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 study reveals that touch-screen technology has switched on to reading three- to five-year-old boys and, more generally, children from disadvantaged homes

Disadvantaged boys learn to pick up an ebook

Reading online has improved children’s vocabulary, according to research

The new rules will cover those providing ecucation or child-care for eight-year-olds and under

Teachers to be barred for living with offenders under new rules

Child-care rules on cohabitation with convicted violent or sexual offenders extended to schools
One in six children have been suffering from constant poverty since almost the day they were born

More than half of children born in the year 2000 have faced poverty

Millennium Cohort Study offers the first real glimpse into what life is like for an 11-year-old living in modern Britain

Should we have faith in the future of religious schools?

An interesting perspective on those Ofsted reports claiming that independent Muslim schools in Tower Hamlets were failing to safeguard their pupils and rendering them prey to extremist views and radicalisation.

Fit for kings: the Old Palace

The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected

Exam pressure is driving more teens to eating disorders and self-harm

Child psychologist Professor Tanya Byron hits out

The cuts would mean a rise in class sizes, according to the Association of School and College Leaders

Majority of state schools will be forced to make cuts next year

New survey suggests most heads expect class sizes to rise

Tristram Hunt had said the divide between state and private sector needed to be breached

Head of Tristram Hunt’s old school accuses him of ‘offensive bigotry’

Shadow Education Secretary told to back off after his warning to private sector

Figures from National College of Training and Leadership disciplinary hearings show that 17 of the 100 hearings held last year stemmed from complaints about the use of social media sites, with 16 of the 17 being banned

Twice as many teachers banned this year for misusing social media

16 teachers were banned after complaints about their use of social media

Funding for poorer pupils helps more boys than girls, study shows

Extra money for schools with students who underperform is likely to go to the most disruptive children
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