BULLYING, citizenship and financial literacy will be discussed at a free education conference hosted by The Co-operative Group this month.

The one-day event - Time to be different - is open to teachers and people who work with youngsters in Hertfordshire.

There will be a choice of interactive workshops involving games, exercises and discussions on the day.

As well as advice on how to mediate in escalating rows, youngsters can learn how to avoid being bullied during one of the anti-bullying workshops.

Ideas for promoting healthy eating, ethical shopping and climate change will be explored in citizenship workshops.

And in the financial literacy workshop, delegates will learn practical skills to empower youngsters to plan for the future and develop money sense.

Local co-operative affairs officer Julia Fuller said: "The workshops will explore some of the big issues facing schools such as bullying and healthy eating, teaching children how to protect themselves and take responsibility for the world around them."

The conference is organised in partnership with First Question, a workers co-operative specialising in imaginative education programmes.

The event will take place at the Fielder Conference Centre, Hatfield Business Park, in Hatfield on Tuesday, November 27.

For details call 01908 361500, email membership.central&eastern@co-op.co.uk or visit www.co-operative.co.uk/membership