What the papers say – August 11

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The front pages on Wednesday focus on the “record-breaking” grades gap in schools and an royal’s apparent retreat to Balmoral.

The Daily Mail says there has been “fury” over A-level results after the gap between private and state school pupils “grew to its widest in the recent era”.

The Guardian reports the “record-breaking” set of results also saw black pupils and male pupils outperfomed by their peers.

Education experts warn in The Independent the results mean those at state schools could be “elbowed out” of university places by their privately educated peers.

Politicians have called for the A-level system to be overhauled, according to The Daily Telegraph and The Times, with the latter saying Tory chairman of the education select committee chair Robert Halfon suggested it be replaced by the international baccalaureate.

The i outlines the “plan to fix A-level inflation” which includes a gradual tightening of grades over several years to prevent employers losing confidence in the scheme.

The Duke of York may face a second sexual assault lawsuit following the action brought by Jeffrey Epstein-accuser Virginia Giuffre, the Daily Mirror reports.

Metro says the royal “is lying low at the Queen’s remote Balmoral estate” due to Ms Giuffre’s civil court case, which the paper calls “enough to make a duke sweat” in its headline.

The Financial Times reports on the US Senate passing its “sweeping” 1 trillion dollar (£720 billion) infrastructure package to upgrade American’s “crumbling” transport systems.

A computer program that can spot tiny changes in the brain with a single scan has raised hopes of earlier treatment – and even an end to symptoms – for dementia, according to the Daily Express.

The Sun says Strictly Come Dancing’s Nadiya Bychkova has tested positive for coronavirus, which has sent cast and crew members into isolation just days into the show’s latest series.

And the Daily Star hails “another triumph for the boffins” as it reports research has found spices in south Asian-inspired food can boost women’s sex drives.

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