March 2-10 Bath Literature Festival

Events include children's activities at the Central Library and talks from authors including Jacqueline Wilson and Anne Fine. Call: 01225 463362 or e-mail:

March 4-8 Cancer Talk Week

Aimed at all schoolchildren, this week seeks to raise awareness about cancer and encourage sensitive class discussions. Organised by the cancer care charity Macmillan, the programme includes downloadable teaching packs and website links - for teachers:; for children: Children can also take part in a Hold Your Tongue sponsored silence. To register call 0845 601 1716 or e-mail:

March 7-9 The Education Show

To be held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. New areas include a Science Zone to support Science Year, and Policy in Practice, a forum for teachers to meet and get information from government agencies. Call the ticket hotline on 0870 429 4580 or go to

March 8-17 National Science Week

Thousands of organisations will be opening their doors to explore, explain and debate science during this week and many schools will be organising events. Go to: or tel: 020 7973 3074.

March 9-17 Cystic Fibrosis Week

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is organising a series of walks for families in May and other fundraising activities. Go to: for details.

March 11 Commonwealth Day

The theme this year is Celebrating Diversity. The Royal Commonwealth Society is producing a pack for schools. Go to:

March 11-17 Bedtime Reading Week

This coincides with World Book Day and is aimed at encouraging people to spend a few minutes each day reading aloud to children, friends or partners. Go to:

March 15 Grand Hat Day

Teachers are encouraged to help pupils make colourful bonnets and hats they can wear in school for a donation to the Stroke Association. For a free fundraising pack, call Marion Pettifer on 020 8695 6557.

March 29-April 2 NUT Annual Conference

The National Union of Teachers conference this year will be held in Bournemouth. For details contact020 7388 6191.

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