1st March 2013 at 00:00

Safety and autism

To promote her forthcoming book about safety for women with autistic spectrum disorders (to be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers), Robyn Steward will be embarking on a continuing professional development tour. Steward, who is on the autistic spectrum herself, will offer practical advice on supporting people with autism. Find details at

Virtually University

Aimed at sixth formers, Virtually University is a free video-conferencing initiative set up by Bedford School with the University of Sheffield and access charity the Sutton Trust to inspire and inform higher education choices. The Impact of the First World War, a conference with professor Joanna Bourke of Birkbeck, University of London, will take place on 8 March.

SEN exam assistance

The Joint Council for Qualifications has announced that pupils with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, who typically find exam conditions challenging, can now use text-to-speech software - for example, ReadWrite GOLD from Texthelp - in all exams, even when reading is being assessed. To find out more about these changes and exam access arrangements, visit www.texthelp.comukexams

World Book Day

Don't forget World Book Day on 7 March. Light up pupils' imaginations and introduce them to books from a range of authors, including Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo, with this TES collection.


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