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Play and learning, children as co-designers, home-school links, early years and tangible interfaces are the main themes of "Digital childhoods: the future of learning for under-10s", a conference organised by NESTA Futurelab (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), to be held in Cambridge, March 5-6. It will be opened by Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate and speakers include: Carol Vorderman, Stephanie Gould (children's editor BBC Online), and Doug Brown (DFES).

Tel: 0117 915 8208email:

The National College for School Leadership and the British Educational and Communications Agency have developed a residential course for primary heads on strategic leadership of ICT, to be held in Peterborough, February 25-27; Solihull, February 26-28; Bournemouth and London, March 3-5; Southampton, March 10-12. Courses for secondary heads are also available. The course, co-organised by the National Association of Advisers for Computers in Education, focuses on school effectiveness, standards and quality in ICT capability and other subjects; administration and management systems; and personal productivity. It includes school visits, and two months' online mentored activity.


Stands for Education is running the following courses: Using ICT effectively and creatively in KS3-5 English teaching (Loughborough, March 27; Dartford, April 2; London, April 8). Planning a cohesive, cost-effective ICT development strategy for your school (London, February 28 or May 9; Leeds, March 14; Sawtry, March 28). Effectively planning and delivering the new ICT KS3 national strategy, a course for ICT coordinators (London, March 5 or 19; Birmingham, March 12; Leeds, March 26). Fee: pound;195 plus VAT per course.

Tel: 0117 983

The National Centre for Language and Literacy is running a course at Reading University called "More than words - the use of symbols and other special educational needs software in mainstream schools", aimed at SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants and SEN support staff. Key speaker: Dr Chris Abbott, who has recently completed the first survey of ICT-supported symbols used by UK pupils. Fee: pound;80, pound;75 members.

Tel: 0118 378 8820email:

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