Conferences and courses
"Pride of Place" is the theme of the Geographical Association's annual conference and resources exhibition at Birmingham University, April 17-19. Speakers include: Keith Grimwade, chair of the Education Standing Committee, on "Geography and the New Agenda: Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship and Sustainable Development"; and John Westaway, principal subject officer, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, on changes to AS and A-level geography. Sub themes include: " A place in the sun: physical geography in the Tropics"; "Trading places" (global and local economies, twinning); and "Place and chips" (computing). Fee: pound;20, pound;10 members. Fieldwork visits cost pound;8-pound;15.50 extra. University accommodation available at pound;30-pound;50. Hotel accommodation bookable separately. Details: Sarah Clarke, GA, 160 Solly Street, Sheffield S1 4BF. Tel: 0114 296 0088.
Gain new ideas on environmental education at the free Earthwatch Millennium Conference being held at the University Examination Schools, Oxford, April 15-16. Building on the environmental charity' Millennium Fellowship Programme, speakers include Earthwatch scientists such as Don Eaton on "Brazil's rainforest wildlife", Dr Munir Virani on "Raptors of the Kenyan rift valley"; and Peter Corkeron on "Queensland Dolphins". On the Saturday evening, renowned conservationist, wildlife author and film-maker, Professor David Macdonald, is giving a free public lecture on "Kalahari meerkats to Oxford foxes - thinking globally and acting locally". Workshops include: education for sustainable development; and how to become an eco-school. Details: Lynne Roscrow, Earthwatch Institute, 57 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HJ. Tel: 01865 311601.
The Christian Education Movement is running the following courses: "Quality collective worship in the primary school", April 5, Nottingham; "Learning from religions" (secondary), May 23, Alliance House, Caxton Street, London SW1; "Key stage 1 RE:problems and responsibilities", June 8, Leicester; "Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development: RE's leading contribution" (secondary), June 13, Birmingham; "Improving A-level religious studies", June 16, south Manchester, fee pound;45, pound;40 subscribers; "Improving effectiveness in RE" (primary, secondary, special), June 16-17, Leeds; Quality collective worship in the primary school, June 26, Alliance House, London SW1, fee pound;175, pound;157 subscribers; and "An A-Z of RE:active learning strategies" (secondary) in Leeds (June 27) and Wakefield (July 5). Fee: pound;100, pound;90 subscribers unless otherwise stated. April McIntyre, CEM, Royal Buildings, Victoria Street DE1 1GQ.
Tel: 01332 296655.