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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Pupils at Sir John Cass Red Coat C of E School in 2004. It is the only state school to be threatened with closure, having previously been judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

Six Muslim schools threatened with closure

Ofsted inspectors criticise subjects focused on Islam and tolerance of extremist views

The decision to ditch modular GCSEs and A-Levels for sudden death exams gives struggling pupils “no second chance” in the exam system

New exam system ‘gives pupils no second chance’

Michael Gove's all-or-nothing exam reforms criticised

Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Red Coat Church of England school in Tower Hamlets, east London

Top London CofE school 'failed to safeguard pupils from Islamic extremism'

Exclusive: Playground segregation and failure to protect against radicalisation blamed

The Royal Albert Hall, London

Richard Garner: Britain’s schools have got talent

It was the week of the Schools Proms, which can play a similar role to Britain’s Got Talent in unearthing future stars of the music world

Fewer pupils have been opting to study languages for GCSEs and A-levels

Foreign exchange trips are becoming passé for UK schoolchildren

Budget cuts and safety fears mean only 40 per cent of schools now run programmes

Figures show an 8 per cent rise in the number of Britons opting to study in the US in 2013/14

Record number of British students opting to study in US

Universities in America have witnessed a 21 per cent rise in the number of UK applicants

Teachers should not be friends with their pupils and must avoid connecting with them online, according to new, official advice

Anti-Bullying Week: Teachers warned not to befriend pupils on Facebook, as they risk being victims of cyber-bullying too

One in five teachers have reported having derogatory comments posted about them – by parents and children

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£200,000 – what an academy head can earn after bumper pay rise

Head teachers' salaries to be reviewed

Pupils in London score higher GCSE results than those in the rest of the country, according to research

Hard-working ethnic minority pupils lifting schools’ results as 'London effect' takes hold

Areas with high proportions of recent immigrant children outperforming white British districts

There are 'significant untapped sums' available to state schools, according to Future First

State schools missing out on extra money by not asking alumni for donations

State schools are missing out on a £100 cash bonanza because they aren't asking former pupils to make donations to their schools, says a report out today.

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