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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Pupils educated at private schools like Eton (pictured) go on to earn 17 per cent more than those from state schools

Privately educated graduates earn more - even with the same qualifications and job

Study shows benefits of a privileged upbringing extend well beyond academic achievement

Laura Moss, one of DACA's young entrepreneurs

Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The boycott will mean members of the University and College Union will refuse to set coursework, or give formal marks for essays or feedback on students’ work. The action will also mean that exams go unmarked.

University lecturers plan marking strike over pension changes that 'could cost thousands'

Essay and exam marking strike starts in November

Colin Hegarty, winner of a teaching award for an online resource to teach maths

From the City to the classroom: ex-financier wins teaching prize

Colin Hegarty made the break five years ago and became a maths teacher

Promising players will combine daily training with study

The college putting football first for A-level girls

Star players will get the chance to play in the US

Khalsa staff and pupils campaign in support of their Stoke Poges school

Villagers act to evict flagship Sikh free school

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The rate has dropped from 59.2 per cent last year to 52.2 per cent in 2014

First fall in pupils gaining top GCSE passes

The percentage of pupils obtaining the GCSE benchmark of five A* to C passes including maths and English has fallen for the first time, an official breakdown of this summer’s results has revealed.

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What is preferable - grumpy teenagers or grumpy teachers?

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