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 Education Secretary’s department has received 44,000 responses from teachers taking the opportunity to tell her they are working too many hours

44,000 teachers tell Education Secretary Nicky Morgan they are overworked

In response they are promised a year’s notice of significant changes to curriculum and qualifications

Sir Michael Wilshaw is to take personal charge of the investigation into claims that Muslim hardliners have taken over a number of schools in Birmingham and begun segregating boys and girls in class

Chief schools inspector accuses critics of creating a 'smokescreen' over investigations into homophobic bullying

Exclusive: Sir Michael has come under fire from parents who claim inspectors have been asking primary aged pupils questions such as 'do you know anybody in the school who is gay'

Eton College, where David Cameron was educated

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New Labour candidates in winnable seats twice as likely as sitting MPs to have gone to independent schools

Carl Lygo, vice-chancellor of BPP university

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"I just don’t think students are getting value for money"

Hold your horses on that exam league tables achievement, Thomas Telford School

The academy in Shropshire boasted that 100 per cent of its students had obtained five A* to C grade passes in last summer's GCSEs. Unfortunately, it's not true, says Richard Garner
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt meets with pupils during a visit to Little Ilford School, London, where Hunt launched a plan for 'zero tolerance' of homophobic language and bullying in schools in England

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Dr Omar Khan from the Runnymede Trust says non-white students get a raw deal

More than £800m a year is being wasted on students who drop out of apprenticeships and A-level courses because their schools and colleges are more interested in getting 'bums on seats' than on guiding them to the right subjects

Dropout generation failed by colleges: £800m a year wasted on students who quit courses they should never have been signed up to

Local Government Association warns that 178,000 dropouts run the risk of becoming ‘Neets’

Theresa May's plans to stop students being drawn to terrorism are in conflict with law, says top barrister

Robert Moretto says new measures are against free speech laws for universities

Leeds University, left, and Truro College in Cornwall (Alamy)

Thousands of students shun universities in favour of studying for their degrees at local further education colleges

Convenience and more one-to-one contact with lecturers behind 11.8 per cent rise in the number of undergraduates studying at FE colleges

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