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GENERAL EDUCATOR TES columnist Professor Alan Smithers of Manchester University reopens the debate about GNVQ and NVQ core skills in the latest issue of NATFHE's bi-monthly journal. Annual subscriptions Pounds 20 (institutions) and Pounds 7.50 (individuals) from: General Educator, co 221 Firth Park Road, Sheffield S5 6WW, 0114 243 1999.

THE GREAT RAT RACE STORYBOOK The story of how the rat became the first of the 12 animals of the Chinese horoscope is retold in full and simplified Chinese and English text in a new illustrated children's book. Published by Siyu Chinese Times to coincide with the start of the Chinese New Year, it also contains puzzles, games, drawing and hundreds of Chinese characters for children to read, write and learn to pronounce in Cantonese and Mandarin. Pounds 4.99.

Details: Angelique Wong, 0161 228 0420.

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