Welsh university tuition fees will be pegged at £9,000 next year despite colleges in England being given the go-ahead to charge up to £9,250.
There were nearly 730 teacher vacancies in Scotland's schools as pupils returned from their summer break, new figures show.
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The symbolic status of grammar schools as a chance to better yourself has trumped the expert consensus on social mobility, writes the BBC's education editor.