Category: Education

Central Bedfordshire Council to take part in £1 million education programme for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children

The pilot areas for the education programmes were chosen as those with the highest number of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils attending primary and/or secondary school, according to data from the DfE 2020 National Pupil Database.

According to 2011 census data, the population of Central Bedfordshire was estimated to be 254,381 of which 0.2% of the population was estimated to be a gypsy or traveller. CBC said that this is twice the percentage proportion of the population found nationally.

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COVID-19: It’s “impossible to plan in detail” for the return to school in September

There is a real prospect that the new school year will look very much like the one just about to end, with masks and COVID-19 precautions still in place, a meeting heard.
Leading Bedford councillors say that with so-called freedom day looming on Monday (19 July 2021) is it “difficult to predict” what is going to happen with the COVID-19 infection and “impossible to plan in detail.”

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Bedford Borough: “Fingers crossed” for next Ofsted inspection

Leaders of children’s services in Bedford believe Ofsted inspectors will find big improvements when they next pay the borough an in-depth visit.
Borough council children’s services – which provides support for hundreds of children – were found to “require improvement” at the last main inspection in 2017.

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Bedford Borough schools set to be advised to ‘stick with mask wearing’ after 19 July

Schools in Bedford are likely to be advised to ‘stick with’ mask wearing after national restrictions end on 19 July, a meeting heard.

The Borough Council is set to continue to go its own way on school mask wearing, which has not been a national requirement, because of the high infection rates in the area

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Parental concerns need to be addressed as pace of change over Central Bedfordshire Council’s SEND provision appears slow

A planned increase in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision in Central Bedfordshire has to tackle parental concerns, a meeting was told.

“Very little has changed”, SEND parent Amy Ivins, from Dunstable, warned Central Bedfordshire Council’s children’s services overview and scrutiny committee.

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Central Bedfordshire SEND Data dashboard is ‘groundbreaking’

A data dashboard to improve special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) outcomes for children and young people across Central Bedfordshire has been dubbed “quite revolutionary” and “groundbreaking”.
It will include digital information accessible to Central Bedfordshire Council’s SEND partners, including Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

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Central Bedfordshire SEND data dashboard expected to be operational around the end of the year

A vital platform to share information about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) performance across Central Bedfordshire should be operational around the end of the year, a meeting heard.

The SEND partnership data dashboard is based around local needs and uses relevant information to determine current priorities, Central Bedfordshire Council’s children’s services overview and scrutiny committee was told.

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The Environment Secretary opens Cranfield University Agri-informatics facility

Cranfield University’s new £3.2 million Agri-informatics facility has today (18 June 2021) been officially opened by Rt Hon. George Eustice MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Cranfield and its partners will use the facility to create innovative informatics to support novel business, management and policy approaches in the agricultural sector.

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