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Roy Jones, formerly assistant county education officer for Hampshire, is now director of education, cultural and community services at Bath and North East Somerset Council.

In the new unitary authority of North Somerset, Jane Wreford, formerly head of education support services for Somerset, has been appointed director of education; Ian Macgregor, formerly with Norfolk, is assistant director of support services; Alan Moss, formerly with Wiltshire, is assistant director responsible for life-long learning; and Philip Norrey, formerly with Somerset, is assistant director responsible for strategy.

In the new unitary authority of Redcar and Cleveland, Keith Burton, formerly assistant director of education for North Yorkshire, has been appointed director of education; and Patrick Scott, formerly senior adviser with responsibility for inspections and school development for Cleveland, is deputy director and head of school effectiveness and lifetime learning.

Richard Bindless has been appointed chief executive of Bolton Bury Training and Enterprise Council. He has been acting chief executive since November.

The Right Reverend Michael Adie CBE has been appointed provost of the Woodard Corporation's Southern Division, a group of four independent church schools (Lancing College, Hurstpierpoint College, Ardingly College and Bloxham School). Bishop Adie succeeds the Right Reverend Christopher Luxmoore.

Edward Gregson, the composer and former professor of music at Goldsmiths College, London University, is now principal of the Royal Northern College of Music.


MAY 25 THE CONTINUING RELEVANCE OF CLASS Organised by the London Socialist Historians Group and the Comparative Labour History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, Malet Street, London WC1. Speakers include: John Saville, Hull University; Geoffrey de Ste Croix, New College Oxford; and Ellen Wood, University of York, Toronto. Fee: Pounds 6, Pounds 3 concessions. Details: Keith Flett, 0181 885 5276.


UNTIL JUNE 30 SURREALIST WORKS ON PAPER The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University, is staging an exhibition drawn from an important private collection of British Surrealist drawings by artists influenced by the likes of Dali and Ernst. Free admission. Details: Penny Hamilton, 0161 275 7450 UNTIL JULY 11 REDEFINING EAST END WOMEN An exhibition of photographs and memories about mothers and daughters in Tower Hamlets at the Ragged School Museum, 46-50 Copperfield Road, London E3. The result of a project begun in 1995 to challenge stereotypical images of East End women, it was put together in conjunction with Tower Hamlets Women Workers Forum. Details: Claudia Bigg, 0181 980 6405.

MAY 11 GLOUCESTERSHIRE YOUNG FARMERS' COUNTY SHOW This annual event will take place at the Equine Centre, Hartpury College, 11am-5pm. There will be around 50 competitions between Young Farmers' Clubs, including fashion shows, stock judging and busking, together with falconry displays, heavy horses, vintage machinery and dog agility. Details: 01452 526032 (telfax) or 01452 700283.

MAY 16-AUGUST 19 CD PARTNERSHIP: DESIGN PUT TO WORK TO MAKE PLACES THAT ARE ALIVE Past, present and future projects of CD Partnership at the Design Museum, London SE1. At the centre of the show is a scale model of the design for the Ocean Terminal in Leith, Scotland, together with proposals for the regeneration of this historic dock area. Also showing (until October 6) is "100 masterpieces: furniture that made the twentieth century". Details: 0171 378 6055.

MAY 18 MATHS DAY Dr Steve Chinn, principal of Mark College, Somerset, a specialist school for dyslexic pupils, will lead this event organised by the Dyslexia Institute at Holy Child School, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 10am-4pm. Teachers and parents of dyslexic children welcome. Details: Mrs G Pinney, 01785 818783.

MAY 18-JULY 6 TEACHING HANDWRITING, READING AND SPELLING SKILLS (THRASS) THRASS workshops will be held at: University Conference Centre, Walsall, (May 18); Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire (June 5); Nottingham University (June 6); Irish Association for Teachers in Special Education, Drumcondra College, Dublin (June 14); Education Development Centre, Pelsall, Walsall (June 17); and the United Kingdom Reading Association annual conference, Newcastle (July 6). Details: Alan Davies, Manchester Metropolitan University School of Education in Crewe, 0161 247 5191.

MAY 18 SPEAKING AND LISTENING IN THE CLASSROOM Organised by The English Speaking Board at Moreton Hall School, Oswestry, Shropshire, 10.30am-4pm. Pupils from local junior and secondary schools will present examples of work for assessment and teachers will discuss methods of integrating oral work into the curriculum. Details: Merriel Halsall-Williams, 01691 690483 (telfax).

MAY 18 THE "E" IN EBD: THINKING WITH TEACHERS Talk by Anne Murray, Tower Hamlets Support Service, for all interested in special educational needs, particularly emotional disorders. Organised by the Forum for the Advancement of Educational Therapy and Therapeutic Teaching at St Alban's Centre, Baldwin's Gardens, Holborn, London EC1. Admission: Pounds 8.50, Pounds 3 members. Details: Heather Geddes, 01404 850329.

MAY 20 THE ROLE OF NARRATIVE IN THE TALK OF WOMEN FRIENDS Inaugural lecture by Jen Coates, professor of English language and linguistics, Roehampton Institute, at Froebel Institute College, London SW15.

All welcome. Details: 0181 392 3180.

MAY 23 LEADERSHIP AND POLICY FOR EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS JUNE 3 THE LAST TEN YEARS: THE NEXT TEN YEARS JUNE 6 ASSESSMENT FOR THE MILLENNIUM: FORM, FUNCTION AND FEEDBACK Free lectures at Jeffery Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1, 6pm. The first will be given by Professor William Boyd, Pennsylvania State University, and the second by Kenneth Baker MP (this event is co-hosted by The TES). The third is the inaugural lecture of Professor Caroline Gipps, dean of research at the institute. Details: 0171 612 64034.


MAY 23, JUNE 6,13,20,27 AND JULY 4 DYSLEXIA: CODE OF PRACTICE Organised by The Dyslexia Institute at St Francis of Assisi School, Erdington Road, Aldridge, Sutton Coldfield, 5-7pm, for primary and secondary teachers. Topics include looking at the difficulties, profiling for teachers, multi-sensory teaching of reading and spelling; and structured teaching programmes. Fee: Pounds 95. Details: 0121 354 6855.


PHOTOGRAPHYPRINTING FOR SCHOOLS The Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7, would like to encourage more teachers and students of history, artdesign and media studies to use its photography collection. Anyone willing to join a focus group to discuss what kind of educational facilities the section could develop, should contact Charlotte Cotton, assistant curator of photography, on 0171-938 8614.

The museum also welcomes school groups to its print room for sessions on pattern, printmaking techniques, poster design and the process of design. From October, a V and A exhibition will display some of the work produced by pupils aged 5-18 at or following these sessions. Bookings: 0171 938 8638.

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