Organised by the Local Authority Caterers Association, National School Meals Week promotes healthy eating and involves schools in various projects. The theme this year is technology, the Internet and food. Activities include a primary competition (details at www.foodisfun.co.uk). Call 01474 565606.
April 7-17 Edinburgh International Science Festival This event, organised by the Natural Environment Research Council, takes place across the city. The programme includes shows, workshops, exhibitions, talks, walks and tours. Call Ursula Edmunds on 01793 411500 or visit www.nerc.ac.uk.
April 8-13 The Mathematical Association Annual Conference
"Visualising mathematics" is the theme for this conference at St Martin's College, Lancaster. Keynote speakers include Sarah Flannery and Barry Lewis. For more details visitwww.m-a.org.ukccac01.htm.
April 9-12 Association of Teachers and Lecturers annual conference
Held at the Riviera Centre in Torquay. Tel: 020 7782 1589; or visit www.atl.org.uk.
April 13-16 Maritime Festival in Lancaster
Centred on the Quayside Maritime Museum, events include sea-song and shanty performances, talks, dramas, ship-in-a-bottle demonstrations and a novelty press gang. Contact Lancaster Tourist Information Centre: 01524 32878.
April 13-17 National Union of Teachersannual conference
This will be held at St David's Hall, Cardiff. Visit www.nut.org.uk.
April 16-20 National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers annual conference
Held at the Hotel de France, Jersey. For details contact Barry Gandy on 0121 453 6150.
May 5-13 National Pet Week
Organised by a charitable trust, National Pet Week is encouraging schools to organise events, including assemblies on responsible pet ownership, visits by dog wardens, photo competitions and visits to vets. Visit www.nationalpetweek.org.uk.
May 9 NSPCC Children's Day
The theme is "safeguarding children", and will include a leaflet on out-of-school activities, called Have Fun and be Safe. Visit www.nspcc.org.uk.