LIVE AND WORK IN JAPAN. The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, which is sponsored by the Japanese government, invites applications by December 8 from British graduates aged under 35 to work from next July as assistant language teachers in secondary schools in Japan. Contracts are initially for one year but renewable by mutual consent for up to two further years. Salary is about Pounds 22,000 per annum. Return air travel and help in finding accommodation provided. Details: 0171 224 8896.
LADY ALLEN MEMORIAL TRUST TRAVEL AWARDS
Applications for awards of up to Pounds 1,000 are invited by January 15 from people working with children - particularly those with special needs - and their families, who wish to travel to enlarge their experience and enhance the quality of their work. Awards are not made for academic research or examination courses. Details: Elizabeth Vernon-Hunt, 45 Rosemont Road, Richmond TW10 6QN.
REED AWARDS FOR HERITAGE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The Heritage Education Trust is inviting applications by January 31 from any Sandford Award holding property and a school working jointly on a special needs project. Among the winners this year was Norton Primary Museum Trust, near Runcorn, which worked with St Vincent's School for Blind and Partially Sighted Children, Liverpool, to produce a tactile map, braille guide and audio tape of the museum, and received Pounds 250 to be shared with its school partner. The sponsor is Reed Information Services, publisher of Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens and Museums and Galleries. Details: Martyn Dyer, 01969 650294.
Boris Avdeev is researching the poems of Ezra Pound and is keen to exchange ideas with anyone doing similar work. Please write to him at Belarus CIS, 220028 Minsk, Solnechnaya 22-23.
Peter Charlesworth is researching how gay male primary teachers reconcile the demands of the school curriculum with their sexuality. Please send information (to be treated in strictest confidence) co Lynn Raphael-Reed, University of the West of England, Redland Hill, Bristol BS6 6UZ.
Members of the Ridgeway County JMI School (formerly Cleadon Park JMI School), Park Avenue, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE34 8AB, are preparing a historyteaching resource book about the school. Any photographs, documents or anecdotes welcomed by Anthony Wilson at above address.