* The National Association for the Teaching of English is running these courses: Grammar - who needs it? Leeds, May 14; Beyond the words on the page: developing cultural, linguistic and literary awareness in A-level English literature, NATE office, Sheffield, May 17; Never mind the subject: analysing written texts at A level, Sheffield, May 27; His Dark Materials (developing KS3 reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through approaches to the play adapted from Philip Pullman's trilogy), June 10, Oxford. Fees start at Pounds 105; pound;85 members.
Tel: 0114 255 5419. www.nate.org.uk
* A conference for A-level teachers has been organised by the English and Media Centre at the Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7, May 21.
Speakers: Jean Aitchison, Oxford University, and Catherine Belsey, Cardiff University. Workshops include Shakespeare's language; teaching about narrative; differentiation in English A-level. Tel: 020 7359 8080 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Participants in the Power of Reading, a project at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Webber Street, London SE1, will attend two conferences, four in-services and one staff meeting and make two school visits between this July and July 2006. Designed to raise children's literacy and enjoyment of books, the project draws on CLPE's forthcoming publication, Book Power. Cost per teacher: pound;1,625 (school network member discount pound;150); additional teachers pound;625 (discount pound;75). Also taking place at the centre is a creativity and literacy conference, May 20, with speakers Professor Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford USA, and Myra Barrs, co-editor, Creativity and Literacy research report.
Fee: pound;125; pound;110 subscribers.
Tel: 020 7401 33823
* New approaches to Shakespeare will be explored at the British Shakespeare Association's conference at Newcastle upon Tyne, September 1-4. Topics include: Shakespeare and the exotic; and eco-criticism. The Royal Shakespeare Company, Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Ed Hall's all-male theatre company, Propeller, will lead workshops.
Sarah Barber, tel: 0191 222 5064 www.britishshakespeare.wsconference.php