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The UK Literacy Association is holding this conference at Hale Hall, Edge Hill College, St Helen's Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, 10am-1pm.

Author Tony Martin, who was president of UKLA in 1997-98, will explore whether there is a tension between the textual analysis of stories and poems and reading them for pleasure. Fee: pound;15, pound;12 members, pound;10 concessions.

Details: Dr Norma Mudd Tel: 01704 893607 Email: lindacartwright@


Primary schools are invited to compete to grow the tallest sunflower while raising sponsorship - half for themselves and the other half for Action for Blind People. Free packs linking sunflowers and visual impairment into the biology, science, art, literature and design and technology curricula will be available from February.

The project runs from Easter to the end of the summer term. Last year's winner was Wiggonby Church of England School in Cumbria, with a sunflower taller than three metres.

Details: Holly Pick Tel: 020 7635 4932 Email:


Activity guides, quizzes, a planner and contacts are all included in this pocket-sized resource for secondary school council members. It costs pound;3.99 or at the following bulk discounts: pound;3.25 (11-20 copies), pound;2.50 (21-30 copies) or pound;1.95 (31+ copies). Schools Council UK, 4 Albert Place, London N3 1QB.

Tel: 020 8349 2459Email:


This road safety education pack for primary schools has been designed, illustrated and produced by Marque Design for the Scottish Road Safety Campaign. Featuring fun characters the Kerbside Kids and the Pavement Dudes, it is available free to schools throughout Scotland.

Details: John Hamlin Tel: 0131 557 3131.



This new Christian Aid campaign raises awareness about how having a goat can make all the difference to villagers in poor countries, such as Rwanda and Bangladesh. It includes a web game for children and a teachers' pack containing classroom activities and fundraising ideas. There is also the chance to sponsor a goat and receive updates on its progress.

Christian Aid, 35-41 Lower Marsh Street, London SE1 7RTTel: 020 7523 2420

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