Outdoor forum organised by the English Outdoor Council at the Open University, Milton Keynes. Speakers include: Tony Banks MP, minister for sport; Sara Parkin, director, Forum for the Future and Tom Wylie, chief executive, National Youth Agency. Fee: pound;49. Details: 01229 717693 (telfax).
MARCH 13-14 ENCOURAGING CHILDREN TO THINK!
The Child Development Society's annual residential seminar at the Brighton Oak Hotel for professionals who work with children aged up to eight. Talks include: development of cognitive skills through language and science; the Steiner educational approach and the Lingua Salve project linked to the National Grid for Learning. Fee: pound;135, pound;125 members (day rates available). Details: Annabel Lewis, 0181 850 3981.
MARCH 16 (NEW DATE): MULTI-LITERACIES WITHIN THE SCHOOL SETTING
MARCH 24: SCIENCE, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
Organised by Bi-lingualism, Languages and Education Network at Connaught Hall, London University, 41 Tavistock Square, London WC1, 10am-3.45pm. Fee: pound;70 per conference. Accompanying workshops will be held, March 20 and 27, fee pound;30. Also on March 16 and 24, same venue, 5-7pm, a meeting for teachers to express their views on the Green Paper, "Teachers meeting the challenge of change". Fee: pound;10, pound;5 students. Details: 0181 883 0237 (telfax).
MARCH 19-20: NEW DIRECTIONS IN PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION: COMPLIANCE AND BEYOND
Annual National Primary Teacher Education conference and annual general meeting at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Speakers include: Professor Colin Richards, former primary HMI; and Tim Brighouse, chief education officer, Birmingham. Fee: pound;125; day attendance pound;70. Details: Alan Haigh, 11 Park Head Crescent, Sheffield S11 8RD.
MARCH 22-23; JULY 8-9 MAXIMISING PERFORMANCE Residential conference for school secretaries organised by Stands for Education in London and Chester respectively. Speakers including Professor Margaret Maden, director of the Centre for Successful Schools, Keele University, will explore how to improve management,organisational and communication skills. Fee: pound;345 plus VAT. Details: 0117 983 8800.