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Just play on

Early Years

- A project to support some of the youngest children in Angus looks set to be extended. Just Play is a three-year pilot led by Angus Council and Tayside Police. The initiative, which received funding of #163;350,000, has an emphasis on play activity for children up to three years old and families in deprived or vulnerable situations.

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Literacy

- Children in Scotland is holding a conference on "Improving literacy for all" (29 January) to share approaches that focus on encouraging children and young people who have become disengaged from reading. Discussion will include whether there should be more of a library presence in primaries.

Help is at hand

PSHE

- Pupils in Argyll and Bute are helping the local Child Protection Committee to raise awareness of its work throughout the area. The CPC wanted to involve schools in designing artwork to promote key messages about keeping children safe and protected. With the help of Fiona Blakey, Argyll and Bute's cultural co-ordinator, the idea was turned into a project for primaries.

It's emotional

Well-Being

- The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has published guidance explaining how the social and emotional well-being of vulnerable children under five can be supported through home visits, childcare and early education. The term "vulnerable" is used to describe those who are at risk of, or already experiencing, social and emotional problems and need support.

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Sound roles

Music

- The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has appointed Jenn Minchin and Louise Storrie as the new director of learning and engagement and new education manager for its learning, education and community programme. The department delivers a wide programme for children, from tailored performances for pre-school to primary and secondary programmes.

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