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Opportunities knock for all

- First Minister Alex Salmond has announced the Opportunities for All initiative, a commitment to offer every 16 to 19-year-old a learning or training place, as part of this year's legislative programme. The Government plans to enshrine in law the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as part of wider reform of children's services and to introduce a separate Children's Services Bill in 2013.

RC education under review

- A strategic review of Roman Catholic education is to take place in the Borders, the council has said. Elected members, education officers, Roman Catholic and parent council representatives will carry out the review, initiated after recruitment difficulties for RC schools and their "varied performance" in inspections. It will also look at current religious observance and education in light of Curriculum for Excellence.

Kilmarnock's Wheel praised

- Kilmarnock College has become the only college commended for "sector- leading practice" in an Education Scotland report on the contribution of self-evaluation to internal review processes in Scotland's colleges. It was lauded for "The Wheel", in which segments of a wheel represent the six guiding principles of the college's learning, teaching and assessment: innovative, flexible, supportive, reflective, engaging and successful. Each segment details criteria used in self-evaluation.

Teacher admits posting sex video

- A computing teacher from Barrhead High admitted posting a video with inappropriate and sexual content on his YouTube account, in written evidence to the General Teaching Council for Scotland last month. The GTCS disciplinary sub-committee found that Andrew Close's conduct last year fell short of the standards required of a registered teacher, but chose not to refuse his application to the teaching register, due to the isolated nature of the incident and the fact it did not take place in school.

pound;13m of savings on procurement

- Universities and colleges in Scotland saved pound;13 million in 2009-10 with the help of Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) Limited, designed to reduce costs and increase buying power. John McClelland, chair of the Scottish Funding Council, which backs APUC, said the saving was the equivalent of over 2 million hours of FE teaching in colleges or the annual teaching and research grant for a university of around 6,000 students.

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