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"Craft and design: where are they now?" is the theme of the National Society for Education in Art and Design's annual conference at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London from May 2 to 4. Speakers include: Lesley Butterworth, "Making it Work" crafts project co-ordinator; Dr Penny Collett, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia; Michelle Bowen, Crafts Council; and Jude Freeman, soon to be principal of Camberwell College of Art and Design, London Institute. Fee pound;205, pound;165 members; day rates available. NSEAD, The Gatehouse, Corsham Court, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 OBZ

Tel: 01249 714825

The Welsh National Convention of Excellence in Engineering and Technology, organised by Engineering Education Scheme Wales, will be at Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport, on April 4. Focusing on how to develop young people's talent, the programme will include speakers and workshops on careers and examinations

Tel: 01600 716911


Design and Technology Association representatives are to form part of the national key stage 3 strategy team which is preparing the framework and materials to be trialled in September. In preparation, DATA is running a series of day conferences in Birmingham, March 28, Manchester, March 29, Bristol, May 6, Northampton, May 7, London (Bexleyheath), May 17, Newcastle, May 19, Liverpool, May 20. They will include an hour-long session on skills, schemes of work, ICT and lesson planning. DATA, 16 Wellesbourne House, Walton Road, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire CV35 9JB Tel: 01789 4739906;

"Exploring Rooms: the future of design education" is the theme of a conference at Hasbro UK, near Heathrow Airport, June 27. Presentations include: Hasbro on the design and production methods of one of their Action Man products; Trevor Baylis OBE on his design experience; Lloyd Ansell, North London Collegiate School, on the virtual design school; and Professor Geoffrey Harrison, Nottingham Trent University on the continuum of design education. Fee pound;120. Lloyd Ansell, North London Collegiate School, Canons Drive, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 7RJ

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