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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Letter from the Education Editor: Nicky Morgan's central message is a welcome one

I am wholeheartedly behind both Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and her Labour opposite number Tristram Hunt in calling for more emphasis to be placed on character-building and promoting self-esteem amongst today’s schoolchildren.

The Fair Education Alliance has found “a significant gap between the most and least deprived”

Parents ‘should be taught how to talk to their children’ by nursery staff

Nurseries and children’s centres should be giving parents lessons in how to talk to their children in a bid to close the gap in performance between rich and poor pupils.

Schoolchildren watch soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment march through Warminster in Wiltshire

Former soldiers will be drafted into schools to help build pupils’ character

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wants ex-armed services personnel to develop values such as self-confidence, respect and leadership in schoolchildren

Disadvantaged pupils are likely to “suffer most” as a result of the decision to axe the link between AS-levels and A-levels

A-level plans may hinder disadvantaged pupils' hopes

Disadvantaged pupils may find their chances of a place at top universities such as Cambridge scuppered by the Government's A-level reforms, the university's head of recruitment warns.

College boss devises swap shop to help hard-up students meet the cost of travel

It can cost up to £700 a year for students to travel to and from college

The loans are designed to lure around 40,000 students a year into postgraduate studies

Autumn Statement: Boost for master's students with introduction of postgraduate loans

Move aims to make UK grads more competitive

Graham Stuart, chairman of the Commons Education Select Committee

Senior Tory’s U-turn on proposal to scrap AS-levels

Head of select committee says the views of head teachers have changed his opinion

Patricia Sowter, executive head of Cuckoo Hall Academy Trust in Enfield

Patricia Sowter: Academy head praised by Gove suspended over ‘exam fixing’

Three people in charge of north London primary face allegations of gross misconduct

Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham

Birmingham's first Islamic school 'spent £1m of public money on school in Pakistan'

Claims about Al-Hijrah school are being investigated by council officials

St John's College, Cambridge. Around 400 of the most “highly able” 11- to 14-year-olds at non-selective state schools will be chosen to attend regular academic seminars at four of the country’s most in-demand universities including Cambridge

Gifted pupils from deprived areas to attend regular seminars at top universities

Around 400 of the most “highly able” 11- to 14-year-olds at non-selective state schools will be picked

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