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COMING SOON: the new HfL website will be launching after half-term!

Our new website will be more interactive, user-friendly and informative with added resources and easier access to subscription packages.

And there’s more good news - we’ll also be launching a brand new course booking system early in the spring term to help schools find and book courses more easily.

Please visit again after the 1st November!

News date: 
17 October 2017

Alison Penny

Alison is the Director or Business and Organisation Development and joined Herts For Learning in September 2017. She has over 25 years of experience in sales and business development working for leaders in their field, including Glaxo and BUPA, and was a director of The London Clinic, the UK’s largest independent hospital. Her passion for education prompted her to become a school governor (and latterly Chair) where she experienced first-hand the joys and challenges of life in a Hertfordshire school. Before joining Herts for Learning she spent 18 months working with a young social enterprise being nurtured within the Innovation Hub at Teach First.

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Appointment of new non-executive director to the HfL Board

Herts for Learning Ltd (HfL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Annemari Ottridge as a non-executive director to the HfL Board.

Annemari is the Headteacher at Lonsdale in Stevenage, a school for physically and neurologically impaired young people aged from 3 to 18 years.  She was elected to the role of special and alternative provision school/academy phase non-executive director and will replace Paul Johnson on the HfL Board.

With over 28 years of experience in education Annemari passionately believes in building successful learning communities through collaboration and leadership.  Through her experience of managing cultural change in education she understands the potential that local partnerships have for developing schools and enhancing the experience of young people and families.

Andrew de Csilléry, Managing Director at HfL said,

We are delighted to be joined on our Board by Annemari.  Her background and experience will be invaluable in supporting our work in schools and the delivery of our business growth strategy over the coming years.”

 

News date: 
03 October 2017

Hertfordshire schools continue to make the grade

Early indications show that Hertfordshire schools remain above the national standards in assessment throughout all school phases, from Early Years to KS4.

This year’s GCSEs are the first that were graded under the new grading system, in which numbers 9–1 are awarded to KS4 pupils in maths and English. Nationally, 51,257 grade 9s were awarded across English language, English literature and maths.

In a statement, published by the Department for Education, Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb, congratulated students on GCSE results day as well as praising the dedication of teachers.

Today, hundreds of thousands of 16-year-olds find out the results of two years or more of hard work and study. They will now move onto the next phase of their education well-equipped for what lies ahead and I would like to thank their teachers, whose dedication and hard work has helped them achieve success,” he said.

The government’s new gold-standard GCSEs in English and maths have been benchmarked against the best in the world, raising academic standards for pupils. These reforms represent another step in our drive to raise standards, so that pupils have the knowledge and skills they need to compete in a global workplace.”

Speaking about how this year’s results differs from previous year’s, Ben Fuller, Lead Assessment Adviser at Herts for Learning, said:

This year’s results are not comparable with last year’s for two key reasons. Firstly, the change in grades, from letters (A*–G) to numbers (9–1) in English and maths – coupled with the new terminology of a ‘standard pass’ (a Grade 4 or above) and a ‘strong pass’ (5 or above) – means that the key measure (proportion of children achieving a good pass in both English and maths) is not comparable with previous years."

Secondly, when looking at the Attainment 8 score, this figure is not comparable due to changes in the values assigned to certain grades. For example, last year, if a student achieved a C grade in every subject, their Attainment 8 score would be 50 points."

This year, if they achieve a C grade in every subject, (or a 4 in English and maths) in every subject, their Attainment 8 score would be 40 points."

We will have a clearer idea of national standards when the Statistical First Release is produced in October, but early indications show a strong performance in Hertfordshire.”

Elsewhere, early indications also show that Hertfordshire schools remain above the national figures in KS2 reading, writing and mathematics.

This year the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard was 65%, an increase of 6% from the previous year and 4% above the national outcome.

Similar results were seen in KS1, with 67% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, 3% higher than the national result.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, last year proved to be another successful year in Hertfordshire, with 72% achieving the good level of development, a 2% increase on the previous year.

To read the full statement from Nick Gibb, please visit the Department for Education website here:

By Ryan Fisher, Journalist

We welcome your thoughts and comments via Twitter using @HertsLearning

This article is from the September/October edition of The Exchange. To read the full newspaper please visit:

News date: 
03 October 2017

Herts for Learning Annual General Meeting 2017

Herts for Learning’s Annual General Meeting was held at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage on 27th September, offering shareholders an opportunity to hear the progress that the company has made this year.

This year’s AGM, the first since Andrew de Csilléry was appointed as Manager Director in January, focused on how the company continues to make good progress to deliver key strategic initiatives, despite the challenges posed to the education sector by the current political and financial landscape.

We have continued to invest in the ‘common good’, supporting schools and settings with their most pressing issues. Most notably, our third HfL-funded teacher recruitment fair in March was the most successful to date, with more, better-qualified potential recruits attracted to this important event. We will continue to seek ways to help schools find the high-quality teachers they need,” said Andrew.

In this challenging environment, we must remain true to our underlying purpose and our vision for the role we believe we can play. We believe that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live or their circumstances. We aim to be the company of choice for services, resources and products helping those we work with to deliver a great education.”

Andrew also highlighted the latest Ofsted results that showed that 91.7% of Hertfordshire schools are rated good or outstanding compared to 90.5% a year earlier:

We have seen a further rise in the percentage of schools rated good or better, ensuring that Hertfordshire remains ahead of both national figures and also those of our statistical neighbours."

These results could not have been delivered without close collaboration and partnership working between our staff, schools in Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire Country Council. It is this partnership that lies at the heart of all of our work and enables us to continue to deliver improved outcomes for children across the county.”

Andrew also outlined the company’s new strategic plan to address the challenges that it faces:

Our new strategic plan addresses these challenges through the evolution of our education and business services offer. We plan to put digital at the heart of what we do, a shift to a rigorous and structured approach to product development and marketing, a cultural change leading to a customer-centric organisation that lives its values, and a financial model that delivers stability whilst maintaining a surplus that is invested to the benefit of all our stakeholders.”

In closing, Andrew thanked shareholders for their support and committed Herts for Learning to continuing to do all it can to meet their needs:

In closing, I would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and partnership with us. We recognise that you have a choice as to whether or not you wish to use our services, and that we must therefore continue to do all we can to retain your support and your custom.”

Shareholders were asked to vote for two resolutions for the year ahead. Shareholders voted in favour of appointing Mercer and Hole as the Company’s auditors for the financial year 2017-18 and for their remuneration to be agreed by the Board. Also the number of co-opted directors increased from two to three, to enable the board to have the right set of skills to carry out their full responsibility.

To view the annual shareholder report, please visit:

News date: 
03 October 2017

Herts for Learning successfully achieves Cyber Essentials accreditation

Herts for Learning (HfL) has been awarded the Cyber Essentials accreditation for their work in ensuring the organisation is protected from cyber attacks.

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme set up to help organisations protect themselves against the most common threats found on the internet.

In order to complete the accreditation, the ICT Services team at Herts for Learning were required to complete a questionnaire that looked at Cyber Essentials’ five key areas:

  • Boundary firewalls - to prevent unauthorised access
  • Secure configuration - setting up systems securely
  • User Access control - restricting access to those who need it
  • Malware protection - i.e. using anti-virus software
  • Patch management - i.e. updating software

An assessor from accreditation body APMG verified the questionnaire, before the accreditation was successfully awarded in September.

Speaking about how important the accreditation is for the organisation, Gary Hounslow, Corporate ICT Manager at Herts for Learning said:

We are delighted to achieve this accreditation as it shows that the security measures that we have in place are recognised by a Government-backed scheme. We had most of Cyber Essentials requirements in place already, so we only had to make a few adjustments before we were ready to complete the assessment review."

As the company continues to grow within and beyond Hertfordshire, and offers more products, services and training courses to educational settings, having the right security is crucial. This accreditation will help assure our customers, educational settings, including our shareholding schools, local authorities, suppliers and our staff that we have these essential cyber precautions in place."

This also provides us with more business opportunities for Herts for Learning as certain businesses will only work with those that hold this accreditation.”

Although the accreditation lasts for 12 months, Herts for Learning will be looking to renew its accreditation next year to ensure their ICT security remains at the highest level.

For more information about the Cyber Essentials accreditation, please visit:

News date: 
28 September 2017

The Exchange – September & October edition 2017

The September/October edition of The Exchange, Herts for Learning's newspaper is now in schools, with an Early Years special. Two pages dedicated to our Early Years services, products and the latest news from Hertfordshire schools. The paper also features a spotlight on maths including ESSENTIALmaths, a key resource to help effectively teach the primary mathematics curriculum.

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

The link to the online version can be found here:

This edition also includes:

  • Launch of new Primary Computing Scheme
  • Enhanced Leadership Recruitment Services now available
  • Herts for Learning receives Stonewall recognition again
  • New regional forum to be go-to place for SEND

Do you have something you want us to cover?

If you have any feedback about the paper or content ideas for a future edition, please contact Ryan Fisher: ryan.fisher@hertsforlearning.co.uk

News date: 
22 September 2017

Zoe Clark

Zoe joined the HR Services team in August 2016 following completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

She has a wide knowledge within the area of ill health and supports schools with complex and sensitive absence cases. Her role also involves providing advice to Headteachers and Governing Bodies on casework such as capability, disciplinary, grievance, redundancy and restructure with a focus on mitigating risk for schools.

To further her knowledge of HR and employment law, Zoe will be working towards an MA in Human Resource Management starting in September 2017.

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Samiyah Khair

As part of her career development, Samiyah Khair has joined Herts for Learning’s HR Services team in August 2017, and will be growing her experience within the team supporting schools. Sami joined Herts for Learning in early 2016, supporting the recruitment team but has since moved to HR Services, where she will also be undertaking her CIPD studies to broaden her HR and employment law knowledge.

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Raj Kooner

Raj joined Herts for Learning in August 2017 and will be a key part of the team supporting schools case management. She is an experienced HR practitioner in a number of HR generalist roles spanning the entire HR spectrum.

She has worked in commercial and financial services organisations, including Direct Line and Autoglass, supporting both in-house and external client groups. Raj achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Law from Birmingham City University.

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