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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Cambridge University. The typical Oxbridge graduate starts on a salary of about £25,000 a year

Poorer Oxbridge students earn more

Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have had to work harder to get in

The University of Manchester was among the 'biggest losers', according to Research Fortnight

Northern universities staff may lose jobs after their research quality is hammered

Oxford still tops the league table for research quality

A child plays with a ball during the Appleby Horse Fair. The event is one of the key gathering points for the Romany, gypsy and traveling community

Schools ‘not getting resources for Roma’

Schools are struggling to find the finances and resources to educate Gypsy and Roma children because fear of discrimination means many of their parents are not revealing their true ethnicity, hampering efforts to provide extra funding, inspectors have said. The finding comes as official figures show the number of Gypsy and Roma pupils in UK schools have increased from 16,735 to 19,030 in the past year, after work restrictions were lifted for Romanians within the EU.

South Tyneside College has a fabricated factory workshop which mimics the kind of conditions you will be working in when you work in the manufacturing or engineering industry

New careers college set to fill skills gap

For the first time, teenagers will be able to study engineering while still at school
Nearly two-thirds of parents (65 per cent) are convinced their children are receiving a poorer education than those without special needs

Pupils with special educational needs are being failed by mainstream schools, says Mencap

Report reveals that 64 per cent of parents say their child has been taken out of class or activities because of their disability
Study maths for a better salary?

Prospect of higher salaries makes maths more attractive

Teenagers would be more likely to study maths at A-level if they were told what salaries it would help them earn in future, according to new research.

Warwick University places 20 jobs at risk over failure to meet fundraising targets

University cuts pile pressure on staff to raise research income

Row your boat: the River Stour at Flatford, Suffolk

Progress in the three Rs is lower in rural and coastal areas

Attainment levels for poorer pupils still ‘unacceptable’ in many regions, minister warns

Mastering maths: Greg Bason with students

Strength in numbers: Teaching maths that relates to the real-world

As the Department for Education announces a new ‘real-world maths’ qualification  to stop students dropping the subject after GCSE, Richard Garner visits a college  that is already teaching maths that relates to real life

Chalk Talk: There’s more to pupil premiums than money

Nice to note that Birmingham is obviously doing something right after everything written about the “Trojan Horse” affair’s adverse influence on its schools.

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