Five things that could happen next with tuition fees

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Tuition fees in England are under intense scrutiny - with a huge amount of confusion about what is going to happen next.

They're meant to be increased even further - but there is a feeding frenzy of briefings suggesting that they are more likely to be reduced.

It's a case of the politics of a minority government - and competing power bases - becoming more important than policy.

No one wants to be left holding an unpopular policy when the music stops - and Downing Street and the Treasury, as well as education ministers, will want a fee system that is more attractive to voters.

So what are the options?

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Can Labour get back in touch with Catholic voters?

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A new organisation is being launched by a group of Labour MPs - Catholics for Labour.

Mike Kane, the shadow schools minister, will be the organiser of a group to be established at Labour's conference later this month.

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Is it fair to kick out pupils halfway through sixth form?

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St Olave's in Orpington is an intensely competitive grammar school, with stellar exam results and a long queue of applicants trying to get through the entrance exams.

But it's now at the centre of a row about whether it is playing fair. And it's highlighted a question relevant to many other state schools.

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How can GCSEs get harder and results stay the same?

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The more things change... the more things stay the same.

A revolution has been announced for GCSEs in England, with tougher exams, a more stretching syllabus, no hiding behind coursework and standards that are higher than anything since the demise of the O-levels in the 1980s.

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Should there be comprehensive universities?

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The long-running battle over grammar schools - put back into the deep freeze after the general election result - saw deep-rooted divisions over the impact of dividing pupils by academic ability.

Opponents argued that academic selection really became social selection - and that what appeared to be selection by ability became a filter shaped by social background.

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Are tuition fees really heading for scrap heap?

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"This is only going to end one way," says Lord Adonis, Labour peer and one of the architects of an earlier version of tuition fees.

"Almost no-one inside or outside government thinks they will survive."

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10 charts that show the effect of tuition fees

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University tuition fees in England have become a political battleground - with renewed calls that they should be scrapped.

When they were increased a few years ago to £9,000 they became a literal battleground, with activists clashing with police on the streets around Westminster.

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Who really goes to a food bank?

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Food banks are an intensely divisive image, an uncomfortable underbelly of austerity often in touching distance of conspicuous wealth.

They seem hard to explain - and Theresa May stumbled awkwardly when asked about them during the election campaign, getting no further than saying they were used by people for "complex reasons".

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Did Michael Gove really try to stop teaching climate change?

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Did Michael Gove really try to stop schools in England from teaching about climate change in geography?

His ministerial return, as secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, has prompted a wave of claims that Mr Gove tried to remove the teaching of climate change when he was in charge of the education department.

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General election 2017: All or nothing for Labour on tuition fees

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Scrapping tuition fees in England is the biggest and most expensive proposal in Labour's £25bn worth of pledges for education.

Instead of fees rising to £9,250 per year in the autumn, Jeremy Corbyn is proposing a complete handbrake turn in saying that university tuition should not cost students anything.

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