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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On form: Robin Williams plays an inspiring teacher in ‘Dead Poets Society’

Is it time to stop tinkering with school structures and invest in teachers instead?

Research shows that good teachers enhance pupils' learning far more than good schools do, says Richard Garner
Children who read every day are five times more likely to be above the expected reading level for their age

White children are less likely to enjoy reading than other ethnic groups, study finds

They were also the least likely group to agree that reading is 'cool'

Eton's outgoing head Tony Little has wisdom to share on the education conference circuit

Little is leaving his post as headmaster at the end of this term after 13 years

The Beatles around the time of the release of Sgt Pepper in 1967

The Beatles' iconic Sgt Pepper album to be taught to GCSE music students

Three songs from the record will be studied as part of the new AQA course

A familiar sight in schools across the UK - but how much money would young people mastering the basics make for the country?

Students mastering basic maths and science could earn economy more than £2 trillion extra a year, study claims

OECD ranks the UK 20th out of 76 nations in basic skills in the subjects

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan

Tory majority means 'no rowing back' on planned education reforms

This means more academies and free schools, and more rigorous exams

Tony Little, the headmaster of Eton College

Eton’s headmaster: Boarding schools guilty of 'betrayal of trust' over child abuse allegations

Tony Little said they boarding schools were 'in part to blame' for the image of them portrayed in the 1960’s as 'shadowy, strange institutions'

Britain's boarding schools told to adopt 'gender neutral' uniform policies to avoid discrimination against LGBT pupils

'LGBT bullying is as important as sexist and racist bullying'

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

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