APRIL 17 SPECIFIC CHALLENGES IN THE CLASSROOM Organised by West Hertfordshire Assessment Centre at West Herts College, Cassio Campus, Watford. Speakers include: Katherine Ideus, Cambridge University, on attention deficit disorder, and Angela Webb, a London therapist, on visual perception and specific learning difficulties. Fee: Pounds 70. Details: 01923 812509.

APRIL 18 AND JUNE 10 BUSINESS 2001: THE CHANGING FACE OF THE OFFICE ENVIRONMENT Organised by RSA Examinations Board at Commonwealth Institute, London SW7, and Birchwood Conference Centre, Warrington, respectively. Aimed at school and college heads of department, teachers and lecturers, it will focus on the future office roles of secretaries and managers. Fee: Pounds 100, Pounds 75 if more than one delegate from same organisation. Details: 01203 470033.

APRIL 22 STOP CHILDREN FAILING IN PRIMARY SCHOOL: EFFECTIVE INTERVENTION NURTURE GROUPS Organised by Association of Workers for Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties at Caldecott College, Ashford, Kent. Speakers include: Carl Parsons, Christ Church College, Canterbury, Marion Bennathan and Marjorie Boxall, leading educational psychologists. Fee: Pounds 60, Pounds 50 members. Details: Allan Rimmer, 01622 843104.


Organised by Network Educational Press in the West Midlands, London and Greater Manchester respectively. Mike Hughes, head of a Gloucestershire comprehensive, will lead a workshop covering such topics as effective classroom practice and why it plays a part in teachers' professional development; why teachers teach in the way they do; and bridging the gap between learning theory and classroom reality. A copy of his book of the same title is included. Fee: Pounds 127 plus VAT. Details: 01785 225515.

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