Hertfordshire County Council has announced the death of Robert Gordon, leader of the County Council since 2007.
Following this very sad news Robert’s wife, Susie, has been in touch to confirm funeral arrangements as below:-
The funeral will take place on Monday 30 October at 2.00pm at St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BY. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. Susie has said that all are welcome to pay their respects. Continue reading
HASG Summer Update 2017
As previously advertised, the Summer Update for Heads and Governors, which was arranged by the HASG, took place on 21st June. The briefing covered several topics and was lead by Marcus Cooper the Senior Education Manager in Hertfordshire. (Who we learned was moving on to pastures new at the end of term).
Marcus gave us updates from the Herts perspective covering Ofsted the DfE and Safeguarding. Debbie Orton, the Head of Integrated Service for Learning, also took a slot to talk about the ISL reorganisation. You can download the presentations by clicking the following link:
One item covered was the division of responsibilities between HCC and HfL; the following booklet might be of use in understanding the distinctions:
NewsBytes – Bombs, Governors & Statistics
A selection of news items of interest for governors addressing threat from bombs, SEN, supply teachers, removal of school governors, coasting schools and a manifesto gap.
25 May 2017 – Schools Week is reporting that schools have been reminded to keep staff up-to-date with procedures in their individual plans for emergencies after a school was Continue reading
Headteacher & Governor Briefing – 21st June 2017
Representatives from Governing bodies are invited to attend the next Headteacher & Governor briefing.
You may be aware that in early 2016 we held the first joint Headteacher & Governor briefing. Marcus Cooper, and his team, hold regular Headteacher updates and we have worked in conjunction with them to deliver one additional briefing aimed specifically at school governors.
Please feel free to join us on Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 6.00pm, at Continue reading
FrontFoot News – March 2017
These March 2017 FrontFoot news updates cover a range of educational areas of interest including matters of policy, media, research and statistics. This report includes items about 2-tier GCSEs, more free schools, SEND, tracking of social media, writing assessments, careers, breakfast clubs and much more. Click the links below to go to specific categories of interest; when there, the headings link to the full article. Continue reading
Reducing Teacher Workload
The Department for Education have provided an update on their policy towards reducing teacher workload. Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, has issued the following letter introducing this:
Letter from Lord Nash
REMOVING UNNECESSARY WORKLOAD FOR TEACHERS
We are committed to removing Continue reading
The 2016 winners
Hertfordshire Outstanding Governor Awards 2017 Nominations Open
The HASG are pleased to announce that nominations have opened for the School Governor Awards 2017. We aim to celebrate outstanding and distinguished service by school governors in Hertfordshire. Continue reading
Outstanding Governors 2016
Left to Right: Mike Cresswell, Jim Wright, Alex Hall, Richard Aggus, Nicole Morgan, Colin Crook
The Hertfordshire Governors’ Annual Conference on 19th November was the setting for the presentation of the Annual Hertfordshire Outstanding Governor Awards.
Councillor David Williams together with outgoing HASG Chairman, Mike Scandrett presented the prizes. Continue reading
FrontFoot News – January 2017
These January 2017 FrontFoot news updates cover a range of educational areas of interest including matters of policy, media and research. This report includes studies on young carers, news about term-time holidays and the new Ofsted chief and policy guidance on SEN funding, computer equipment and more. Click the links below to go to specific categories of interest; when there, the headings link to the full article. Continue reading
tes – 2016 Highlights
The tes has compiled its’ six favourite stories from 2016 (tes subscription necessary to read full content):
- The Truth About Memory – how exactly does it work? Get this essential reading for revision season.”If you want to optimise learning, forget what you think you know about how the brain recalls information and discover how to apply the science of memory in your classroom.”
- Nine things every teacher should know: leading education academic, Dylan Wiliam, shares the essential information he wishes he’d had when he started out.”We have more evidence about what works in the classroom than ever before, but how much of that knowledge is in the hands of teachers? Educationalist Dylan Wiliam outlines the essential information he wishes he’d had when he started out in schools – gleaned from some of the world’s top academics.”
- Primary children choose 100 things they should do at school before the age of 11 (and there’s 100 more to tick off before they’re 16!). Do you agree?”Schools are not just places of academic learning, they are environments in which children learn valuable life lessons and where they experience the things that will shape them as adults. Teachers and parents alike have strong views on what these lessons and experiences should be, but what do the children themselves value?”
- Misconceptions and muddles – how the role of SENDCO is being undermined, underused, and underappreciated; and how that’s letting children with SEND down.”Misconceptions over the role, muddled policy and a lack of visibility on leadership teams for special educational needs and disabilities co-ordinators have led to the risk of our most vulnerable children being failed by mainstream schools, argues Nancy Gedge.”
- How do parents pick schools? This exclusive survey suggests that Ofsted ratings are not the most important factor…”A TES and Mumsnet survey has found that the most important factors for parents when choosing a school for their child were the school’s approach to education and how supportive the school was to its students.”
- Not all children are born equal – find out why we need an unequal approach to behaviour management to get equal outcomes.”…so why on earth are we trying to treat them equally? One headteacher argues that a ‘no-excuses’ approach to behaviour in schools is far from fair – it can actually be damaging for vulnerable children, whose situations demand they should be given more than one chance.”