CONFERENCES AND COURSES
From May 10
WORKING WITH BRAIN-INJURED CHILDREN
The British Institute for Brain Injured Children runs a range of courses at Knowle Hall, Bridgwater, Somerset, or at your school. They include: Early years speech and language development, May 10; Supporting pupils with autistic spectrum disorders, June 14; Anger management and conflict resolution, July 1; Language use and understanding for pupils with Asperger Syndrome, July 5.
Fees: pound;110 (includes lunch). Contact: Constance Davis on 01278 684060; www.bibic.org.uk
From May 25
WORKING WITH CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY
The National Institute of Conductive Education is running: Including the child with cerebral palsy for teachers of ages 5 to 11, May 25; The practitioner's toolkit for teachers of ages 5 to 11, June 21; Including the young child with cerebral palsy (ages birth to 5), June 29.
Fee: pound;50 (includes lunch)
Contact: 0121 442 5550; www.conductive-education.org.uk
The National Association for Special Educational Needs is running two courses simultaneously at The Quadrangle Conference Centre, Kassam Stadium, Oxford. One will explore supporting the learning support assistant standards, the other new perspectives in emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.
Fee: pound;150, pound;120 members.
Contact: 01827 311500; www.nasen.org.uk
From June 14
RNIB SHORT COURSES
The Royal National Institute of the Blind is running these courses for professionals: Albinism, Cardiff, June 14; Nystagmus, Birmingham, June 22; Special needs and disability legislation, Liverpool, June 30; The role of physiotherapy, London, July 4.
Contact: 0121 665 4221; www.rnib.org.ukshortcourseschildrens
From June 2
SEN UPDATE TRAINING
Courses offered by Network 81 include: Legislation, Exclusion and Disability Discrimination Act. London, June 2; Manchester, June 19; Chelmsford, June 26; London, July 9. Contact: 0870 770 3262 or go to www.network81.org
June 30 to July 1
THE FUTURE OF EBD SCHOOLS
Lord Geoff Filkin, Department for Education and Skills, is to speak on the future of special schools at this conference organised in Cambridge by the National Association of Heads of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Schools.
Contact: John Lowe on 01458 223710 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TEACHERS AT THE TOWER
This event organised by Books Education at the Thistle Tower Hotel, London E1, features five one-day conferences. Topics include: promoting positive behaviour: the whole-school approach; cracking the challenging class; interventions for troubled and troublesome learners.
Fee: pound;95 plus VAT per day. Free entry to books exhibition
Contact: call or fax 01833 640373; email@example.com
SPECIAL SCREENINGS OF THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT
The Metro Cinema in Derby regularly screens films free for deaf children and children with autism. Accompanying adults pay pound;2.95. Screenings at 10am and 12 noon.
Until May 31
A touring photographic exhibition, charting the journey of disabled and deaf people has reached the Discovery Museum, Newcastle. After closing it can be hired by organisations for the disabled.
Contact: Shape, the charity representing disabled and deaf people and the arts, on 020 7619 6169, www.shapearts.org.uk; or the Discovery Museum at www.twmuseums.org.ukdiscovery
TOGS FOR DOGS DAY
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People invites school children to wear non-uniform on this day (or one more convenient) for a pound;1 donation. Accompanying school packs contain a drama workshop with script and stage directions on empathising with deaf people and a competition to design a Togs for Dogs logo.
Contact: 01844 348100; www.hearing-dogs.co.uk
ARTS BURSARY SCHEME
The charity Shape and creative network Arts and Business have launched a professional development programme for disabled and deaf artists designed to broaden access to Arts and Business's services. The bursary scheme will include one-to-one advice sessions and guidance on funding.
Contact: Tania Noble on 020 7940 6685 (voice) or Tania.Noble@aandb.org.uk
CBBC CLASS TELEVISION
Managing conflict: May 13, 10.20-10.30am, repeated 12.20-12.30pm; Coping with anger: May 13, 10.10-10.20am, repeated 12.10-12.20pm; Fool and the Gang: May 13, 12.50-1pm
These programmes are suitable for ages 9 to 11. The first follows pupils training to be peer mediators, the second offers strategies on managing anger, and the third explores being the odd one out.
A FISH OUT OF WATER
CBBC Class TV, May 9, 9.20-9.40am, repeated 11.20-11.40am; also BBC2, May 9, 11.10-11.30am; for ages 9 to 11.
This drama looks at 10-year-old Luke Hadley as he struggles with attention deficithyperactivity disorder. He wants to take part in a swimming event, but can he win the support of his teachers and classmates?
May 3, 10pm and 12 midnight
Silent Children, New Language
This documentary in the general zone looks at the special schools for the deaf created when the Sandinistas took over Nicaragua, where the children created their own sign language. As they have grown up their language has developed, overturning existing linguistic ideas.
May 2, 12.30pm and 1.30pm; also on Freeview, May 5, 5am
Special Schools: a Multi-sensory Approach
Issues explored include special needs into mainstream education.
May 5, 12pm and 1pm; also on Freeview, May 6, 5.30am
JUST FOR GOVERNORS
Two 15-minute programmes with the subtitle "Special needs and being chair".
May 9, 12pm and 1pm; also on Freeview, May 10, 5.30am
TEACHING WITH KELLINGTON
Joanne Kellington, a consultant for Education Bradford, helps a special needs teacher perfect her behaviour management skills.
May 2, 6.30am and 7.30am; also on Freeview, May 31, 5am
SPECIAL SCHOOLS: PE
Pupils at Marjorie McClure special school adapt the rules in PE as they learn to become team leaders and peer mentors.
June 1, 2pm; June 2, 2am
PRIMARY SPECIAL NEEDS: EMOTIONAL LITERACY
June 1, 3pm; June 2, 4am
Secondary Special Needs: Nurturing the New
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