Herts for Learning’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018 was held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage on Wednesday 26th September.
The AGM provided a great opportunity for Herts for Learning’s (HfL) Managing Director, Andrew de Csilléry and the Chair of the HfL Board, Nigel Ludlow, to report to shareholders about the impact that HfL has had on education over the last year and the company’s plans for the year ahead.
Speaking at the AGM, Andrew said: “The board, HfL staff and I are committed to the company’s vision 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.
“Over the past academic year Hertfordshire schools continued to perform ahead of both national results and those of our statistical neighbours for the number of schools currently rated good and outstanding.
“Early Years Foundation Stage outcomes in Hertfordshire continued on an upward trajectory with 73% of children now reaching a good level of development at the end of their Reception year.
“Provisional KS2 SATs results also show an increase in the number of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics. Early indications also suggest that Hertfordshire performed well in exams with an increase in the number of KS4 pupils attaining both a standard and strong GCSE pass in English and mathematics and a rise in the average A level point score for KS5 students.
“However, we operate in a sector that is changing rapidly and one in which changes in government policy can radically affect the work we do. It is, therefore, more important than ever that HfL continues to evolve and adapt its services to the needs of schools and settings across the county. We must do this in close consultation with all our stakeholders and will seek to listen ever more closely to their needs and to seek greater organisation flexibility to change as needed. We must do even more to demonstrate the impact of the work we do.”
Andrew stated that over the next year HfL will be continuing to invest in the common good and in areas that are needed for schools. Since HfL was established in 2013, the Company has invested £830,000 in common good activities and passed back £1.5m in price reductions for Hertfordshire Internet and Connectivity Service (HICS) support to shareholding schools.
“Our focus this coming year for the common good investment will be on further strengthening our support for teacher recruitment in schools, which remains one of the most pressing challenges. We are also supporting a new leadership programme, Great Expectations, which we have designed to identify and disseminate best practice from Hertfordshire schools that have successfully closed the gap in attainment for disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils.”
This was the last AGM with Nigel Ludlow as Chair of Herts for Learning. After four and a half years as Chair, Nigel will be stepping down from his role and is replaced by Robin Barrett with immediate effect.
Speaking about the appointment of Robin, Andrew added: “Robin joined the Board at the same time as Nigel and therefore knows HfL very well. He brings a wide range of commercial and leadership experience and I have appreciated his coaching since I joined the company. I am very much looking forward to working with Robin, and indeed with all the new members of the Board.”
“The Board will miss Nigel’s wise counsel and business insight. Nigel led the recruitment process that led to my appointment and I will personally miss his support and challenge.”
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