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Learning languages in the primary school February 20-25

British Council Seminars invites those involved in developing modern foreign language projects to share experiences. Topics include: approaches to teacher education; the National Languages Strategy; curricula, methodology and resources; and transition from primary to secondary education assessment. Contributors include: Lid King, national director for languages. Fee: Pounds 1,350 residential.

Tel: 01865 302713 (Julia Winborn) Email: yellowteam.seminars@britishcouncil.org


Primary Matters March 5 (postponed from March 2004)

Primary conference in Leicester exploring a broader approach to teaching and learning. Workshops include: explorers of the First Age; local issues and ICT; controversial issues in the past; developing local history and geography at KS2; and creative investigations of people and places.

Email: junedurnin@ase.org.uk

www.ma.org.ukresourcesconferencesprimary_matters Free course in South Africa for teachers of the deaf March 15-16

This international course will provide teachers of the deaf with an introduction to THRASS (Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills).

Delegates pay transport and accommodation costs only. Venue: Fulton School for the Deaf, Durban, South Africa. Alan Davies will lead the workshop, with contributions from Laola Altschul, chair, Special Needs Association of Botswana, and Fulton school staff and children.

Tel: 01829 741419 Email: courses@thrass.co.uk

www.thrass.co.ukfsdsa Cook-It Competition

One reason more of Britain's children are becoming obese is that they eat so many convenience meals they rarely see fresh produce or know where it comes from. To combat this, The Guild of Food Writers is running a cooking campaign featuring leading chefs and food writers taking part in demonstrations, taste trials and school visits. For the competition, entrants aged eight to 14 are required to devise a two-course meal costing up to pound;12. Closing date: February 21. The cook-off final will be held in London on March 23. Prizes include: a gourmet trip to Italy and a cookery course in Northern Ireland.

Tel: 020 7610 1180 Email: cookit@gfw.co.uk


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