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MARCH 3. LOCAL HISTORY IN THE CURRICULUM Organised by British Association of Local History at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. Speaker: Ann Moore, general inspector of humanities, Walsall, on helping children to make sense of their surroundings and building differentiation. Workshops include: documentation and archives, the impact of factories on society, and castles and stately homes. Fee: Pounds 65, Pounds 50 members. Details: David Short, 01462 742385.

MARCH 5,13, APRIL 17 YOUNG PEOPLE'S HEALTH NETWORK

Organised by the Health Education Authority, National Youth Agency and National Health Service in Bristol, Cambridge and Newcastle to encourage professionals working with young people to share their experience. Speakers include: Alice Crutwell, NYA; Dr John Coleman, Trust for the Study of Adolescence; and a well-known agony aunt. Fee: Pounds 50 statutory organisations, Pounds 25 non-statutory and voluntary organisations. Details: 0171 233 8322.

MARCH 8 WIRED WOMEN: VIRTUAL WORLDSREAL LIVES

On International Women's Day explore cyberspace as a cultural form in seminars and workshops at Portsmouth University. Men also welcome. Speakers include: Sadie Plant, director, Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, Warwick University; and Sarah Kember, media and communications lecturer, Goldsmiths College, London. Fee: Pounds 75 institutions, Pounds 25 individuals, student rates available. Details: Anna Ruthven, 01705 876543, ext. 38553801; e-mail: Ruthvena@desn.port.ac.uk; web site: http:www.envf.port,ac.ukwomen MARCH 11 A LEARNING SOCIETY: THE ESSENTIAL CONTRIBUTION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Organised by Standing Conference on Schools' Science and Technology at IBM Conference Centre, South Bank, 76 Upper Ground, London SE1. Policy-makers in government and education welcome. Speakers include: Professor Susan Greenfield, Lincoln College fellow and Gresham professor, on how the brain works and the implications for learning; Dr John Dunford, head, Durham Johnston Comprehensive School; and Sir Robert May, chief scientific adviser and head, Office of Science and Technology. No fee. Details: Rosalind Furtado, 0171 294 2431.

MARCH 13 LITERACY: PRIORITIES AND STRATEGIES FOR THE FUTURE

Organised by National Association for Primary Education, south-east London branch, and Greenwich University at Avery Hill Campus, Eltham, London SE9, 4.30-7pm. Speaker: Margaret Meek Spencer, author of On Being Literate. Fee: Pounds 12. Details: Janet Braisted, head, Torridon Infants School, 0181 698 5822.

MARCH 18 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: DEVELOPING NEW APPROACHES

Organised by, and held at, Newman College of Higher Education, Birmingham, for heads, professional staff development co-ordinators and advisers. Speaker: Vanessa Champion, University College of St Martin's. Plus seminars, workshops and information on insets, school-based accreditation and European projects. Fee: Pounds 75. Details: Dave Trotman, 0121 476 1181.

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