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3rd June 2011 at 01:00

Dress code's `shock tactics'

Glasgow's King's Park Secondary has been accused by the Scottish Parent Teacher Council of employing "shock tactics" over a letter advising parents not to allow their children to wear short skirts and tight trousers amid fears they could be targeted by paedophiles. A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said the letter was part of a review of dress code but confirmed the warning was linked to the case of Barry McCluskey, from King's Park, who pleaded guilty in February to charges of grooming children over the internet.

Reshuffle among the shadows

Ken Macintosh has taken over as the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education after the resignation of Malcolm Chisholm, who had held the position for less than two weeks. Mr Macintosh was Labour's shadow schools minister in the last parliament. He was initially made Shadow Culture Secretary following the election last month. A Labour Party spokesman said Mr Chisholm had "changed his mind" about wanting to be part of the shadow cabinet.

Nursery is best in Scotland

ABC Nursery in Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, has been crowned Nursery of the Year 2011 in Scotland and is in the running for the national title, to be announced next week. Judges for the only nursery award voted for by parents said they were impressed by children's access to experiences and parents' involvement.

Targets topped on healthy weight

NHS Boards have exceeded their targets for intervening with families to ensure children have a healthy weight, according to new figures. A total of 8,406 interventions were carried out between April 2008 and March 2011 - 2,089 more than the national target of 6,317 over the three years. The targets were introduced in 2008 to tackle Scotland's childhood obesity problem.

Toolkit to shed light on CfE

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework partnership is launching a schools toolkit to help schools and learning communities understand how the framework supports Curriculum for Excellence and the recognition of achievement for young people. Created in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, it is also designed to help parents and carers to understand the SCQF. Any schools who would like to test the toolkit and provide feedback should contact info@scqf.org.uk.

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