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Two-session evening course at London Personal Development Centre, Lazenby House, 2 Thayer Street, London W1, led by Erdal Kemal, a Cambridge Board mathematics examiner, who, LPDC claims, regularly achieves a 90 per cent retention rate. Topics include: lightning methods of addition, multiplication and division, fractions, decimals, percentages and interest. Fee: Pounds 25. Bookings: 0990 116655. Details: 0990 116622.

NOVEMBER 26 DECIPHERING THE TASK AAS level dance study day for teachers at National Resource Centre for Dance, Surrey University, which will include wording and interpretations of practical and theoretical examination questions. Details: 0483 259316.

NOVEMBER 26-27 CREATIVE WRITING IN EDUCATION Organised by National Association of Writers in Education at Stafford House, Hassocks, West Sussex, for teacherswriters who wish to work in schools. Tutors include: David Morley, poet, and Maggie Iles, English inspector, Kirklees. Guest reader: Vicki Feaver, author of The Handless Maiden. Fee: Pounds 75, Pounds 45 members or South East Arts Board area residents. Details: Paul Munden, 0653 618429.

GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES (ISLAM) Two-year part-time course organised by Association of Muslim Researchers Education Society at Muslim College, Ealing, London W2.

Flexible commencement date. Details from tutor: Nasim Butt (head of science at King Fahd Academy), 8 Curzon Avenue, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 2AQ.

INFORMATION RESEARCH REQUESTS Pat Wynnejones, 145 Henley Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 4NL, would like to hear from anyone with experience of helping young people cope in circumstances of distress (for example, exam failure, unemployment, family break-up), and from young people who have received such help. Any sort of material welcome, such as case histories, anecdotes, cassette tapes.

Michael Crick (0608 737986) is writing a biography of Jeffrey Archer to be published next year by Hamish Hamilton, and would like to hear from people who studied at Oxford for a Dip Ed in 1963-4 alongside Lord Archer.

CHARLES DE GAULLE BURSARY TRUST New bursary scheme, administered by Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges and Alliance Francaise, which enables UK and French 17 to 19-year-olds to study a specific project on the language or culture of the other country. Deadline for summer 1995: December 5. Details: Didier Savignat, AF, 071 724 1161 or Carole Bevis, CB, 071 725 9438.

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