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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Global Education Reform Movement: We've had The Blob, get ready for The Germ

Germ is apparently committed to the type of rigorous testing that teachers spent most of the weekend bemoaning, says Richard Garner

Chalk Talk: Be careful what you say at teacher union conferences

There were mumbles all round and an apology following one speaker's response to a complaint from a colleague

Teachers demand an end to the public sector pay freeze

NUT delegates unanimously backed a move to warn of strike action if the incoming government fail to agree to restore the cash over a fixed timetable

NUT and ATL: Two of Britain's biggest teaching unions discuss creating a 'superunion'

Both the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers believe it will strengthen their voice in discussions with ministers

NUT delegates told how both classroom teachers had been bullied and union representatives had been refused permission to enter school premises to support them.

Teachers living in atmosphere of fear due to bullying by headteachers, union warns

'The last five years have been the worst time to be a teacher in this country'

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers' annual conference in Harrogate unanimously backed a motion warned the guidelines were effectively

Teachers forced to act as 'front-line storm troopers' to spy on pupils under guidelines aimed at combating terrorism

The NUT warned the rules were effectively 'closing down' any classroom discussion of issues surrounding the radicalisation of young people

Today delegates at the National Union of Teachers' conference in Harrogate will debate a motion expressing concern that the UK has te highest and still rising incidence of mesothelioma in the world.

Parents must seek to find out if their children's school contains asbestos, teachers warn

Figures show the number of UK teachers dying from mesothelioma has risen to 22 a year - the highest rate in the world

The National Union of Teachers warned that homophobic bullying was still rife in schools - and argued that a positive portrayal of same sex relations could counteract that.

All schools should include a positive portrayal of same sex relationships in sex education lessons, says union

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers' annual conference warned that homophobic bullying was still rife in schools

A report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned that - whichever party (or parties) wins the election - schools will face cuts of up to 12 per cent because party pledges fail to take account of rising pupil numbers, increases in pensions and national insurance contributions and salary increases.

Teachers warn: We will ballot for strike if cuts are not reversed in autumn statement

Delegates to the NUT annual conference voted overwhelmingly in favour of using the autumn statement as a trigger for industrial action over cuts

A motion backed by delegates at their conference in Harrogate warned the current state of recruitment was

Headteachers urged to recruit more black and ethnic minority teachers

Figures show only 6.7 per cent of the teaching force are from ethnic minority groups compared to 12.8 per cent of the population as a whole

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