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June 9

EDUCATION ACTION ZONES Organised by Network Training at the Grand Hotel, Birmingham, for senior staff with strategic responsibility. Sohail Faruqi, director of education, City of Plymouth, and other speakers will explore the lessons to be learned from 12 pilot projects completing their first year in July. Fee: pound;185 plus VAT. Details: 01823 353354.

JUNE 16 CITIZENSHIP AND EDUCATION

Organised by the Institute of Public Policy Research at Royal Society of Arts, London WC2. Speakers include: Charles Clarke, education minister; and Dr Nick Tate, chief executive, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Professor Bernard Crick from the citizenship advisory committee is on the panel. Fee: pound;64.62. Details: Maxine Vlieland, 0171 727 9732; e-mail:vlieland@compuserve.com JUNE 29; DECEMBER 7 DEVELOPING THE QUALITY CIRCLE TIME APPROACH

Consultant Jenny Mosley will demonstrate the practice and theory of her whole school quality circle-time model at the Civic Hall, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. It aims to achieve excellence by enhancing the self-esteem of children and adults. Fee: pound;111.63. Details: 01225 350482; e-mail: jm.conferences@cableinet.co.uk JUNE 29 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TRANSFER

Organised for interested teachers by Bilingualism, Languages and Education Network at Connaught Hall, London University, 41 Tavistock Square, WC1. Fee: pound;70. Details: 0181 883 0237.

JUNE 30 SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS

Organised for interested professionals by Sustrans (Sustainable Transport) at The Barbican, York. Speakers include: Dr John Reid, minister for transport, and Charles Clarke, education minister. Publications containing best practice guidance will be launched. Fee: 0117 915 0117.

Events JUNE 2 AND 3 ANIMAL MAGIC

Animal-related activities including music, storytelling and a mystery trail are taking place at the British Museum, London WC1, 10.30am-3.30pm (tickets: pound;10 adults, pound;12 children) and, on June 3, Chris Packham from BBC's "Really Wild Show", will talk about fantastical beasts and mythical monsters at the Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh Street, WC1, 6.30-7.30pm (tickets: pound;5). Details: Young Friends of the BM, 0171 323 8605.

JUNE 3 A TASTE OF PUSHKIN

Actor Samuel West is reading a selection of lyrical works by "the father of Russian literature", Alexander Pushkin, in the Barbican Music Library, London EC2, 7.30pm. Tickets: pound;6. The event forms part of the Barbican's "St Petersburg Festival: Romance and Revolution" running until June 30. Details of related exhibitions, concerts, literature and films from: 0171 638 8891.

JUNE 3-9 EDUCATION ON THE HOOF

Travellers will be converging on the 250-year-old Appleby Horse Fair in Westmoreland, Cumbria, and representatives from 18 local education authority traveller services are manning an education stand providing information and activities for traveller children. The team is also running courses for teachers to raise awareness and alert them to traveller education resources. Details: Linda Walker, 01606 557328.

JUNE 4-13 TEN DAYS IN JUNE

A celebration of the best theatre, opera and storytelling for four to 14-year-olds (and grown ups) is being held at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Productions and workshops include: Sooty, The Magic Flute and Danny 306 + Me (4 Ever), David Greig's second musical play for children, about Danny the bellboy (named after the hotel room in which he was found) and the rise to international stardom of Stella, his childhood friend. Tickets start at pound;3.50. Details: 0121 236 4455.

JUNE 7-13 NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY WEEK

Join the fight against food poisoning by raising awareness of good food hygiene practices among pupils. Activities could include getting primary pupils to wash their hands blindfolded after painting them blue (the paint left shows which bits they missed) and, in secondary schools, studying how bacteria multiplies. Details: Carol Elsasser, 0171 420 7129.

JUNE 7-11 SCHOOL GROUNDS WEEK

Schools everywhere are holding events to raise awareness of the importance of school grounds for educational, environmental and social activities. Co-ordinated by Learning through Landscapes, sponsored by London Electricity. Details: 01962 846258.

JUNE 11 ANNE FRANK CELEBRATION

On the eve of what would have been Anne Frank's 70th birthday, a music and dance celebration of peace and reconciliation is being held at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire. Details: Stafford Gatehouse, 01785 254653.

From JUNE 16 EDUCATION HORIZONS CONVENTIONS

Seminars on "Teaching and learning: the challenges ahead" are being held in Coventry, June 16, and Manchester, July 8. Speakers include: Chris Woodhead, chief inspector for schools, and Professor John MacBeath, Strathclyde University. Two more, on "Education, education, education: a half term report" will be held in Newcastle, October 14, and the Royal Commonwealth Institute, London, November 18. Speakers include: Professor Alan Smithers, director, Centre for Education and Employment Research, Liverpool University; and Professor Ted Wragg, Exeter University. Two free places for every UK school. Details: 01768 890049.

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