CONFERENCES AND COURSES
THE NORTHWEST REGIONAL EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE
Annual teaching exhibition and professional development seminar organised by The TES at The Premier Suite, Reebok Stadium, Bolton. Seminars include: Can't listen or won't listen to me?; Can't learn won't learn: behaviour management for children with ADHD; Dyslexics in the classroom; and "Supporting SEN children in mathematics in the mainstream classroom".
Registration: Kerry Paige; tel: 020 7782 3403; email@example.com; www.teachingexhibitions.co.uk
PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Central London conference organised by Harrogate Management Centre will explore developing a local strategy to meet particular needs of children and young people. Key speaker: Dinah Morley, acting director of YoungMinds.
Fee: pound;225-pound;450 plus VAT. Tel: 01423 506611; www.hmc.co.uk.
THE NASEN AND TES SPECIAL NEEDS EXHIBITION
Annual teaching exhibition and professional development seminar organised by The TES and National Association for Special Educational Needs at the Business Design Centre, London. Cost per seminar, pound;10; pound;8 members. Speakers include: Professor Ted Wragg, author, broadcaster and TES columnist, on More creative teaching? and Sue Palmer, freelance education writer and trainer, on Foundations of literacy: preventing 'special needs'
before they begin. Programme includes: supporting children with speechlanguage difficulties and behaviour problems; what makes inclusion work?. Ticketsenquiries: 01923 690620; www.nasen.org.uk; www.teachingexhibitions.co.uk.
THE BRAIN - PSYCHOLOGY: 21ST CENTURY LEARNING.
One-day event with Raj Persaud and Susan Greenfield at One Bird Cage Walk, London, organised by Osiris Educational, pound;245 plus VAT. Details: www.osiriseducational.co.uk.
AFASIC PARENTS' CONFERENCE
Manchester Conference Centre. Keynote speaker: Gillian Baird, consultant paediatrician, Guy's Hospital. Fee: pound;25 members; pound;40 parent non-members; pound;50 professionals. Contact: Carol Lingwood; tel: 01273 381009; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Autistic Society runs accredited courses leading to recognised qualifications. Courses include: postgraduate certificate in Asperger syndrome, beginning November, and a six-day training course at Buckinghamshire Chilterns university college on working with the autistic spectrum (theory into practice). Tel: 020 7833 2299; www.nas.org.uk Ongoing
THE DEAFBLIND EXPERIENCE
Deafblind UK at the National Centre for Deafblindness, Peterborough, works with people who are deaf and blind. Programmes for teachers and pupils show them what it would be like to be deafblind and how to use sign language. A recently opened exhibition gives deafblind people the chance to explore their heritage and sighted hearing visitors an insight into the challenges faced by people with sensory impairments in the past and today. For a brochure, tel: 01733 358 100; www.deafblind.org.uk.
WORKING WITH TEENAGERS AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH PROFOUND DISABILITY
Residential workshop organised by Catalyst Education Resources at a central London venue. Telfax: 0845 1275281; FloCatalyst@aol.com; www.cerl.net.
CATALYST NORTHERN CONFERENCE
Will be held in Manchester.
KIDZ UP NORTH
Exhibition of resources dedicated to disabled children at Reebok Stadium, Bolton, 9.30am-5pm. Full-day conference on Moving kidz and handling big issues for little people. pound;98.50, and a half-day seminar, Make the most of your day, will be repeated in the afternoon. It will explore equipment and home adaptations for disabled children and using the law to improve provision. Other topics include: motability - helping disabled children and their families become mobile; practical solutions to toilet training and continence promotion; and the children's virtual equipment store. Disabled Living; tel: 0161 2145969; www.disabledliving.co.uk November 30
VISION AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
Course organised by the Royal National Institute for the Blind at Southville Centre, Southville, Bristol. Presented by Dr Maggie Woodhouse, senior lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University. Fee: pound;105 professionals; pound;40 parents. Tel: 0117 9341727; EESouthWest@rnib.org.uk.
WELSH DYSLEXIA PROJECT
Conference and exhibition of computer and book-based resources organised by WDP in Aberystwyth. Limited space, so early booking recommended. Tel: 01239 682849; email@example.com.
SPEECH LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION NEEDS
Trends in theory and practice will be explored at this conference organised at Warwick University by the National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impairment in Children. Speakers include: Professor Dorothy Bishop, Oxford University; Professor Julie Dockrell, London Institute of Education; Professor James Law, City University, London. From pound;230 residential; non-residential rates available. Details: Carol Lingwood, see Nov 6.
From January 28
NEW BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY QUALIFICATION
Real Training is offering a course leading to a Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (Level A). Fee: pound;845 plus VAT payable by instalments. Tel: 0845 456 3135; www.realtraining.co.uk.
THE BLUE SKIES PROJECT
This web-based project, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, provides training resources for teachers of the deaf in England, focusing on how ICT software can be used to support the development of language and communication skills. The site includes video and audio examples of good practice, advice on how ICT can support administrative workloads and to develop training materials for mainstream staff. It has been set up as part of the Communication Aids Project by Deaf Children's Communication Aids Provision, which is managed by the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf and Deafax, a charity committed to the use of ICT with deaf people.
Tel: 01295 701240; www.blueskiesproject.org.uk.
This series for ages 14-19 includes Losing it, on October 14, 9.55-10.20am, and Winning the mind game, October 15, 9.55-10.20am. Both are dramas about young people with mental health problems and aim to encourage sufferers to talk more openly about their feelings, suggest ways to help themselves and how friends can provide support. www.channel4.comlosingit and www.channel4.comlifestuff
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