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 study looked at the 88 primary and 63 secondary schools established in the first three years of the policy

Government's flagship free schools accused of allowing 'stealth selection' as they fail to admit poorest kids

Free schools have been accused of “cherry-picking” bright and wealthy pupils after a major study found that even those established in deprived areas are failing to admit the neediest children.

The Government has been accused of lacking enthusiasm for vocational education in the past

Government announces seven new university technical colleges

A major expansion for the network of top-class university technical colleges for 14 to 18-year-olds has been given the go-ahead by ministers.

A significant drop in the number of primary school children taking part in dance, music and drama has been highlighted in a report by Labour

Number of primary school children taking part in arts activities has dropped by a third since the last election, Labour claims

A significant drop in the number of primary school children taking part in dance, music and drama is highlighted in a report by Labour today.

Number of job vacancies requiring a first-class degree has fallen by 80 per cent in two years, study finds

Fewer employers are insisting on applicants for jobs having a first-class degree, according to research published today.

One in five teenagers could miss out on a place at a top university as a result of ministers relying on 'flawed' data for their exam reforms, according to researchers

A-level reforms based on 'flawed' data will deny university

The Department for Education research concluded that degree results could still be predicted just as accurately without AS-level results

Students are paying £150 a time to have their essays and dissertations “edited”

Concerns grow over rise in essay-editing firms that 'prey on student insecurities'

Students are paying £150 a time to have their essays and dissertations “edited” to give them a better chance of obtaining a top degree pass.

40% drop in children sitting GCSEs early, Ofqual figures show

A dramatic drop in the number of children pushed by schools into taking their GCSE exams a year early is revealed in new statistics published by exams regulator Ofqual.

78 per cent of parents want nursery teachers to be given Qualified Teacher Status

Nursery teachers should be given the same status as others, campaigners claim

Teachers of early years children should be given the same status and pay as the rest of the profession, parents and campaigners for better nursery education said today.

Women are less likely to drop out of university

Young, well-off women are least likely to drop out of university, study finds

Students are less likely to drop out of university if they are young, female or privately educated, according to research published today.

Tories' proposed tuition fee hike is a 'hammer blow' to young people, claim Labour

A further rise in tuition fees would be “a hammer blow to young people trying to make ends meet”, Labour has warned.

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