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JUNE AND JULY

BIODIVERSITY WORKSHOPS

Action for Biology in Education is running workshops for non-specialist primary teachers, demonstrating how to use school grounds and the locality to identify plants and animals and how a nature diary project, including use of the Internet, can be a whole-school learning experience. Venues include: Pelham Field Centre, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire, June 2; Kingsbury High School, London NW9, June 27; Warwick University, July 4; Bretton Hall College, Wakefield, July 8; and Chelsea Physic Garden, London SW3, July 14. Fees range from pound;10 to pound;38. For details send SAE to: The secretary, ABE, co 54 Gondar Gardens, London NW6 1HG.

STARTING JUNE 2

AWARD SCHEME DEVELOPMENT AND ACCREDITATION NETWORK

ASDAN is running workshops at Huddersfield University, June 2 and 3; London Voluntary Sector Resource Centre, June 15; Plymouth University, June 23; York University, July 6; and the University of Western England, Bristol, July 13. Topics include: special educational needs and the ASDAN award scheme; personal and social education, key skills, enrichment and ASDAN. Fee: pound;84 plus VAT. Details: Tara Perry, 0117 923 8838.

JUNE 5

SELF ESTEEM AND PARENTING: A TRANSGENERATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Organised for psychologists and health visitors by De Montfort University, Leicester, in association with Promoting Parenting Skills. Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Leicester. Fee: pound;95 plus VAT. Details: Sue Colledge, 0116 2577354; e-mail: Scolledg@dmu.ac.uk JUNE 12 AND 19

LITERACY IN THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM AT KS3-4

Institute of Education in-service training at 20 Bedford Way, London WC1, for teachers of English, history, geography, sociology and religious education. The tutor group is headed by Gunther Kress, professor of English at the Institute. Aims include arming teachers with strategies to identify the common and different literacy requirements of the different subject areas. Fee: pound;120. Details: 0171 612 658991.

COMPETITION

JERWOOD FILM PRIZE

Aspiring screenwriters aged under 25 are invited to write a screenplay for a 10-minute film on any subject by June 12. The winning script will be filmed by Working Title Films, screened in Warner Village Cinemas nationwide and broadcast on Channel 5. A runner-up script will be filmed, produced and screened on Channel 5. The judging panel includes: actors Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson, film-making team Joel and Ethan Coen, and screenwriter and director, Anthony Minghella. Details: Jerwood Film Prize, 22 Fitzroy Square, London W1P 5HJ.

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