CONFERENCES AND COURSES
April 5-November 1
FIRE SAFETY FOR DEAF PEOPLE: ROADSHOW
This free professional development seminar, subtitled "the law and the solutions" is run by the Construction CPD Certification Service in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cambridge, WokingReading, York, Newcastle, central London, Southampton, Leicester, Birmingham and Liverpool.
Contact: www.cpduk.co.uk; 020 8840 4383
From April 14
Courses offered by the Royal National Institute for the Blind include: Curriculum planning: good practice for including pupils with visual impairment, London, April 14; Design technology projects, Leeds, April 26; Secondary maths for partially-sighted pupils, Leeds, May 11.
Contact: 020 7391 2245 (London), 0113 274 8855 (Leeds), 0115 958 2322 (Nottingham); www.rnib.org.uk
DYSLEXIA-FRIENDLY LEARNING STRATEGIES
Independent consultant and trainer Neil Mackay will look at strategies such as: making best use of context; spelling jargon words; marking as an emotional intelligence issue. Organised by United Kingdom Literacy Association, at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk, Lancashire.
Fee: pound;18, pound;15 members, pound;7 studentssenior citizens.
Contact: Dr Norma Mudd on 01704 893607; email@example.com
From April 20
EQUALS: BEST PRACTICE WORKSHOPS
The Equals organisation promotes entitlement and education for pupils with severe learning difficulties. Workshops include: Teaching the Equals ICT schemes, London, April 20; Teaching the Equals science schemes, London, June 10; Drama (in association with the Oily Cart Theatre Company), Birmingham, June 17-18, Newcastle upon Tyne, June 24-25.
Contact: 0191 272 8600; www.equals.co.uk
The National Association for Special Educational Needs is running two courses simultaneously at The Moat House Hotel, Wilmslow, Manchester. One will explore supporting the learning support assistant standards, the other is entitled "Can't learn, won't learn, don't care: how to teach and manage children with ADHD".
Fee per course: pound;150, pound;120 members.
Contact: 01827 311500; www.nasen.org.uk
EARLY YEARS AND PRIMARY TEACHING EXHIBITION MANCHESTER
This show has been amalgamated with The TES Teaching Exhibition North West.
Seminars include: Making the world a less confusing place for children with language processing difficulties or lacking social skills (KS1-3); Building a dyslexia-friendly school (KS1-4); Difficult, demanding and different children (KS1-4); ADHD: strategies and stories from the chalk face (KS1-4); Can't write, won't write: strategies to support reluctant writers (KS1-4).
Fee: pound;10 in advance; pound;15 on the day.
Contact: 01923 690 646; www.teachingexhibitions.co.uk
DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN EUROPE
A major conference promoting a collaborative approach for Europe's professionals working with deaf children and their families will take place at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London W1. The organisers are The Ear Foundation, The National Deaf Children's Society and the Royal National Institute for the Deaf. Speakers include: Lord Filkin, under-secretary of state, Department for Education and Skills.
Contact: Brian Archbold, 0115 942 1985; firstname.lastname@example.org
From May 16
DOWN SYNDROME EDUCATIONAL TRUST COURSES
The trust is running the following courses at the Sarah Duffen Centre, Portsmouth: Meeting the educational needs of children with Down syndrome in mainstream schools, May 16, October 3 (primary), June 20 (secondary); Introduction to the Numicon approach to teaching maths, June 13, October 10. Fee per course: pound;64 plus VAT.
Contact: 023 9285 53330; www.downsed.org
SPECIAL NEEDS NORTH
This resources exhibition and seminar programme at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, is organised by Nasen and the Publishers' Association. It is held alongside SpecialneedsIT, an assistive technology exhibition, which includes free seminars organised by Inclusive Consultancy and Training.
Contact: 0870 429 4302; www.inclusive.co.ukexhibitions; www.publishers.org.ukspecialneeds
WALES EDUCATION 2005
A TES resources exhibition at the Cardiff International Arena. Seminars are similar to those at the Manchester exhibition, May 6-7, listed left.
Fee: pound;10 in advance, pound;15 on the day.
Ticket hotline, 01923 690646; www.teachingexhibitions.co.uk
A CHILD OF OUR TIME
This community project forms part of the Sir Michael Tippett centenary celebrations being held by Chetham's School of Music, Manchester. Free activities for pupils in the region include sensory days exploring issues of citizenship and disability in collaboration with Henshaws Society for Blind People, Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders and Nordoff Robbins music therapists.
Contact: 0161 834 9644; www.chethams.com
AUTISM TOOLKIT FOR TEACHERS
Warwickshire's Disability, Illness, Sensory and Communication Service has produced a CD-Rom to help schools meet the needs of pupils with autistic spectrum disorders. Warwickshire schools are offered one free copy with training for Sencos; further copies pound;20 each (also available outside Warwickshire).
Contact: Jane Carter, 01926 470970; email@example.com
"Managing conflict": April 11, 10.40-10.50am, repeated 12.40-12.50pm; "Coping with anger": April 11, 10.30-10.40am, repeated 12.30-12.40pm These CBBC Class TV programs are suitable for ages 9-11. The first follows children training to be peer mediators and the second offers strategies on managing anger.
THE CHAT ROOM
These BBC2 programmes for ages 7-11 feature thought-provoking dramas and documentaries about people with learning difficulties, which are debated and discussed by a group of young people.
"Stereotypes", April 11, 10.30-10.50am; "Bullying", April 11, 10.50-11.10am; "Self-esteem", April 11, 11.10-11.30am.
(digital cable and satellite)
Special Schools: access the curriculum, April 4, 12.30pm. An observation of two primary pupils with special needs and how teachers plan the delivery and evaluation of their lessons.
Inspirations: sporting heroes, April 5, 12pm. Students at a special school work with their teachers and professional film-makers to recreate England's 1966 World Cup victory, with a guest appearance by Sir Bobby Charlton.
Contributions to the diary should be sent to SNExtra@tes.co.uk