Cranfield University to be part of solar power and desalination project

Cranfield University will join 19 research partners spread through 12 countries to develop a first-of-a-kind plant which couples concentrated solar power (CSP) and desalination techniques.

The €10M European Union’s Horizon 2020 funded research and innovation programme will last four years.

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.

Central Bedfordshire Libraries invite children to join the Summer Reading Challenge

Central Bedfordshire Council is calling for children to discover a wild reading adventure at their local library, during the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge.

This year the theme is Wild World Heroes, with a nature-themed challenge, supported by the World Wildlife Fund.

Summer holiday activities for Bedford Borough children on free school meals

Bedford Borough Council has a wide-ranging holiday club programme during the summer holidays for eligible children who receive income-related free school meals.

Clubs and providers throughout the Borough will be providing a mix of activities, suitable for children aged from 5 to 16.

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.”

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.

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

Call for evidence on behaviour in schools

The Government is asking teachers and school leaders for views on managing good behaviour, including on the use of mobile phones in the school day.

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.

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).

A woman wearing a graduation cap smiling and looking up at the sky. Education News from the Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle. Photo by Juan Ramos on Unsplash

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The latest Education News, comment and analysis on local schools, including further and higher education in the Cranfield and Marston Vale area.

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