49 courses found

Code: GOV/20/104/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/vice chair. It is also recommended to refresh this training every 4 years.

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
  • gole of the governing board, the headteacher, all staff/volunteers
  • the 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.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 20 February 2020 19:00 - 21:00 Goffs Academy

Code: GOV/20/134/A Headteachers' performance management (LIMITED SPACES)


This course is particularly useful to governors who serve on the Headteacher Performance Panel but is of interest to all governors.

Governors will:

  • be familiar with headteacher performance management arrangements
  • understand the role of the external advisers in this process
  • gain awareness of relevant policies
  • have regards to the work/life balance of the headteacher

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 26 February 2020 19:00 - 21:00 Barnwell School

Code: GOV/20/162/A Health and Safety

This course is relevant to all governors, particularly those with an interest in premises and health and safety.


This session includes:

  • an overview of sensible risk management and balancing risk and benefit
  • health and safety roles and responsibilities
  • practical case studies
  • key areas for monitoring and a proportionate approach to safety in schools/academies.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 26 February 2020 19:00 - 21:00 South Hill Centre

Code: COM/19/23/A Herts for Learning Technology Showcase: Developing your school’s IT strategy

Join Herts for Learning at this free exciting event to support the development of your school’s IT strategy through a variety of CPD opportunities, including:

Free seminars:
• ‘The Power of an Effective IT strategy’ 
  Primary: Chris Bramwell, Head of Technology in Schools, Herts for Learning
  Secondary: Fergal Moane, Deputy Headteacher, Sandringham Research School

• ‘The Digital Divide’
  Tracy Warner, Education Services Director (Primary), Herts for Learning

• ‘Effective use of technology to support SEN’
  Dr. Andrew Perrett, Assistant Headteacher, Lonsdale School
  (surgery session available immediately afterwards)

• Maximising the functionality of school iPads
  Julian Coultas, Apple Professional Learning Specialist, Toucan

Free workshops:
• ‘Adobe: The Creative Classroom’
  Dominic Traynor, Educational Evangelist EMEA, Adobe

• ‘Technology to inspire the Early Years’
  Rachael Coulthart, Computing Lead, St. Nicholas CofE Primary School and Nursery

• ‘How can the Relationships Education, Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education curriculum support online safety?’
  Karin Hutchinson, Lead Wellbeing Adviser, Herts for Learning and
  Kate Stockdale, Wellbeing Adviser, Herts for Learning

• ‘Visual, Audible & Physical Learners’
  Proactive AV

• ‘Creative, accessible and exciting digital learning’
  Danica Chapman, 2Simple: Purple Mash

• The Benefits of Google for Education and G Suite’
  Chris Carter, e-Developments Adviser, Herts for Learning

Tech surgery sessions with HfL’s account managers available to answer any questions on how to realise your IT strategy with unused devices and using the Cloud in your school.

An inspiring live debate focused on ‘The role of Technology in Schools’ – what are the benefits, what are the risks?
Separate morning and afternoon sessions are available, with speakers on the panel including:
• Host - Tracy Warner, Education Services Director (Primary), Herts for Learning
• Fergal Moane, Deputy Headteacher, Sandringham Research School
• Penny Barefoot, Headteacher, Bushey Heath

Case studies from schools and the industry:
• ‘Bringing Creativity to the Classroom’
  Dominic Traynor, Educational Evangelist EMEA, Adobe

• ‘Introducing 3D printing to schools’
  Tina Taylor, Computing Lead, North Mymms St. Mary’s and Northaw C of E Primary School

The opportunity to talk with a wide range of exhibitors, showcasing a range of innovative technology resources and services.

The showcase is designed for all phases and relevant to SLT, subject leaders, teachers and governors.

Please note that the event runs from 9.00am – 4.30pm, but content will be repeated throughout the day to allow for either half-day attendance or full-day attendance, depending on your preference (approximate times: Morning 9.00am – 1.00pm, Afternoon 12.00pm – 4.00pm).

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 26 February 2020 09:00 - 16:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Code: GOV/20/107/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

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 27 February 2020 09:30 - 16:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Code: CSIB7 Chairs' Strategic Information Briefing

This briefing is recommended for Chairs, Vice Chairs and Chairs of Committees and will cover a large number of important topics and will include an update from Human Resources, Finance, HCC and Governance.

There will be an update on Pupil Premium from Felicity Evans and a slot on HT Mental Health amongst the topics covered.

Up to 2 governors per school can attend (including the Headteacher if they are a governor).

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 03 March 2020 17:30 - 20:00 Fielder Centre, Hatfield

Code: GOV/20/101/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/vice chair. It is also recommended to refresh this training every 4 years.

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
  • gole of the governing board, the headteacher, all staff/volunteers
  • the 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.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 03 March 2020 19:00 - 21:00 Barnwell School

Code: GOV/20/398/A New Ofsted framework briefing for Governors

By attending this briefing, governors will receive an update on the changes in the new Ofsted Inspection Framework, which comes into force in September 2019. This session is a combination of input and time for discussion, reflection and questions.

6.30pm Arrival/Tea and Coffee. This event will begin sharp at 6.45 p.m. and finish at 8.30 p.m. There will be an update on the changes from the previous Ofsted framework and the different style and approach this new framework has. As well as a presentation, governors will be able to network and discuss issues that will be relevant within their board.

  • Updated information
  • Networking with colleagues from a variety of boards
  • Group work discussions
  • Questions that boards may be asked
  • Reassurance of the process




Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 04 March 2020 18:30 - 20:30 Mercure London Watford Hotel

Code: GOV/20/222/A Becoming an effective chair

This course is relevant for all chairs’, vice chairs’, committee chairs’ and governors who aspire to become chair. This course has been updated to better reflect new DfE and Ofsted requirements. Lunch is provided for this training so please let us know if you have any allergies/special dietary requirements. 


The course uses a variety of learning approaches and emphasises the practical application of knowledge and skills and will encompass:

• leading and managing the work of "Team GB"
• supporting strategic leadership
• ensuring accountability, budget management and financial probity

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 07 March 2020 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Code: GOV/20/166/A Dealing with difficult people and courageous conversations

This course is aimed at Chairs, Vice Chairs and other governors who may need to undertake difficult conversations and/or deal with challenging individuals. The course will help in understanding what we mean by ‘difficult’, possible strategies to apply and when/why we need to have ‘courageous’ conversations.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 10 March 2020 19:00 - 21:00 Barnwell School