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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A greater focus on studying means the traditional Saturday job is in decline

Teenagers are shunning Saturday jobs as they opt for revision over riches

Number of young people combining study with part-time work has dropped

School are refusing to allow pupils to take books home because they fear they will fail to bring them back

Ofsted chief attacks schools that give pupils worksheets rather than books to take home

Sir Michael Wilshaw says schools worry that pupils will not bring books back

Former Education Secretary Charles Clarke has called for a radical overhaul

Schools told to end religious instruction and teach morality instead

Former Education Secretary Charles Clarke has called for a radical overhaul

Some sixth-form colleges are due to lose a third of their funding between 2011 and 2016

Sixth-form centres warn government spending cuts may stop them offering A-levels

Exclusive: Some colleges will lose a third of funding between 2011 and 2016

Want better results? Get pupils texting in lessons

New research appears to show that if the teacher can get pupils texting on the subject in hand, their marks will improve

The CBI's director general has previously criticised schools for becoming 'exam factories' to jump through hoops

Ofsted must focus on how 'well rounded' pupils are and not just exam results, says CBI chief

John Cridland said the watchdog needs a radical shift in its approach

Research showed that pupils from poor backgrounds fare worse than those from affluent homes - even if they scored the same marks in tests.

Clever pupils from deprived backgrounds less likely to be judged 'above average', study finds

The research also indicated a gender bias in teachers' assessments

Experts will ensure closure of any institution they consider to be offering dubious degrees

Government orders crackdown on fake universities offering bogus degrees

Investigators have identified up to 190 such institutions

According to a major new study nearly half a million university students believe they may have chosen the wrong course to study

One in three university students wish they had chosen a different course, says study

Students studying architecture or business and administration courses were the unhappiest with their choice, the study says

The head of the universities’ fair access watchdog has said that too many disadvantaged students are still dropping out or failing to get top degree passes despite a rise in their acceptance rates

Too many disadvantaged university students dropping out despite rise in acceptance rates, says watchdog head

'Although there are record-breaking rates of entry among disadvantaged groups, too many of these entrants are still getting lost by the wayside'

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