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Teaching Oscar for Scots `visionary who enriches others' lives'

The Scotsman

- The headteacher of a Scottish special needs school, described as a "visionary" in her field, has been recognised with a lifetime achievement award. Lorraine Stobie, of Southcraig Campus, Ayr, took the prize just months after being given the same honour at the Scottish Education Awards. Actress Anna Friel presented the educator, 56, with the Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Pearson Teaching Awards.

Glennie `wouldn't get music lessons today'

Scotland on Sunday

- World-renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie would have missed out on the chance to learn an instrument at school under current education criteria, a new report claims. A study conducted by the University of Strathclyde suggests that young children with additional support needs often miss out on the chance to learn a musical instrument.

Thousands facing poverty

The Herald

- More than 24,000 Scottish families are facing severe disadvantage, with Glasgow's population faring the worst, according to a new report. The study, by thinktank Demos, ranks areas of Scotland according to the hardship they face, and highlights vast differences in fortunes among groups. The study looked at low income, unemployment, health problems and a lack of qualifications in 28,000 households in Scotland.

Youth only live twice

The Sun

- Spy chiefs are to recruit 100 teenage school-leavers - to be apprentice James Bonds. The Secret Service wants to fast-track whizz-kid students on two-year apprenticeships. After decades of selecting only university graduates, bosses from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ want to harness the "Xbox generation" who have grown up in the internet age.

Europe's lost generation costs EUR153bn a year

The Guardian

- A generation of 14 million out-of-work and disengaged young Europeans is costing member states a total of EUR153 billion (pound;124bn) a year - 1.2 per cent of the EU's gross domestic product - the largest study of the young unemployed has concluded. The EU report found youngsters who are not in education, employment or training (Neet) are costing the EU EUR3 billion a week in state welfare and lost production.

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