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SEPTEMBER 18-19 HARNESSING TALENT, RELEASING POTENTIAL Employee development conference organised by Convention of Scottish Local Authorities at Stakis Dunblane Hotel, Perthshire. Aimed at those in local government responsible for people management. Topics include: new skills for the next millennium; and motivational leadership. Choice of workshops includes: lifelong learning; and multi-skilling. Fee: Pounds 275-Pounds 375 plus VAT. Details: Sally Jones, 0131 474 9210.

SEPTEMBER 19-20 LEARNING AND EMOTIONS: STEERING THE COURSE FROM INFANCY TO ADOLESCENCE Organised by Forum for the Advancement of Educational Therapy and Therapeutic Teaching at Hertford College, Oxford. Speakers include: Juliet Hopkins, childy psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic, and Ricky Emanuel, child psychotherapist. Fee: Pounds 175. Details: 01404 850329.

SEPTEMBER 19-21 DEVELOPING EDUCATION MANAGERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Organised by British Educational and Management and Administration Society at Robinson College, Cambridge. Speakers include: Anthea Millett, chief executive, Teacher Training Agency; Sir Herman Ouseley, chair, Commission for Racial Equality; and Heather DuQuesnay, director of education, Lambeth. Fee: Pounds 285, Pounds 255 members (non-residential and day rates available). Details: BEMAS, Sheffield Hallam University, 0114 272 0911.

SEPTEMBER 20 MENTAL MATHEMATICS AND DEVELOPING AS TEACHERS Organised by the Association for the Teaching of Mathematics at Northampton Professional Development Centre, Barry Road. Speakers: Stephen Harrison, Teacher Training Agency; Angela Walsh, School Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and Geoff Faux, Educational Initiatives. Fee: Pounds 10. Details: 01332 346599.

SEPTEMBER 22 YOUNG PARENTS IN CARE:PREPARATION AND SUPPORT Organised by National Children's Bureau at Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7. Education authority staff and teachers welcome. Topics include: what counselling and advice services do local education authorities offer younger teenagers?; and the importance of sex education and coping with disrupted school attendance. Speakers include: Gill Lenderyou, Sex Education Forum; Barbara-Anne Walker, Family Planning Association; and a group of young mothers, Thomas Coram Foundation. Fee: Pounds 164.50, Pounds 135.13 members, Pounds 99.88 schools. Details: 0171 843 604241.

SEPTEMBER 27 EDUCATING THE AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN CHILD INTO THE MILLENNIUM Organised by Dudley Education at Dudley College, West Midlands. Speakers include: Dr Tony Sewell, Kingston University, author of Black Masculinities and Schooling and lead editor of The Voice. Workshops include: linguistic and cultural barriers to learning; tackling exclusions; and developing achievement in mathematics and science. Fee: Pounds 5-Pounds 40. Details: Sandra Downie, 01384 8138027.

OCTOBER 4 INTO THE 21ST CENTURY: MEETING THE NEEDS OF SPECIFIC LANGUAGE-IMPAIRED PUPILS Golden jubilee conference of Moor House School at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensing-ton. Key speaker: Professor David Crystal. Fee: Pounds 50. Details: Moor House School, Hurst Green, Oxted, Surrey RH8 9AQ.

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