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10th August 2012 at 01:00

`Competitive ethos' called for

- "A big cultural change" towards school sport is needed in order to capitalise on British athletes' Olympic success, David Cameron has said. The prime minister called for a "competitive ethos" during a radio interview. Olympics minister Hugh Robertson has said he is "pretty confident" that funding for sport can be maintained at current levels, while a survey has shown that excitement about the Olympics led to a surge in interest around Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games.

A web of community spirit

- A new website - - shows how groups across Scotland can come together to transform their communities. It was launched by local government minister Derek Mackay when he joined Broomhouse Health Strategy Group, which runs the young choir chosen to sing Flower of Scotland as part of the 2012 opening ceremony.

`Rational' foreign language benefit

- University of Chicago researchers have found that people make more rational decisions when thinking through a problem in a non-native tongue. "A foreign language provides a distancing mechanism that moves people from the immediate intuitive system to a more deliberate mode of thinking," writes psychologist and Chicago Booth School of Business professor Boaz Keysar, in a paper which appears in Psychological Science, co-authored by Sayuri Hayakawa and Sun Gyu An.

Concern over temporary rooms

- Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has criticised the government after showing that hundreds of classes were taught in temporary accommodation in 2011-12. A Freedom of Information request put the figure at 406, based on responses from 22 councils. "The SNP must examine these figures and get to work on delivering the schools they promised to build five years ago," Mr Rennie said.

Meningitis impact studied

- Research published in The Lancet Neurology shows that meningitis may cause long-term, often hidden, damage that can limit a child's educational attainment. The study identified learning and behavioural problems in pupils as young as three, who experienced meningococcal group B disease, a type of meningitis. The charity called for any child who has had meningitis to have the right to "timely and appropriate assessments throughout their educational life".

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