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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.

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