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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One in five teenagers could miss out on a place at a top university as a result of ministers relying on 'flawed' data for their exam reforms, according to researchers

A-level reforms based on 'flawed' data will deny university

The Department for Education research concluded that degree results could still be predicted just as accurately without AS-level results

Students are paying £150 a time to have their essays and dissertations “edited”

Concerns grow over rise in essay-editing firms that 'prey on student insecurities'

Students are paying £150 a time to have their essays and dissertations “edited” to give them a better chance of obtaining a top degree pass.

40% drop in children sitting GCSEs early, Ofqual figures show

A dramatic drop in the number of children pushed by schools into taking their GCSE exams a year early is revealed in new statistics published by exams regulator Ofqual.

78 per cent of parents want nursery teachers to be given Qualified Teacher Status

Nursery teachers should be given the same status as others, campaigners claim

Teachers of early years children should be given the same status and pay as the rest of the profession, parents and campaigners for better nursery education said today.

Women are less likely to drop out of university

Young, well-off women are least likely to drop out of university, study finds

Students are less likely to drop out of university if they are young, female or privately educated, according to research published today.

Tories' proposed tuition fee hike is a 'hammer blow' to young people, claim Labour

A further rise in tuition fees would be “a hammer blow to young people trying to make ends meet”, Labour has warned.

The scheme aims to give students a head start on results day

More university places available this year for top performing A-level students

Bright teenagers who get better-than-expected A-level results next month are set to have a bigger chance of gaining places at some of the country’s leading universities.

The number of English entrants fell 4.4 per cent to 86,036, forcing it off its perch as the most popular A-level subject for teenagers

Shock slump in English A-level candidates blamed on GCSE marking crisis

Drop results from grade boundary mix-up in 2012

A pupil learning through a visual aid

College for dyslexic pupils uses flashcard system to teach literacy

'If they had stayed in a mainstream school they would have no GCSEs,' says headteacher of Maple Hayes Hall in Lichfield
Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been the teaching profession's favourite teacher

Albus Dumbledore voted the teaching profession's favourite teacher

Teachers have today chosen their favourite role model: Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Harry Potter’s school, Hogwarts, heads their all-time top 10 of teachers from the world of fiction.

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