Best Practice and Research

The Academy provides a strong research and evidenced based approach to professional practice that explores and tests new ideas that work and deliver better outcomes for children, young people and families.

In partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and Making Research Count, we run a programme of events featuring leading research delivered by key figures from across children’s social care. Future events include talks by leading academics on Domestic Violence and Improving Educational outcomes for Looked After Children. Opportunities for research will also form part of the Post Qualifying Masters degree programme with placements offered to Doctorate students undertaking research of interest to Central Bedfordshire Council and the University of Bedfordshire. The Academy also disseminates the latest research through resources such as the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Community Care Inform and BREO (University of Bedfordshire Resources for Education On-line).

Professional Study Groups, where colleagues come together regularly to share good practice, are growing in popularity and are available to those working in early years settings in Central Bedfordshire. For those currently studying for an Early Years degree, the Academy is able to broker work placements in settings that have had their good practice recognised by Ofsted.

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