JULY 1 WHAT WORKS IN MENTORING Organised by the Second City; Second Chance charity in conjunction with The Commission for Racial Equality. Venue: Westhill College, Birmingham. Fee: pound;75. Details: Lin Cartwright, 0121 472 3019.
JULY 1 COMBATING UNDERACHIEVEMENT IN SECONDARY BOYS AND GIRLS Organised by Standards for Education in central London. Speakers include: Dr Madeleine Arnot, Cambridge University School of Education; Colin Noble, adviser for Kirklees and manager of the Raising Boys' Achievement Project; and Ann Madden, head of education and training, Equal Opportunities Commission. Fee: pound;169 plus VAT. Details: Simon Blacksell, 0117 983 8800.
JULY 3-5 LIFE SCIENCE 2000 RETURNS Organised for teachers of all levels by British Ecological Society, Field Studies Council and Institute of Biology at Warwick University. Workshops, presentations, lectures and discussions on such topics as: practical plant science in schools; creepy crawlies; fieldwork; and biology after dark. Fee: pound;140-pound;170 residential; day rates available. Details: Anne Jordan, 0171 581 8333; website: www.users.zetnet.co.ukLifeScience JULY 4 SPECIAL NEEDS, WORKING TOGETHER Interested professionals and families affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, dyslexia and related disorders are invited to this conference at York University. Speakers include: Dr Paul Hutchins from The New Children's Hospital, Westmead, Sydney, and a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council working party on ADHD. Fee: pound;20, pound;10 concessions. For details send SAE to: Bob Breen, 30 The Paddock, York YO2 6AW.