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The Avon Branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics scoured the ATM's recent annual conference for classroom ideas. These will be disseminated on June 6 in Room 313, Bristol University, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol. Just turn up. pound;1 will be charged for refreshments and to cover costs.

The next British Congress of Mathematics Education, BCME-5: Removing Boundaries, will be held at Keele University, July 5-7. It aims to capitalise on the enthusiasm for maths engendered by Mathematics Year 2000. Speakers include: John Barrow, Millennium Mathematics Project, and Professor Celia Hoyles, London Institute of Education and chair of the Joint Mathematical Council. Fee: pound;250 residential; pound;125 non-resident full-time student. Details from the ATM, 7 Shaftesbury Street, Derby DE23 8YB. Tel: 01332 346599. E-mail: Web:

Forthcoming courses being run by BEAM Education at Maze Workshops, 72A Southgate Road, London N1 include: maths for low-attaining pupils, June 5; teaching mental strategies, June 14; managing differentiation in the daily maths lesson, June 12; and fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, June 19. All take place from 10am-4p and cost pound;105 plus VAT (lunch included). Contact: Mark Allen, tel: 020 7684 3324.

Cambridge University Press is running primary maths workshop days on May 24 and June 7 at King Charles Centre, Surbiton, Surrey and Downing College, Cambridge respectively. Participants may choose two out of these three workshops, each led by an experienced BEAM consultant: "Maths from everyday materials within the classroom environment (receptionkey stage 1)"; "Raising achievement at key stage 2"; and "Mental strategies at key stage 1-2". There will also be a short presentation about Cambridge Maths Direct, a new CUP primary maths resource. Fee: pound;40. Details can be obtained from Emma Longden, CUP, FREEPOST, The Edinburgh Building, Cambridge CB2 1BR.Tel: 01223 325913.E-mail:

The Mathematical Association's 2002 annual conference will be held at Reading University, April 3-6, on the theme "The very best mathematics for all". MA, 259 London Road, Leicester LE2 3BE. E-mail: Web:

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics 2002 annual conference will be held at St Martin's College, Lancaster, April 2-5, on the theme "Maths is special". ATM as above.

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