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Code: FSS/20/139/P Sustainable Schools Workshop

Herts for Learning in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council has planned a series of Sustainable Schools Workshops to support financial management and efficiency in maintained schools. It is evident that pressure on school budgets is likely to be sustained in the short to medium term and the workshops have been developed in this context.

Please note these events are for invited attendees only, please only register if you have recieved the letter from HfL. 


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1 23 January 2020 09:30 - 12:30 West Herts College Map

Code: GOV/20/108/A Safer recruitment (EVENT FULL)

This nationally accredited full day ‘Safer recruitment’ training is suitable for governors and staff of schools/academies involved in the recruitment process. This course is applicable for those who have had no previous training - if you have attended ‘Safer recruitment’ training within the past 5 years’ there is a separate refresher course for those who wish to refresh their accreditation. (Please check if you are unsure)

The principles and actions for safer recruitment derive from the Bichard Inquiry which was formed following the tragic events of the 'Soham case' (2004). The Inquiry's Report highlighted flaws and shortcomings in the recruitment process that allowed Ian Huntley to be employed as a caretaker at Soham Community School. The Bichard Inquiry recommended that all governing boards have members who have been safer recruitment trained and that appointment panels for school leadership posts include at least one governor who has been safer recruitment trained. This course is based on the Safer Recruitment Consortium national programme.

Please note that attendance to the whole day is required in order to achieve accreditation.

The session will:

  • raise awareness of the Bichard Inquiry Report and the safer recruitment framework
  • look at data and trends in school/academy incidents of abuse
  • look at safer recruitment processes and policies
  • provide an opportunity to go through the recruitment process
Pre-course reading is available for all delegates to read through before the date of the training, please ensure to read this in advance.

Staff attending from a subscribing school will be charged £100

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1 24 January 2020 09:30 - 16:30 South Hill Centre Map

Code: ENG/20/51/S Herts for Learning AQA GCSE English 2019 revision workshops: An Inspector Calls

Our AQA GCSE English workshops are designed to motivate and challenge students in an engaging, focused and active learning environment.

Subject experts provide additional tuition with one goal – to help your child perform to their full potential in the summer examinations.

Workshops will have a maximum of 30 students and will always be delivered by highly experienced subject experts, following the very latest guidance.

The cost to attend this workshop is £45 including VAT.

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1 25 January 2020 13:00 - 16:00 Samuel Ryder Academy Map

Code: ENG/20/50/S Herts for Learning AQA GCSE English 2020 revision workshops: A Christmas Carol

Our AQA GCSE English workshops are designed to motivate and challenge students in an engaging, focused and active learning environment.

Subject experts provide additional tuition with one goal – to help your child perform to their full potential in the summer examinations.

Workshops will have a maximum of 30 students and will always be delivered by highly experienced subject experts, following the very latest guidance.

The cost to attend this workshop is £45 including VAT.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 25 January 2020 09:30 - 12:30 Samuel Ryder Academy Map

Code: GOV/20/169/A Induction for Governors (LIMITED SPACES)

This full day course is for new governors for schools, academies and MAT's. This course is very important for all new governors so that they can be as effective as possible in helping the governing board in its role to secure school improvement. Delegates benefit from the opportunity to network with new governors from other schools and academies.

We recommend that all new governors attend the ‘Induction for governors’ course within the first 3 months of being appointed. In particular new governors derive maximum benefit if they book onto a course which takes place after they have attended at least one governing board meeting.

The three key roles of the governing board that will be covered during the course are:
1. vision and strategic
2. holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
3. Financial management and best value

Delegates will also receive an insight into how to get to know your school and taking part in effective meetings. The course will use a variety of teaching strategies including group discussion, case studies and tutor input.


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1 25 January 2020 09:30 - 16:30 Goffs Academy Map

Code: ASS/19/236/A Be more moderator: Key Stage 2 – writing standardisation training for teachers and school leaders

By popular demand, this course, aimed at all Year 6 teachers and literacy leads, will roll out the latest 2020 DfE/STA national training that all Local Authority moderators receive.

Teachers require the same secure understanding of the Teacher Assessment Frameworks and guidance around writing assessment that the moderators have, in order to ensure that their teacher assessment judgements are accurate and that internal and external moderation is consistent and robust. This course will ensure that teachers hear exactly the same messages as moderators and have seen the same examples of writing at different standards. As part of the course, delegates will also be given the opportunity to put their assessment skills to the test, by taking the same standardisation exercise that moderators are required to pass.

Secure teacher assessment is an essential for every teacher, directly feeding into the teaching and learning and feedback in the classroom.

This course will also be of use to Year 5 teachers, and to Key Stage 3 English teachers and heads of English, to secure successful transition.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 27 January 2020 09:30 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: BMS/20/79/A Building a firm foundation in Microsoft Excel

By attending this Microsoft Excel introductory course, delegates will acquire the confidence and skills needed to set up and use spreadsheets more efficiently, discover time saving tips and tricks, learn how to make the most of simple formulas, and more.

The course is ideal for beginners, those who have basic knowledge of Excel or are self-taught. Using relevant, practical examples that would typically be encountered in a school setting, including pupil and financial data, delegates will leave feeling confident about creating useful spreadsheets for accurate calculations, and to save time.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 27 January 2020 09:30 - 12:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: ENG/19/178/P Curriculum in Motion: Full Programme

What are effective processes for curriculum construction, debate and renewal?
In reality, how is the curriculum used as a progression model?
Which factors influence the inclusion or omission of content within different curriculum models?
Which factors influence the order of content across different curriculum disciplines within the curriculum?

Following the success of the Primary Curriculum Symposium, Herts for Learning are delighted to launch a follow-up CPD offer: Curriculum in Motion. This series of half-day CPD sessions will allow leaders to continue the conversations begun during the Curriculum Symposium and to re-focus on key curriculum questions, such as those listed above. For those leaders who did not attend the Curriculum Symposium, the sessions will provide an excellent opportunity to engage in the topical debates surrounding curriculum design and implementation.

The five Curriculum in Motion sessions, which will be spread across the academic year 2019/20, will feature guest speakers, all of whom have considerable experience of forming and shaping bespoke curriculums, designed to meet the needs of learners within their diverse settings. Acting on the feedback from the Curriculum Symposium, each session will feature a speaker who is able to give practical insights into the processes, challenges and considerations associated with visioning and implementing a primary curriculum. In addition, the sessions will incorporate time and space to allow for leaders to consider, debate and respond to the content being presented.

Generic session outline:
Input 1: guest speaker – selected from a school or organisation that has engaged deeply in curriculum considerations.
Reflection time: an opportunity for leaders to discuss the content of the input session; time for questions or working with colleagues to consider actions to take back to settings.
Input 2: Hertfordshire schools’ showcase – input from a Hertfordshire Headteacher, or leader, working in a school that has been noted for its investment in curriculum considerations.

The following guest speakers have been confirmed: Ed Vainker, co-founder and executive principal of Reach Academy Feltham; Christine Counsell, who sits on Ofsted's curriculum advisory panel and was formerly director of education at Inspiration Trust; Andrew Percival, deputy headteacher and curriculum lead at Stanley Road Primary in Oldham - Andrew has co-written and delivered a well-regarded training offer with Clare Sealy, ‘Developing a Curriculum for Long-Term Learning’.

Places at these sessions are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment (maximum 2 delegates per school).
Leaders can choose to sign up for all five sessions in advance, or alternatively, sessions can be booked individually. Individual sessions will be available to book in due course – please email training@hertsforlearning.co.uk if you are interested in booking individual sessions.
Leaders who book all five sessions in advance will receive a 15% discount on the full price. The discounted price for all five sessions is £395. Individual sessions will cost £93.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 25 November 2019 13:00 - 16:15 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 27 January 2020 13:00 - 16:15 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
3 16 March 2020 13:00 - 16:15 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
4 18 May 2020 13:00 - 16:15 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
5 29 June 2020 13:00 - 16:15 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: MAN/19/469/P Curriculum in Motion: Session Two

What are effective processes for curriculum construction, debate and renewal?
In reality, how is the curriculum used as a progression model?
Which factors influence the inclusion or omission of content within different curriculum models?
Which factors influence the order of content across different curriculum disciplines within the curriculum?

Following the success of the Primary Curriculum Symposium, HfL are delighted to launch a follow-up CPD offer: Curriculum in Motion. This series of half-day CPD sessions will allow leaders to continue the conversations begun during the Curriculum Symposium and to re-focus on key curriculum questions, such as those listed above. For those leaders who did not attend the Curriculum Symposium, the sessions will provide an excellent opportunity to engage in the topical debates surrounding curriculum design and implementation.

The 5 Curriculum in Motion sessions, which will be spread across the academic year 2019/20, will feature guest speakers, all of whom have considerable experience of forming and shaping bespoke curriculums, designed to meet the needs of learners within their diverse settings. Acting on the feedback from the Curriculum Symposium, each session will feature a speaker who is able to give practical insights into the processes, challenges and considerations associated with visioning and implementing a primary curriculum. In addition, the sessions will incorporate time and space to allow for leaders to consider, debate and respond to the content being presented.

Curriculum in Motion Session Two: 27th January 2020

Keynote: Andrew Percival – Deputy Headteacher and Curriculum Lead at Stanley Road Primary School in Oldham

Developing a curriculum for long-term learning
Over the past two years at Stanley Road Primary School we have worked to develop a coherent ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum using insights from cognitive science to inform our decision making. In the session, I will outline the process we went through to develop the curriculum and will share examples of curricular planning to exemplify our thinking. Finally, I will explain some of the systems in school that support our curriculum implementation.

Herts Showcase: Penny Barefoot – Headteacher, Bushey Heath Primary School 

Where to begin: Developing your curriculum

Developing the curriculum has been the most exciting and rewarding part of my headship. Starting with post-it notes and squared paper, working closely with the subject leaders and interested parents, we have deconstructed and then reconstructed the curriculum. It has been hard work. It has been fun. It is a journey worth taking.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 27 January 2020 13:00 - 16:15 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: PVI/19/403/P Paediatric First Aid (EVENT FULL)

Paediatric First Aid

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 27 January 2020 09:30 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 03 February 2020 09:30 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map