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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Just imagine if the Michael Gove years in education were followed by an ideologue with a different emphasis taking charge of the nation’s schools

They wouldn't dare tell surgeons how to do their jobs, so why tolerate it in education?

Sir David Bell has a point – just imagine if the Michael Gove years in education were followed by an ideologue with a different emphasis taking charge of the nation’s schools.

Government no-show at North of England Education Conference means plan for schools heads south

This year, for the first time, no government speaker was billed to appear at the conference

Nick Gibb, the Schools minister

2015 is a year of historic anniversaries but children won't know them, claims Schools Minister

Waterloo, Agincourt and Magna Carta all have century anniversaries

Education secretary Nicky Morgan received a two-hour grilling from the Commons Education Select Committee

MPs attack rise of ‘ill-equipped’ careers advisers in schools

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan refused to agree that schools offering poor advice should be sanctioned

Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street during a demonstration against US investment company Westbrook's plans to evict 93 families in London

Russell Brand to be studied at English A-level from September

Plans originally caused controversy when announced last year

2020 Health and Nuffield Health have suggested schools should appoint a head of wellbeing to help tackle a number of issues

Report: State schools need wellbeing officers to beat Britain's health crisis

Only 21 per cent of boys and 15 per cent of girls attain the minimum target of 60 minutes of physical activity a day

The much-maligned turkey twizzler

Loophole in new food rules could see up to 4,000 schools still serving turkey twizzlers

LGA urges government to close loophole for academies and free schools

The courses offered at Peter Symonds College cost £3,950 a year

Winchester sixth-form college offers cut-price degree courses

Courses, which cost £3,950 a year, see sharp rise in popularity

Oxford University has a student population in excess of 20,000 taken from over 140 countries around the world

Top universities refuse to reveal how they are spending tuition fees

Think tank: Universities need to be transparent if they want to raise fees further

Nick Hillman, Director General of the Higher Education Poilcy

Freeze student loan repayment salary at £21,000, says adviser

Extra money is needed to help fill the ‘black hole’ in university budgets, it is claimed

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