The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has organised Education South West in association with a number of partners. These include the Devon Curriculum Advisory Service, education departments in Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Swindon, Dorset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Over 150 exhibitors, some highlighted in this supplement, will be providing an opportunity for those involved in education to see, test and compare a wide range of curriculum, administration and other resources. The seminar programme can be found on page 4 and the list of exhibitors and floor plan is on the back page.
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* Raising Boys' Achievement and Effective Learning for Able and Talented Children, are two new publications in the School Effectiveness Series. Both titles tackle important issues in the ongoing debate about standards, school effectiveness and individual pupil progress and offer practical and useful ideas for individual teachers and schools. Pounds 11.95 each from Network Educational Press, tel: 01785 225515. Stand 41a
* The Rosetta Stone Language Library, a series of interactive CD-Roms for foreign language learning, is out of this world - literally! Six copies of the Russian program were recently ordered by NASA for delivery to the MIR Space Station via the Space Shuttle. Astronaut Jerry Leininger is using the CD-Rom to assist him in communicating with the Russian Cosmonauts while on board the MIR. Japanese and Portuguese programs have recently been added to the series which brings the total to 10 languages and another eight are currently being developed. Available from ABG Software, tel: 01256 841560. Stand 82
* After their village school closed, teachers Joyce Burnett and Sylvia Adams formed a small company making promotional items such as badges, fridge magnets and keyrings for clubs, schools and charities. Realising these had further educational potential, A B Badges now produces matching magnetic activities suitable for young children and special needs. The activities consist of 20 colourful magnets which can be used on a board or other suitable surface available at the show at a special rate of Pounds 4.99. The magnet boards are Pounds 3. Other titles include Noughts and Crosses, Hangman, French 1-10, German 1-10, Matching Animals and My Home. A B Badges, telfax: 01643 851269. Stand 210
* Pick and mix is the idea behind The Consortium's new service for schools and colleges. Student Packs are made up free of charge and contain any combination of items from its 199798 catalogue. Paying only the cost of the individual products the packs can be given to students free, or sold to parents at a lower rate than high street shops to help raise money for the school or college. For a small charge a wide variety of items can be personalised with the school or college logo. Tel: 01225 771360 for further details. Stand 90
* Schools having difficulty finding sufficient funds for new equipment can take advantage of fixed rate finance on any borrowings up to and including five years. Biddenham Asset Finance specialises in providing tailored leasing and hire purchase facilities to all sectors of education. It guarantees no additional charges and says the finance packages will enable schools to buy equipment necessary to achieve curriculum targets without draining resources. Tel: 01908 691220 for further details. Stand 125