January 5 CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS START TRAINING
A new one-year course designed to improve the skills of classroom assistants at the University of Hertfordshire's Watford campus. Funded by the Department of Employment and Education, it offers part-time training leading to specialist teacher assistant status and is aimed at all classroom assistants, such as parents, who are often employed to help teachers of children with special needs. The trainees will be assigned tutors and staff who will supervise their work in the classroom and they will learn how to support pupils in key stage one of the National Curriculum (five to seven-year-olds). The university hopes to run a similar course next year. Details: Mrs Rees, 01707 285664.
FEBRUARY 2,6,13, MARCH 5,12,19 AND 26
EUROPEAN TRAINING PROGRAMME
Organised by Centre for Education and Industry: International Division at Warwick University, 9.30-4pm (training conference), 4.30-6pm (briefing session).
Topics include: European partnerships and opportunities in vocational education and training, the Leonardo da Vinci and Socrates programmes, insurance, health and safety issues. Tutors: Toni Griffiths, head of ID, and Jack Peffers, senior research fellow. Fee: Pounds 75 per day plus Pounds 25 briefing session. Details: Toni Griffiths, 01203 523948.
March 2 WRITING AND TEACHING CHILDREN'S LITERATURE:THE THIRD PRIMARY CONFERENCE.
At The Jarvis Grand Hotel, Leicester, 9.45-3.30. The speakers will be Michaela Morgan, Sue Palmer and Gervase Phinn. There will be a publishers and bookshop display throughout the day. The cost will be:Primary English subscribers Pounds 25, Non-subscribers Pounds 30. Details:The Secretary, The English Association, University of Leicester, University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RH