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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Private schools have more to offer their pupils

I will put my cards on the table. I would much rather have a system where every state school did their utmost to help their brightest pupils to shine - and there was no independent sector hiving off the cream of the talent.

The Sutton Trust charity is using the findings of the report to press its case for an 'open access' scheme to leading private schools

Private school children will earn £200,000 more on average than state-educated kids by 42

Children from private schools will have earned almost £200,000 more than state school pupils by the time they reach middle age, new research reveals today.

Chalk Talk: How not to slip up during university applications

If you are applying for a place at Oxford or Cambridge and the interviewer says: "Tell me about a banana," you might feel a burning desire to reply, in John McEnroe-esque terms: "You cannot be serious!" But you should keep a straight face and answer the question, according to a new guide.

Fred Jarvis has suggested that teachers should contribute money towards a fund aimed at campaigning through press advertising

Former NUT general secretary Fred Jarvis urges teachers to consider alternatives to strikes

Hard left factions within the National Union of Teachers are carrying out a Militant Tendency-style operation to push the union into an escalation of strike action, its former general secretary Fred Jarvis said today.

96 per cent of graduates said they had switched careers by the time they reached the age of 24

Half of UK graduates do not work in their field of study, survey reveals

Only half of all UK graduates are working in a field that relates to their degree after leaving university, according to new research published today.

Prince Charles, left, is again facing criticism for involving himself in politics beyond his constitutional remit. David Blunkett, right, was among those who disclosed they had been contacted by the Prince of Wales

Charles told to stay quiet after grammar school revelation

Labour MP says Prince should follow the example of the Queen 'who has kept her mouth bandaged for 60 years'

The academy that changed term times to help its head run school despite debilitating illness

Schools succeed or fail by the quality of leader – one went to extreme lengths when theirs fell ill

Schoolchildren from white working-class homes are falling behind their foreign-speaking classmates, research has found.

Exclusive: Poor white pupils need extra help with English

Schoolchildren from white working-class homes should be entitled to the same kind of remedial language support as pupils who have English as a second language, because without extra help they are falling behind their foreign-speaking classmates, research has found.

Chalk Talk: More free schools won't necessarily mean more good schools

Just a comment on the announcement of the next tranche of free schools by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

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

Exclusive: Must do better? Black pupils did, with best improvement in exams

Ministers point to successful reforms for improvements

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