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APRIL 14 THE PUBLIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT: CITIZENS, SUSTAINABILITY AND SCIENCE Organised by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) at 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7, to examine how scientific knowledge about the environment is converted into popular beliefs and understanding. Teachers, students and researchers welcome. Fee: pound;15-pound;60, pound;5 students. Details: Clare Grimes, 0171 591 3007.

APRIL 15 SEX, RELATIONSHIPS, PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD Organised by Sex Education Forum and National Children's Bureau at etc Ltd, Avonmouth House, London SE1, to explore issues for young people in care. Speakers include: Tessa Jowell, minister for public health. Managers in local authorities, interested professionals and foster carers welcome. Fee: pound;105.75-pound;170.38. Details: 0171 843 604241.

APRIL 17 INNOVATION AND EXPERIMENTIN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM Organised for teachers and parents by Human Scale Education at London Voluntary Sector Resources Centre, Holloway Road, London N7. Models from the United States and elsewhere will be examined which "put the child at the centre of the educational process". Speakers include: John Taylor Gatto, award-winning New York teacher and author. Fee: pound;40, pound;30 members. Details: 01972 510709.

APRIL 24 THE FOUR-YEAR-OLD IN SCHOOL Organised for those who work with four-year-olds by Professor Lesley Abbott and the early-years team at the Didsbury School of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University. Speakers include Caroline Sharp, who will outline National Foundation for Educational Research evidence on when children should start school. Fee: pound;90. Details: Barbara Bailey, 0161 247 20882013.

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