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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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

Average academy heads’ salaries in both primary and secondary schools are higher than in local authority schools. File photo

£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.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said that teenagers should steer away from the arts and humanities and opt for science or maths subjects if they want to access the widest range of jobs

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells teenagers: Want to keep your options open? Then do science

Nicky Morgan criticised for downgrading importance of the Arts in the economy

Universities minister Greg Clark will travel to India to sell Britain as the best destination for students from abroad following criticism that they have been put off applying for places

Minister Greg Clark to address foreign students’ concerns over 'unwelcoming' UK

The universities minister will travel to India next week to sell Britain as the best destination for students from abroad

London Metropolitan University’s Professor John Raftery

University with a poor administrative record given a second chance

London Metropolitan University has been returned to 'highly trusted status'

More university students means more drop-outs, claims senior vice-chancellor

Professor Sir David Eastwood says there's a price to pay for the growth of universities
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Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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