Category: Education

‘Reading Well for Children’ at Bedford Borough’s libraries

‘Reading Well for Children’ has been launched by The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

This booklist is aimed at children aged 7-11, and has titles suitable for a range of reading levels. The list is now available at Bedford Central, Kempston and Putnoe libraries.

The list was developed by national experts together with children and families who have experienced some of these issues. It has been endorsed by leading health bodies, including the Royal Society for Public Health.

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First Masterships students celebrate success in the classroom and in their careers

The UK’s first Executive MBA (eMBA) students to graduate on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard are celebrating excellent results from Cranfield University.

Those taking the eMBA, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton UK LLP, achieved a 100% pass rate. Also, 84% of students on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship gained a distinction or merit.

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University of Bedfordshire to explore impact of exercise in treating depression in teenagers

A collaborative research team led by the University of Hertfordshire along with the University of Bedfordshire, University of East Anglia, Norwich Clinical Trials Unit, local mental trusts and sports partnerships have won a £2.27m contract from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate if exercise is a beneficial treatment for mild to moderate depression in young people aged 13-17.

The multi-disciplinary research trial will include health, psychology, and exercise researchers and practitioners from the School of Life and Medical Sciences and the School of Health and Social Work (University of Hertfordshire), the Research Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour Change (University of Bedfordshire), Norwich Clinical Trials Unit and the University of East Anglia.

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Bedford Borough children getting active and car use reducing on school journeys

Bedford Borough Council and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans have been working with schools to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Since 2016, Sustrans has seen car use for the school run decrease. More pupils are regularly cycling or ‘travelling actively’ to get to school.

In the 2018/19 school year, Sustrans delivered over 200 activities. Over 23,000 pupil attended a variety of sessions including learning how to scoot safely, bike skills and learning to balance on a bike.

The Sustrans project is not just about getting local children more active on their journey to school, but throughout their lives.

A survey of local school children found that more are using their bikes during their free time, forming good habits for a lifetime.

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Have your say on changes to schools in the Woburn Sands area

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has launched a public consultation on proposals to change schools in the Woburn Sands area.

This is part of the Schools for the Future programme and includes Husborne Crawley, Ridgmont and Woburn lower schools.

The programme is being carried out in stages and will eventually cover the whole of Central Bedfordshire. The Council claims that progress through these stages will be delivered in line with the needs of each community.

All the schools in the area have been working with CBC to develop a proposal that would move the schools to a primary/secondary system.

This, CBC claims, will mean that pupils will be able attend both primary and secondary school in their local area.

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Return of fifth annual creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers

Coram Voice has announced the return of Voices, the annual writing competition for children in care and young care leavers across the country.

The competition, which is now in its fifth year, will be open for entries from 12 December 2019 until 12 February 2020.

Coram Voice, a charity that ensures the voices of children and young people in and around the care system are heard, first launched the competition in 2016 as a platform for care-experienced young people to express their creative talents and to celebrate their voices.

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Cranfield University takes ownership of new flying classroom and laboratory

Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre’s (NFLC) fleet expansion became a reality this month with the transfer of ownership of its latest asset, a Saab 340B aircraft.

The University has been fundraising this year for a replacement to their aging Jetstream 31, which operates from Cranfield’s Global Research Airport. The facility is unique in the UK by providing aerospace engineering students from over 20 Universities and Cranfield with invaluable flight test experience as a flying classroom.

Further funding is needed to complete modifications to support the next generation of aero-engineers. Being larger than the Jetstream 31, the Saab 340B will accommodate more students on each flight. This will create new research capabilities, including potentially in collaboration with other universities. The flying laboratory also undertakes research projects testing the development of aerospace technologies and flight operations.

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University of Bedfordshire academics launch new tool to help wellbeing of social workers

A new process to help improve organisational resilience in child and family social work has been launched by academics from the University of Bedfordshire.

Underpinned by 10 years of research into the wellbeing of social workers, Dr Louise Grant, Executive Dean for the School of Health and Social Sciences at the University of Bedfordshire, and Gail Kinman, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, have designed the Social Work Organisational Resilience Diagnostic (SWORD) tool. This assesses the extent to which organisational factors and conditions support the wellbeing of their staff and promote optimum social work practice.

SWORD, which was co-produced with partners from across the Research in Practice children’s social care network, includes a diagnostic survey that will provide feedback to organisations and an associated workbook that contains targeted tasks and strategies to be used by social workers, leaders, and managers to support organisational improvements and promote best social work practice.

SWORD officially launched on Thursday 5 December at an event at University of Bedfordshire, which is the top ranking University in the UK for Social Work in the 2019 Guardian League tables. Alongside sector experts, Dr Grant discussed how the resource can be used to address some of the key challenges the profession is facing and how resilience can be built within organisations.

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Applying to uni for 2020? Better look lively – deadline is 15th January!

As most schools and colleges are getting ready break-up for the Christmas holiday it’s important for students to use this holiday time wisely if they still haven’t applied to university. The deadline is 15th January for starting in 2020.

Studying a degree is a significant commitment and it’s a big decision. Over 20,000 don’t start their 2nd year so it’s really important to make sure you get as much information as possible over this Christmas break. So you can make the decision that’s right for you.

Applying to university can be daunting, and if you’ve put it off and put it off – you’re really going to have to look lively.

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University of Bedfordshire Business School awarded Small Business Charter reaccreditation

The University of Bedfordshire Business School (UBBS) has been successful in its reassessment of its Small Business Charter accreditation.

The University is currently 1 of only 8 business schools to have achieved this accolade. The accreditation is a recognition of the engagement between UBBS, its stakeholders and many Small and Medium Enterprises within the Bedfordshire region.

The reaccreditation was presented to Dr Rhidian Lewis, associate dean Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Bedfordshire, by Lord Young of Graffam at the recent Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Annual Conference.

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Trading sleigh bells for bike bells

Lower and primary school pupils across Central Bedfordshire are taking part in a Christmas challenge by counting up their walking, scooting and cycling journeys to school to see if they can travel virtually to visit Santa in Lapland.

The challenge organised by Central Bedfordshire Council in partnership with sustainable transport charity Sustrans, will take place between Monday 2 December and Friday 13 December and aims to decrease the number of cars used on the school run.

Almost 40 schools have already signed up to take part in this year’s challenge which also gives pupils the opportunity to learn about the towns, cities, cultures and Christmas traditions of the countries they visit along the way.

Using a record card, pupils and their teachers will monitor active travel trips to school. All journeys will then be combined with the goal of achieving 2,000 miles, the equivalent distance from Central Bedfordshire to Lapland. One lucky child will be drawn at random to win a brand-new lightweight Frog bike.

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