University of Bedfordshire Academic says reassurance is needed when schools re-open

Ahead of primary schools partially reopening across England on Monday 1 June 2020, Dr Anastasia Giannakopoulou from the University of Bedfordshire has shared her thoughts and advice on how she believes schoolchildren will react and can adapt to the changes and restrictions put in place.

Schools have been closed to pupils (except those of key workers) since mid-March. But from next week communities will see children from three academic year groups return to the classroom – reception, year one and year six.

Whilst many parents have welcomed the re-opening of classrooms, concerns have been raised around child wellbeing and mental health. Which some fear could be affected when returning to a very different learning environment.

Central Bedfordshire Council launches SEND News email alert service

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has launched a new email service focussing on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) news and information.

CBC said that the fortnightly SEND News emails will deliver news updates, resources, advice, guidance and support on education, health and social care SEND services.

Cranfield academics call for a new approach to UK resilience

Writing in today’s Financial Times, academics from across #Cranfield University said that as well as lessons learnt from the response to COVID-19, a much wider lesson must be learnt about how the UK identifies, prepares and responds to threats and risks.
Such as to our safety, our national security and from climate change.

Bedfordshire’s Student Experience Awards: Student honoured for community work

An initiative offering key life sessions to people who have struggled, or are struggling with, substance abuse has been recognised in the University of Bedfordshire’s Vice Chancellor’s Student Experience Awards 2020.

Laylah Walker-Ennis, a second year BSc Psychology, Counselling and Therapies student, was awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Community Engagement Award at Bedfordshire’s Vice Chancellor’s Student Experience Awards (21 May 2020) for her dedication to and development in the Enactus project.

This is an international non-profit organization bringing together student, academic and business leaders who use entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

PlanBee uses simple activities to help children to understand what VE Day is all about

As the country gets ready to celebrate VE Day under lockdown, PlanBee, creators of curriculum resources for teachers and schools, has provided information to help parents explain to their children what VE Day is all about.

The World War 2 information includes things you may have forgotten from your own school days and 10 interesting WW2 facts. Also, PlanBee’s Becky Cranham, a former primary school teacher, has created some simple activities to for you to try at home with your own children.

New free online learning platform to boost workplace skills

A new online learning platform to help boost people’s skills while they are staying at home was launched yesterday (28 April 2020).

The Skills Toolkit contains free courses which are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website.

COVID-19 Lockdown could reverse UK’s ten year drop in alcohol consumption

A University of Bedfordshire addiction expert has warned about the escalation of alcohol consumption which is likely to occur in light of COVID-19.

Studies show a link between increased alcohol consumption during times of crisis and quarantine

University of Bedfordshire’s Football Team runs to Croatia and back for the NHS

The University of Bedfordshire’s Football Team is running the equivalent 2,302 miles to Croatia and back to raise money for the NHS.

The team’s tour to Pula in Croatia was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but they decided to do the trip anyway -with their running trainers on.

The team is running the distance from Bedfordshire to Croatia to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

Central Bedfordshire Council: Fewer than 90% of applicants get first preference middle school

On Thursday, 16 April children across Central Bedfordshire discovered where they will be starting school or transferring to middle school in September.

Bedfordshire student launches online art lessons for children

University of Bedfordshire second year Primary Education student Martha Kay has created a YouTube channel to broadcast art lessons for children.

The channel, Martha’s Primary World, aims to ‘take focus away from the current situation and escape with art’. The videos will focus on art in a cross-curricular exploration.

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