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Holocaust course and trip

The Holocaust Educational Trust is holding two courses for teachers this summer as part of its Lessons from Auschwitz project. The four-day events include seminars in either London or Manchester, and a day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, with flights departing from Luton or Manchester. They aim to increase understanding of the Holocaust through first-hand experience of the camps. For details, visit www.lfaproject.org.uk.

Controversy rules

The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) will be focusing on the teaching of political literacy at its national conference on June 29. Sessions include talks from experts on a range of topics, including new ways of teaching controversial issues and new ideas on assessing pupils' progress. The keynote speaker - to be confirmed - will be John Bercow, Speaker of the Commons. The conference takes place at the University of London Union, near King's Cross and Euston stations, and costs #163;59 for ACT members and #163;22 for students on initial teacher training. For details and to book a place, visit www.teachingcitizenship.org.uk.

Sex and relationships survey

Pupils are being given an opportunity to shape the next phase of the teenage pregnancy strategy. Brooks, the sexual health services and advice charity for young people, is carrying out a survey of 11 to 18-year-olds, asking what information they want and their views on sex and relationships education. The results will form part of a consultation by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health on the next steps in their attempt to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate. The anonymous survey is available at www.brook.org.ukhaveyoursay.

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