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herts-county-councilLocal Pensions Member Schools – Substitute Member Required

HCC are seeking a substitute governor member to the HCC Local Pensions Board.  Board members will be paid reasonable expenses for their attendance at board meetings.  If you would like to be considered as the member to represent schools and employers on the Local Pension Board then please send a CV together with a completed Expression of Interest Form setting out your relevant skills and experience to catherine.tallis@nullhertfordshire.gov.uk no later than 21/10/15.

Background Details

Hertfordshire County Council established a Local Pension Board at the beginning of the Financial Year 2015/16. Regulations required all local administering authorities to establish a Local Pension Board by 1 April 2015, and the Board to be operational within four months of establishment. The Hertfordshire County Council Pension Board is part of the governance arrangements for the Hertfordshire Pension Fund as an oversight body. The Pension Board will is responsible for assisting the Administering Authority or Scheme Manager in securing compliance with:

  • The Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations;
  • Any other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the Pension Fund;
  • Requirements imposed by The Pensions Regulator in relation to the Pension Fund; and
  • Ensuring the effective governance and administration of the Pension Fund.

The constitution of the Hertfordshire Board includes a member and substitute member to represent schools and employers.  It was agreed by Schools Forum earlier in 2015 that members will be nominated by them.  The current substitute member has taken up the role of member and Schools Forum is now inviting applications from School Staff and Governors interested in becoming the substitute member.

Ideally the substitute member will have knowledge and understanding of public sector pensions and the Local Government Pension Scheme.

It is proposed that members of the board will serve for a term of four years and that a board member can sit on the Board for no more than three terms of office.

Board members will be paid reasonable expenses for their attendance at board meetings.

If you would like to be considered as the member to represent schools and employers on the Local Pension Board then please send a CV together with a completed Expression of Interest Form setting out your relevant skills and experience to catherine.tallis@nullhertfordshire.gov.uk no later than 21/10/15.

The appointment process is by invitation to any interested and suitably qualified school staff and governors, with the final appointment being approved by the Chair and Vice Chair of Forum based on a recommendation from Hertfordshire County Council’s Pensions, Treasury and Client Team. The Pensions, Treasury and Client Team will review expressions of interest and CV’s make a recommendation based on the experience and skills detailed in the expressions of interest and CVs. The nomination of the substitute member will be at the discretion of the Chair and Vice Chair of Schools Forum and will be subject to approval by the Deputy Chief Executive.

Role Description

1. Role and responsibilities of the Pensions Board/Substitute member:

1.1 The members of the Local Pension Board will assist Hertfordshire County Council as Scheme Manager:-

  • To secure compliance with the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) regulations;
  • any other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the Scheme;
  • To secure compliance with requirements imposed by The Pension Regulator in relation to the Scheme; and
  • In such other matters as the LGPS regulations may specify;
  • To secure the effective and efficient governance and administration of the LGPS for the Hertfordshire Pension Fund;
  • To Provide ongoing evaluation of the governance, delivery and monitoring mechanisms of the LGPS administrator, the LPFA, and recommend improvements where required so that members and employers interests are safeguarded;
  • To ensure the scheme administrator, the LPFA, supports members with a range of tools to improve their understanding of their pension benefits;
  • To provide the scheme manager with such information as it requires ensuring that any member of the Pension Board or person to be appointed to the Pension Board does not have a conflict of interest.

1.2 As a member of the Pension Board you will help ensure that the Hertfordshire Pension Fund is managed and administered effectively and efficiently and complies with the code of practice on the governance and administration of public service pension schemes issued by the Pension Regulator.

2. Qualities required for the role of a Pensions Board member

2.1 To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment, specifically:

  • You must be a member of the Hertfordshire Pension Fund or represent an active employer body;
  • You must have a good knowledge of public sector pensions and the capacity/ability to undertake additional learning specifically with regards to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • You must be aware of the requirements of The Pension Regulator’s public service schemes Code of Practice;
  • You should be able to comprehend financial reports and data;
  • You must be able to act impartially in the interests of both employers and members;
  • You must be able to act prudently, responsibly and honestly;
  • You must be an effective communicator and team player to promote excellent working relationships within the Local pension Board and gain the confidence of its stakeholders including the Scheme manager.
  • You must be able to commit to a term of membership of four years.

2.2 You must be able to attend up to four meetings each year and up to two training sessions each year.

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Exchanging Excellence ® Framework

Exchanging Excellence® is a framework for sharing best professional practice. It is the umbrella programme for all of the work Herts for Learning (HfL) are doing, and plan to do in the future, to find and share best practice and professional learning with our shareholders and customers on a range of current and relevant topics.

The Exchanging Excellence® framework is split into six themes for schools to easily identify different areas of good practice. Under each theme you will find case studies and resources to help identify interesting practice taking place in Hertfordshire schools and beyond.

Exchanging Excellence

The 6 themes of Exchanging Excellence®

Find out more at:

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Training Times relaunches as The ExchangeTraining Times Relaunches as The Exchange

Following feedback from schools last term, Training Times has been rebranded over the summer, and is now The Exchange.   The September/October edition of the paper is now in schools, with a spotlight on radicalisation, and September Ofsted changes alongside Hertfordshire schools’ and HfL news.

As you will notice, the paper is now slightly smaller, and has been redesigned by HfL’s graphic designer, Niall Hargrave. There are more news stories, more Hertfordshire schools’ stories, and you will now receive the paper folded to make it easier to handle in the staffroom.

The link to the online version can be found here:

This HfL monthly newspaper has something for governors and staff based in schools, whether looking for a little light reading on current educational news or for courses to further your professional development.

This edition also includes:

  • Hertfordshire’s success in Stonewall Equality Index 2015
  • the right to be forgotten!
  • Exchanging Excellence –  Closing the gap and a Hemel schools’ Transition project
  • HfL’S maths fluency project
  • top ideas for use in the classroom

… and much more!

Do you have something you want us to cover? Get in touch!

Please contact our editorial team with queries: theexchange@nullhertsforlearning.co.uk

If you or your chair of governors would like to receive extra copies for the governing body please get in touch. We welcome any feedback or content suggestions for future editions.

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Free School Governor Dashboard Webinar from FFT Aspire

Due to demand, an extra FFT Governor Dashboard webinar has been added to the autumn term series of free webinars. Education data specialists, FFT, are set to host the online event for school governors on Tuesday 13 October at 2pm.

The FFT Governor Dashboard, has been developed in partnership with the National Governors’ Association and the Wellcome Trust, and is now available through FFT Aspire, FFT’s new reporting and data tool for schools, local authorities and academy trusts.

All subscribing schools can download the Governor Dashboard from FFT Aspire, and share it easily with governors.  Alternatively, governors can be provided with their own account, giving access to not only the Governor Dashboard but also a range of other information to aid their ‘support and challenge’ role.

Through a simple, six-page dashboard, governors can see how their school attainment and pupil progress compares to the national average, how it performs in different subjects, and whether any specific groups of pupils are under-performing, making it the ideal overview for planning towards Ofsted and Estyn inspections too.

The online events which last for thirty minutes will allow you to interact with webinar hosts and presenters by asking questions. FFT Managing Director Paul Charman says:

The great thing about the online sessions is that you can log on from anywhere – your own school, workplace or home – without the need of an outside venue.

The free webinar: FFT Overview for School Governors takes place on October 13, at 2pm.

To book a place on the free webinar please visit http://bit.ly/Governorwebinar.

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Governance Case Studies

The ‘National Leaders of Governance – East of England‘ have recently published 3 case studies that will be of interest to Herts Governors:

School to School Governance Support in Luton

This case study, written by Craig Smith, NLG Central Beds, discusses  a soft federation of seven secondary and one 11-18 special school, called Luton Futures, working collaboratively together to improve outcomes for learners. The federation has been in operation since 2011 and has developed real impetus – so much so that after starting as a Heads forum it further developed with LFIGs (Luton Futures Improvement Groups) designed to focus in on and support specific areas. These LFIGs were developed from 2012 onwards and focused on areas such as Teaching and Learning, Literacy, Data, SEN, Behaviour, Business Managers. In 2013 the model was extended to cover Governance and an LFIG Governors Group was set up – to offer peer to peer support to the Chairs of Governors of the eight schools and to support leadership development across the federation.

Read the full article here.

Teaching school alliance support for governance in Suffolk

Written by Victoria De Naeyer, this study discusses Samuel Ward Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust with a family of academies in Suffolk. The trust consists of 3 secondary academies, 3 primary academies and a special school. The Suffolk Borders Teaching Alliance was established in September 2015, led by Samuel Ward, and is made up of 15 schools in the locality. Samuel Ward has embraced its responsibilities for school to school support and system leadership as it relates to governance and is really having an impact on raising governance standards across its trust and wider teaching school alliance.

Read the full article here.

Developing governance system leaders in Hertfordshire

Written by our own Kathy Dunnett, this study discusses the evolutionary process from the creation of Herts Leaders of Governance, through to National Leaders of Governance and leading on to Strategic Leaders of Governance; this latter group has grown from a small kernel of 6 in 2012 to nearly 40 now helping schools in Hertfordshire to meet their objectives.

Read the full article here.

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Hemel Roadshow hits the papers

The Hemel Roadshow recently attracted interest from the local newspaper ensuring that the message gets spread even further.  hemeltoday reported the event as follows:

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Governors roadshow comes to Hemel Hempstead – Mike Scandrett, chairman of the Herts Association of School Governors is 2nd on left.

 

 

 

A school governor recruitment roadshow will be stopping off at the Volunteer Centre in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, on Saturday, June 27.

Schools and academies are being rallied with the support of the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG) and Herts for Learning, to recruit people for their governing bodies.

The district of Hemel Hempstead has been identified as having recruitment problems currently, which is why HASG are delighted that the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Robert Mclean and MP Mike Penning are supporting this event, to raise the profile of the role and encourage people to volunteer.

Mike Scandrett, chairman of the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors said:

Being a governor is not just about attending meetings. It is much more about being part of your local school and local community while making a contribution towards the development and learning of young people who are the citizens of tomorrow. Governors are there to ensure that schools are run well, to shape their future and that children thrive and enjoy learning. Being part of that is a reward in itself. Be proud to be a governor. I am.

As a school governor you are part of the strategic leadership team for the school. You will steer the school vision, aims and objectives, ensure financial best value and support and enable the staff to provide an excellent learning environment. Could you be a school governor?

  • If you have the time and commitment to help improve the education of the pupils in your chosen school
  • If you are prepared to attend governors’ meetings and visit the school
  • If you are prepared to attend training to ensure that you fully understand your role then you would make an ideal school or academy governor.

There has already been a successful event in Stevenage earlier in June, when local MP Stephen McPartland said:

It is really important we get people with the right skills to volunteer as School Governors. It is an incredibly rewarding position and makes a massive impact on the quality of education locally. School Governors work closely with staff to ensure the resources are available to make a difference to every child’s education and help them succeed in life.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a school or academy governor, email kathy.dunnett@nullhertsforlearning.co.uk or alternatively check out the websites at www.hertsdirect.org/governors or www.hertsgovernors.org/

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Training Times front page March 2015Training Times – March 2015

The March edition of Training Times is now in schools, with a spotlight on Herts for Learning’s science and MFL teams.

The link to the online version can be found here: Training Times March

This HfL monthly newspaper has something for governors and staff based in schools, whether looking for a little light reading on current educational news or for courses to further your professional development.

This edition includes:

  • “Grit Gets Grades” – a look into the new focus on character education and what two Hertfordshire schools are doing to give pupils grit
  • Science and MFL – how can these teams support you?  An introduction to the Lead advisers for Science (Joanna Conn) and Modern Foreign Languages (Jackie Rayment), their background and priorities.
  • Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s Poet Laureate, entertained at HfL’s national poetry conference, “The Power in Poetry: Language as Play” in March.
  • The Early Years pupil premium – School Leaders said they were inspired at HfL’s “Ready for Early Years Premium and Ofsted Inspection of Early Years” conference in February.
  • HfL’s new SBM service – headed by Natalie Dalvarez, the service aims to support school improvement, raise teh profile of SBMs and help standardize a role that is still new to many schools.

…and much more!

If your chair of governors would like to receive extra copies for the governing body please get in touch. We welcome any feedback or content suggestions for future editions.

Please contact HfL journalist Jessica Broadbent at [email protected] hertsforlearning.co.uk with your feedback or if you would like your school to be included.

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Front page of July 2015 edition of Training TimesTraining Times – July 2015

The July 2015 edition of Training Times is now in schools, with a spotlight on mental health, Exchanging Excellence and our Vulnerable Groups Achievement team alongside the usual HfL and schools’ news.

The link to the online version can be found here: http://bit.ly/TT-July15.

This edition includes:

  • mental health – the pressures facing young people:
    ‘Homework ban to save pupils from depression’, read one headline in The Times last month; ‘Give children a good start in life’, pleaded top national mental health organisations to the new government in the wake of the general election.
  • new Head of School Recruitment Services has now joined HfL:
    Justine Hammond joined HfL on 1st July.
  • Exchanging Excellence – an impressive journey from RI to outstanding at Brockswood:
    The school is one of the first in the country to move straight from RI to outstanding between only two inspections under the current framework.
  • HfL’s first Investor in Parents award winners, Newberries Primary:
    Anna Traxon, Headteacher, commented “We are delighted to have been awarded with Investor in Parents status and to be the first school in Hertfordshire to receive the accolade.”
  • National Conference for school business managers:
    Organised by HfL last month, this national conference on the topic of being creative and inspirational during times of challenge & change, had three keynote speakers and 12 workshops.

…and much more!

Changes ahead

Following feedback from the recent Training Times survey, we are currently reviewing and refreshing the format, content and name of this publication for September.

If your chair of governors would like to receive extra copies for the governing body please get in touch. We welcome any feedback or content suggestions for future editions. Please contact our Journalist Jessica Broadbent at jessica.broadbent@nullhertsforlearning.co.uk with your feedback or if you would like your school to be included.

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John Cridland of the CBI calls for assessment of character educationCBI leader calls for Ofsted to assess character education

John Cridland, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has argued that school inspections should focus on whether schools are producing “well rounded people” rather than exam outcomes.

Speaking to an audience of academics, Cridland said that:

changing the inspection framework to ensure an equal focus on how schools are supporting the development of key attitudes and behaviour as on the more traditional academic measures would be a good first step in producing the well rounded young people business needs.

The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has emphasised previously her commitment to character education and the Department for Education announced the recipients of funding from its character grants scheme last week.

For more discussion of how governors can ensure their school is promoting their pupils’ personal development, see this recent Governing Matters article: Character education (NGA Membership required to access).

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David Owen - The Discovery Show

David Owen – The Discovery Show

Governance is on the radio!

On Friday 26 June, between 4 – 6 pm David Owen (Governance Trainer and Disc Jockey) will be playing an interview recorded with Kathy Dunnett, in her role as Vice Chair of Herts Association of School Governors) talking about governance and how to be a governor.  It will be played around 4.45 – 5pm.

The station is internet based and you can listen via:

There will be a catch up of the interview online via the show’s webpage after Friday:

If anyone knows anyone with a fascinating story or passion for a subject, David is always looking for people to interview!
Contact David Owen on   thediscoveryshow@nullgmail.com

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