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MARCH 9 GNVQ: THE CONTEXT, RHETORIC AND REALITY Organised by the National Society for Education in Art and Design and Derby University at Mickleover Campus. All contributors are successful practitioners with innovative approaches to teaching GCSE, GNVQ and A-level art and design. Fee: Pounds 60, Pounds 45 members. Details: Anne Ingall, 01249 714825.

MARCH 15 EDUCATION AND TRAINING: THE BRUSSELS PERSPECTIVE Organised by North West Post-16 Network at AEA Conference Centre, Risley, Warrington, to update staff involved in vocational education and training about European Commission initiatives and funding programmes. Speakers include: Tim Mawson, principal administrator, Leonardo da Vinci programme, Diana Forte, consultant to the Representation of the EC in London, and Robert Evans MEP. Fee: Pounds 140 plus VAT, Pounds 80 plus VAT subscribers. Details: 01942 68144301942 501438.

MARCH 22-25 HOW COMPUTERS ARE ENGINEERING TOMORROW'S WORLD Organised and held at Stowe School, Buckingham, to provide A-level pupils and teachers with hands-on experience in modern techniques and improve understanding of the key ways in which computers are used to help engineers. Fee: Pounds 75 residential. Details: David James 01280 813164.

MARCH 22 DEALING WITH BULLYING AND DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOUR: IDEAS THAT WORK Organised by Kidscape at Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7, for primary and secondary school staff. Speakers include: Joan Preston, counsellor and Kidscape trainer, on peer counselling; Colin Newton and Derek Wilson, educational psychologists, Nottinghamshire, on the "Circles of Friends" approach to meeting emotional and behavioural needs; and Mick McManus, teacher and author, on coping in the classroom. Fee: Pounds 88.13. Details: Lisa Flowers, 0171 730 3300.

MARCH 22 WHAT DO LEARNERS WANT? SHIFTING TO A MATERIALS-FOCUSED CULTURE Organised by Careers Research and Advisory Centre and the Open Learning Foundation, supported by the Department for Education and Employment, at New Connaught Rooms, London WC2. Speakers include: Professor Frank Gould, vice-chancellor, University of East London, and David Hardy, chief executive, Open Learning Foundation. Fee: Pounds 193.88, Pounds 170.38 OLF members. Details: Karen Dowle, CRAC, 01223 460277.

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