There are fears millions of pounds could be diverted from current schools' improvements programmes to fund a new policy also aimed at raising standards.
Ministers and officials have been considering an idea that could bring major changes to England's student loan system, BBC Newsnight learns.
Ofsted tells an academies trust led by a former government adviser that too many of its schools are not improving fast enough.
Videos of children in care are to be made available to people approved for adoption as part of plans to speed up the process.
Scottish universities should appoint more women to their governing bodies or be forced to do so, according to the National Union of Students.
Many schools are building new classrooms on outside space to accommodate a growing number of pupils.
The man who set up a free school in the 80s
Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research.
The New York Times reports that US Senator John Walsh duplicated numerous passages in his 2007 Army War College master's thesis. The news could hamper Democratic hopes of keeping control of the Senate.
University application levels have increased among all groups, but ethnic minority pupils are the most likely to seek places.