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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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Camps Hill Curriculum from 20th JuneGovernors’ Briefing 20th June 2019

The most recent Governors’ Briefing took place on 20th June at the Beales Hotel.  The full programme included the following topics:

  • The Hertfordshire Perspective
  • Ofsted update
  • Feedback on the Ofsted Pilot Inspections
  • Virtual School update
  • SEN Specialist Provision
  • Press Handling
  • Safeguarding update
  • HR update.

The following handouts were used during the course of the meeting: Continue reading

Spring 2019 Update – Venue Change!

We are delighted to announce the date for the Spring 2019 update is Thursday 7th March 2019.  It will take place between 6 pm – 8 pm with light refreshments served at 5:30 pm at Robertson House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG1 2FQ.  Please feel free to join us.

Agenda items this term will include: Continue reading

HCC LogoHeadteacher & Governor Update – 21st June 2018

We are delighted to announce that the date for the next session is Thursday 21st June 2018.  It will take place between 6pm – 8pm with light refreshments served at 5.30pm at the Beales Hotel, Hatfield (AL10 9NG).  Please feel free to join us.

These Hertfordshire Headteacher Updates continue under the steer of Debra Massey (Headteacher at Howe Dell) for the Summer term.   We hope you will join us and support Debra in delivering these sessions.

The Hertfordshire Headteacher updates provide:

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Autumn 2017 Heads & Governors’ Update

The Autumn 2017 Heads & Governors’ Update takes place on Tuesday 21st November, at Beales Hotel in Hatfield, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.  These updates provide:

  • a direct information stream from Hertfordshire County Council to school leaders and governors.
  • a regular update on current DfE and Ofsted initiatives alongside local and national priorities.
  • important information which is relevant to all schools and academies, regardless of their phase or status.
  • high quality executive summaries of key information, with appropriate follow up materials clearly identified and sign-posted.

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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:

Front FootFrontFoot 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):

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.”
  3. 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?”
  4. 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.”
  5. 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.”
  6. 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.”

Newsbites – Mostly Ofsted

This newsbites is mostly Ofsted related with links to videos from Ofsted subject leads, segregation in independent faith schools & predicting ratings.

Ofsted’s specialists: videos

Ofsted have published a series of videos on their YouTube channel, Continue reading

Front FootFrontFoot News – July 2016

These FrontFoot news updates cover a range of educational areas of interest including matters of policy through to media interest.  Click the links below to go to specific categories of interest; when there, the headings link to the full article. Continue reading