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NOVEMBER 23. THE FUTURE OF POST-16 EDUCATION: QUALIFICATIONS, MANAGEMENT AND FUNDING Organised by National Association for Business Studies Education at New Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London WC2. Speakers include: Sir Ron Dearing, chairman of the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and Sir Geoffrey Holland, vice-chancellor of Exeter University. Fee: Pounds 175 plus VAT, Pounds 135 plus VAT members. Details: Sarah Duce, 0121 776 7799.

DECEMBER 2

ACCESS TO LEARNING: TEACHING CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES USING TELEVISION AND MULTIMEDIA

Talks, workshops and hands-on opportunities organised by the BBC and Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training at BBC White City, London W12. Topics include the potential contribution of school programmes to the curriculum. Fee: Pounds 35. Details: Steven Fawkes, 0181 752 5359.

DECEMBER 8-10

THE IMPROVEMENT OF LEARNING AND TEACHING IN MODERN LANGUAGES

Organised by Centre for Information on Language Teaching at Girton College, Cambridge, for secondary and middle school teachers, inspectors, advisers, teacher trainers and researchers. Participants will consider ways of helping pupils to improve, sometimes using written, audio and videotaped examples of work. Fee: Pounds 225 residential. Details: 0171 379 5101.

DECEMBER 11

THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION IN EDUCATION

Organised by CENTRA (Education and Training Services) Ltd at Manchester Conference Centre for professionals in colleges, schools and training organisations. Speakers include: George Varnava, president, National Association of Headteachers, and Sir Malcolm Thornton MP. Fee: Pounds 125. Details: Vanessa Barr, 01257 241428.

JANUARY 10-12

TEACHING IN TRANSITION

Organised for teachers and governors by Professional Studies Forum at Leeds Metropolitan University. Speakers include: Professors Eric Hoyle, Bristol University, and Jenny Ozga, Keele University, Sir Malcolm Thornton MP and Christopher Price MP. Topics include: the influence of the national curriculum and the proposed statutory General Teaching Council. Proposals invited for papers to be given on day three. Fee: Pounds 180 (three days), Pounds 130 (two days) non-residential. Details: Greg Hale, 0860 129136 (mobile), 0113 1283 2832600 ext. 4866.

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