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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Essex University vice-chancellor Anthony Forster

Does Essex University still live up to its radical reputation?

In the 1960s, the university was known as a hotbed of student politics

An increasing number of students are opting to study at prestigious US universities, such as Harvard

UK students are shunning home universities to study abroad, headteachers claim

Heads argue that overseas universities offer better value for money

Aldi is offering university leavers the highest published starting salary of £42,000 a year for trainee managers, according to a survey by High Fliers Research, followed by the European Commission with roles paying £41,500

Aldi's offer of £42,000 a year leads market in graduate recruitment

The number of graduate vacancies is expected to rise by 8.1 per cent this summer

Fifty 13-year-olds will spend half a term being taught 'Chinese-style' in English, maths and science

Pupils to try Chinese-style teaching

Fifty 13-year-olds will spend half a term being taught 'Chinese-style' in English, maths and science

Students protest at the Government’s tuition fee system last November

Student debt to cost Britain billions within decades

As jobless and low-paid graduates leave loans unpaid, critics say the Government's fees policy will swallow up future education spending
Sir David Bell, who is now vice-chancellor of Reading University

Ministers must stop re-writing curriculum, says schools expert

David Bell: "Education policy is still driven by short-term firefighting"

Just imagine if the Michael Gove years in education were followed by an ideologue with a different emphasis taking charge of the nation’s schools

They wouldn't dare tell surgeons how to do their jobs, so why tolerate it in education?

Sir David Bell has a point – just imagine if the Michael Gove years in education were followed by an ideologue with a different emphasis taking charge of the nation’s schools.

Government no-show at North of England Education Conference means plan for schools heads south

This year, for the first time, no government speaker was billed to appear at the conference

Nick Gibb, the Schools minister

2015 is a year of historic anniversaries but children won't know them, claims Schools Minister

Waterloo, Agincourt and Magna Carta all have century anniversaries

Education secretary Nicky Morgan received a two-hour grilling from the Commons Education Select Committee

MPs attack rise of ‘ill-equipped’ careers advisers in schools

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan refused to agree that schools offering poor advice should be sanctioned

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