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Science is the big attraction at this year's Education Show. A running programme of short activities and workshops will be held at the Science Year feature in the Science Zone throughout the three days of the event.

Teachers are invited to watch the Ready Steady Science shows which feature kitchen science experiments and the Sensational Science demonstrations. Science Year staff will also be available to discuss new ideas for the classroom, advice on running science clubs and getting involved in science year events.

On the Performing Arts stage, Music for Youth and the National Union of Teachers will again be showcasing the diverse musical talent from the Midlands. Young musicians from Birmingham, Dudley and Solihull will be playing every day between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Drama takes over in the afternoon with theatrical make-up demos run by Treasure House of Make-Up on Thursday and Friday at 2pm. The company is keen to demystify theatrical make-up. Local children will be making up their fellow pupils under the supervision of an expert.

On Saturday, Women in Theatre stage excerpts from their drama on inclusion. All of Us raises awareness about the issues facing pupils with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. Starts at 2.45pm.

Barefoot Books, Bemiss-Jason, Berol and Henkel will be running sessions for Creativity in Practice in the Art Zone. You can join the practical sessions, which will run hourly between 11am and 3pm every day.

Other specialist zones at the show this year include the Association Village, School Journeys, the PE Zone, Early Years Centre, Publishing Village, the Software Centre, the Special Needs Village and Policy in Practice with experts from Whitehall and the various government agencies and quangos waiting to answer your questions.

The main lectures will be given by Keith Weller, David Hopkins and Ian Gilbert at 10.30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday respectively. Keith Weller's lecture, Exams Ain't What they Used to Be, focuses on the ever-changing exam landscape; David Hopkins looks at some of the issues raised by Science Year with Leadership and Transforming Learning, and Ian Gilbert will be presenting Learning, Neuroscience and the Jammie Dodger on realising pupil and teacher potential.

As well as the 600-plus exhibitions and lectures, the show offers 60 curriculum and management seminars covering everything from science for special needs, to classroom assistants to citizenship and partnerships between headteachers and governors. Seminars cost pound;11.75 for the first ticket, pound;5.88 for each subsequent session when booked together, with pound;1 discount if booked online. The Education Show 2002 Seminars, EMAP Education Data House Curriers Close, Tile Hill, Coventry CV4 8AW.

The Education Show will be held at the NEC in Birmingham (halls 10, 11 and 12) from March 7-9. Entry to the main exhibition hall is free to teachers. Registration for free tickets to the show can be made on 0870 429 4580 or online at

Basil Brown

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