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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The way they were: 1963, cadets line up at Alleyn's School in West Dulwich for former Guards Sergeant Eric Randall, their Quartermaster

Cadet forces under threat as independent schools face up to funding cut

Leaders representing 250 of the country's elite private schools say move could end military traditions

Essays that were billed as being worthy of an A-level A grade were only given C or D grades by the regulator's markers

A-levels: Regulator fails poor bought-in essays as 'threat to qualifications system'

Even worse for desperate students, they risk being disqualified for cheating

Joint sessions would be arranged between sixth-form teachers and university lecturers to see if the sixth-form staff could pass on tips

How to teach teenagers: Independent schools to provide lessons for university lecturers

Move follows students' complaints from about standard of teaching they receive in first year

Marking blunders mean thousands of students were awarded the wrong grades

Heads want ‘injustices’ of bad examiners redressed

The exams regulator has acknowledged that 6 per cent of examiners are 'inadequate', according to Mr Harman

Thousands more pupils reaching the required reading standard in the Government’s new phonics check

Pupils doing better on phonics tests year on year

Tests for six-year-olds have shown thousands more pupils reaching the required reading standard in the Government’s new phonics check, results have showed.

Figures show that last year only one in five physics A-level entries were from girls

Half of all Britain’s co-ed state schools don’t have a single girl studying physics at A-level

Hundreds of co-ed state schools do not have a single girl studying physics in their sixth-forms, according to a new report.

At some schools, parents have also been barred from taking pictures of their own children in plays and on sports day

Generation of children growing up hidden from public due to 'health and safety fears'

Children are being hidden away from the public because a culture of “oversensitivity and overreaction” means schools are afraid to laud their achievements publicly, a head teachers’ leader has warned.

Campaigner Yas Necati, 18, said sex education lessons she received were treated by pupils as 'a joke'

Exclusive: Children need 'compulsory, comprehensive sex and relationships education'

Lessons should start at primary level

Pupils sit an exam

Teachers losing confidence in exam marking, study suggests

Heads and teachers are losing confidence in the marking of GCSE and A-level exams, according to new research published today.

It is feared that as many as 3,000 primary schools could fall below tough new minimum standards in the three Rs being introduced in 2016

Even excellent schools ‘don’t help poor kids to catch rich’

The gap in performance between poor and better-off pupils is just as high in schools ranked “outstanding” as those labelled “inadequate”, researchers have found.

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Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
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The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
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