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MAY 15 AND JUNE 28 SINBINS REVISITED: A WORKABLE MODEL Organised for heads, deputies and special needs advisers by Human Scale Education. Respective venues: Burwalls, Leigh Woods, Bristol, and Martineau Centre, Harborne, Birmingham. They will examine how workable the strategy is of setting up "on-site" units in which children can get over their disaffection before being re-absorbed into the mainstream. Fee: pound;95. Details: Fiona Carnie, 01972 510709.

MAY 22 VOICE RECOGNITION: ENABLING ACCESS TO THE CURRICULUM At University College Worcester, co-organised by Worcestershire County Council for teachers and associated professionals. It will explore the use of voice recognition technology with students with special educational needs. Fee: pound;45. Details: Helen James, Centre for Special Education, 01905 855403; e-mail: h.james@worc.ac.uk MAY 29 BULLYING: STAFF AND PUPILS Organised in Leicester by Schools' Out! National (working for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in education). Speakers include: Lord Tope, Lib Dem spokesperson in the Lords on education. Fee: pound;10 (includes lunch). Details: John Burns, 0181 685 9429.

JUNE 3 INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS?

Organised for education professionals and school governors by The Children's Society at Regent's College, London NW1. Key speaker: education minister Charles Clarke. It will explore the current level of exclusions, how policy has developed and examples of good practice in reducing exclusions and truancy. Fee: pound;152.75; concessions for voluntary organisations. Details: Joanne Cottell, 0171 841 4400.

JUNE 8 DIFFICULT BEHAVIOUR AND SPECIAL NEEDS: MAKING THE LINKS JULY 7 SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND DRUG MISUSE:EXPLORING EFFECTIVE INTERVENTIONS Organised by National Children's Bureau at the Voluntary Resource Centre, London N7, and the Royal Institute of British Architects, London W1, respectively. Fee: pound;145, pound;120 members (plus VAT). Details: 0171 843 60096042.

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