This interactive exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London explores the history of computer gaming. It is accompanied by a teacher pack for key stages 2 and 3, which includes a video explaining the creative processes involved in making a video game. During August there will be Game On workshops for children aged five to 11 and their families, during which visitors can create their own games. To download the teacher pack and for further information, go to: www. gameonweb.co.ukeducation.
Local Newspaper Week
Most local newspapers are organising events for this week, so contact your nearest to find out what's happening. For further information visit the Newspaper Society website at: www.newspapersoc.org.uk.
July 4 - 5
Design and Technology Association conference
Themes at this year's DATAinternational research and UK education conference in Coventry will include primary design and technology, food in schools and issues arising from the Government's white paper on education. Further information can be found at: www.data.org.uk.
UKRA annual international conference
"Reaching out, moving forward: developing literacies through interaction" is the title of this year's conference to be held at Chester College. It will explore the many kinds of interaction that characterise successful literacy teaching and learning. For further information or to book a place phone: 01963 220490 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Schools are being encouraged to join in this new fundraising campaign which will culminate in an evening of TV on July 13. Money will go to help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. The organisers Comic Relief, BBC Sport and Sport England have published a pack and video that includes assembly ideas, PE and cross-curricular teaching activities, posters and fundraising ideas such as putting on a sports day or pay to play football. Free copies of the pack will be sent to every UK school and you can download it from: www.sportrelief.com.
July 29- August 1
Professional Association of Teachers annual conference
Taking place in Telford, Shropshire, the theme this year is "Strength in unity - shaping the future". Speakers will include Baroness Ashton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Early Years and School Standards, new national Chairman, May Castrey, and Ofsted early years director, Maggie Smith. For further details go to: www.pat.org.uk.