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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Ustinov Theatre announces new training scheme for aspiring actors who are not at Eton or Harrow

The next generation of Cumberbatch and Redmayne can shine with no need of a privileged background

First year report: If cuts ignite the wrath of
teachers, Nicky Morgan's popularity will be tested

Plenty of teachers were glad to see the back of Michael Gove. But is Nicky Morgan, his successor as education secretary, winning any more friends?

Budget 2015: Universities will be allowed to raise fees beyond £9,000, says George Osborne

Those universities who can show good quality will be allowed to raise their fees by the level of inflation from the academic year 2017/8

The town of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, the home of Mohammad Sidique Khan, the ringleader of the four suicide bombers that attacked London on July 7, 2005

7/7 bombings: Cricket initiative helps break down racial barriers in a town scarred by the actions of locally-born Jihadists

A scheme is bringing communities in the town of Dewsbury together

Design Ventura awards: The age of creativity is not dead in the UK's state schools

The awards allow schools to create a product for the future and give students a sense of adventure

University of London serves up food for thought on human rights - for a fiver

The School of Advanced Study's Human Rights Consortium held its first soup evening earlier this month, where students pitch their ideas for researching human rights projects

Head start: Christine Woods, principal of Ormiston Endeavor Academy, listens to a pupil

New government programme is parachuting super heads into 'coasting' schools

Richard Garner meets three leaders with big plans for pupils in Suffolk
Chris Woodhead pictured in December 2000. He was dedicated to rooting out mediocrity

Sir Chris Woodhead: The polarising figure who made Ofsted a force to be reckoned with

The former Chief Inspector of Schools died from motor neurone disease aged 68

According to published research, the Class of 2015 – the first to graduate from university having paid tuition fees of £9,000 a year – are the most job hungry and ambitious ever

Class of 2015 graduates desperately seek jobs to recoup £30,000 loans

A survey of over 18,000 final-year students revealed more than one in four will walk straight into a job after graduation

Charlotte Marten, the headteacher of Rugby High School

Selective secondary schools catering for the most talented pupils to be set up, says grammar school head

The new breed of schools will not have the grammar school label – but will offer more traditional subjects such as Latin and Greek

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