Central Bedfordshire Council relaunches SEND consultation

Central Bedfordshire Council has relaunched its consultation on proposed changes to special schools and additional resource provisions within mainstream schools, to support children and young people identified with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

This is part of Schools for the Future programme, CBC’s long-term plan to “raise education standards”.

Unilever innovation competition awards Cranfield University students £7,000

Cranfield University recently hosted its third Unilever Innovation Accelerator. This an opportunity for its students to develop solutions to business challenges and to contribute to the development of the next generation of ice cream and tea products.

Central Bedfordshire Council to receive £1.9m SEND funding

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or requiring alternative provision in England will benefit from a £280 million investment, the government announced yesterday (9 April 2021).

Councils will receive the funding to create new places in schools, academies, colleges and early years settings.

The funding will improve existing provision to create modern, fit-for-purpose spaces suited to a wider range of pupil needs.

Two weeks left to have your say on Central Bedfordshire Council’s home to school transport policies

There are two weeks left for parents and carers to give their views on proposed changes to Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) home to school and college travel assistance policies.

In certain circumstances, CBC helps school pupils aged 5-16, and students attending post-16 education, get from home to school or college.

The Council is proposing changes to the policies that outline who is eligible for this support after parents, carers and professionals gave feedback on the existing policies during engagement sessions to review them.

Bedfordshire Health and Social Care Academy launched

A dedicated Health & Social Care Academy has been launched by the University of Bedfordshire in partnership with local councils and the local NHS Trusts.

The aim of the Academy is to be a centre of excellence in supporting and developing the health, social work and social care workforce across Bedfordshire and wider UK.

Cranfield University’s business links among best in UK reveals Knowledge Exchange Framework

Cranfield University has been ranked as one of the leading specialist science and technology (STEM) universities in England in the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) published by Research England.

Academics to explore LGBT education in upcoming event

The University of Bedfordshire’s Beds Talks series is back with a discussion on how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) themes are raised with primary school children.

Cranfield soil data helps save great crested newts

Experts from Cranfield University are helping to protect one of the UK’s rarest species of wildlife, by providing data that allows environmentalists to identify habitats in which it can thrive.

Due to a rapid decline in numbers during the last century, great crested newts are protected in law. This means developers wanting to build on land where they have made a home must wait until they have been relocated elsewhere before beginning work.

Previously, the relocation process was ad-hoc, and subject to seasonal restrictions, delays and uncertainty.

Central Bedfordshire Council’s SEND review update

A further full review of progress around children’s education health and care plans (EHCP) in Central Bedfordshire will be made in 12 month’s time, a meeting heard.
A £130,000 audit of these plans across the area revealed more than half require improvement, while 80 were judged inadequate.

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