CONFERENCES AND COURSES
THE NASEN AND TES SPECIAL NEEDS EXHIBITION
Annual teaching exhibition and professional development seminar programme organised by The TES and the National Association for Special Educational Needs at The Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1. Seminars include: structured teaching for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders; using ICT to enable social inclusion in primary schools; using a multi-sensory approach to teaching arithmetic; deaf awareness; understanding and supporting children with dyspraxia; difficult, demanding and different children: proactive behaviour management; supporting children with speechlanguage difficulties and behaviour problems; Brain Gym: enhancing learning through movement. Chelsey Regan, tel: 020 7782 3034; www.teachingexhibitions.co.uk
November 8 and 9
ENFORCING THE LAW: A DIY GUIDE TO SEN AND DISABILITY LEGISLATION
Conference in Nottingham and Bristol respectively organised by the Royal National Institute of the Blind and Independent Panel for Special Education Advice. It will explore examples of local authority policies and individual children's statements and responses by professionals and parents. Fee: Pounds 120; pound;50 parents. Tel: 0121 665 4221; www.rnib.org.ukshortcourseschildrens
November 15 and 16
COURSES FOR TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Dr Paul Hutchins from the Children Hospital in Sydney, Australia, will give an overview of disabilities including autism, Down Syndrome and ADHD at these identical courses. Venue: Sunfield Professional Development Centre, Clent. Fee: pound;25. Tel: 01562 883183; email@example.com
RNIB TECHSHARE 2005
International event organised by the Royal National Institute of the Blind at Jury's Inn, Birmingham. Aimed at professionals interested in the role technology plays in learning, work and life for people with sight problems.
Pre-conference workshops on November 16. Conference fee: pound;240 plus VAT; workshop fee: from pound;85 plus VAT, half day. Tel: 0870 013 9555; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rnib.org.uktechshare
KIDZ UP NORTH
Annual exhibition of products and services for disabled children organised by Disabled Living, Manchester, at Reebok Stadium, Bolton. It includes free seminars and discussions and, on November 23, "Moving Kidz: a multidisciplinary approach", Disabled Living's paediatric moving and handling conference costing pound;98.50 plus VAT. Tel: 0870 777 4714; email@example.com; www.disabledliving.co.ukmovingkidz.html
DYSLEXIA AWARENESS WEEK
Events are co-ordinated by the British Dyslexia Association. Tel: 0118 966 2677; www.bda-dyslexia.org.uk
TELEVISION AND RADIO
HANDS UP! THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
For ages nine to 11, Thursdays until December 15 (not October 27 and November 3), 11-11.15am. Ten-part BSL translation by deaf actress Jean St Clair of The Magician's Nephew from C S Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia.
SOMETHING SPECIAL series of 15-minute programmes for ages four to seven, Thursdays until December 15 (not October 27 and November 3), 10.45-11am.
Presenter Justin Fletcher leads young children in songs and rhymes around familiar themes such as the farm and food. Children, teachers and parents learn Makaton signing along the way.
BINI SPECIAL NEEDS, November 11, 10.35-10.55am. Four stories written by a teacher for children aged seven to 11 with a wide range of learning needs.
TEACHERS' TV (digital cable and satellite)
SECONDARY SPECIAL NEEDS: EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL DIFFICULTIES TRANSFORMING LIVES (October 25, 3pm and 2am)
Special school Cuckmere House's consistent behaviour management policy has transformed the lives of its EBD pupils. After every lesson their behaviour is graded on a scale of A to F with clear consequences for good and bad behaviour. Social skills are developed through outdoor pursuits and other activities.
PRIMARY SPECIAL NEEDS: MAKING INCLUSION WORK (October 25, 2pm and 1am)
Discover how Wadhurst primary school in East Sussex has effectively integrated 10 statemented children ranging from Daniel, who has cerebral palsy, to Anna, who has a severe visual impairment.
BEING DIFFERENT MAY BE COOl - ON THE AUTISTIC SPECTRUM (October 25, 6.30am, 12.30pm, 7.30pm; October 29, 12.30pm, October 30, 8.30pm)
The experiences, in and out of school, of three autistic brothers and their mother Jacqui, who articulately expresses her views on how teachers can support such pupils. The boys' teachers explain how they ensure the boys are included in school life. Full schedule: www.teachers.tv
BBC Radio 4
Tuesdays, 8.40-9pm. News and information of interest to those who are blind or partially sighted. Many stories are generated by listeners. Call the Action Line on 0800 044 044. Previous programmes available at www.bbc.co.ukradio4factualintouch.shtml
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