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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Disadvantaged pupils are likely to “suffer most” as a result of the decision to axe the link between AS-levels and A-levels

A-level plans may hinder disadvantaged pupils' hopes

Disadvantaged pupils may find their chances of a place at top universities such as Cambridge scuppered by the Government's A-level reforms, the university's head of recruitment warns.

College boss devises swap shop to help hard-up students meet the cost of travel

It can cost up to £700 a year for students to travel to and from college

The loans are designed to lure around 40,000 students a year into postgraduate studies

Autumn Statement: Boost for master's students with introduction of postgraduate loans

Move aims to make UK grads more competitive

Graham Stuart, chairman of the Commons Education Select Committee

Senior Tory’s U-turn on proposal to scrap AS-levels

Head of select committee says the views of head teachers have changed his opinion

Patricia Sowter, executive head of Cuckoo Hall Academy Trust in Enfield

Patricia Sowter: Academy head praised by Gove suspended over ‘exam fixing’

Three people in charge of north London primary face allegations of gross misconduct

Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham

Birmingham's first Islamic school 'spent £1m of public money on school in Pakistan'

Claims about Al-Hijrah school are being investigated by council officials

St John's College, Cambridge. Around 400 of the most “highly able” 11- to 14-year-olds at non-selective state schools will be chosen to attend regular academic seminars at four of the country’s most in-demand universities including Cambridge

Gifted pupils from deprived areas to attend regular seminars at top universities

Around 400 of the most “highly able” 11- to 14-year-olds at non-selective state schools will be picked

An inquiry has shown that 992 overseas students were handed Government loans for which they were ineligible

Ineligible foreign students handed more than £5m in student loans

Investigation followed a huge surge in applications for financial help from European Union nationals

A study reveals that touch-screen technology has switched on to reading three- to five-year-old boys and, more generally, children from disadvantaged homes

Disadvantaged boys learn to pick up an ebook

Reading online has improved children’s vocabulary, according to research

The new rules will cover those providing ecucation or child-care for eight-year-olds and under

Teachers to be barred for living with offenders under new rules

Child-care rules on cohabitation with convicted violent or sexual offenders extended to schools
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The 'Black Museum'

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Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all