Conferences

FEBRUARY 26 STOP CHILDREN FAILING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Organised by the Midlands Association of Workers for Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties at Lindsworth School, Birmingham. Speakers include: Professor Tim Brighouse, chief education officer, Birmingham; and Marion Bennathan, chair, AWCEBD. Fee: Pounds 65 (discount for members). Details: Wendy Evans, 0121 628 9009.

MARCH 4-5 COMMON THREADS: THE ARTS FOR LIFE

Organised by British American Arts Association with the National Early Years Network, Play-Train, Youth Arts Network, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education and Eurolink Age at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. It will explore the importance of creative experience for all ages. Speakers include: Bert Mulder, information adviser to Dutch Parliament; Liisa Piironen, director art education, University of Art and Design, Helsinki; and Sue Harrison, chief executive, North West Arts Board, UK. Fee: Pounds 176.25, Pounds 141 members of above organisations. Details: Sam Perkins, 0171 247 5385; e-mail: baaa@easynet.co.uk MARCH 5-8 DRUG EDUCATION THROUGH THE ARTS

Performances, workshops and seminars organised by FairGround (Nottinghamshire Education Drug Education Team) at College Street Centre for the Performing Arts, Nottingham, for interested professionals. Speakers include: Peter Griffiths, OFSTED; Ruth Mackenzie, Nottingham Playhouse; and the Nottinghamshire Police. Fees: Pounds 70 one day, Pounds 120 two days, Pounds 160 three days (50 per cent concessions available. Day four is a free drop-in drugs awareness event for young people aged 14 upwards. Details: 0115 947 6202.

MAY 10-15 THE TEACHER OF THE 21ST CENTURY

The European Forum for Freedom in Education will conduct this seminar at St Petersburg University of Pedagogical Arts. Organised by the university's Professor Nina Litvina, topics include: European dimension in education; alternate education; and world pedagogical culture: the contribution of Russia. Accommodation can be arranged for visiting teachers with their counterparts in St Petersburg. Fee: $200 (payable before March 1). Details: James Pitt, York University, 01904 433455; e-mail: jp24@york.ac.uk

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