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The Geographical Association's 2004 annual conference on "Images in Geography" will be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, April 5-7. A series of professional development units includes: Thinking geographically: place-based teaching (key stages 2-3); and professional development for PGCEnewly qualified teacher delegates (early years-KS2 and KS3-4).

Attendees receive a GA-endorsed certificate, supporting material and module accreditation with the London University Institute of Education Diploma in Teaching and Learning. Fee: from pound;85 (includes conference admission).

Pre-registration conference fee: pound;50, pound;30 members; on the day pound;70, pound;50 members. Students free. Accommodation is available.

GA, 160 Solly Street, Sheffield S1 4BF.

Tel: 0114 296 0088

Lighthouse Professional Development is running a course on directing and overseeing coursework and fieldwork in geography at GCSE and ASA2-level at Manchester Marriott Airport, March 9; Bristol Aztec Hotel, March 10; York Monkbar Hotel, July 7; London Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, July 8. It has also organised "Using interactive whiteboards to support and enhance geography" at the Bristol Aztec Hotel, March 16 and Leeds Marriott Hotel, March 25. Fee: pound;175, plus VAT, per course.

Tel: 0800 587 8880

The Geographical Association International Committee is organising a study tour to Kenya for geography educators, July 24-August 15. Led by Dr Kevin Cook, St Mary's College, Twickenham, it will include visits to Nairobi, game parks and development projects in the region. Fee: pound;1,995.

Contact Sarah Maude, GAIC Treasurer, The Cottages, Little Crakehall, Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 1JF.



In the run-up to World Water Day, March 22, the WaterAid charity is aiming to raise pound;50,000 through its Buckets of Pennies for Buckets of Water Appeal. An accompanying pack for schools includes fundraising ideas, posters and much more. A video is also available. Less than pound;15 will provide poor children in Africa and Asia with a lasting supply of clean water and sanitation. Tel: 020 7793 4563



Need help tackling students' questions about the tragic Bam earthquake in Iran? Oxfam's Cool Planet website has information and teaching ideas, and the charity also sells Dealing with Disasters: teaching about disasters and development - a book for ages 11 to 16, costing pound;13. It has a section on earthquakes, why disasters happen, whether they can be prevented and how they affect people's lives. Oxfam, co BEBC Distribution, PO Box 1496, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH12 3YD.

Tel: 01202 712933


For the "Weather in the News" school competition, pupils are invited to design a backdrop for Sky News' weather broadcasts by March 17. Four winning classes will have weather forecasts broadcast live from their school and be given a masterclass by Francis Wilson and Lisa Burke on weather presenting and building a weather instrument. Other prizes include televisions and Sky Digital. Tel: 020 7705

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