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 National Union of Teachers warned that homophobic bullying was still rife in schools - and argued that a positive portrayal of same sex relations could counteract that.

All schools should include a positive portrayal of same sex relationships in sex education lessons, says union

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers' annual conference warned that homophobic bullying was still rife in schools

A report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned that - whichever party (or parties) wins the election - schools will face cuts of up to 12 per cent because party pledges fail to take account of rising pupil numbers, increases in pensions and national insurance contributions and salary increases.

Teachers warn: We will ballot for strike if cuts are not reversed in autumn statement

Delegates to the NUT annual conference voted overwhelmingly in favour of using the autumn statement as a trigger for industrial action over cuts

A motion backed by delegates at their conference in Harrogate warned the current state of recruitment was

Headteachers urged to recruit more black and ethnic minority teachers

Figures show only 6.7 per cent of the teaching force are from ethnic minority groups compared to 12.8 per cent of the population as a whole

Four-year-olds are too young to be tested, say teachers, because they don’t have the necessary attention span

Teachers vote to boycott 'baseline' tests on four- and five-year-olds

Union president denounces plan for strict curriculum as 'a crime... at a precious and valuable moment' in their lives

The survey of 800 teachers said they had identified

'Exam factory' conditions at school causing children to self-harm, says new research

Pupils becoming 'anxious, stressed and disaffected' because of the new more rigorous curriculum brought in former Education Secretary Michael Gove

Teachers threaten to ballot on strike action as early as summer term over expected cuts

Sunday's emergency motion at the National Union of Teachers' annual conference is almost certain to be passed by conference delegates

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre brings Othello to life for schoolchildren

This is the ninth year in succession that every state secondary school in London and Birmingham has been offered the opportunity of taking up free tickets

Letter from the Education Editor: This shocking abuse of teachers should be taken seriously

As if teachers do not have enough to cope with, today we hear of a worrying rise in the amount of abuse levelled at them online – by both parents and pupils. In the case of children, the remedy is more obvious. Actions like posting homophobic and racist abuse should be followed by disciplinary action, and possibly even suspension. In the case of parents, it is probably trickier but, at the very least, social media networks should take such issues seriously.

The rocketing cost of remarking scripts coupled with the squeeze on school budgets has led to some schools charging parents for the cost of requesting exam boards to review marks, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' annual conference in Liverpool heard.
The figures, based on an analysis of Department for Education data, also showed that the number who complete their training but never enter the classroom has tripled in six years - from 3,600 in 2006 to 10,800 in 2011.

Nearly four in ten qualifying teachers quitting the classroom after one year

Figures disclosed showed that only 62 per cent were still in teaching a year after gaining their Qualified Teacher Status

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