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MARCH 21 OUTDOOR EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT Organised by Southern Council for Outdoor Education at Sayers Croft Field Centre, Ewhurst, Surrey. Speakers from Council for Environmental Education, British Mountaineering Council and Learning Through Landscapes Trust. Fee: Pounds 15.50. Details: Roger Neuss, 0273 643792.

MARCH 25 COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AND THE REVISED NATIONAL CURRICULUM FOR MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES Organised by National Council for Mother-Tongue Teaching, at Willfield Resource and Development Centre, Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Speaker: Rashida Sharif, OFSTED inspector, Sandwell. Fee: Pounds 10, Pounds 8 members. Details: 0203 226888.

MARCH 28 NATIONAL TARGETS FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING (NTETs) Organised by Thames Valley Enterprise at Holiday Inn, Maidenhead. Chaired by Angela Rippon, it will explore the skills needs of the Thames Valley in relation to worldwide competitiveness. Key speaker: Professor Sir David Puttnam CBE, who will relate NTETs to his experiences at the National Film School, Beaconsfield. No fee. Details on free Know-How line: 0800 775566.

MARCH 29 MIXED PARENTAGE:EXPLORING THE ISSUES Organised by Early Years Trainers' Anti-Racist Network at LVS Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7, for workers in childcare, education and social services. It will tackle the still common attitude that offspring of mixed black and white parentage are a "problem", a throwback to British Empire days when such children were considered by some to be half-people. Fee: Pounds 55, Pounds 50 members. Details: 051 639 6136.

MARCH 31 DEMYSTIFYING THE CITY Organised by the City and Inner London Training and Enterprise Council and London Central Careers Unit at Trinity House, London EC3, for school and college leavers. Representatives from the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, Citibank, and other City firms will talk about careers in the "derivatives" markets. Fee: Pounds 30. Details: 071 631 0077.

MARCH 31-APRIL 1 ARTS FOR THE UNDER FIVES: WORKING TOWARDS A NATIONAL ARTS POLICY Organised by and held at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds. Speakers include: Jude Kelly, WYP artistic director; Sian Ede, Arts Council drama officer; Margaret Lochrie, chief executive, Preschools Playgroups Association; Maggie Semple, director of education and training, Arts Council; and Chris Smith MP, shadow secretary of state for heritage. Fee: Pounds 50 plus VAT. Details: Bethan Bligh, 0113 244 2141.

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