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.
03 July 2014 12:04 AM
I will put my cards on the table. I would much rather have a system where every state school did their utmost to help their brightest pupils to shine - and there was no independent sector hiving off the cream of the talent.
03 July 2014 12:04 AM
Children from private schools will have earned almost £200,000 more than state school pupils by the time they reach middle age, new research reveals today.
02 July 2014 09:00 PM
If you are applying for a place at Oxford or Cambridge and the interviewer says: "Tell me about a banana," you might feel a burning desire to reply, in John McEnroe-esque terms: "You cannot be serious!" But you should keep a straight face and answer the question, according to a new guide.
01 July 2014 12:00 AM
Hard left factions within the National Union of Teachers are carrying out a Militant Tendency-style operation to push the union into an escalation of strike action, its former general secretary Fred Jarvis said today.
30 June 2014 04:56 PM
Only half of all UK graduates are working in a field that relates to their degree after leaving university, according to new research published today.
29 June 2014 10:35 PM
Labour MP says Prince should follow the example of the Queen 'who has kept her mouth bandaged for 60 years'
29 June 2014 07:57 PM
Schools succeed or fail by the quality of leader – one went to extreme lengths when theirs fell ill
26 June 2014 07:27 PM
Schoolchildren from white working-class homes should be entitled to the same kind of remedial language support as pupils who have English as a second language, because without extra help they are falling behind their foreign-speaking classmates, research has found.
26 June 2014 12:00 AM
Just a comment on the announcement of the next tranche of free schools by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
25 June 2014 08:38 PM
Ministers point to successful reforms for improvements
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