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Code: SRF46 Safer Recruitment Refresher (EVENT FULL)

It is a Hertfordshire recommendation that all safer recruiters receive refresher training to remain accredited. This 2 hour training session is only to be attended by those who have previously completed the all day Safer Recruitment training and whose 5 year accreditation is due to / very recently expired (please check if you are unsure).

This is open for governors and staff to attend - please check costs below.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 13 November 2019 19:00 - 21:00 West Herts College Map

Code: GOV/19/188/A Governors' Understanding Education - a Look to the Curriculum: Hertfordshire Governors' Annual Conference 2019

Join Herts for Learning (HfL) and Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG) at the 2019 annual governor conference. This year’s conference will focus on the governors' understanding of the curriculum. The day will allow delegates to listen to two keynote speakers, attend up to three seminars as well as providing a chance to meet with governors' from a wide range of settings, providing excellent networking opportunities.

The first keynote will be delivered by Professor Mick Waters who will be speaking on the governors' role in curriculum effectiveness. As an education consultant, Mick works with authorities across the UK on innovative approaches to learning. Mick has worked at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as Director of Curriculum, taking a leading role in helping schools to rethink their approach to curriculum design and influencing national policy on aspects of the national curriculum.

Closing the conference, Rachel Macfarlane will be highlighting the role of governors' in growing great schools. Rachel joined the HfL Executive team as Director of Education Services in April 2018, bringing with her a wealth of experience from an extensive and varied career in education. As Director of Education Services, Rachel is the strategic lead for all HfL's education services to schools across all phases.

There will be a wide range of seminars to choose tailored specifically around the curriculum and covering all phases. Delegates will receive an email asking them to pre-select their seminar choices once they have registered. 

Please note the conference will begin at 9:15am in the Oak Room, refreshments will be available from 8:30am.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 16 November 2019 08:30 - 15:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: GV12 Governor Visits

This course is especially useful:

  • for governors who have yet to carry out a governor visit
  • as an In House session for governing boards who wish to re-assess the way they carry out governor visits.

This session will provide governors with:
  • an overview of the generic requirements applying to linked governors
  • examples of good practice
  • practical advice as to how the GB and individual governors can effectively fulfil their role.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 19 November 2019 19:00 - 21:00 Barnwell Upper School, Stevenage Map

Code: EX108 Exclusions (EVENT FULL)

This training session equips governors to be able to sit on a governors' Disciplinary Committee panel which is a statutory requirement in the case of certain types of school exclusion, including any permanent exclusion. We recommend that panel members are re-trained every 2 years.

Excluding a pupil involves a statutory process that governors should ensure they perform legally and effectively. There will be a mixture of tutor input, group activity/discussion and an opportunity to ask questions.

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1 20 November 2019 19:00 - 21:00 South Hill Centre Map

Code: GOV/19/13/A Clerks' network

These termly seminars include presentations covering a range of governance topics for both academies and schools

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1 25 November 2019 09:30 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: MAN/19/305/P Curriculum in Motion: Session One

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 One: 25th November 2019

Guest speaker:
Ed Vainker, Co-founder and Executive Principal of Reach Academy Feltham

Developing a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum
The session will explore the journey that Reach Academy Feltham has taken in developing its History and Geography curriculum. It will explore the evidence base underpinning the approach and then how the curriculum is implemented by reviewing a range of resources. Finally it will set out how the curriculum is enacted at Reach and other schools, digging into the pedagogy and teacher development strategies used. 

Herts Showcase:
Debbie Fenn, Headteacher at St Andrews C of E (VA) in Hitchin, will offer an insightful reflection into how a change of ethos creates a dynamic, flexible and life enhancing curriculum. With an example from the significantly insignificant that started it all off!

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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

Code: AAP23 Admission Appeals - Primary and Secondary schools

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.

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1 26 November 2019 19:00 - 21:00 The Bushey Academy Map

Code: GOV/19/180/A Safeguarding children (EVENT FULL)

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.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 26 November 2019 19:00 - 21:00 West Herts College Map

Code: HCMA6 Handling Academy Complaints

This training is aimed at all governors of academies, free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges (UTC's).

Whilst based on the good practices principles of the HCC Model Procedures for Dealing with School-Based Complaints, the concept of Governors' roles and responsibilities remains the same, although other model policies may differ in terms of the number of stages within a procedure.

This session will:

  • enable you to identify the principles of good complaint handling
  • share the Complaints Policy Toolkit
  • use the Toolkit and relevant papers to work through a scenario
  • be mindful of the differing requirements that apply to academies and free Schools, etc.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 27 November 2019 19:00 - 21:00 West Herts College Map

Code: GOV/19/179/A New to finance in maintained schools

This course should enable governors who are new to governance to gain an understanding of their role in the financial management of schools and develop their skills to meet their responsibilities.

This session will:

  • Support new governors in developing their understanding of the financial aspect which governors monitor as part of their role

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 28 November 2019 19:00 - 21:00 Barnwell Upper School, Stevenage Map