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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The majority of students will still be paying for their education decades after they graduate

Student loan system is 'unsustainable', claims expert

Professor Nicholas Barr wants payment threshold lowered

Nationally, 58.1 per cent of black pupils achieved the benchmark of five A* to C grade passes at GCSE – up 8.8 per cent since 2010

White pupils improve as much as ethnic minorities

A claim that standards in London schools only soared as a result of the capital’s ethnic mix is dismissed in research released today.

Peter Mandelson

Pressure builds on Labour to drop pledge to cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000

Lord Mandelson has warned a cut in higher education funding could lead to cuts in vital courses such as science, engineering and maths

The figures are higher when it comes to secondary schools, with nearly one in three heads leaving

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Exodus of headteachers heralds recruitment crisis

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In Sweden - the first country to introduce the controversial programme - they now have to hire qualified teachers and follow its national curriculum

Hard headed: Dame Sally Coates in her new role as director of United Learning’s southern academies

Punctuality, respect, constant exams: How Dame Sally Coates turned Burlington Danes around

Strong measures were needed to raise standards at the Academy in west London's White City, as Richard Garner discovers

Durand Academy in Stockwell, south London

Controversial Durand Education Trust faces 'misconduct or mismanagement' inquiry by Charity Commission

Chair Margaret Hodge also questioned the fact the headteacher earned £160,000 from a firm set up to run a leisure centre on the site in addition to his £229,000 salary

Hard headed: Dame Sally Coates in her new role as director of United Learning’s southern academies

Leading headteacher exposes 'underhand' tactics used by schools to get round curbs on selection

Exclusive: Dame Sally Coates says the 'time has come for an independent review of admissions across the country'

The education select committee concluded that better PSHE (personal, social health and economic education) and SRE (sex and relationships education) has the potential to help efforts to address many ‘problems’ in society

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The DfE failed to concede there is a great need for sex education

Sex education given in secondary schools ‘may already be too late’ for pupils

Sex education: Tories snub puts teenagers at risk of ‘pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and exploitation’

Conservatives attacked over failure to make primary school lessons compulsory

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