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Secretary of State Charles Clarke is the key speaker at the Association for Citizenship Teaching's annual conference on the theme "Citizenship education: in school and beyond" at the International Maritime Organisation, South Bank, London SE1, June 25. Free membership worth pound;40. Fee: pound;135, members pound;110; students pound;65. Email:

"Citizenship education: broadening the understanding and developing the skills of enquiry and communication" is the theme of a teachers' conference on May 31 at Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford. Organised by the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education. Fee: pound;99 (includes lunch); pound;89 members; pound;19 students; pound;49 unwaged. Additional day: pound;100 residential; pound;65 non-residential. Tel: Hollie Noonan, 01865 488608.

Teaching Thinking magazine is running seminars for KS3 teachers on "Thinking for learning in citizenship and PSHE" in Birmingham, June 17 and London, June 27. Tutor: Will Ord, professional officer, Association for Citizenship Teaching. Fee: pound;185 (pound;155 members) +VAT.

Tel: Malrose Allen, 0121 666 7878


"Young people" is the theme of this year's Refugee Week (June 16-22). Young citizens, refugees and asylum-seekers can get involved by organising an event in their school, college or local community.

Tel: 020 7820

Togs for Dogs Day on June 6 will be the main fundraising day of Hearing Dogs Week, June 2-6, organised by the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity as part of its 21st birthday celebrations. Schoolchildren are invited to wear non-uniform for the day for a pound;1 donation. School packs contain competitions to design the 2004 Togs for Dogs logo and a coat for hearing dog Blossom, and fun activities such as basic finger-spelling and sign language.

Tel: 01844 348100

free for all

Inland Revenue, HM Treasury and HM Customs and Excise have produced a KS2-3 pack named after the Chancellor's famous budget box. With a teachers' pack, video, two posters and a website, The Red Box offers students the chance to debate and explore our public spending and tax systems. It has been awarded the Personal Finance Education Group Quality Mark.

Tel: Adrian Hall, 020 7438 6190 Email: (quote "The Red Box");;

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