Conferences

APRIL 2-4 CHALLENGING GEOGRAPHY

Organised by Geographical Association at London Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1. Speakers include: Roger Carter, geography inspector, Staffordshire; Fiona Reynolds, director, Council for the Protection of Rural England, on what geography can contribute to the challenge of sustainable development; Eleanor Rawling, School Curriculum and Assessment Authority; and Professor Richard Daugherty, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, on "Teacher assessment: bridge or burden?" Choice of field visits. No fee. University accommodation available for Pounds 28 a night bed and breakfast. Details: 0114 267 0666.

APRIL 7-8 RISK-RESCUE-RECOVERY: "THE OTHER 3Rs". Organised by Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre at Alton College, Hampshire, to explore caring for specific learning difficulties. Teachers and parents welcome. Key speaker: Priscilla Vail, internationally-recognised learning specialist, on "Recipes for recovery: raising self-esteem". Fee: Pounds 120, Pounds 65 (one day). Details: Peter Smith, 01252 792400.

APRIL 12 ENID BLYTON (1897-1997). Organised by National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Digby Stuart College, Roehampton Institute, London SW15. Speakers include: Anne Fine, children's novelist and Whitbread Award winner; Helen Cresswell, children's writer; Professor Peter Hunt, University of Wales; and Professor Fred Inglis, Warwick University. Fee: Pounds 35. Details: 0181 392 3008.

APRIL 18-20 FAMILY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN LITERACY. Organised by London Language and Literacy Unit at Hilton National Hotel, Kensington, Olympia, London. Speakers include: Neil McClelland, director, National Literacy Trust; Zena Puddy, family literacy co-ordinator, Tobago, on developing literacy programmes for young mothers; and Margaret Morrissey, National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations, on the parental voice. Fee: Pounds 375 residential, Pounds 275 non-residential (day rates available). Details: Anne Lancaster, 01768 890049.

APRIL 23 HOME-SCHOOL WORK IN MULTICULTURAL SETTINGS. Organised by JB Associates at Sandfield Centre, Nottingham, to launch a new David Fulton publication edited by John Bastiani, freelance consultant and author. Workshops led by book contributors will include: working with traveller families, refugees, children with a dual heritage, primary and secondary schools and black parents and the curriculum. Fee: Pounds 57 (book included). Details: Diana West, 0115 9875 960 (telfax).

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