Fellowship Events and Articles

AEFP Supper 2nd November ‘Getting Teachers Writing’

‘Getting Teachers Writing’

This session is all about encouraging teachers to write.  The guest for the evening is Simon Wrigley co-founder and Director of the National Writing Project UK (NWP). Simon, who was previously the Head of English at Sharnbrook, founded the NWP in 2009 with co-director, Jeni Smith. It is a network of teachers’ writing groups, run by teachers for teachers. It is a grassroots, not-for-profit co-operative, and a research project that aims to explore writing and find out answers to the question, ‘What happens when teachers gather together to write and share their writing?’

The evening will also see the launch of the AEFP Forum – the Fellowships very own writing group –  with guidance available for those venturing into writing for the first time.

If you have a colleague interested in joining AEFP, they are welcome to come along to this supper as a trial. Please can you advise their name and dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Be a Fellow – how to join


The Associate Educational Fellowship is always looking to recruit new members.

The Fellowship can offer you:

  • A settled ‘home’ at the University of Bedfordshire;
  • A settled supper-night format of:  ‘supper – reading – question – speaker ’;
  • National-level speakers which have included:
    Professor Tim Brighouse, Baroness Estelle Morris and Professor Steve Higgins
  • A set of objectives
  • A research review tool
  • A growing network of national links including: ResearchEdMESHGuides and numerous links on Twitter
  • A two-year track record of successful Fellowship activities

Anyone who is involved in education, whether as teacher, a lecturer, a member of the support staff or as a governor/trustee within Bedford Borough, can become a Fellow. All you need to be is curious about how we can improve practice in schools, be reflective, creative and be able to work as part of a team.

Take a look at our Fellowship Movie (Talking Heads) that will hopefully give you a ‘feel’ for what the Fellowship is about. It gives a number of compelling reasons to join!

There are two ways to become a Fellow.  Both need to be endorsed by a school or educational organisation to which you are affiliated but you can either be sponsored by the school/organisation or become a Fellow independently.

The cost is £100 per Fellow.  This will entitle you to:

  • Attend six ‘Suppers’ during the year (once every half term) for two-hour Fellowship meetings  (food included) to hear local speakers on subjects chosen by Fellows themselves;
  • Have an opportunity to hear top national and international keynote speakers at our termly lectures;
  • Be a member of the UoB Library;
  • Have quick and easy access to up-to-date, national and international research through our Academic Liaison Fellow;
  • Take the opportunity to shape and be part of new research-related course modules as they develop;
  • Get published – if that interests you!

Join us on Twitter and see who else is interested in what we are doing!  https://twitter.com/aefpbeds

Click here to access the application form or email me for more information.

End of Year Lecture Open to all BBLE Schools: Tom Barwood ‘Space and Place’


 AEFP End of Year Open Lecture

6.30 – 8.00 July 11th 2017

Gateway Building – University of Bedfordshire

 Tom Barwood

 ‘Space and Place’


Adventures in Teaching and Learning from the Global to the Specific


In this presentation Bedford-based educator Tom Barwood – geographer, teacher, writer and thinker – will take you on a journey from the Kazakh Steppe to our own backyard in Bedford. Having worked in every possible setting and with every type of teacher and child, he will help us to reflect in these dark times on how we got here, where we might go next and what as practitioners we might need to get us there. On the way he will take a critical look at education systems, teaching and being a teacher, and share some wry observations and anecdotes.


FREE and OPEN TO ALL BBLE SCHOOLS – please reserve your place now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/end-of-year-open-lecture-aefpbble-tom-barwood-tickets-35454872478

 About Tom

After six years in Marketing and Advertising, followed by three years spent working his way round the world, Tom decided to combine all of his experience, along with his love geography, and become a teacher. He came into education with one goal in mind – to be an inspiration and he continues this mission by providing workshops for students and teachers in all aspects of ‘learning to learn’.

Wildly energetic and irrepressibly enthusiastic, Tom was so excited by all the work being done in the area of new learning techniques that he took his experiences one step further to work as a freelance trainer with students and teachers in schools all over Britain. He specialises in the fields of motivation, self esteem and thinking skills, and has a particular interest in ‘employability’ and dealing with student disaffection, particularly amongst boys.

In the last thirteen years Tom has visited hundreds of schools all over Britain, mainland Europe and the Middle East. These have ranged from the most prestigious independent schools to state comprehensives and academies in the most challenging areas. He has worked with pupils from Year 2 to Year 13, with the academically least able to Oxbridge hopefuls and with teachers from NQTs to seasoned professionals.

Tom is also the author of best selling ‘Learning to Learn’ from Teachers Pocketbooks and in 2010, won the prestigious ‘Education Resource of the Year’ Award.  Regardless of the audience, it is Tom’s enthusiasm, passion for learning, inspirational style and desire to see everyone fulfil their true potential that mark him out as an outstanding  educationalist.

Tom Barwood poster