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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David Laws calls for ministers to stop meddling in the content of the curriculum

It was like manna from heaven to hear David Laws's call to prevent ministers from meddling in the content of the curriculum and determining whether standards have improved in the classroom. The schools minister has proposed a new, independent body to oversee content and standards.

Michael Roden, head of University of Birmingham School, has already received 951 applications for next year’s 150 places

University of Birmingham-run state school to offer ‘£30,000-a-year standards’ to pupils

First project of its kind promises disadvantaged children the highest level of education

Exam systems need to focus on more than just the final grades

There are many ways in which the assessment system could encourage more creativity in schools.

A more creative approach to education

Learning by rote struggles to get the best results when transforming today's pupils into tomorrow’s innovative workforce. By developing a less formal style of teaching, youngsters can flourish in the classroom

Inadequate training in how to tackle disruptive behaviour has left many teachers struggling to cope with rowdy pupils

Teachers ‘don’t have the training to cope with disruptive pupils’

One in four surveyed said they weren’t equipped to deal with discipline issues

Schools should be protected from the 'whims of here-today, gone-tomorrow politicians' in deciding on curriculum content and whether standards have improved, David Laws has declared in an apparent attack on the regime of the former Education Secretary Michael Gove

Save curriculum from the whims of politicians, says David Laws

Liberal Democrat Schools minister calls for brake on 'corrosive impact' of political meddling in schools policy

David Laws, Schools and Education Minister

David Laws: Protect schools from the 'whims of here-today, gone-tomorrow politicians'

The Liberal Democrat Schools Minister said he wanted a brake on the 'corrosive impact' of self-interested political meddling in schools policy

Figures show that 328 trainees who did not achieve Qualified Teacher Status were working in teaching

328 ‘failed’ teachers in classrooms educating children

Hundreds of trainee teachers who failed to qualify are taking lessons in the classroom.

The study found getting angry with children can act as more of a spur to improve their performance

Teachers warned that praise can make pupils complacent

Teachers who lavish praise on pupils are doing them a disservice, according to a study published today.

Pearson Teaching Awards in London: A celebration of the UK's dedicated teachers

The judges recognised the winners' enthusiasm, commitment and energy

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