Staff Development

30th August 1996 at 01:00
A Confident Return to Primary Teaching is a distance learning pack for career-break teachers who wish to return to the profession. It could be used by individuals, by schools who want to provide their returners with an induction programme, or by colleges and local authorities who want to provide support for people based in several schools. It consists of a returner's workbook, audiotape, classroom observation programme, and handbooks and guides.

Individual pack Pounds 37.50, corporate pack for group use (including five workbooks and tapes) Pounds 110.

Pauline Buzzing Associates, 3 Hechle Wood, Aldwick, West Sussex PO21 3TL. Tel and fax: 01243 830704.

Sex Education from Pearson Publishing, shows teachers how they can provide a comprehensive sex education programme within the constraints of statutory guidelines.The pack illustrates ways of modifying existing policies or developing new ones. It also defines the roles of governors, headteachers, teachers, and parents. It can be used as a document for a school working party on sex education, within a broader context of health education, as a support for dialogue with parents and community groups and as an aid to curriculum planning.

Pounds 24 from Pearson Publishing, Chesterton Mill, French's Road, Cambridge CB4 3NP. Tel: 01223 350555.

The Counselling Skills Resource Bank from the National Extension College aims to redress the shortage of quality materials to support counsellor training, particularly at introductory and certificate level. It is fully photocopiable and contains worksheets and handouts for individual, pair and group activities and discussions. Trainers are given guidance and support throughout, say the authors. Pounds 110 from the National Extension College, 18 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 2HN. Tel: 01223 316644.

Educational Visits is the first in a series of practical management guides for teachers from Campion Communications. It contains an overview of the law relating to all aspects of educational visits, guidance on financial planning and preparation, photocopiable sheets to help with administrative tasks such as collecting money, and chapters on safety and staff supervision levels for different activities. Pounds 13.50 from Campion Communications, 10 Campion Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4SX. Tel: 01926 452575.

Many teachers are uncertain about the boundaries of confidentiality, and therefore can't help young people. Confidentiality in Schools: a Training Manual, published by the Brook Advisory Centres on behalf of the Sex Education Alliance (seven national organisations including the Health Education Authority and Family Planning Association), is a manual for in-service training providers working with parents, pupils, teachers, governors and other professionals to develop a code which is understood by everyone.

Pounds 10 from the Brook Advisory Centre, 165 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8UD. Tel: 0171 833 8488.

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