Mark Pattison, acting senior assistant director of education for Leeds, becomes education and training director of Darwen Borough Council, Blackburn, in August in the run up to the changeover to unitary status next April.
Lynda Tucker, formerly deputy principal of the National Autistic Society's Radlett Lodge School, Hertfordshire, has been promoted to principal following the retirement of Cindy Andrews.
EVENTS UNTIL JULY 8 CELEBRATION '97 Portsmouth is celebrating the achievements of its schoolchildren in music, song, dance, drama and art with a gallery of work from children aged four to 18 at the city museum (free admission), and displays in libraries and the windows of shops, banks and shopping centres. Guildhall Square will become a giant stage on June 30 and July 1 for Schools Live, a music, dance, song and drama extravaganza, 12.30pm-2.30pm. Details: Mark Ludmon 01705 834576.
UNTIL JULY 18 SHROPSHIRE'S INDIAN SUMMER Artists, dancers and teachers from the Punjab are hosting exhibitions and performances in Shrewsbury and Telford. Highlights include: a dance performance, July 5, at Hadley Community Centre; Indian storytelling, July 7, 10, 11, and schools' craft workshops, July 14-16, Darwin Shopping Centre; and the transformation of Shrewsbury's historic square, July 4-5, into a Punjab village for a traditional mela (fair). Details: Neil Rathmell, 01743 254314.
UNTIL AUGUST 3 THE LITTLE MERMAID Six storytellers take the audience on a magical journey under the sea with songs and music in this Orchard Theatre Company touring production. Venues include: Abergavenny, Aberdare, Plymouth, Bristol, Edinburgh, Exeter and Croydon. Tickets: Pounds 3.75-Pounds 5.50. Details: 01271 71475.
JULY 1 BLACK UMFOLOSI WORKSHOPS This capella and dance group from Zimbabwe is particularly famous for its gum boot dance (percussive sounds produced by slapping and stomping of boots and slogans against low wages and poor working conditions). As part of an African Caribbean arts project in Bristol, the group is running workshops and performing at Hartcliffe School, 9.30am-3pm; and leading a workshop at Whitefield Fishponds School, June 30, 1.30pm. Details: Eleanor Grant, Kuumba, 0117 9421870.
JULY 1 VISION '97 Free exhibition organised by the Royal National Institute for the Blind at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, 10am-6pm. Seminar topics include: the Disability Discrimination Act and support available for employers and blind and partially-sighted employees; and health education for children with special needs. Fee: Pounds 8 each. Workshops are free and include: job interview skills; and training for special needs assistants. Details: Louise Clunies-Ross, 0171 388 1266; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org JULY 1-9 CABARET The musical popularised in the 1972 film starring Liza Minnelli, has been chosen as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's annual end-of-year showcase. Venue: Guildhall School Theatre, Barbican, London EC2 (evening performances at 7.15pm, matinees at 2.30pm). Tickets: Pounds 8, Pounds 5 concessions from: 0171 638 8891.
JULY 2-SEPTEMBER 28 SEURAT AND THE BATHERS Seurat's great painting Bathers at Asni res is being shown alongside its preparatory sketches and drawings and in the context of the art of the time at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2. On display are 50 other works by the artist and 30 related works by Monet, Manet, Caillebotte, Van Gogh and Poussin. Related education events include a study day on September 20, tickets Pounds 18, Pounds 10 concessions. Details: 0171 747 2885.
JULY 6 AND 13 THE GREAT OUTDOORS The South Bank's annual summer festival kicks off with Kippers and their weird and wonderful hybrid of world music, July 6, and Abana's dance music from Africa, July 13. Venue: Riverside Terrace, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1, 2-4pm. Details: 0171 921 0600.
JULY 6 TIBETAN DAY At Aylesbury College, Buckinghamshire, 10am-5pm. Workshops include: Tai-chi; Klezmer (traditional Jewish dancing and music); chanting from around the world; Tibetan dance of the Dakinis; Magenta Ray (sacred art of clowning); and Tibetan circle dancing. Therapies and stands include: didgeridoo, drums, shiatsu, feng shui, runes, graphology, tarot readings, reflexology, aromatherapy, Indian head massage, and traditional Thai massage. Fee: Pounds 25. Details: Sue Radwell, 01296 434111.
JULY 12 DON GIOVANNI Marquee performance of Mozart's opera at Croxteth Hall and Country Park, Liverpool, 5.30pm. It will be sung in English accompanied by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. Bring a picnic. Tickets: Pounds 12. Details: 0151 228 5311.
JULY 12 WINTERBORNE SCHOOLS' 90th ANNIVERSARY The three Croydon schools will be open, 11am-5pm, to ex-pupils, teachers, friends and their families, and at 2.30pm, Croydon's next mayor, councillor Toni Letts, will open the girls' school library. Present pupils have been interviewing some of their pre-war predecessors to put together a display of certificates, photographs, academic and newspaper reports, and video and audio taped interviews. Details: Mary Shelton-Smith, 0181 684 3532.