A week in primary: 8 December 2017

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Scotland has made progress in reducing child poverty in 20 years, but the problem is now likely to rise, according to a Joseph Rowntree Foundation report (see bit.ly/JRFpoverty). Scotland has the lowest proportion in the UK of people not in employment, education or training. However, poor Scots are more likely to die young and to be depressed.

An independent panel is being set up to ensure that the Scottish government’s Named Person plans are “workable’”. Ian Welsh, chief executive of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, has been announced as chair. Under Named Person, a professional ...

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