Scotland's papers: Swinney U-turn on exams and Cowell breaks his back

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The majority of the Scottish-based papers lead with the latest on the exams scandal. The Daily Record predicts a U-turn from Education Secretary John Swinney over the downgraded results which were issued last Tuesday.
The Scotsman
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The Scotsman says John Swinney will make a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday after a week of controversy over the decision to change the grades of more than a quarter of all pupils in this year's results. The paper understands that the threat of the Scottish Greens backing a potential no confidence motion from Scottish Labour led to the rethink.
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The Times writes that "humiliated" John Swinney is planning emergency measures to defuse the toxic row over school exam results that is threatening his position. It explains that pressure is mounting on Mr Swinney to resign after thousands of children across the country — many from deprived areas — were left disappointed when they found out their predicted grades submitted by teachers had been lowered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
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A "fiasco" is how the Telegraph describes the whole exams incident. The article claims the SNP is set to "cave in to pressure" after Scottish Greens warned they were ready to bring down Nicola Sturgeon's most trusted minister.
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Mr Swinney said he has "heard the anger of students", according to the Herald. It reports the MSP has been engaged in "detailed discussions over the way forward" and will set out a "series of steps" to address concerns on Tuesday.
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The Courier claims the expected U-turn on exam results could "save" Mr Swinney's job. It says he is preparing to set out a number of steps which will address the anger of pupils in poorer areas who feel they were treated unfairly when they had their predicted results downgraded.
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Mr Swinney's situation also leads the P&J on Monday morning. The paper says the Children's and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) said pupils should have been consulted about the approach to determining exam results in advance, and must be involved in future discussions. It says the CYPCS has written to both the SQA and the Scottish government urging that the voice of young people be heard in future decision-making processes.
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The Scottish Daily Express says the education secretary "paved the way for a humiliating climbdown" on Tuesday when he said yesterday that he has heard the anger from pupils and admitted there were flaws in the marking system.
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The Scottish Daily Mail also leads with exams, saying Mr Swinney is "battling for his job". The story shares the front page with a photo of TV mogul Simon Cowell who fell off an electric bike and broke his back.
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The Simon Cowell story takes the lead in the Scottish Sun which reveals the star broke his back in three places and has had to undergo six-hour surgery in the US after the accident. The paper says the 60-year-old admitted he "didn't read the manual" before the "terrifying fall that almost left him paralysed".
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The Aberdeen Evening Express leads with the growing coronavirus case rate in the north east. The front page highlights a total of 213 cases in the area in the past nine days, but says residents have been told not to be too concerned about the figures.
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A bid to get local people out and about in Edinburgh is the main story in the Edinburgh Evening News. It explores a campaign designed to make residents "fall in love" with the city all over again and help boost the economy.
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A man was slashed in the face during a "botched break-in", according to the Evening Telegraph. The paper shows a graphic picture of the injury which happened after the householder confronted an intruder.
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An amazing tale of luck leads the Glasgow Times. Junior doctor Bonnie Boyle's career in medicine got off to the best possible start after she helped saved an elderly man's life before clocking in for her first ever shift at a Glasgow hospital. She was in the right place at the right time after he suffered a cardiac arrest in a shopping centre in Easterhouse. She performed CPR on the man who is now recovering in hospital.
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The i reports that people with type-1 diabetes could live longer, healthier lives after scientists discovered an existing arthritis treatment can delay the disease. Clinical tests are said to have shown the drug suppressed the illness - and a bigger trial is now planned.
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The National claims Scotland is losing out on £1.8bn in a "Tory government rip off". In the story, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has accused the UK government of ditching the Barnett Formula to "short change" Scotland of the cash.
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And the Daily Star of Scotland runs with a story about footballers being investigated over an image rights scheme which helps avoid top rate tax. According to the paper, HM Revenue & Customs is looking at 246 professionals after the number using it trebled in a year.

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