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21st September 2001 at 01:00
Footee.net, a new website at www.footee.net for children aged seven to 11, combines fantasy football and education, but users need not be football fans to enjoy taking part. Children build and manage their own virtual football team and earn balls (reward points) to "buy" players from the "top" 230 European male and female players by completing educational games and tutorial movies. Users can then join a league to play teams "managed" by other children. The site has links to the home pages of, and study support centres operated by, more than 70 Premiership and Nationwide League football clubs. A teachers' pack is beingdistributed.

Teaching and learning geometry 11-19, an 88-page report of the main findings of a study conducted by a Royal SocietyJoint Mathematical Council working group, calls for considerable changes in the way geometry is taught in schools. It recommends that the Government provides a substantial programme of continuing professional development and drops the use of the word "numeracy" in its literature for schools, which can encourage some teachers to neglect the teaching of geometry. Send an A4 SAE marked "Geometry Report" to: Education department, The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG.

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