Are grammar schools about to make a comeback?

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Image caption Education Secretary Justine Greening faces calls from her own party to allow more grammars to be created

Grammar schools are back on the agenda with a grassroots Conservative group about to launch a campaign for their return.

But if Theresa May's government gave a political green light to such a controversial proposal, how might it happen?

The first step would be the removal of the current ban on opening new grammar schools in England.

This was introduced in the early years of Tony Blair's government in the vain hope of drawing a line under the debate about grammars.

In the Blair compromise deal, the remaining grammars were allowed to continue, unless a ballot of the local community chose to abolish them. But there would be a ban on the creation of any new grammars.

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Universities want funding clarity on Brexit and fees

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Image caption Fees and Brexit: The universities minister will face questions over funding

In the high-minded, intellectual world of higher education, there seems to be one thing that really matters - money.

The big questions for Jo Johnson, returning as universities minister, will revolve around funding and fees - and it won't always be easy to provide answers.

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Big school decisions waiting for green light from Greening

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Image caption Justine Greening will have to decide what to do with school plans already published

New secretaries of state always face talk of what's waiting in the in-tray.

But for Justine Greening, Theresa May's education secretary, the first question will be what to do with the bulging out-tray.

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MPs rebel by refusing new Ofsted chief

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Image caption Amanda Spielman has been rejected by MPs as the next head of Ofsted

The permanent revolution in political life is everywhere.

It's even reached the shores of the education watchdog, Ofsted. Against all expectations, the officially nominated new chief inspector of schools has been turned down by the Education Select Committee.

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Will Ofsted be less independent without Wilshaw?

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Image caption After Sir Michael Wilshaw steps down will Ofsted have a less independent voice?

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills - otherwise known as the head of Ofsted - is in the process of changing identity.

Rather like the arrival of a new Doctor Who, the role is the same, but it will look and sound completely different with someone else playing the part.

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What happens in a university run by IS?

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Image caption There were fears that IS has been using the university to develop weapons

Almost exactly two years ago, Iraq's second biggest city, Mosul, was overrun by the forces of so-called Islamic State (IS).

But since then, the city's university has remained open most of the time.

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From boomers to stay-at-home boomerang generation

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Image caption Not moving out, moving back. Record numbers of young US adults are living with their parents

Parents might worry about the day when their children leave home - but they might worry even more if they kept coming back.

Not just for a few recuperative months now and then - but for years and years, into their mid-30s.

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Iran's teachers' leaders warn of jail threat

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Image caption Iranian teachers' leader Hashem Khastar says he has been imprisoned three times

A teachers' union leader in Iran has warned of an intensifying campaign of harassment and imprisonment by the Iranian authorities against teachers' union representatives.

Hashem Khastar, from Mashhad in north-east Iran, says there have been hunger strikes staged by teachers in protest against jailings and the denial of human rights.

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University reveals suicide attempt callouts

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Image caption The university has revealed its ambulance callouts for suicide attempts and self harming

Half of all ambulance callouts to the University of York this year have been for incidents of self-harm or suicide attempts.

Those stark figures are included in a report from the university's student mental ill-health task group.

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Why do women get more university places?

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Image caption A majority of young women in the UK are now entering higher education

Why are women getting so many more university places than men?

This isn't just a slight difference. Women in the UK are now 35% more likely than men to go to university and the gap is widening every year.

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