As we approach the end of the autumn term and head towards the festive period, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the highlights of the past year, my first as Managing Director of Herts for Learning Ltd (HfL).
During 2017, HfL has, once again, achieved the ambitions set out in our business plan and continued to make good progress in the delivery of key strategic initiatives.
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. The latest results (October 2017) show that 92.0% schools are rated good or outstanding compared to 91.6% a year earlier. 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.
Overthe past year HfL 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 are now planning two further teacher recruitment events in the spring term and will continue to seek ways to help schools find the high-quality teachers they need.
As we look to the future, it is clear that HfL cannot stand still and must continue to evolve and adapt. We operate in a sector that is changing rapidly and one in which changes in government policy can radically impact funding streams and the work we do. In this challenging environment, we must remain true to our underlying purpose and our vision for the role we believe we can play in helping those we work with to deliver a great education, so that every young person is able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live or their circumstances.
Our strategic five-point plan addresses these challenges through the evolution of our education and business services offer, putting 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 of trust, inspiration and collaboration, and a financial model that delivers stability whilst maintaining a surplus that is invested to the benefit of all our stakeholders. We believe that this plan provides a clear path forward whilst building on the success of the past.
At Herts for Learning, we look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure that we deliver the education and business services, products and resources you need, both now and in the future.
Best wishes for a very Happy Christmas and a restful festive break,
Andrew de Csilléry
Managing Director - Herts for Learning Ltd