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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Scottish referendum results: Majority of Scottish academics relieved at result

The majority of Scottish academics will have greeted the “no” vote in the Scottish referendum with a sigh of relief.

Fred Jarvis has celebrated his 90th birthday - and there's life in the cockney campaigner yet

The former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Fred Jarvis, celebrated his 90th birthday at the weekend.The invitation to the party was eye-catching: "Gove's gone, but I'm still here!" it said.

Already the 60,000 undergraduates at English universities from EU countries owe £690 million in outstanding debts

60,000 more university places may mean more unpaid student loans

Repayments from EU students will be harder to collect, says think tank report

The National Numeracy charity wants maths to be seen as a vital life skill

Shame celebrities who boast about poor maths, says numeracy charity

Maths skills should be as important as reading, claims National Numeracy

The QS world university rankings praised the standard of research in science and technology at ICL

QS university world rankings: Imperial College London leapfrogs Oxford to join Cambridge as best British university

College rises from fifth position last year to joint second internationally

The survey revealed that nearly half of students (44 per cent) have seen sexualised images of women around their university that made them feel uncomfortable

Universities must unite to beat 'lad culture' sexism on campus, claims NUS

One third of women have reported unwanted sexual advances

Longer school days will help learning crisis in white working class children, DfE says

White children on free school meals get the worst GCSE results by far

English composer Benjamin Britten, conducting here in 1976, is one of the composers who could be omitted from compulsory study in A-Level and GCSE music

Exclusive: Exam reforms give ‘dead white Germans’ lead on the classical music syllabus

Students will now focus on German composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann

Confessions of an exam marker: "It is surprising what students can produce under pressure"

Today's exam candidates are nothing if not subtle. One marker tells me of a GCSE candidate who wrote on his script: "I know I have done no work for this exam and don't really understand the story, but please could you give me a C or my mum will kill me?"

Many parents are in favour of at least some state school places being allocated randomly

Parents increasingly coming round to the idea of ballots for school places

A growing number of parents support the idea of ballots to determine which children are successful in applying to oversubscribed schools, according to a new poll published today.

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