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.
17 June 2014 06:49 PM
Spending cuts have forced a £2m cut in funding for a scheme aimed at protecting pupils in Birmingham from being coerced into terrorism, MPs have heard.
Exclusive: Sixth-form colleges face closure because of deep budget cuts, with courses in languages, maths and science also being chopped
16 June 2014 12:19 AM
Sixth form colleges are under threat with several facing closure this year because of deep cuts to their budgets, claims a new study by the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA). A survey of England’s 93 sixth form colleges reveals that more than one in three colleges have already had to axe their language courses – while more than one in five have scrapped courses in the Stem science and maths subjects.
12 June 2014 12:00 AM
An intriguing insight into the Government's flagship free schools policy was given last weekend at the Northern Rocks education conference in Leeds.
11 June 2014 11:00 PM
10 June 2014 12:00 AM
Concern over the lack of accountability of the Government’s flagship academies is revealed today in a hard-hitting report from the influential Commons public accounts committee.
09 June 2014 06:30 PM
Ofsted finds 'culture of fear and intimidation'
09 June 2014 12:25 PM
Three of the schools declared failing as a result of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation today rejected the findings and warned they would take legal action to declare the verdict null and void.
08 June 2014 06:40 PM
Q: What is the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation?
A: It stems from a letter purporting to outline “Operation Trojan Horse” whereby a group of fundamentalist Muslims were plotting a take-over of city schools. It is widely seen as a fake - but thought to come from someone who had an inkling of what was going on and wanted to draw attention of it.
08 June 2014 12:00 AM
07 June 2014 12:00 AM
Labour will today charge Education Secretary Michael Gove with “gross negligence” over his handling of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation into an alleged hard-line Islamic takeover of schools.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
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- 2 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27