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JANUARY 21 CONSULTING WITH THE COMMUNITY TO RAISE EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS Organised by Capita Business Services in central London for education directors, chairs of education committees, education officers, heads and governors. Speakers include: Paul Corrigan, honorary professor of public policy, University of North London. Fee: pound;290 public sector; pound;390 private sector (plus VAT). Details: 0171 222 5110.

JANUARY 22 DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS Organised by the National Autistic Society at Kensington Town Hall, London SW7. Speakers include: Dr Judith Gould, director of the NAS centre for social and communication disorders; and parent and GP, Dr Cathie Scothorne. Fee: pound;88 plus VAT. Details: 01622 618678.

JANUARY 23 ARCHIVE ON BLACK PEOPLES Organised by the Black and Asian Studies Association in central London to agree a national policy for preserving existing and contemporary records. A working party will be elected. Details: Marika Sherwood, BASA, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS; e-mail:; fax: 0171 862 8820.

JANUARY 26 ACTIVE LEARNING IN THE COMMUNITY: CURRICULUM MODELS AND ACCREDITATION Workshop-based event organised by Community Service Volunteers and ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) at Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1, for school and college staff interested in developing community service programmes following the Crick report on citizenship. Speakers include: David Kerr, citizenship advisory group, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Fee: pound;94. Details: Tara Perry, 0117 923 8838.

JANUARY 27 PARENTING: MAKING SENSE OF THE NEW FAMILY POLICY AGENDA Organised by National Children's Bureau at London Voluntary Sector Resource Centre, London N7. Speakers include: Erica De'Ath, National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations, on child-care strategy; and Melian Mansfield, formerly with Campaign for State Education, on home-school contracts. Fee: pound;105-75-pound;141; bursary places pound;70. Details: 0171 843 60421.

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