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June 5, 2002

Trainee teachers to have loans paid off
About 35,000 graduates will have their loans paid off in a three-year pilot scheme to attract teachers for the shortage subjects of maths, science and modern languages. (Financial Times)

Poor pupils bussed to top schools
One of the country’s top grammar schools, Pate’s in Cheltenham, is ferrying in primary school children from local council estates for booster lessons to drive up its intake from deprived areas. The scheme is sponsored by millionaire philanthropist Peter Lampl, of the Sutton Trust, who is opposed to selective education. (Financial Times)

Flint axe rewrites history of ancient Britain
The discovery of a flint hand axe by an amateur archaeologist is helping to rewrite the history of the existence of early man in Britain, experts say. The axe was found on the East Anglian coast. (Independent)

Schools cheat to boost exam results
Hundreds of teachers cheated in last month’s standard assessment tests (Sats) by helping their pupils or even altering the final answers. (Guardian)

Obesity linked to tots’ TV
The first research into television and pre-school obesity has linked excess weight to a growing practice of giving toddlers their own bedroom TVs. The study by Columbia University in the US interviewed 3,000 children under five years of age. (Guardian)

Scientists discover how smell stirs memory
A study has located the precise region of the brain that appears to be responsible for connecting everyday sensation with something that happened in the past. Research is led by Dan Johnston, a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. (Independent)

UK lung cancer survival rate static
Britain is failing to improve its lung cancer survival rates, probably because the disease is diagnosed too late, a 20-year Finnish study has shown. (Times)

Literary festival has lost the plot
The 16th Hay Festival seems less a wholesale celebration of literature than a salute to every intellectual and practical pastime, says Michael Glover. (Independent, Guardian)

US writers should compete for Booker
Opening the Booker prize to American writers will pose no threat to the best Commonwealth writers, says Jonathan Yardley. (Guardian)

Lost Atlantis of north emerges from Moray Firth
A freak low tide has uncovered a once-prosperous port that was at the centre of Scotland’s international trade until it was lost to the sea almost 300 years ago. (Independent)

Academic integrity of GCSEs under threat
Questions about the integrity of GCSE exams are raised by Charles Lewis. (Telegraph)

Egyptian seal found in stable ruins
An Egyptian seal belonging to a pharaoh who died almost 4,000 years ago has been uncovered in the rubble of a Scottish stable block. The discovery was made by archaeologist David Connolly of Addyman Associates, which is conducting the excavation on behalf of the National Trust of Scotland. (Independent)

Only children are more selfish
Research by London-based research group Mintel shows that children without siblings can be socially isolated and have a more selfish attitude to life. (Guardian)

Meet the real spiderman
Fritz Vollrath, of Oxford University, has spent two decades researching spiders. He tells Roger Highfield what a real spiderman would be capable of. (Telegraph)

Pupils shattered by exam loads, say heads
Head teachers are calling for a drastic review of the examination system after claiming that this year’s schedule left thousands of pupils shattered. (Independent)


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