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HASG Sponsors the Outstanding Governors Awards

The closing date for nominations for their Governor Award scheme is 31st May 2022.

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Herts for LearningDigital Conference Starts Monday 15th March

Herts for Learning (HfL) and Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG) are delighted to confirm the rescheduled governor conference will be delivered digitally in spring 2021.

We took the decision to postpone the November 2020 date and reschedule for March 2021 in the hope ‘normal service will be resumed’.  However, as we remain in an uncertain period, HfL and HASG have taken the decision to run the conference digitally, but over the week!

Monday 15th March – Friday 19th March 2021:

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Diary datesDates for 2020/21 Headteacher & Governor Updates

As we continue to be in uncertain times, we have 3 dates, two of which are taking an optimistic view that larger group meetings might be possible by spring.  These update dates are:

  • Autumn 2020
    Monday 30 November – 2 x webinars with an evening one at 5 pm for governors.  Register online here.
    Agenda items to include:

    • Hertfordshire perspective,
    • HR updates,
    • Safeguarding updates.
  • Spring 2021
    Wednesday 17 March – Hatfield (Governors), and
  • Summer 2021
    Thursday 17 June – Hatfield (Governors).

Read about previous updates here.

 

Herts for LearningNominations Now Open for Herts for Learning non-exec directors

HfL have commenced an election process to recruit 3 x primary phase and 1 x special phase non-exec directors onto the HfL Board.  Details of this process are given below:

Election process for Herts for Learning non-executive directors

The Herts for Learning (HfL) Board includes six elected school non-executive directors who take up post for a term of three years. In November 2020, there will be Continue reading

Herts for LearningHerts for Learning AGM

The Herts for Learning (HfL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) provides a valuable opportunity for shareholders to share their views and communicate with our Board of Directors.  All headteachers and chairs of governors from shareholding schools are invited to attend this meeting.  If you are unable to attend yourself, you are welcome to nominate a representative to attend in your place.

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Urgent Deadline to respond to surveyAre You satisfied with HfL – Urgent Deadline

The 2019 HfL Shareholder Satisfaction survey to Hertfordshire Chairs is now available to complete online with a deadline of 24th May!

The HASG would strongly urge all Chairs to complete the survey.

Limited Responses to Date

As you may be aware, HfL sent details of the survey out to the Chairs of the 520 shareholding schools on 1st May 2019 and the HfL governance team have since been following up with Chairs since to encourage engagement.  However, they have only had Continue reading

The Future for MATs forum detailsThe Future for MATs

In order to help schools rise to the challenge of the MAT and shared efficiency agenda, Herts for Learning is hosting a MAT forum on the morning of 12th March.  Aimed at senior leadership and governance colleagues, whatever your position in the MAT or Federation journey, for those considering and for those already in established MATs. 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:

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 jessica.broadbent@ hertsforlearning.co.uk with your feedback or if you would like your school to be included.

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.

Training Times 1st Aniversary EditionTraining Times – Anniversary Competition

The first anniversary edition of Training Times published by Herts for Learning  arrives in Hertfordshire schools during w/c  20th April 2015 and can be viewed online through the following link http://bit.ly/TT-AprMay15 or clicking the picture.

To gauge how useful you have found the paper in its first year and to hear governors’ and teachers’ suggestions for improvement, HfL have created a short online survey suitable for all school staff to complete.

Anniversary-Competition-QR-CodeThe survey can be found by clicking the link http://bit.ly/TT-Survey2015, or scanning the QR code.

HfL is giving away a bumper hamper of goodies for one randomly selected entering school – the winner will be announced in June. No limitations on entries per school. Link to survey also found on front page of this edition.

This edition also includes:

  • teacher recruitment  – the HfL recruitment fair and what’s next,
  • new online resources added to subscription service,
  • Parent2Parent ® – how can you help your parents in supporting their child’s learning?
  • the Early Years reception baseline,
  • news from primary and secondary schools across the county.

Extra copies or feedback?

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.