Guidelines for the evaluation and selection of toys and other resources for children were launched last month by The Working Group Against Racism in Children's Resources, a national charity set up in l993. These have been produced partly in response to the Children Act, with its emphasis on taking into account a child's religious persuasion and racial origin. Working Group Against Racism in Children's Resources can be contacted at 460 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 3LX. Tel: 0171 627 4594
A school administration file containing photocopiable forms, records and checklists covering all aspects of school life along with explanations on how, when and where to use them has recently been published by Croner. Subscribers will receive new and up-dated pages for the file every six months. The first year's subscription costs Pounds 55. Croner Publications, Croner House, London Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 6SR. Tel: 0181 547 3333
Over 100 Kent schools have so far registered for a scheme which encourages and helps schools to recycle used newspapers and magazines. Organised by Aylesford Newsprint, the Kent-based newsprint manufacturer, schools are provided with a wheeled storage container and regular scheduled collections. They are guaranteed an income of Pounds 30 per ton for a three-year term, plus bonus points for paper collected which can be exchanged for promotional items, including pens, mugs and T-shirts. Aylesford Newsprint, Newsprint House, Bellinham Way, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7DL. Tel: 01622 796000
According to figures issued last month by the Spoken Word Publishers Association, spoken-word audio cassettes are one of the retail success stories of the decade, with a range of novels, plays, television and radio series all being published on audio cassette. Sales for 1994 totalled Pounds 34 million, a 50 per cent increase on the previous year. A major factor is the proliferation of new outlets including garages and supermarkets.
Budgenor Lodge, a 200-year-old former workhouse for the poor in Easebourne has recently been renovated and now houses a Bible training centre offering services to schools. The Lodge can provide a guided tour of the property, which also includes an old morgue and prison, as well as lectures and talks about the Bible and Christianity. Christ for the Nations UK Bible Training Centre, Dodsley Lane, Easebourne, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 OAD. Tel: 01730 817775