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NOVEMBER 4 ACHIEVING A CO-ORDINATED APPROACH TO HANDWRITING At the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1, for primary and secondary teachers. Contributors include: Carol Donoughue, former HMI, OFSTED- registered inspector and accredited trainer on "Handwriting across the curriculum"; and Claire Harvey, learning support services, Harrow, on a project which examined the changes in children's handwriting over a three-year period. Fee: Pounds 50. Details: 0171 612 658991.

NOVEMBER 15AND JANUARY 24 MATHS IN ISLAMIC ART AND FUN WITH MATHS Inset courses for primary teachers at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7. The first will investigate Islamic designs based on squares, triangles, octagons and hexagons working in the galleries from tiles, ceramic containers, screens, carved wood and textiles. The second will emphasise interesting ways of using the galleries to develop mathematical skills such as counting, measuring, shapes, position, pattern and symmetry. Fee: Pounds 45 each. Details: 0171 938 8638.

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