Scotland's papers: Exam 'confusion' as pupils prepare for class return

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The Scotsman
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After Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the return to full-time schooling for almost all Scottish pupils after the Easter break, The Scotsman leads with a story about growing confusion over exams. Although Ms Sturgeon insisted there would be no formal exams, the paper says that parents and pupils are receiving "mixed messages" over what form assessments will take.
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The Scottish Daily Mail also leads with the confirmed return to classrooms, saying that social distancing will be relaxed on the return and other measures, such as better ventilation, will be imposed.
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It's the same lead story in The Courier, which focuses on the end of the two-metre rule which meant some pupils had to take part in blended learning before Easter.
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"Exam confusion" is also the lead in the Edinburgh News. It reports on fears that teacher assessments - which are different from school to school - are exams by another name and that pupils are under extreme pressure despite having missed in-person teacher time.
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The Scottish edition of the Daily Telegraph leads with comments from Alba Party leader Alex Salmond. The former SNP first minister announced on Tuesday that separation talks between Scotland and the UK should begin almost immediately after next month's election.
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The Scottish Daily Express also leads on Alex Salmond and his Alba Party after he claimed that SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon would be forced to work with him on Scottish independence. The paper calls it a "nightmare scenario" for Scottish voters.
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The front page of the National also features Mr Salmond, and his claims it would be "in Scotland's best interests" to vote for his party. The lead story claims that the Scottish Conservatives are in danger of losing "five or six" seats at the upcoming election.
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A decision to pause giving the Oxford jab to children is the main story in The Times. The team running the trial say they had no specific safety concerns, but took the decision as a cautionary move. The paper adds that European regulators will decide whether evidence suggests a causal link between the vaccine and blood clots.
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Foreign holidays this year are set to "Costa Packet" according to the Metro. The paper quotes consumer group Which? saying travellers may have to pay up to £420 per person for specific Covid tests. The paper also quotes a warning from the boss of easyJet who says trips abroad will be only "for people who can afford it" and urged the government to allow cheaper lateral flow tests to be used instead.
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The continuing fallout from lockdown makes the lead in The Herald, which claims children are facing long waits for dentistry. The paper reports that thousands of children are on waiting lists for extractions due to limited access to treatment. Dentists have warned the backlog could take years to clear.
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The i newspaper leads on a new study that looks at the link between coronavirus and mental health conditions. The research found that contracting Covid is "robustly associated" with a raised risk of being diagnosed with neurological or psychiatric conditions.
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The discovery of a man's body in a Dundee flat is the lead story in the Evening Telegraph.
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Meanwhile, a dog attack on police officers as they attended an illegal party is the top story in the Evening Express. Three officers required hospital treatment, the paper says.
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The front page of the Daily Record features a story about an alleged deliberate foul on a Hibs football player. The paper says several people have been charged over a "£13,000 betting con".
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The P&J leads on the same story, saying an Elgin City player has been accused of deliberately stamping on the Hibs player during the game in 2019.
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The Scottish Sun goes with a showbiz story on its front page, and describes "gang raid terror" after police were called to a late-night robbery attempt at the home of TV presenter Declan Donnelly.
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A learner driver tells the Glasgow Times that theory test certificates should be extended after hers ran out during lockdown when she had no opportunity to take her practical test due to restrictions.
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And the Daily Star puts Boris Johnson on the front page - and in the shower - to illustrate claims by TV star Eamonn Holmes that cold showers help to clear his "brain fog". The paper suggests there are "a few people in charge who should definitely try it out".

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