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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A poster protesting against Michael Gove is displayed outside Oldknow Academy, one of the Birmingham Schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' affair

Trojan horse schools: Spending cuts 'to blame' for lapses, Birmingham City Council claims

Spending cuts have forced a £2m cut in funding for a scheme aimed at protecting pupils in Birmingham from being coerced into terrorism, MPs have heard.

Of England's 93 sixth form colleges, more than one in three have already had to axe their language courses

Exclusive: Sixth-form colleges face closure because of deep budget cuts, with courses in languages, maths and science also being chopped

Sixth form colleges are under threat with several facing closure this year because of deep cuts to their budgets, claims a new study by the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA). A survey of England’s 93 sixth form colleges reveals that more than one in three colleges have already had to axe their language courses – while more than one in five have scrapped courses in the Stem science and maths subjects.

Chalk Talk: Free school statistics that may not quite add up

An intriguing insight into the Government's flagship free schools policy was given last weekend at the Northern Rocks education conference in Leeds.

Game on: Christopher Whittaker (left) with fellow student Jay Gilmore

Network of career colleges will directly help prepare students for the world of work

Richard Garner visits Oldham College, where the innovative courses, with input from local employers, are already up and running
The committee found the Department for Education did not have a proper vetting process in place to determine whether trustees were “fit or proper” to run schools

Lack of scrutiny of academies to blame for Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' schools, new report says

Concern over the lack of accountability of the Government’s flagship academies is revealed today in a hard-hitting report from the influential Commons public accounts committee.

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Eduction

Trojan Horse schools: 'British values' must be promoted in the classroom, says Michael Gove

Ofsted finds 'culture of fear and intimidation'

Michael Gove

Failing 'Trojan Horse' schools threaten Ofsted with legal action

Three of the schools declared failing as a result of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation today rejected the findings and warned they would take legal action to declare the verdict null and void.

Michael Gove

Trojan Horse row Q&A: What is the 'Muslim plot' all about – and why is it so important?

Q: What is the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation?

A: It stems from a letter purporting to outline “Operation Trojan Horse” whereby a group of fundamentalist Muslims were plotting a take-over of city schools. It is widely seen as a fake - but thought to come from someone who had an inkling of what was going on and wanted to draw attention of it.

Complaints by university students reached record levels last year

Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden defends the idea of education for its own sake and the importance of research to the economy
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt will demand in a speech this morning that Mr Gove gives an explanation to MPs

'Gross negligence': Tristram Hunt challenges Gove's handling of Trojan Horse schools crisis

Labour will today charge Education Secretary Michael Gove with “gross negligence” over his handling of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation into an alleged hard-line Islamic takeover of schools.

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice