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APRIL 15. UNSCRAMBLING THE CODE. Organised by and held at New Rush Hall School (for children with emotional andor behavioural difficulties), Hainault, Ilford, Essex, to consider how the Code of Practice affects children and systems in schools. Speakers include: Professor Len Barton, Sheffield University, Max Hunt, chief education officer, Stockport, and Philippa Russell, director, Council for Disabled Children. Fee: Pounds 40. Details: Martine Prendergast, 0181 501 3951.

APRIL 18. WIDENING PARTICIPATION IN FURTHER EDUCATION. Organised by North West Post-16 Network at Waterside Investment Centre, Wigan. Speakers include: George Sweeney, principal, Knowsley Community College, and Emily Thrane, assistant director of programmes, Further Education Funding Council. Participants will join two out of a choice of seven case studies. Fee: Pounds 120 plus VAT, Pounds 80 plus VAT NW Post-16 Network subscribers. Details: 01942 68144301942 501438.

APRIL 19-21. PRIMARY EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY. Organised by National Association for Primary Education at the Crossmead Conference Centre, Exeter. Speakers include: David Blunkett MP, Labour education and employment spokesman and Sir Geoffrey Holland, vice-chancellor, Exeter University. Professor Ted Wragg will give the after-dinner speech. Fee: Pounds 25, Pounds 20 members, Pounds 10 concessions. Residential costs: Pounds 99-Pounds 220. Details: 01604 36326.

APRIL 27. THE TEACHING OF READING. Organised by and held at University College, Bretton Hall, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Jeff Hynds, author of Literacy, Texts and Context, will bring teachers up to date with recent developments and will bring along a selection of teachers' and children's books. Fee: Pounds 50, Pounds 40 partnership schools. Details: Rachael Ward, 01924 832024.

APRIL 30. MEN AND THEIR CHILDREN: FATHERS AND PUBLIC POLICY. Organised by Institute for Public Policy Research at Church House, Dean's Yard, London SW1, for professionals working with families. Academics from the USA, UK, Sweden, and Australia will discuss why men's contribution to family life is ignored. There will also be a session on black fathers in Britain with Luke Daniels, formerly of the Moyenda Black Fathers Project. Fee: Pounds 110 (business), Pounds 55 (universities, voluntary organisations, individuals), Pounds 25 (concessions). Details: 0171 727 9732.

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