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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Latest tranche of classrooms include the first for disaffected teenagers and the first to take boarders, which is backed by Eton College
Around 38.7 per cent of their Year 11 (16-year-olds) entries were for the international version of the GCSE

Independent schools increasingly move towards the more traditional 'international' GCSE

Four out of five independent schools ditched GCSEs in at least one subject area in favour of the more traditional international version of the exam, according to figures released today.

As before, the weakest area was in the spelling, grammar and punctuation test

11-year-olds show improvement in basic literacy but 21% still haven't mastered 'three Rs'

More than 100,000 11-year-olds still cannot master the "three Rs", despite an improvement in national curriculum test results this year.

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Shadow Universities Minister Liam Byrne floats university-business partnerships

Labour is promoting plans for new "technical universities", offering earn-while-you-learn degrees in technical subjects vital to the future of the UK economy.

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School and college staff responsible for running GCSE and A-level exams could quit their jobs in large numbers

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Increased academic content and essay-writing aims to make school-leavers more employable, but 'raising the bar' may rob students of top university places
Student A-level results are prepared at the Yate International Academy on August 14, 2014 in South Gloucestershire, near Bristol, England.

A-level results 2014: Independent schools see drop in A grades despite one in five entries obtaining the top mark

Nearly one in five A-level entries from private school were awarded an A* grade, according to figures released by independent schools.

Leading schools are considering action against the exam boards after seeing huge falls in their results

GCSE results 2014: Inquiry as teachers express shock at variations in grades

Leading schools are considering action against the exam boards after poorer results

Entrants for the Spanish GCSE rose for the sixth year in succession to 93,028

Spanish to replace French as most popular language in schools

Spanish will replace French as the most popular foreign language in schools, the head of the country’s biggest exam board said today.

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