MARCH 31-APRIL 4 WAYS WITH WORDS Thomas Hardy conference at Dartington Hall, Devon, which includes talks on his life and literature and a guided tour of Dorset to visit Hardy sites. Fee: from Pounds 291 (includes full board accommodation in Dartington's medieval courtyard). Details: 01803 867311.
APRIL 1-3 CRITICAL THINKING AND EDUCATION Organised by Centre for Research in Critical Thinking at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Speakers from North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Britain include: Robert Ennis, Illinois University, and Richard Pring, director, department of educational studies, Oxford University. Fee: Pounds 95 registration, Pounds 96.49 accommodation and board. Details: Rachel Laurie, UEA, 01603 456161.
APRIL 17 VISION AND REALITY: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING Organised by RSA Examinations Board at the Commonwealth Institute, Kensington High Street, London SW7, for delegates from industry, training and education. Speakers include: Margaret Bell, chief executive, National Council for Educational Technology. Fee: Pounds 149.98. Details: Caroline Geraghty, 01203 470033.
APRIL 19-21 HARMONY Organised by Kenderdine Montessori School, Coventry, at the Lea Marston Hotel and Leisure Complex, Warwickshire, for anyone interested in the Montessori teaching method and ideals. Speakers include: Dr Martin Bradley, school inspector and "national point of reference" for Montessori work, Alice Quinn, educational psychologist, University College, Dublin, and Barbara Isaac, principal, London Montessori Centre. Fee: Pounds 300 residential, Pounds 155 day delegate. Details: Patricia Winstanley, 01203 674522.
APRIL 20 EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL Organised by National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations at Queen's Moat House, Elstree, Hertfordshire. Speakers: Lord Henley, minister of state, Department for Education and Employment, and Peter Kilfoyle MP, shadow minister for schools. Fee: Pounds 149.20 full conference, day rates available. Details: 01474 560618.