Richard Garner

Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.

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Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been the teaching profession's favourite teacher

Albus Dumbledore voted the teaching profession's favourite teacher

Teachers have today chosen their favourite role model: Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Harry Potter’s school, Hogwarts, heads their all-time top 10 of teachers from the world of fiction.

Universities target white pupils in light of low recruitment levels

A growing number of UK universities are targeting the recruitment of white students in the wake of evidence showing they are the least likely ethnic group to apply go on to higher education.

A trial of the scheme led to fewer pupils from the schools who took part in the plan being sent home

New schools trial results in fewer expulsions

A pioneering plan to give schools more responsibility over the fate of excluded pupils has cut the number of expulsions, according to research published today.

The new Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan

Academy chains 'worse for disadvantaged children' than local authority schools

Some academy chains are “highly ineffective” in improving the prospects of disadvantaged pupils, according to ground-breaking research published today.

The amount spent by universities on bursaries, scholarships and hardship funds is set to fall

UK universities spending more on outreach and less on bursaries, report shows

Britain’s leading universities have performed a U-turn over the methods they use to attract more disadvantaged students, says a report out today.

Goldsmiths College is applauded for greater transparency over vice-chancellor's pay

There may be a frisson of horror in vice-chancellor circles at the latest initiative from Goldsmiths College. The south London university has become the first in the country to permit a student representative to sit in on the body that determines the university vice-chancellor's pay.

School children on 'pupil premium' could get priority admission to schools under new plans

Schools could be allowed to give top priority to disadvantaged pupils in the battle for places, under new proposals being drawn up by the Government.

Applicants from most minority backgrounds were less likely to receive offers from universities than their white British peers

Minorities ‘less likely to get university place’

Black and ethnic minority students face discrimination in seeking a university place, according to a study published today.

Oldknow Academy, one of the Birmingham Schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' affair

Trojan Horse schools: Teachers to be barred for not 'protecting British values'

Teachers face being barred from the profession if they fail to protect British values in their schools, new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan declared today.

Cambridge University's Trinity College

Tompkins Table 2014: Trinity College Cambridge produces record number of firsts

Students graduating from Trinity College in Cambridge, notched up a record number of firsts this summer as their college topped the university’s league table for degree results for the fourth year in succession.

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The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
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Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

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Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

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Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform