Flu Vaccination programme will start again in the autumn term. This year it is more important than ever to help protect against flu. A Public Health England briefing for  Head Teachers about this year’s seasonal flu vaccination programme in schools is available. arrow Read more

Tuesday 8th September 2020

Primary Assessment Updates
Primary assessment updates September 2020

The recent letter to all Primary phase headteachers detailing the latest updates regarding assessment in Key Stages 1, 2 and Early Years Foundation Stage from the HfL Assessment team is now available. arrow Primary Assessment Updates

Tuesday 8th September 2020

Keeping children safe
Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2020

The September 2020 version of the keeping children safe in education guidance is now in force and replaces previous versions. The DfE has made changes in 3 circumstances: where legislation has required it e.g. reflecting mandatory Relationship Education, Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education from September 2020; helpful additional information that will support schools and colleges protect their children e.g. mental health, domestic abuse, child criminal and sexual exploitation and county lines; and important clarifications which will help the sector better understand and/or follow our guidance. A table of changes is included at Annex H. arrow Keeping children safe in education

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Online safety newsletters - Autumn 2020

The HfL autumn online safety newsletters for School Staff and the Parents and Carers edition both feature a range of guidance, news, links and updates about online safety for all phases, with particular reference to the current situation, recent developments and concerns. Please share them with your personal and professional networks as well as your school’s parent body and staff where relevant. arrow More information

Friday 28th August 2020

Attendance expectations for the new term

Communicating clear and consistent expectations about school attendance to families is important. Lack of regular attendance can contribute to both disengagement and adverse experiences for children. However, we do not envisage the use of penalty notices to enforce attendance where absence is related to Covid-19 will be appropriate in the majority of cases in the autumn term; and ask you identify pupils who are reluctant or anxious about returning. Develop plans for those pupils who have been persistently absent before or not engaged in education during the pandemic. arrow Read more

Friday 28th August 2020

School based complaints
School based complaints

Hertfordshire County Council has produced a new Complaints Policy and Procedure template for all maintained schools within the County.  The new suggested template replaces Issue 8 of HCC’s Model Procedures for Dealing with School-Based Complaints that was published in September 2017.  The new template continues to be supported by a Stage 2 Complaints Toolkit to assist Staff and Governors through the complaints process.  This includes a Checklist of Actions and suggested template letters. arrow Read more

Wednesday 26th August 2020

Child protection
Child Protection Policy 2020-21

This document replaces the previous version(s) and is operational from the 1st September 2020. Changes have been highlighted and it takes into consideration the changes/updates in statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019) and Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2018). Additional information provided: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Full School Opening, DfE, Publish August 2020, Safeguarding in Schools, Colleges and Other Settings as well as interim DfE Safeguarding Guidance. Please note there are sections that require the school to input their own details/school arrangements. arrow More details

Monday 24th August 2020

Annual travel scheme insurance - exclusion

With effect from 1st September 2020 there is no cover for losses under the cancellation, curtailment, travel disruption, replacement, travel delay and missed departure section of cover arising from trips which are cancelled, cut short or altered as the result of, or related to a pandemic, epidemic or any event declared by the World Health Organization as a public health emergency of international concern issued by the World Health Organization. This exclusion also applies to the additional costs of travel and accommodation which are not recoverable or refundable elsewhere and are necessarily incurred to enable an insured person to continue the trip or return to the United Kingdom. arrow More details

Friday 14th August 2020

HCC logo
Writing competition - what does family mean to you?

A unique competition to mark Hertfordshire’s Year of Culture and Herts Pride is asking people to describe their family – and the winner will see their words literally come to life. arrow Competition details

Tuesday 4th August 2020

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Hertfordshire Pride Playlist

Hertfordshire Year of Culture, in partnership with HCC and Herts Pride, understands that music is a big part of LGBTQ+ culture. It reaches out to people whose sexuality might leave them feeling isolated from their own families or communities and helps them feel a part of something much bigger. To help us stay connected this #HertsPride, we’ve put together this playlist of some of our top Pride songs – but we need your help! . arrow Add a song to the Pride playlist

Tuesday 4th August 2020

Back on track
Herts for Learning launches Back on Track

A suite of subject specific CPD, resources and guidance packages and training courses for Primary phase schools, supporting schools to get pupils back on track in assessment, English, mathematics, EYFS, science, languages and wellbeing. arrow Back on Track

Thursday 23rd July 2020

Teaching about mental wellbeing (DfE)

Practical materials for primary and secondary schools to use to train staff about teaching mental wellbeing. arrow Teaching about mental wellbeing (DfE)

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Microsoft 365 phishing emails in school only

We have been informed by several schools that they have received Microsoft 365 phishing emails. We ask that you remain alert to any emails you receive and do not freely give out your Microsoft 365 passwords. arrow Read more (.docx)

Monday 20th July 2020

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The Herts for Learning autumn 2020 training and events programme

Herts for Learning is pleased to announce that our autumn 2020 training programme for staff working in primary, including Early Years, and secondary phases is now available on our CPD Hub and full details of our new suite of Primary and Early Years Back on Track packages of training, resources and consultancy support can also be reviewed. arrow Read more

Thursday 16th July 2020

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Information for all parents of reception and year 6 pupils about healthy weight support and 19/20 NCMP

Every year in England, children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). This year however, due to Covid-19, it was not possible to continue with the measurement programme and it was therefore stopped. Once it was halted, no further children were measured, and no further feedback letters were sent to parents or carers. This decision was made nationally by Public Health England, but was also in line with our local view that families, schools and our health partners had other urgent priorities and challenges to think about at this time. arrow Read more

Friday 10th July 2020


As we approach the end of summer term for Hertfordshire schools, let's celebrate our hardworking teachers, school support staff and pupils for stepping up during these challenging times. Please share your end of term thank you messages for your teachers, support staff or pupils who have been beavering away from home or at school throughout COVID-19. Share artwork, videos or even virtual group shout-outs to our #iSchoolation hashtag via Twitter (@hertscc), Facebook and your school!

Thursday 9th July 2020

Relationships and Sex Education
DfE Communication to schools on the implementation of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex and Health Education

Please see the recent notification from the DfE about the increased flexibility on implementation of RSHE. This has been sent to all schools but we don’t want you to miss seeing the exact terms. arrow Relationships and Sex Education

Friday 3rd July 2020

Online Safety Model Policy
Online Safety Model Policy 2020

The model online safety policy has been updated by Herts For Learning. Schools are recommended to personalise this policy and ensure it meets the needs of the school. Schools may wish to adopt all or parts of this policy and in both of these instances, a  school level risk assessment should be carried out. The green font in the document is just to help identify the changes/ additions to this version .  An appendix of resource documents has been added for guidance to help schools develop a remote education section to their policy if this is applicable to their practice and setting. arrow Online Safety Model Policy

Friday 3rd July 2020

Top-up High Needs Funding (HNF) and Local High Needs Funding (LHNF) in mainstream schools
Top-up High Needs Funding (HNF) and Local High Needs Funding (LHNF) in mainstream schools

The SEND Funding in Mainstream Schools Banding Tool is now available.  This sets out Hertfordshire’s approach to funding the special educational provision expected for children and young people in a mainstream school or early years setting. There is a guide in the tool that will explain how the different sections and tabs (worksheets) within the Excel tool operate and what information is required to ensure it works as expected. arrow Read more

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Young Person Health and Wellbeing survey 2020
Young Person Health and Wellbeing survey 2020

The Hertfordshire Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Survey 2020 is still live, closing on 15th December 2020. The 20 minute survey is for ALL secondary school aged young people. With 2020 having been such a challenging year, it is more important than ever that we hear from young people across the county about how they are doing so that schools, health services and commissioners know how best we can support them. If sufficient numbers of pupils from your school complete the survey, you will receive a detailed report from us early next year. As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all: YPHWS@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Monday 7th December 2020

Just Talk
Just Talk drop in sessions – November & December 2020

YCH Services for Young People will be providing a 1 hour, invitation only, drop in session 3 times per week to give young people who are self-isolating or who are feeling isolated the opportunity to talk to other young people in a similar situation. arrowJust Talk campaign flyer (jpg)

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Primary headteachers' seminars
Primary headteachers' seminars: autumn 2020 Live webinars

Delivered by the Education Services Director for primary, and a range of specialist advisers from Herts for Learning, these half-day sessions will provide updates on current topics in primary education. Headteachers are invited to book themselves and another member of their senior leadership team to support school discussion. The full agenda will be available closer to the event.
5th November 2020 at 9.30am - Code: MAN/20/813/P

Thursday 15th October 2020

Primary Headteachers’ Seminars autumn 2020
Primary Headteachers’ Seminars autumn 2020 – LIVE webinar, Thursday 5th November

Headteachers of Primary, Middle and All-through schools who were unable to attend the first of this term’s LIVE Primary Headteachers’ Seminar on Thursday 22nd October, are invited to book themselves and another member of their senior leadership team on to second LIVE webinar session on Thursday 5th November, 9:30am – 11:00am. For details of the final agenda and how to book visit. arrowRead more

Monday 26th October 2020

Primary Leaders of Languages
Primary Leaders of Languages Conference, Tuesday 1st December 2020

Hear from Primary Languages experts and cultural agencies to identify steps to improve the teaching of primary languages in your school at this year’s conference, which will be now held online. arrow Read more

Friday 13th November 2020

Secondary Leaders of Languages
Secondary Heads of Languages Conference, Monday 14th December 2020

Hear from Secondary Languages experts, exam boards and cultural agencies to identify steps to improve the teaching of languages in your school and outcomes for your students. This online conference is open to all, but would be particularly suitable for all Heads of Department, Deputy Heads of Department and aspiring Heads of Department in Secondary, Middle and All-through schools. arrow Read more

Thursday 19th November 2020

Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day resources

Next Wednesday, 11 November, is Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. Planning to mark it in your school? You can find some resources like lesson plans and schools assemblies here from the Royal British Legion and here from the BBC. The Royal British Legion have also produced this video about the 2-minute silence which you may like to share with students. Find out more information about the Armed Forces Community in Hertfordshire from the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board, promoted as Hertfordshire Heroes.

Thursday 5th October 2020

Hertfordshire Heroes
Hertfordshire Heroes - Calling all Key Stage 2 pupils in Hertfordshire!

Hertfordshire Heroes are inviting students to create artwork to help bring “Christmas Cheer” to armed forces personnel working away from their families at Christmas, while highlighting the many different roles of the military. Deadline for entries is 23 November 2020. arrow Read more

Monday 9th November 2020

Just Talk Week
Just Talk Week – 16-20 November 2020

Just Talk Week is all about positive mental health - an upbeat campaign, designed in collaboration with young people and with over 30 partner agencies from across Hertfordshire. The focus is on sharing ideas and information on self-help and coping strategies, as well as making sure every young person knows where they can access more information or support should they need it. In light of Covid-19 this is more important than ever. arrowFind out more

Wednesday 4th October 2020

Winter is coming – apply for your free salt now

Hertfordshire County Council Highways has a limited amount of free salt to give to schools for you to grit public roads and pavements (highways) outside your school grounds. Applications are opened from 1 September and will run to 31 October 2020. To find out more, including how to apply, please visit our winter self-help page.

Monday 14th September 2020

volunteers needed
New Grid website - volunteers needed for user testing

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the shift in all our priorities, we are starting work on the development of the new Grid website as commissioned by HCC. Feedback from schools will be important in shaping the website and ensuring it meets your needs so we are looking for volunteers from schools to take part in online user testing (10-15 minutes each time) over the next few weeks. Ideally from a range of roles in schools (heads, SBMs, teachers, school office staff), to reflect all users of the Grid. arrow How to get involved

Thursday 30th April 2020

volunteers needed
New Grid website - user testing task

Thank you to everyone who responded to the first user testing task we sent out.

Monday 26th May 2020

volunteers needed
Financial Services Helpline closed for training

The Financial Services Helpline will be closed for training on Tuesday 2nd June. Cases can still be raised and will be addressed on the Helpline’s return.

Monday 1st June 2020

Cycle to Work Scheme
Cycle to Work Scheme - June 2020 in school only

The cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme will be running throughout June 2018, to help with the cost of new bicycles and cycling equipment up to £2,000. The scheme will be open from 1st – 30th June 2020. arrow Cycle to Work Scheme

Friday 15th May 2020

Online safety newsletters
Online safety newsletters - Summer 2020

With many school staff and Early Years practitioners currently supporting pupils and their families at home and online, the HfL Wellbeing team have brought forward the publication of the  summer term School Staff and Parents and Carers HfL Online Safety Newsletters.  The newsletters feature a wealth of helpful links, guidance, news and updates. Please feel free to download the School Staff and / or Parents and Carers version and share it with your schools’ parent body and your personal and professional networks. arrow Online safety newsletters

Monday 30th March 2020

Insurance - engineering inspections

Further to our previous update we have now received the below from HSB Engineering:
Following the latest UK government update on Monday 23 March, we made a difficult decision to pause our inspection services whilst we sought guidance from the HSE and SAFed as to the approach required for statutory inspections. As of Thursday 26 March, we will be continuing with our inspections in accordance with the latest HSE and SAFed guidance.

Monday 30th March 2020

HICs Customers - RM SSL Connect (VPN) Service Improvements

We have had several reports from schools who have been experiencing VPN connection issues and have been in discussions with RM to identify how we can jointly support you as effectively as possible. Within the next 24 hours the following changes will take place:
- All schools will each be upgraded from 10 concurrent sessions to 50
- The HICs network was previously capped at 500 concurrent connections.  Burst capacity will be enabled for up to 2500 connections
- The duration of user connections timing out when they are inactive has been reduced to 10 minutes.  This will reduce the amount of connections which are left dormant, making them available for others to use.
We hope this will drastically improve the effectiveness of the service during this difficult period of time and we will continue to monitor the situation closely, but if you do continue to experience any issues, please contact the Service Desk on 01438 844777 (Option 2).

Friday 27th March 2020

Fraud Alert
Fraud - Thank you letters from DfE

Fraudsters are sending out Thank You letters to teachers allegedly from the Department for Education. Watch out for scam messages, from unknown email addresses, Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details. arrow Fraud advice

Friday 27th March 2020

RE support through Coronavirus

RE Today, in parentship with NATRE, have produced a series of free, quality-assured online resources to support parents and their children with the provision of RE activities for use during the coronavirus crisis. These resources are available for anyone to access at: www.natre.org.uk

Friday 27th March 2020

Scam email being sent to parents asking for bank details if they are Free School Meals

HCC has received reports that a scam email is being sent to parents, asking them for bank details if they have children who qualify for Free School Meals.  Please could all schools send out a communication to their parents, warning them about this scam email.  In addition, it may be sensible to remind them not to give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re not sure they’re genuine.  Please see this government link for further helpful information: www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

child protection
Covid-19 Important notices from the Child Protection Team

Temporary closure of the Consultation Hub for child protection advice and team cover and contacts. arrow More information
Cancellation of all CPSLO training. arrow More information

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Emotional wellbeing
Reading Well for children – books to help you feel better

A booklist has been developed which is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11). It includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers. The books are all categorised for different aged children and relate to informative subjects and topics. arrow More information

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Covid-19 - school users of HCC/Serco payroll & transactions services (For action by schools)

A summary off the steps being taken by Serco to ensure the continuation of payroll services for schools and to re-assure employees that they will continue to receive their salaries. arrow More information

Wednesday 18th March 2020

How to talk to children about Covid-19

The PSHE Association’s has published advice on how to respond to any questions from pupils on the coronavirus in PSHE lessons. Please see the guidance. arrow More information

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Travel insurance
Travel insurance policy update - Coronavirus

In light of Covid-19, updated information on the current travel situation for travelling within the UK, including the Channel Islands and travelling overseas has been made available. arrow More information

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Fraud Alert
Coronavirus scams - protect yourself

Fraudsters are sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details. Watch out for scam messages:  Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details. Prevent Fraud by improving your processes and follow some simple tips from the Shared Anti-Fraud Service. arrow How to protect your school

Monday 16th March 2020

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.
The Award is a mandatory qualification which the Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) (hosted by Herts for Learning) has been delivering successfully since January 2010.  Completion of the National Award ensures a high level of knowledge and skills required to lead on the development of policy and practice for children and young people with special educational needs in schools and settings. arrow More information

Thursday 12th March 2020

Budget Preparation 2020-21 in school only

Financial services have issued the 2020-21 Budget Preparation Guide for schools. arrow More information

Wednesday 11th March 2020

Shut Out: The experiences of LGBT young people not in education, training and work

Stonewall’s new report, with BritainThinks, shines a light on the experiences of LGBT young people. Until now, as recognised by the Government Equalities Office in 2016, no research on LGBT inequalities has existed. Shut Out uncovers the specific challenges that lead many LGBT young people to become disengaged from education, training and work, alongside the obstacles many face to re-entry. arrow Read more

Wednesday 4th March 2020

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Herts for Learning

Inter-school moderation of final teacher assessment of Key Stage 2 writing Tuesday 19th May 2020 arrow Book now

Effective Reporting in SIMS - the basics Tuesday 19th May 2020 arrow Book now

Assessing primary RE - raising attainment Wednesday 20th May 2020 arrow Book now

IR35 awareness workshop Wednesday 20th May 2020 arrow Book now

Inter-school moderation of final teacher assessment of Key Stage 2 writing Thursday 21st May 2020 arrow Book now

Leading on Reading Thursday 21st May 2020 arrow Book now

Update: The SFVS Return Deadline has been changed to 30th April 2020

Due to the extenuating circumstances currently faced by all schools, we have extended the SFVS Return submission deadline to 30th April 2020. We would like to thank schools who have already submitted their return, but for others, we recognise work to comply with Government regulations is the key priority at this time. arrow More information

Thursday 26th March 2020

Travel insurance
Travel insurance policy update - Coronavirus

The policy does not provide cover for the circumstances in the event of a quarantine. Due to the government officials of the respective country imposing it, the Insured (school) will be responsible for covering all of the extra costs for the quarantine itself and also rearranging any flights, accommodation etc. The policy excludes regulations or orders made by any public authority or government. arrow More information

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Families First Awards
2020 Families First Awards nominations - closes Friday 3rd April

We are very excited to announce that the nomination process has now opened for our 2020 Families First Awards! These awards are an opportunity to celebrate team and individual successes in Early Intervention that have made a significant impact to the lives of children, young people and families in Hertfordshire through their outstanding work and achievement of positive outcomes. All shortlisted entries will be invited to the awards ceremony which are being held on 6th May at the South Hill Centre in Hemel Hempstead where all shortlisted nominees will be invited to a celebrate their success and enjoy an afternoon tea. There are 13 categories and you can find more information and nominate arrow Families First Award nominations

Monday 9th March 2020

DfE Consultation on Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020

The DfE is seeking views about proposed changes to the Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) statutory guidance, with a view to making changes for September 2020. Closes 21st April 2020. arrow Consultation

Thursday 5th March 2020

travel insurance
Travel insurance policy - Coronavirus

If school trips have already been booked, and the FCO advice changes to advise against all travel or against all but essential travel, then the policy cover will apply (subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions) and should provide cover under the cancellation section for the costs which are unrecoverable from accommodation and travel providers. Please bear in mind that each claim is judged on its merits and the particular circumstances which apply. If the school decides to cancel a trip where the FCO advice has not changed, then this would be disinclination to travel and not covered by the policy.

Thursday 5th March 2020

Great Big School Clean – competition deadline - Friday 24th April

As part of the Great British Spring Clean, WasteAware are encouraging schools to join in with ‘The Great Big School Clean!’ For your school’s chance to win two pencil-shaped bins and two recycling-related books simply contact us on wasteaware@hertfordshire.gov.uk with any activities you have planned for the Great Big School Clean or wait until the event is over and send us details of what you did. Accompanying photos (with photo permissions) would be great too! The deadline is Friday 24th April 2020 and one winner from each district will be selected at random and announced the week commencing Monday 27th Aprilarrow Read more

Thursday 12th March 2020

Primary Maths Conference
Primary Mathematics Conference: Joining the Dots 2020 – Tuesday 30th June 2020

The Herts for Learning Primary Maths team are proud to present an inspirational and thought-provoking day to help schools bring the big mathematical picture into view, featuring a keynote from Andrew Jeffery, Mathematics Consultant and Author. Come and find out what the latest findings from research projects show about children’s learning and how simple tweaks and approaches can improve their outcomes. Prepare to be enthused by practical sessions in which delegates can really experience effective approaches ready to share with colleagues back at school. arrow More information

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Insurance - engineering inspections

At the present time the suppliers of our lifting and equipment statutory inspection service, HSB, has suspended the inspection service. This is in line with other providers. We will not be found to be in breach of statute due to the current situation. Once the service resumes we will let you know.

Thursday 26th March 2020

Humanism logo
Understanding Humanism – half day training for primary teachers by Humanists UK - Thursday 26th March 2020

This half-day training event will enhance your subject knowledge of humanism and provide you with ideas and tools to support your teaching about non-religious worldviews at primary school level. The course is open to primary school teachers of KS1 and 2. It will be of particular value to RE leaders looking to introduce non-religious worldviews to their RE curriculum. arrow More information

Tuesday 10th March 2020

cycle to work
Cycle to Work Scheme - March 2020 In schools only

The cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme will be running throughout March 2020, to help with the cost of new bicycles and cycling equipment up to £2,000. The scheme will be open from 1st – 31st March 2020. arrow Cycle to Work Scheme

Thursday 27th February 2020

Herts for Learning training programme summer 2020

Herts for Learning is pleased to announce that our Summer 20 training programme for staff working in primary, including Early Years, and secondary phases is now available on our CPD Hub. arrow Read more

Wednesday 26th February 2020

Primary English Conference: Love That Book 2020 – new date tba

Following the success of last year’s Love That Book conference, the HfL English team intend to recreate the magic with an even bigger and better celebration of the best of children’s literature. We will be hearing from Simon Smith, a book-savvy headteacher, who knows from experience how to whip up a book frenzy across a school. We will also be joined by representatives from schools involved in the Stevenage and North Herts Writing Project to hear about how this innovative approach to collaborative reading and writing, has sparked a renewed love of literature for many children (and mayxbe a few teachers too!). We are delighted that Dianne Hofmeyr, author of Zeraffa Giraffa, will also be joining us. arrow Love That Book

Tuesday 25th February 2020

Risk Protection Arrangement
Risk Protection Arrangement

The Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA) currently offered to academy status schools by Central Government/DFE will be made available to all Local Authority Maintained schools with effect from the 1st April 2020. All schools currently insured through Hertfordshire County Council’s Policies are tied in until the 31st August 2020 as per the agreement signed within the Delegated Funding Pack in 2016/2017; this was effective from 01 September 2017. Hertfordshire County Council will continue to offer you the same insurance covers you currently have in place from 1st September 2020. arrow Read more

Thursday 27th February 2020

Severe weather guidance in school only

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 26th February 2020

Updated new starter forms now available in school only

New starter forms for teaching and non teaching staff for both academies and maintained schools have been updated and are now available on the Grid. arrow New starter forms

Tuesday 25th February 2020

Reminder: Changes to the way in which you request ISL Services - updated forms

The updated Single Service Request (SSR) form is now available for schools to download and import into SIMS from DMS Portal on the Herts for Learning website. arrow ISL Services

Monday 24th February 2020

Recognise, Response, Refer posters and postcards

The Recognise, Response and Refer advice for Early Years and advice for schools safeguarding posters and postcards have been revised to align with current procedures. arrow Read more

Thursday 13th February 2020

Spot the signs: child bereavement survey

The Hertfordshire Child Bereavement Mapping and Resource Project seeks to better understand the needs of bereaved children and families after the death of someone significant to them, who and what can help them grieve well, and to develop or signpost to useful resources to help do this as part of the CAMHS transformation. Please take a few moments to complete the survey via the link to help us gain a view from education and social care professionals’ perspectives. The closing date for the survey is 14th February 2020. arrow Take the survey

Monday 10th February 2020

Year 5 and 6 moderation cluster documents update

The updated Year 5 and 6 moderation clusters will focus on exploring accuracy of assessment judgements in reading and writing. The clusters will take place across the county between 3rd-16th March. Included on this page is a timetable showing the venues, dates, times and booking link for each session.  Also there is the guidance for teachers, regarding what to bring to the session, including suggested activities for reading and writing. arrow KS2 moderation clusters

Friday 7th February 2020

HR & payroll administration training for newly appointed schools business managers, bursars and school secretaries

These sessions will be aimed at employees who have recently been appointed to administrative posts in your school. They are being held at Apsley 2, Hemel Hempstead on the morning of Friday 14 February 2020. There will be no charge to schools for the training. If you have a recently appointed member of staff involved in the administration of payroll and/or employment contracts who would benefit from training in the basics, please contact schools.transactions@hertfordshire.gov.uk to arrange your session.

Friday 7th February 2020

Reach for the Stars! Raising aspirations and expectations for our disadvantaged learners – Wednesday 1st July 2020

This annual conference will focus on addressing the needs of our disadvantaged pupils across all phases of education. This year Marc Rowland, Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Learners Adviser for Unity Schools Partnership, will be delivering a keynote on improving outcomes for disadvantage and vulnerable learners. Dr Janet Goodall, Associate Professor in the School of Education at Swansea University will be delivering the second keynote related to a parental engagement and the impact on children's learning. arrow Reach for the Stars!

Friday 7th February 2020

Financial Returns - Autumn Term Return deadline in school only

We would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting the Autumn Term Return is the 15th February 2020. arrow Read more

Friday 7th February 2020

Inspiring RE conference - Wednesday 25th March 2020

NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE) is holding an ‘Inspiring RE Conference’ on Wednesday 25th March 9.30 – 12.30 pm in Milton Keynes. The conference will provide teachers with practical ideas on how to ensure your RE curriculum is coherent and creative (and Ofsted ready!). The cost is from £50 per person including lunch and refreshments. arrow Further details and booking information (pdf)

Wednesday 5th February 2020

The heat is on in Welwyn and Hatfield!

Over the last few months, schools across Welwyn Hatfield have been teaching the ‘Young Chef of the Year’ award, which culminates in a grand final on Friday 7th February. The finalists (aged 9-11) will be donning their aprons and competing at the event hosted by Ridgeway Academy. After cooking their menus, the finalists will celebrate the day’s achievements with their families, school representatives and guests. The Mayor, Councillor Roger Trigg and Mayoress Mrs Carole Trigg will attend the awards ceremony, where the winner of Welwyn Hatfield Young Chef of 2020 will be announced. arrow Read more

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Herts for Learning Year 7 Mathematics Challenge

Entries are invited for the Year 7 Mathematics Challenge 2020, each school is encouraged to submit teams of four Year 7 students for this friendly inter-school competition. There are five heats scheduled across the County in March, winners from individual heats will go forward to the Final, to be held on Thursday 26th March at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage. Please search ‘Year 7 Mathematics Challenge’ on our CPD Hub for more information and to book. arrow Year 7 Mathematics Challenge

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Python Programming essentials for GCSE computer science

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) is running a 2-day course at Hitchin Girls School in February. Bursaries are available to support some teachers through this course. arrow Read more

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Storytelling techniques for RE – free twilight training event

Welwyn Hatfield & Hertford Encouraging R.E. network would like to invite all those teaching primary RE, RE governors and head teachers in Welwyn GC, Hatfield, Hertford and local area to a free training event in Welwyn village – at St Marys school – Tuesday 4pm Jan 21st to learn from a specialist in the Godly Play storytelling method. arrow Read more

Monday 20th January 2020

Find out more about Safer Internet Day
Year 2 moderation clusters

The Assessment team will be leading assessment moderation clusters for Year 2 teachers across the county from 30th January to 12th February. Further information, including guidance for teacherst. arrow Year 2 moderation clusters

Thursday 16th January 2020

Authorised Signatory Forms for SERCO - now updated

Schools must register authorised signatories to enable Serco to process invoices and payroll transactions on behalf of the school. These documents have now been updated. arrow Authorised Signatory Forms

Thursday 16th January 2020

Online safety newsletters - Spring 2020

The spring HfL Online Safety Newsletters have now been published by the HfL Wellbeing team and feature a wealth of helpful links, guidance, news and updates. Please feel free to download the School Staff and / or Parents and Carers version and share it with your personal and professional networks. arrow Online safety newsletters

Thursday 16th January 2020

Hertfordshire service request form update

To access advice and support about individual children from any teams in the Integrated Services for Learning, a Service Request form must be completed. Please note, of these the Hertfordshire service request form has now been updated. arrow Service request form

Wednesday 15th January 2020

Find out more about Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day – 11th February 2020

Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally with the theme: Together for a better internet. This year the educational resources focus on the theme of identity online and whether young people are #freetobe themselves online. The free resources explore how young people manage their identity online and are tailored for 3-7s, 7-11s, 11-14s, 14-18s and parents and carers, along with guidance for educators. arrow Find out more about Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 15th January 2020

HR and Payroll Guides for Schools

New guides for HR and payroll have been produced to provide basic guidance for those taking on the role of HR and Payroll administration in schools. arrow Read more

Friday 10th January 2020

Bursary-supported computing training

Herts for Learning continues to support the National Centre for Computing Education by delivering computing courses for primary teachers. These courses are available with bursaries to support some teachers. We shall be delivering a 2 day, KS1 course at Sandringham School on 22nd January and 28th February, with a KS2 course to follow. arrow Read more

Friday 10th January 2020

Model policy for reducing the need for restrictive interventions in schools update

Hertfordshire schools and educational establishments are encouraged to use this updated framework, and to adapt it to their own situation. It is advised that all schools should be familiar with the Hertfordshire Policy on the use of Restrictive Physical Intervention. arrow Read more

Friday 10th January 2020

Herts for Learning appoints Transformation Director

Herts for Learning is delighted to announce an important new addition to its leadership team. Matt Schofield has been working with HfL since mid-2019 to help select new Finance, Payroll and other support systems, and has now joined the company as Transformation Director. Matt will be a member of the Executive Team. In this role he will help to manage implementation, data cleansing and training to ensure that the change is successful and that HfL realises the benefits of this important investment. arrow Read more

Thursday 9th January 2020

New updates added to the Standing Advisory Council on Religous Education (SACRE)

New updates have been added to the SACRE page on the Grid. These include guidance on collective worship and also information on what is SACRE and what does it do? arrow Read more

Thursday 9th January 2020

Herts for Learning appoints Head of Technology in Schools

Herts for Learning is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Bramwell as Head of Service – Technology in Schools with effect from January 2020. Chris is an experienced technology leader, having spent more than 25 years both in the public and private sectors including ten years as a head of IT at BT. Much of Chris’ career has focussed on delivering ‘fit for purpose’ IT solutions and technology-enabled change. This included delivering Wi-Fi for the Olympic venues and ensuring that BT Mobile launched without a hitch. arrow Read more

Thursday 9th January 2020

Data Collection Calendar – Spring term 2020 in school only

The Spring term Data Collection Calendar for 2020 has now been published which gives a list of the major and statutory data collections and disseminations of data between schools and the local authority. arrow Data Collection

Monday 6th January 2020

Guidance for schools: post-London Bridge terror attack

The DfE has issued guidance for schools following the terror attack at London Bridge for any pupils seeking support. arrow Read more

Monday 16th 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

RM Finance Online - Multi Line posting issue with VAT

Please be aware that there is an intermittent issue with VAT when using the multiline posting screen. RM have posted a message within the software with further information. When reclaiming VAT please ensure that you reselect the correct VAT code and ensure that the VAT on the invoice agrees with the VAT on the screen before posting. This issue is expected to be resolved on Thursday evening. RM are going to amend any incorrect transactions through the back of the system, do not attempt to adjust the transactions, if you find any. Please contact the financial services helpline if you require any further advice.

Tuesday 10th December 2019

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

Revision workshops
GCSE Mathematics and AQA English Revision Workshops for spring and summer 2020

The HfL Secondary Mathematics and English advisers are running 25 GCSE revision workshops starting in January.  Schools, parents and Carers can all book places for their children / students onto these workshops designed to support your school’s own revision programmes and motivate and challenge students in engaging, focused and active learning environments to help students feel 'exam ready'. Please visit the HfL CPD Hub to book places or please share the flyer with your parent body. arrow Revision workshops (pdf)

Wednesday 4th December 2019

New CPD Programme: Curriculum in Motion 2019/2020 – Session One
New CPD Programme: Curriculum in Motion 2019/2020 – Session Two

Curriculum in Motion 2019/2020: Session Two – 27th January 2020. Session two of this series of half-day CPD events is now available to book. The session will feature a keynote from guest speaker Andrew Percival, Deputy Headteacher and Curriculum Lead at Stanley Road Primary School in Oldham on Developing a curriculum for long-term learning and Penny Barefoot, Headteacher at Bushey Heath Primary School on Where to begin: Developing your curriculum arrow Curriculum in Motion

Tuesday 3rd 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

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