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 overall pass rate dipped for the first time in more than 30 years from 98.1 per cent to 98 per cent

A-level results: Fall in top grades caused by more students taking traditional subjects

A drop in top grade passes at A-level this year may have been triggered by a growth in the number of candidates taking traditional academic subjects, exam boards have suggested.

Former Education Secretary Michael Gove would be pleased with today's A-Level results

A-level results: Michael Gove should be pleased with today's marks

If Michael Gove had been around today as Education Secretary he would have been chuffed by this year’s results.

Today's results are the first to be awarded which show the impact of former Education Secretary Michael Gove's exam reforms

A-level results day 2014: Top grade passes fall for third year in a row

Exam chiefs suggest that the drop in the top grade pass rate could be down to students switching to more traditional academic subjects

More than 1,000 candidates are expected to “trade up” their existing offers

A-level results 2014: Students who do better than expected can 'trade up' offers

Many of the UK’s most prestigious universities will be wooing students today with places that they have reserved for those who do better than expected in their A-levels.

Students from the richest neighbourhoods are almost 10 times more likely to go to a top university than those from the poorest areas

Rich teenagers still dominate top universities

Wealthy students are ten times more likely to get into best universities

Nearly all teacher's organisations have called for league tables to be scrapped

Exasperated head teachers to publish rival school league tables

Schools will create their own GCSE league tables in opposition to official stats

Oxford University tells students on its website: 'Term-time employment is not permitted except under exceptional circumstances'

One in seven students have full-time jobs during degree course

Survey shows 59 per cent working at least part-time to fund studies

International A-level exam is a star performer

A-levels may have their detractors in the UK but the international version of the exam is proving popular abroad.

Do the maths: GCSE study could start at age 13 when new exams are introduced

GCSE shake-up means fewer subjects for pupils to take

Government attempts to make exams harder will be wrongfooted by schools starting core subject courses a year early
School and college staff responsible for running GCSE and A-level exams could quit their jobs in large numbers

Exams office staff affected by burn-out over reforms

School and college staff responsible for running GCSE and A-level exams could quit their jobs in large numbers because of burn-out linked to the constant upheaval in the system, a new report warns.

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