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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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Nearly all teacher's organisations have called for league tables to be scrapped

Exasperated head teachers to publish rival school league tables

Schools will create their own GCSE league tables in opposition to official stats

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Rich teenagers still dominate top universities

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Oxford University tells students on its website: 'Term-time employment is not permitted except under exceptional circumstances'

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Government's flagship free schools accused of allowing 'stealth selection' as they fail to admit poorest kids

Free schools have been accused of “cherry-picking” bright and wealthy pupils after a major study found that even those established in deprived areas are failing to admit the neediest children.

The Government has been accused of lacking enthusiasm for vocational education in the past

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A major expansion for the network of top-class university technical colleges for 14 to 18-year-olds has been given the go-ahead by ministers.

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A significant drop in the number of primary school children taking part in dance, music and drama is highlighted in a report by Labour today.

Number of job vacancies requiring a first-class degree has fallen by 80 per cent in two years, study finds

Fewer employers are insisting on applicants for jobs having a first-class degree, according to research published today.

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