Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Delegates at the NAHT conference were told hard-line extremists were now conducting a campaign of intimidation outside schools (photo shows Oldknow Academy, one of schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' inquiry)

Trojan Horse: Headteacher received death threats for speaking out against homophobia

At least three schools had dead animals placed in their playgrounds

Recruitment of teachers is being hampered both by a shortage of teachers and by the poor quality of candidates for posts

Two out of three schools struggling to fill senior teaching posts, says new report

Maths and English jobs are hardest for schools to fill, while the newly qualified are often not ready for the classroom

The general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers will tell his annual conference inspections by Ofsted must undergo a

Leader of headteachers' organisation calls for end to Ofsted's 'outstanding' label

'The outstanding grade tames mavericks... Let me be explicit.  I believe schools should be outstanding.  I just don't think we should let a regulator define it'

Tristram Hunt has criticised the Coalition Government for presiding over the closure of Sure Start centres

Tristram Hunt: Four-year-olds arriving at school unable to speak because parents don't get on 'all fours' and play with them

Labour's education spokesman: 'Parents haven't been sitting down on all fours and sitting down an intereacting with their children'

School meals are one area where the UK’s food waste can be reduced

Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils

Schools are spending an estimated £43m per year to offset effects of poverty

The number of pupils at independent schools such at Eton (pictured) has risen this year from 511,928 to 517,113

Number of pupils attending independent schools in Britain on the rise, figures show

The increase has been attributed to a rise in parents' affluence

New book reveals the perils of public schools

The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School is written by the former Financial Times education correspondent David Turner

Pupils at Siltamaki primary school perform a rap as part of their cross-subject learning (Jussi Helttunen)

Finland's 'teaching by topic' instead of 'teaching by subject' policy actually started in Norway 40 years ago

But will the education reforms catch on in the UK?

Lord Puttnam

David Puttnam: Headteachers shun art in their schools due to worry about exam table rankings

'Arts provision in schools really relies on the ambition of individual headteachers'

Send childrens' homework abroad to be marked, says leading academic

Dr Rebecca Allen argues that the move would cut down on teachers' workload

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