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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

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 bedfordfellows@gmail.com by 22nd June

The Chartered College of Teaching regional launch event in MK

The Chartered College of Teaching regional launch event in MK.

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27th April 2017

Jonathan Lear Guerrilla Teaching 6.30pm at The Gateway, University of Bedford.

Open to all BBLE schools.

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AEFP members; please send all articles, research, papers or anything you find interesting – long or short to add to this section. Email Anna at bedfordfellows@gmail.com

Jonathan Lear Lecture


Fellowship Lecture by Jonathan Lear

Guerrilla Teaching

Thursday 27th April 2017

6.30pm – 8.30pm

The University of Bedford, The Gateway Building

Open to all staff at BBLE schools

(Free) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jonathan-lear-guerrilla-teaching-tickets-33304405373 

For more information email Anna on bedfordfellows@gmail.com


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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 https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/a-place-for-learning

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 bedfordfellows@gmail.com  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