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Polar bear victims return


- A former Aberdeen University anthropology student who survived a polar bear attack has returned to Britain after surgery. Andy Ruck, 27, was seriously injured while leading a trip by the British Schools Exploring Society to Norway's Svalbard Islands. Five people were attacked and Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple, 17, died from his injuries.

Pupils with support needs `failed by system'


- Thousands of parents have signed up to an Enable Scotland campaign calling for teachers to receive more training to help pupils with learning disabilities. The charity's Bridging the Gap report, published in May, claimed that while pupils were increasingly offered places in mainstream schools, teachers were not required to have training on meeting their needs.

Teenagers can't go to the loo without their phones


- Teenagers are so addicted to their smartphones that nearly half of those who have them admit using them in the bathroom or lavatory, according to an Ofcom study. Six out of 10 teens said they were "highly addicted" to their smartphones, compared with 37 per cent of adults.

Neglect `rises in summer'


- A quarter of Scots parents believe children are more likely to suffer neglect in the summer holidays than term time, according to research for Action for Children carried out by YouGov. The charity will petition the Scottish Government to spend more money protecting vulnerable children.

Charities braced for pound;200m funding cuts


- Scottish charities could lose up to pound;200 million in public funding from Holyrood over the next four years as a result of the UK Government's austerity measures, it is claimed. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations warned the Scottish Government that if it passes on intended Westminster cuts, good causes could suffer an 11 per cent drop in income.

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