Next Supper 29th June

Speaker – Nuala Forsey, Leadership Coach, Associate Programme Director (London Business School)

Title – Language is a Really Big Deal!

Nuala is a, highly experienced, top executive coach and facilitator who emphasises transformational communication and leadership.


Guests are welcome to come along and see what our suppers are all about please contact by 22nd June

AEFP December Open Lecture


An invitation to a Christmas open lecture

With Dr Tony Breslin 

to be held at the Gateway Building, University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Campus

On Wednesday 14th December 2016    

from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

An interactive lecture with wine, refreshments and networking 

What would it mean to bring together families, nurseries, schools, colleges, libraries, adult education, universities and all other civic spaces, and turn a whole town into a place for life-long learning?

What if, rather than discussing the weather, conversations were to start with – ‘What are you learning about at the moment? 

Is this realistic?  Dr Tony Breslin thinks it is and he is the guest at this term’s open lecture.

Those wishing to read his report beforehand can download it at

This event is free of charge to all attendees

(There is free parking at the university after 5pm)

All Fellows and members of the BBLE are invited and asked to bring colleagues and members of your governing body.  Please click here to take you to the Eventbrite invitation or contact  Please book your places by Friday 9th December 2016.


Harpur Trust funding to support the AEFP

The Associate EducHarpurLogoational Fellowship Programme (AEFP) has been developed in close partnership with the University of Bedfordshire (UoB) and the Bedford Borough Learning Exchange (BBLE). It is a Bedford-based forum for all those in the local education system – state and private – who are interested in research and enquiry activities aimed at school improvement.  The Fellowship has recently been awarded funding from The Harpur Trust to support its leadership and development over the next three years.

The programme offers Fellows the opportunity to network and collaborate on the development of research and enquiry activities in all educational organisations within Bedford Borough. With the support of The Harpur Trust, this programme will help teachers, professional support staff, trustees and governors to seek out and share good ideas and develop innovative practice. During a very positive pilot year in 2014 – 2015, the Fellowship achieved:

  • a settled ‘home’ at the university;
  • a settled supper-night format of  ‘supper – reading – question – speaker ’
  • Fellowship access to the UoB Library
  • three national-level speakers including Sir Tim Brighouse and Baroness Estelle Morris
  • an initial set of objectives
  • a research review tool
  • a growing network of national links
  • an Academic Liaison Fellow at the UoB
  • a one-year track record of successful Fellowship activities
  • a bonded core of Fellows dedicated to the development of ‘evidence informed practice’

As we move beyond the pilot phase of the programme, we already have our ‘Academic Liaison Fellow’ to help us identify cutting edge research and we are in discussions with the University of Bedfordshire to create bespoke course modules on research-related topics that can go towards further qualifications.

But ultimately, the Fellowship is about opening up and exploring the space between the educational practitioner and the professional researcher; a space that provides opportunities for educational professionals to come together, talk about issues that matter to them, share expertise and ideas, and engage in collaborative improvements in teaching and learning.

‘At the moment hard pressed professionals working in classrooms, workshops and laboratories have limited time to access the latest research findings. Through the Fellowship we aim to develop simple pathways that will enable those working in education to gain easy access to the guidance that research findings can offer. Hopefully – over time – this will build confidence and provide better impetus and direction to our school improvement efforts. It will also contribute to the broader professional goal of developing ‘evidence informed practice.’ Mike Berrill, Executive Principal of the Biddenham Campus Trust

October 2015

Baroness Morris of Yardley talks to the Fellows

The Fellowship Spring Term Keynote event, held on the 5th February,  brought together a good show of Fellows and leaders from across Bedford Borough for a fascinating evening with Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley. Hosted by the University of Bedfordshire, Estelle gave a personal account of her time in education extending into politics and the changes that have occurred over this time.  She identified the Fellowship as ‘pioneers’ in the way we are developing future research options and emphasised the need for evidenced based research within education.

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