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Cash boost for vulnerable tots

Early learning and childcare opportunities for vulnerable two-year-olds are to be expanded, following an investment of pound;1.5 million a year over the next three years from the Scottish Government. This investment is the second allocation from the Government's Early Years Change Fund. The funding will be made available to local authorities from April 2012.

Labour shadow appointed

Hugh Henry, who served as Education Minister from 2006-07 in the Labour- LibDem Scottish Executive, has been appointed Shadow Education Secretary by the new Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont, herself a former teacher. He replaces Ken Macintosh, who has taken over responsibility for finance, employment and sustainable growth.

New convener ready to step up

Sandy Wylie, Lord Kinclaven, will become the new convener of Children in Scotland in February, taking over from Lord Robert Reed who steps down after six years in the post. He is a Senator of the College of Justice and a judge of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary. He also devised the Faculty of Advocates' "MiniTrial" initiative for schools.

SEN campaign hits Holyrood

Enable Scotland's campaign to improve the training of education staff in learning disabilities has reached the Scottish Parliament. The charity believes that a lack of appropriate training is leading to higher exclusion rates: pupils with disabilities are twice as likely to be excluded from school and those with additional support needs are five times more likely to be excluded than other children.

Struck off for sex with pupil

Maths teacher Thomas McNutt has been struck off the teaching register for having sex with a former pupil. The former teacher at Breadalbane Academy in Perth and Kinross began seeing the pupil when she was still at school, but the relationship did not become fully sexual until after the girl left school. But the GTCS ruled last week that he had "failed to maintain an appropriate professional boundary".

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