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Get down to Earth Fellowships worth up to £2,000 are being offered to teachers and students to take part in environmental projects all over the world. Earthwatch, an international organisation, sponsors scientific research by sending volunteers to help scholars in the field. Winners of the awards will spend two weeks working on projects in the earth, life or human sciences. Contact Maureen O'Neill, Earthwatch Europe, Belsyre Court, 57 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HU. Telephone 01865 311600, fax 01865 311383.

Going for a song A new music workshop will offer training to children and teachers in composing. The workshop is based in a custom-built centre on a farm that straddles the Hampshire and Dorset border near Christchurch. Courses on how to write and recordsongs will be available. School-based projects, involving children, will include composing with percussion, using West African music and rock and pop songwriting. Further information from Bill C Martin on 01425 638860 or, after 10 April, 01425 276161.

All in the family Parents will learn to read with their children under a family literacy project being run by Education Extra and the Roald Dahl Foundation. The after-school sessions will build on a pilot scheme running at Brampton Manor comprehensive inNewham, and will take place in Dudley, Rochdale, Salford, Ipswich and Merthyr Tydfil. Each of six schools - two in Salford - will receive £5,000 to pay for a teacher and co-ordinator, resources, publicity and refreshments. Details from Mike Walton, Education Extra, Victoria Park Square, London E2 9PF.

Fran Abrams