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Scotland's papers: 'Schools postcode lottery' and MI6 HQ plans 'lost'

Image caption The Herald reveals details of a report by "one of the key architects of Scotland's school reforms", Reform Scotland. The think-tank has called for an emergency halt to address a debilitating "postcode lottery" in educational opportunities. The body claims Scotland is "in grave danger of minimising the potential of a generation of our young people".
Image caption The Scotsman leads on the same story, but singles out subject choice as the biggest issue. The paper says urgent action is needed to allow all pupils in Scotland's schools to take eight subjects in fourth year. It says there is growing concern over a narrowing choice with many schools only allowing six National 4 and 5 exams at this stage - while others allow eight.
Image caption The Scottish Sun's headline "Skyfail" refers to secret blueprints of the MI6 headquarters in London going missing during building work. The paper claims construction giant Balfour Beatty will now no longer renovate the building which featured in the James Bond film Skyfall. The company declined to comment.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail cites "fury" over claims prominent lawyer Jolyon Maugham admitted to beating a fox caught in his chickens' coop net to death with a baseball bat. The paper says the RSPCA is now looking into Mr Maugham's Boxing Day Twitter confession.
Image caption The Daily Record reports that a man who knifed an IT analyst 32 times with a pair of scissors is to be transferred to a medium secure unit – because he doesn’t meet the criteria for high security. George McAdam stabbed Paul Smith, who was on his lunch break, near Edinburgh Castle in May this year.
Image caption Increased workloads are making Scottish GPs ill, says the BMA in the Scottish Daily Express. The doctors' organisation says 83% of those asked had seen their workloads increase, and 80% say they "often or always" worked beyond their contracted hours.
Image caption The P&J claims a "drugs epidemic" is gripping the north east as schools admit to sending home five pupils a month for either possessing or taking drugs in school. The paper claims 171 pupils across Aberdeenshire, Moray and the Highlands have been excluded for substance misuse - not including alcohol - over the past three years.
Image caption Rising weight and expanding waistlines are placing a burden on fire and rescue teams, according to the i newspaper. The report claims figures show crews have been called upon 2,000 times in three years to lift obese patients out of their homes.
Image caption In the Daily Telegraph, we are told a leading figure in the Church of England could face a criminal inquiry after men claimed they were abused by him. The paper claims to have spoken to men who say Rev Jonathan Fletcher subjected them to years of abuse. He denies the allegations. A church in Wimbledon has launched an independent investigation into the claims.
Image caption The National leads with details of a proposed pro-independence march planned for 11 January. The event in Glasgow has been swiftly arranged following the general election result which saw Boris Johnson’s Tories win a majority of seats across the UK and Nicola Sturgeon’s party triumph in Scotland.
Image caption The Times leads on a story claiming the Treasury is considering "ripping up" decades-old public spending rules in order to create a boost for the economy in the north of England and the Midlands. Proposals are seemingly being drawn up before the spring budget with the intention of "putting regional wellbeing over national growth".
Image caption The Daily Star of Scotland's headline: "Small steps hope for Schuey" refers to hope of an improvement in the condition of Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher. The story says his wife Corinna has hinted his condition is improving. The driver has been receiving care since a ski crash six years ago.
Image caption The scourge of potholes is the lead in the Edinburgh Evening news lead. It claims a crater in the capital caused one driver to pull up with a burst tyre, before discovering another two cars had already been damaged.

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