This course is aimed at all governors and headteachers of Voluntary Aided, Foundation schools and academies. This session is suitable for both Primary and Secondary schools/academies and is aimed at governors of own admission authority schools.
If parents appeal against a decision not to admit their child, a governor will have to defend that decision to an independent appeals panel and try to convince them that admitting another child would 'prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.' If the panel is not convinced, they will uphold the parental appeal.
This course, aimed at NQTs and returning teachers, is designed to cover the key components of good practice in day-to-day formative assessment, based on up-to-date thinking and research.
Establishing the right classroom ethos for Assessment for Learning (AfL) to have maximum impact on pupils' progress is key, and this course will explore practical classroom strategies to embed a new culture of learning in every classroom that breeds resilience and confidence in learners while also raising aspirations and fostering wellbeing.
Topics covered in the course include developing the growth mindset, setting good learning objectives, generating success criteria with pupils and using these effectively, feeding back to pupils about their learning, language for learning, enabling pupils to carry out peer and self-assessment, and good quality questioning to move learning forward.
This course is most suitable to NQTs and those teachers early in their career. This course would also suit overseas trained teachers and those returning to teaching.
The school business management profession is a key element of creating a sustainable future for our schools. However, as budgets continue to be squeezed and workloads grow, pressure on SBMs intensifies. 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.
Keynote delivered by Marcus Child
Workshops will include:
ICFP: Why, what and how? Forward financial planning and resource management
Led by DfE-accredited school resource management advisers
As Lord Agnew shared in a recent speech to school business leaders, we have a key role in ensuring all children have a first class education, and knowing the cost of each lesson is just one element of managing our resources. Learn the key metrics employed within the government initiative of school resource efficiency, how and when to apply these in your school, and to help you secure your school’s future resilience in the current education economic climate. The workshop will go beyond the metric tool and explore the resource efficiency approach and strategies to enable you to protect the assets in your school and its future sustainability.
Employment law learning session
Led by Tom Stenner-Evans, a Partner in the Employment Team at Michelmores LLP supported by the Herts for Learning HR team
With effective school resource management a high priority, the unfortunate reality is that restructuring and redundancy scenarios are becoming more commonplace in the education sector. Within the session you will be guided through an interactive look at carrying out a restructuring exercise. The session will include particular emphasis on best practice for both legal compliance and employee engagement during this often difficult time. You will leave this engaging session armed with a wealth of information to guide your school through even the most complex and contentious restructuring programmes.
Staff and team wellbeing for recruitment and retention
Led by Herts for Learning HR expert practitioners and wellbeing partners
As resilience and wellbeing continue to be highlighted by staff within national surveys and by government as a key priority and concern within education, join an expert-led session to identify key resources and approaches to implement in your school environment to allow you to reinvest and inspire your team.
School business professional practice
Herts for Learning team and school business management practitioners
The need for strong leadership and accountability continue to be key themes in education. This session will focus on strategies and case studies of how school business leaders have promoted professional collaboration with the senior leadership team and governors and its positive impact on the school operation.
The workshop will build your professional practise and your contribution to school improvement by sharing key tips and approaches on how to build your influence and rapport with key stakeholders. You will leave the session confident in ensuring that your view will be heard and your ability to shape the future of your school is enhanced
Primary science should inspire pupils and foster their natural curiosity. Harnessing this curiosity involves providing opportunities for pupils to ask questions, explore materials and the environment, observe, test things out and find answers to questions. Exploring what it means to be a scientist, will not only engage and excite pupils but also develop essential working scientifically skills. This course is for teachers and subject leaders who are looking to inspire future scientists and develop life-long learning skills.Essential Information
Is developing teaching to ‘pitch work at the correct level for the most able’ or ‘set work which consistently challenges and stretches the most able’ or ‘improve teaching of the most able so they achieve higher standards’ a school focus?
Understanding exactly what this means and looks like in the classroom is hard. Pupils who are quick at calculating and getting the right answer might seem secure and ready for the challenge. But do they have depth of understanding? Can they explain their thinking or apply it independently to a different context? Why is it that even when providing opportunities for deeper thinking pupils do not reach the higher standard by the end of the key stage?
This course, suitable for subject leaders, Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers, will explore how to move pupils through the programme of study ‘at broadly the same pace’ whilst providing opportunities to challenge all pupils. Using simple, yet elegant, approaches ways to add depth and challenge to tasks suitable for all by adding reasoning, varying representations, asking ‘what if?’ and developing independence will be developed. Exploring how to convert greater depth into more pupils reaching the higher standard will also be focused upon by considering what else needs to happen.
This course is strongly recommended for all governors and is essential for the designated child protection governor(s), the chair and the vice chair. It is also highly recommended that all governors refresh this training every 4 years. This course is not available as in-house training due to the demand for this training, please do encourage governors to attend these course by booking online.
This training looks at:
• safeguarding in the school context
• the role of child protection school liaison officers (CPSLO)
• the nature of child abuse • safeguarding responsibilities
• role of the governing board, the headteacher, all staff/volunteers
• role of the Designated Senior Person (DSP)
• child protection policy and procedures statutory child protection training timescales
• vulnerability of staff in schools • management of allegations against staff
• monitoring and review of school practice, policies and procedures
• introduction to audit tools - Annual Schools' Safeguarding Practice Checklist and Annual Safeguarding Report
• an opportunity to ask questions or arrange follow-up contact with your CPSLO.
This termly user group is designed to provide up-to-date information on developments within the Capita SIMS software and statutory returns, as well as exchanging information on processes and procedures undertaken on a day-to-day basis. It also offers the opportunity to ask Data Management consultants any questions, and network with other school administrators. This session is free to schools that have a support contract with Data Management Services. HfL recommends attendance at these user groups to keep up to date and informed.Essential Information
This session will update delegates on local and national developments for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It will help delegates to be confident in understanding their school's statutory duties and provide practical support in enabling them to fulfil their leadership and management responsibilities. The session will include a range of short updates and also a more in-depth exploration of topical issues, to help delegates consider implications for their school.Essential Information
Statistically three pupils in every classroom could have diagnosable mental ill health.
It is vital NQTs feel equipped to fulfil their role in supporting these pupils.
This involves attention promoting and supporting positive wellbeing in classroom processes and activities. Teachers need to make the necessary adjustments to support mental health needs.
This course will also introduce mindfulness as a coping, self-soothing mechanism and as an approach to supporting mental wellbeing.