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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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

Vulnerable children are being put at risk, it is claimed, because councils are unable to fill vacant child social worker posts

Lack of social workers puts vulnerable children at risk

Many employees have found the role untenable as a result of 'social worker bashing' in the wake of high-profile child-abuse cases

Malvern St James Year 4 pupils in science (Andrew Fox)

Headteachers warn of job losses as schools face budget crisis

Richard Garner on the effects of a 'perfect storm' of rising costs, debt and cuts
Stopping smoking would have prevented 314,000 cases of cancer in the past five years

Healthy living could have prevented half a million cancer cases over last five years

Quitting smoking would have had the biggest effect

The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Robert Willis, gave the homily at Canterbury Cathedral on Christmas Day

Archbishop of Westminster appeals for compassion for those depending on hand-outs

The birth of Jesus should “open our eyes and our hearts to the vulnerable around us”

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Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee