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Papers highlight education data

Education is the big theme splashed across several front pages.

The Sun leads with new figures showing a rise in the number of pupils for whom English is a second language.

It says the total has reached one million and teachers "struggle to cope" while "English-speaking pupils have to wait for newcomers to keep up".

The Guardian says new research shows girls are more likely to thrive, get good GCSE results and stay in education if they go to a single-sex school.

Life or death

There is a general air of incredulity about the failings at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

It is the lead in the Daily Telegraph, which focuses on accusations that NHS managers put targets and cost-cutting ahead of patients.

"The hospital of death" is the headline on the front of the Independent.

In an editorial, the paper says that once targets take precedence over decisions of life and death, it should be obvious they have got out of hand.

New facts

Former RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin's pension deal is back in the headlines after new revelations from Treasury Minister Lord Myners.

The Daily Express said Lord Myners' position is looking precarious after he joked about the banker's dexterity.

It says the revelations about the way Sir Fred inflated his pension are a legitimate cause for outrage.

A Times editorial is infuriated by the "continuing emergence of facts of which ministers apparently knew nothing".

Red-faced police

Many of the papers have reports of the skiing accident which has left actress Natasha Richardson critically ill.

The Daily Mirror says her husband, the actor Liam Neeson, dashed from a film set to keep a vigil at her bedside.

The new Met Police Commissioner comes in for a bit of stick after joining a high-profile raid only to find the suspect was already in police custody.

According to the Daily Mail, it was not so much a dawn swoop as a dawn oops for Sir Paul Stephenson.

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