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As well as a full seminar programme, the Manchester exhibition provides education professionals with the chance to test, compare and purchase a range of resources and services from familiar names dedicated to teaching the under-threes, foundation and key stages 1-2.

More than 100 educational publishers and suppliers will be exhibiting the latest books, educational toys and ICT software and equipment.

The exhibition website gives full details of companies attending ukvisitorexhibitor_listings There is also a comprehensive directory of educational suppliers at

Free ICT workshops

The following 20-minute sessions will take place at the ICT Workshop Zone on stand B12 throughout both days of the show. There is no need to book.

Further information will be available from the providers of the programme Into Action Computers on stand C10.

10.40 The interactive classroom - looking at a range of equipment and how to make the best use of it, with the latest research from BECTA.

11.00 Keyboard crazy - lack of keyboard skills has been as one of the reasons for children not achieving. This sessions will explore how simple games can improve pupils' skills and boost literacy.

11.20 Individual learning programmes - introducing software developed by teachers that can be customised for local needslanguage groups.

11.40 Teaching control in the early years - robots in the foundation stage, and the language and social skills associated with control technology.

12.00 Electronic planning - introduction to the award-winning Curriculum Complete software from Skills Factory, for schools wanting to move away from paper-based planning, and offering more than 4,000 lessons.

12.20 Funding the ICT Revolution - new technologies like interactive whiteboards are making a difference to curriculum delivery, but many schools can't afford them. So what about leasing options?

12.40 Creating a website for your school - introducing a manageable "techy-free" system that allows you to take control of your own website.

1.00 The interactive classroom - affordable teaching tools.

1.20 Continuous school improvement - intuitive software for a school to make evidence-based judgments on performance.

1.40 ICT assessment and reward in the primary school - cross-curricular activities for ICT from W1-level 5 linked to QCA schemes.

2.00 Electronic stationery - affordable publishing in school.

2.20 It's Pride 2 - introduction to a six-week programme of drug and safety education for KS2, which shows how ICT can be used to enrich the subject.

2.40 Report Assist - time-saving software for report-writing.

3.00 Make your internet go faster - "caching" websites and the Government funding for regional broadband consortia.

3.20 Curriculum online - what is it? and how will it impact on schools?

3.40 ICT assessment and reward in the primary school (see 1.40).

4.00 Training and support for teachers, support assistants and parents - solutions to ICT training, leading to raising standards.

Future exhibitions

There will be further Early Years and Primary Teaching exhibitions at the Business Design Centre in London on October 3-5; and at Glasgow SECC on November 14-15. The exhibitions are organised by TSL Education.

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