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Noticeboard;Subject of the week;Economics and Business

Margaret Hodge, chair of the Education and Employment Select Committee, is the key speaker at the National Association of Business Studies Education's annual conference on June 2-5 at the Sandbanks Hotel, Poole, Dorset. Other speakers include Sir William Stubbs, chairman of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, on the QCA's work, and Ursula Russell, director of educational services at the Royal Society of Arts Examinations Board, on "Women (and men!) in their place". Fee: pound;396, pound;340 members (plus VAT). Details: Louise Crump, NABSE, The Old Granary, 27 Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham B35 9DA. Tel: 0121 776 7766.

Nuffield Curriculum Projects is running economics and business in-service training session for GCSE and A-level teachers. Sessions on The Toolkit (A-level), aimed at new teachers of Nuffield, will take place on April 28, at Leeds University; May 7, Manchester University; May 12, Birmingham; and May 14, The Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, London WC1. It will cover teaching and learning approaches, assessment and structure of the stages. Start-up kit sessions (GCSE) will take place on May 19 at Leeds University; June 4, The Nuffield Foundation; and June 25, Bristol. They will examine teaching and learning strategies. Fee: pound;47 each. Details: NCP helpline, 0171 636 6776.

Trainee business and economics teachers are invited to prepare a report of up to 1,000 words on the best lesson they have given, and enter it by April 30 for a competition run by the Nuffield Business and Economics Foundation and Collins Educational Publishers. The report should include aims and objectives, teaching strategy, students' tasks, resources used and an evaluation of the outcome. Top prize is a collection of Collins Educational GCSE, GNVQ and A-level business and economics titles worth pound;200. Four runners-up will each receive a copy of "Nuffield - BP Business and Economics for GCSE". Details: Linda Westgarth. Tel: 0171 436 4512.

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