September 29 and October 20
The Big Draw
These weekend events at the British Museum in London mark the launch of a nationwide campaign to encourage people of all ages to draw. Guided talks and various family activities will highlight drawing in different cultures. The celebrity line-up includes Quentin Blake and Posy Simmonds. For a full list of Big Draw events and venues throughout October, visit www.drawingpower.org.uk. Teachers interested in taking part in the education and research programmes should contact Eileen Adams at edu@drawingpower. org.uk.
Great Big Science Competition
Organised by Education.com (an internet learning resource) and endorsed by Science Year, this competition asks schools to submit a project that is within national curriculum guidelines by spring half-term. Prizes include class sleep-overs in venues such as the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and the London Science Museum. For details visit www.UKEducation.com.
World Teachers' Day
This event is promoted by UNESCO and Education International, the world's largest teachers' federation. The theme this year is "Qualified Teachers for Quality Education". For more information visit www.ei-ie.org .
Face to Face: developing a language policy for a multilingual society This major conference and festival, part of European Year of Languages, will take place at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. For more details tel: 020 7379 5101 ext 229 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine: writers and writing for children
This first festival of children's literature at London's Royal Festival Hall includes workshops, a storytelling day and a space for children to experience reading and writing in new ways. Writers taking part include Malorie Blackman and Louise Rennison. Box office: 020 7960 4203. More details and online booking at: www.rfh.org.ukfamily.
2001 Teaching Awards Final
Organised by the Teaching Awards Trust, these awards for excellence and best practice in teaching have been endorsed by all major political parties and teaching unions. The final will take place at the Drury Lane Theatre in London and will be shown on BBC1 on November 4. To make a nomination for next years awards, visit www.teachingawards.com.