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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Trojan Horse row Q&A: What is the 'Muslim plot' all about – and why is it so important?

Q: What is the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation?

A: It stems from a letter purporting to outline “Operation Trojan Horse” whereby a group of fundamentalist Muslims were plotting a take-over of city schools. It is widely seen as a fake - but thought to come from someone who had an inkling of what was going on and wanted to draw attention of it.

Complaints by university students reached record levels last year

Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden defends the idea of education for its own sake and the importance of research to the economy
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt will demand in a speech this morning that Mr Gove gives an explanation to MPs

'Gross negligence': Tristram Hunt challenges Gove's handling of Trojan Horse schools crisis

Labour will today charge Education Secretary Michael Gove with “gross negligence” over his handling of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation into an alleged hard-line Islamic takeover of schools.

Michael Gove will attack those who oppose his school reforms in a speech to the right-of-centre Policy Exchange think tank

Michael Gove promises to push on with controversial school reforms

The Education Secretary Michael Gove will attack those who oppose his school reforms saying they are allowing working class children to be sent to school “without daring to think they might be intellectually curious and capable of greatness”.

Chalk Talk: Shakespeare can be child's play

To the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations have spawned a new initiative designed to help five- to 11-year-olds celebrate and appreciate the Bard's works.

Ofsted set to rate ‘Trojan Horse’ schools as failing

Series of reports due on claims of ‘Islamist plot’ to gain control of Birmingham schools

Chalk Talk: Teaching is a dream job for many - not that they'd recommend it

I have this dream: I turn up to one of the teachers' union conferences and someone is on the rostrum extolling the virtues of their job and saying how happy they are in it.

The class of 2014 will not be short for choices according to the poll

Graduate employers struggling to fill vacancies

The class of 2014 who graduate from university this summer still have a choice of hundreds of jobs that they could snap up, says a poll out today.

Young boy and girl solving a puzzle together at a nursery

Poor children in private preschools 'at double disadvantage'

Children from poor backgrounds are at a double disadvantage if they go to private or voluntary nurseries and preschools, says a major study out today.

David Hermitt, head of Congleton High School, supports the NCTL scheme

Lack of ethnic minority headteachers is 'scandalous'

Scheme to give promising teachers a chance to run their schools aims to address the issue
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