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* The price of school equipment, furniture and stationery will rise this year as manufacturers pass on dramatic increases in the cost of raw materials, says the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).

Raw material costs have been going up in the past few years, but so far have been largely absorbed by the manufacturers. As costs continue to rise this is proving no longer possible, says a BESA spokesman. Paper and board increased by 22.9 per cent last year and a further increase of 11.1 per cent is expected this year; aluminium increased by an average 20.4 per cent last year and a further 11.7 per cent rise is expected this year; polypropylene is forecast to rise by 21.3 per cent after an increase last year of around 55 per cent.

However, manufacturers emphasise that these rises do not mean equivalent price hikes in the product. Raw materials represent only a small part of costs, and other costs, including labour, have remained relatively stable.

BESA, 20 Beaufort Court, Admirals Way, London E14 9XL. Tel: 0171 537 4997.

* A practical guide to the recruitment of staff in Church of England and Church of Wales schools has been published by the National Society (Church of England) for Promoting Religious Education. Among topics are selection criteria, shortlisting, interviews and induction of staff. Sample documents include advertisements, checklists and job descriptions. The question of faith is considered carefully. Should all Church teachers be practising Christians? What are the expectations of staff as regards religious education and collective worship? Photocopiable material for training and discussion is also included.

Church School Staffing by Lois Louden and David Urwin costs Pounds 15 from The National Society, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3NZ. Tel: 0171 222 1672.

* About 2,000 pupils and students in Meirionnydd and Dwyfor are to receive a large careers pack filled with information on local businesses and advice on how to get local jobs.

Welsh at WorkYr leith Yn y Gwaith shows what opportunities are available at around 100 local firms, explains what qualifications those firms need and emphasises how important it is to speak both Welsh and English. A leaflet has also been sent to parents explaining the purpose of the pack.

More information: The Marketing Centre, Penamser Business Park, Porthmadog LL49 9GB. Tel: 01766 512300.

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