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JUNE 5. VALUING SKILLS IN THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR

Organised by Royal Society of Arts examination board at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1. Speakers include: Stuart Etherington, chief executive, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and Helen Edwards, chief executive, National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders and member of the Government's New Deal taskforce. Fee: pound;75. Details: Caroline Geraghty, 01295 690055.

JUNE 6

IMPROVING THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM?

Organised by Association for the Study of Primary Education at the Jennie Lee Centre, Wolverhampton. Led by Professor Colin Richards, former HMI and Office for Standards in Education primary specialist, it will examine likely developments, such as neo-elementary schooling for the 21st century and the de-professionalising of primary teachers. Fee: pound;20, pound;15 members. Details: Mike Brogden, 01584 841649; e-mail: mike.brogden@virgin.net JUNE 9

LOCKED UP OR LOOKED AFTER? CAN CARE AND CUSTODY BE COMPATIBLE

Organised by National Children's Bureau at The Commonwealth Institute, Kensington High Street, London W8. Speakers include: Norman Warner, senior policy adviser to the Home Secretary, and Sir David Ramsbotham, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. Fee: pound;105.75-pound;170.38. Details: 0171 843 604241.

JUNE 10

CHANGES TO THE LAW AND GUIDANCE ON EXCLUSIONS

Seminar organised by Advisory Centre for Education at 1b Aberdeen Studios, 22 Highbury Grove, London N5, 10am-1pm. Participants' views will form part of ACE's consultation with the Government about the changes. Fee: pound;40 plus VAT. Details: Barbara Reissner, 0171 354 8318.

JUNE 12

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TRANSFER

Organised by Bilingualism, Languages and Education Network at Hughes Parry Hall, London University, 19-26 Cartwright Gardens, WC1. Speakers include: Professor Terry Russell, Liverpool University. Topics include: literacy implications, key stage 2-3 subject continuity and transfer needs of pupils with English as a second language. Fee: pound;65. Details: 0181 883 0237 (telfax).

JUNE 12

"ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE SEEN"

Organised to coincide with International Children's Day by Working Group Against Racism in Children's Resources at Riverside Centre, North Shields, Tyne and Wear. It will identify strategies to ensure curriculum activities and resources presented to children convey a positive view of Black communities and heritages. Fee: pound;45, pound;35 members, pound;10 concessions. Details: 0171 627 4594 (telfax).

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