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The GNVQ Survival Guide. "Everything that you and your staff need to make a success of GNVQs", say the publishers of this pack which provides a framework to tackle problems and maintain quality assurance. Pounds 47.50. Framework Press, Parkfield, Greaves Road, Lancaster LA1 4TZ. Tel: 01524 39602.
Exciting Science and Engineering. Built on the theory that the way to interest young people in science and technology is to get them solving real engineering problems as soon as possible, this binder contains 18 units for seven to 14-year-olds in which pupils are set real scientific investigations. Team work is encouraged and the units contain an optional role for a visitor from industry. Pounds 5 per unit; whole binder Pounds 35. BP Educational Service, The British Petroleum Company plc, PO Box 934, Poole, Dorset BH117 7BR. Tel: 01202 669940.
Thematisch, Series 7; Thematique, Series 7. A wide range of topical resource material for any 16-19 German or French course is contained in these photocopiable files. Available on annual subscription they cost Pounds 49.99 each. Mary Glasgow Publications, Ellenborough House, Wellington Street, Cheltenham, Glos GL50 1YD. Tel: 01242 228888.
Festivals Resource Pack. Taking a practical, thematic approach to RE, this pack with a booklet and posters for work with five to seven-year-olds covers several themes: Beginnings (includes a look at Maori welcoming customs and starting school); Food and Fasting (Passover, Harvest Festival); Light and Dark (Diwali, Jewish Hanukah); Endings and Nativity, which also examines ways of sending messages. Activity sheets, background notes; planning grids and pictures and posters are included. Pounds 9.99. BBC Educational Broadcasting, PO Box 234, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7EU. Tel: 0181 746 1111.
In the Company of Whales; Beyond Planet Earth. The result of a deal with the satellite Discovery Channel, which transmits mainly documentaries, the first of these two CD-Roms contains a huge amount of visual, textual and aural information on whales; the second looks at space exploration, past, present and future and includes interviews with astronauts and other experts. Pounds 39.99 each. From CD-Rom stockists.
The Rabbits at Home. As well as setting out to teach counting, time and language, the producers of this CD-Rom and accompanying four books also claim to "promote family values". Whose values? Those of Mom and Pop Rabbit and their three bunnies, Roly, Rosie and Rags, who live idyllically in the countryside. Many children will think they've been transported to another planet. Pounds 34.99 from high street stockists.