Scotland’s papers: ‘Backlash’ over school plan and ‘cleaver’ attack

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The Scotsman says Nicola Sturgeon has “rowed back” on comments by her education secretary that blended learning in schools could last a year. The first minister said next year’s exams will go ahead, as she attempted to reassure parents after rising concerns about the long-term impact of a lack of formal schooling on children.

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The Times claims that private schools have experienced a surge in interest from parents disillusioned by the quality of home-teaching at state secondaries and “confused” plans for a part-time return to conventional lessons.

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The Daily Telegraph in Scotland says that Nicola Sturgeon ordered councils to rip up plans that would see children spend as little as a day a week in school from August. It claims a furious backlash from parents forced her into a U-turn.

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The Daily Mail’s front page also claims that Ms Sturgeon was facing a backlash over plans for children to return to school part-time for up to a year.

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The i goes further than other papers in claiming that Nicola Sturgeon may end social distancing in schools. It says the Scottish government has been accused of confusion and mixed messaging on how pupils will return to school in August.

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Must Try Harder is the verdict of the Edinburgh Evening News on City of Edinburgh Council’s plans to get children back to school. It says Education Secretary John Swinney has told the council that plans – which will see some pupils get as little as one day a week in the classroom – are not good enough.

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On the same theme, The Courier says “at-home learning just doesn’t work’. It quotes Scotland’s children’s commissioner Bruce Adamson as saying pupils and parents need more support with “blended learning”.

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The Herald leads with a report into the problems at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. It says a parent whose child is being treated for cancer at the superhospital has branded the independent review into patient deaths “a whitewash”.

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The National says the SNP has demanded that six Scottish Tories, referred to as the “Supine Six”, back Scotland’s farmers in a proposed post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

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The Daily Record leads with police officers being injured when they were allegedly attacked with a meat cleaver in Wishaw.

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The Scottish Sun says prosecutors in Germany have written to Kate and Gerry McCann to tell them Madeleine is dead.

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The Glasgow Times leads with the words of a photographer who took pictures at the protests in George Square on Sunday. The photographer of Chinese heritage says he was assaulted and insulted by racist thugs. He wrote: “I have never felt less safe anywhere in the world as I did yesterday, in the very centre of the city that I love and that I call home.”

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The Evening Express says traders are in shock as indoor market folds.

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Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a rethink on town centre road closures in a desperate attempt to protect their high streets, says the Press and Journal in the north east.

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The Evening Telegraph in Dundee says it is all kicking off. It has two stories about the city’s football clubs.

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