Herts for Learning launch new best practice programme for Hertfordshire schools
Exchanging Excellence is an exciting new programme being run by Herts for Learning (HfL) for Hertfordshire schools. It is the umbrella programme for all of the work HfL are doing and plan to do in the future, to find and share best practice and professional learning with their customers on a range of current and relevant topics.
HfL are launching the programme with a cross phase project to find practice that is having most impact in improving outcomes for pupils eligible for pupil premium; whilst ensuring that other groups continue to be stretched and achieve at least expected progress.
This first project within the Exchanging Excellence programme is called “Closing Gaps” and will be taking place over the next few months.
The project is being led by David Birch and Marc Rowland. They will be working with the Teaching Alliances, other school leaders and HfL staff, identifying practice where there is evidence of most impact, in schools and settings in different circumstances and geographical areas across the county. They will draw upon work that is already taking place in specific phases, such as the primary phase RANGe project (Raising Achievement Narrowing Gaps effectively) and work being led by the Teaching Alliances; bringing all of the relevant professional learning together, identifying common themes and threads and supplementing that with evidence based research taking place nationally.
Information about the project and its findings will be shared and exchanged under the Exchanging Excellence section of the HfL website and regularly updated. There will be opportunities to attend conferences in the summer term to hear more about the findings and to examine the practice that might be most relevant and useful to your school or setting.
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New Annual Outstanding Governors Awards
At the annual conference in November HASG announced the Outstanding School Governor Awards 2014, sponsored by the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors, and organised in association with Herts for Learning.
We aim to celebrate outstanding and distinguished service by school governors in Hertfordshire. The winners of the first awards will be announced at the Hertfordshire Governors’ Annual Conference in November 2014.
Nominations Closing date: Friday 23rd May 2014
NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED..
Awards & Prizes
- Each winning governor (total of three) to be awarded a £50 cash prize
- Prizes of £500 – to be awarded to the schools of the three winning governors, as given on the nomination form. The £500 is to be spent so it directly benefits the students; it is not to be spent on teaching or teachers and we would like the money to be spent on something the school hasn’t already budgeted for.
- All nominators will be put into a prize drawn and three will be drawn at random and be awarded a £25 cash prize.
The half-day conference previously announced for May 10th 2014 is no longer taking place, our regular Forums, though, will still provide you with lots of networking and idea sharing opportunities.
Do you have something to say about the Government’s consultation on a new SEN code of practice? If so remember the SEN consultation period closes on 9th December 2013.
The Children and Families Bill, currently in Parliament, will bring changes to the special educational needs (SEN) framework, subject to royal assent.
This consultation proposes replacing SEN statements (for schools) and learning difficulty assessments (for young people in further education and training) with single 0 to 25 education, health and care plans.
To review all the documents and participate in this consultation you need to go online at:
… where fuller information is available.
We hope you enjoy our new-look website. It should help us keep you more up to date in a user-friendly way but, as with all things new, it may take a little while to get used to it – please do bear with us. Also please be aware that the site remains under construction and review for the next few days at least.