APRIL 28 THE EXPERIENCE OF MENTORING IN SCHOOLS Organised by De Montfort University, Bedford, at Pilgrim House, Brickhill Drive, Bedford. Speakers include: Teresa Bey, associate professor, University of Georgia, USA, and Professor Anne Edwards, University College of St Martin, Lancaster. Fee: Pounds 45. Details: Joan Stephenson, 01234 351671.
APRIL 28-29. BEYOND NATURALISM - NEW LANGUAGES FOR THEATRE.
Organised for BTECA-level performing-arts lecturers by Kingsway College and Holborn Centre for the Performing Arts at Three Cups Yard, Sandland Street, London WC1. Contributors include: Stephen Daldry, artistic director, Royal Court Theatre; Phyllis Nagy, writer of The Strip, now being staged at the RC; and theatre companies such as Moti Roti, which explores the cultural perspectives of black communities in Britain. Fee: Pounds 140, Pounds 112 if in a group (includes ticket to Simpatico, Sam Shephard's new play at the RC). Details: 0171 404 6964.
MUSIC IN THE EARLY YEARS
Organised by the Schools Music Association at University of Hertfordshire, Wall Hall, Aldenham, Watford. Speaker: Dorothy Taylor, head of expressive arts, Essex. Fee: Pounds 15, Pounds 12 members, Pounds 5 students. Details: Conference administrator, 14 De Vere Walk, Watford WD1 3BE.
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING IN ACTION
Organised by Primary School Improvement Network at Bretton Hall, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. It will consider the use of school development planning in two local primary schools. Fee: Pounds 25, Pounds 20 members. Details: Helen Clark, 01924 832024.
CELEBRATING PRIMARY EDUCATION
Organised by National Association for Primary Education at Crewe Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University. Speakers: Professor Maurice Galton, Leicester University and Michael Armstrong, head, Harwell Primary School, Oxfordshire. Fee: Pounds 25, Pounds 20 members, Pounds 10 unwaged. Details: 01604 36326.
RESEARCH STUDENTS' NETWORK
Organised by and held at School of Education, Birmingham University for research students in education. Speakers: Professor Jean Ruddock, Homerton College, Cambridge University; Professor Robert Burgess, Warwick University; and Dr Lynn Davies, Birmingham University. Fee: Pounds 15. Details: Jenny Neave, 0121 414 4848.