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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Andreas Schleicher, head of education at the OECD

OECD: Little evidence to show that the money being spent on education reforms is working

Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s director of education and skills, said that too often headline grabbing initiatives were launched - but too often 'there is little follow-up' to see if they are effective

Durham Free School had earlier been praised in the Commons by Mr Gove

Free School praised by Michael Gove ordered to close due to bullying and religious bigotry

Ofsted concluded Durham Free School was 'inadequate' as a result of bullying, poor standards in the classroom and religious bigotry

A quarter of a billion pounds a year is being spent on computers in schools, according to the latest figures from Besa, the educational suppliers’ organisation (Getty)

Top head says money spent by schools on 'fad' iPads could have funded 8,000 teachers

Russell Hobby says he is  'dubious' about the use of technology as a teaching aid in non-IT lessons

Antonio Simoes, the chief executive of HSBC UK

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CEO of HSBC UK says his sexuality has made him 'a more authentic person'

New tests will measure pupils’ ability to count and recognise letters, numbers and objects

Baseline tests for new primary school students 'dragoons children,' say campaigners calling for them to be scrapped

Opponents claim measuring pupils' progress is only to boost school ratings, while ministers insist checks are vital

Most of the cases involve the Government’s flagship academies

Academies 'deliberately baffle parents to select by stealth'

Parents 'may have to hunt very carefully' to find schools' guidelines

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The review said that the Department needs to be more inquisitive when pursuing concerns over extremist infiltration of schools

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Chris Wormald was ordered to complete the investigation by Michael Gove

Under new plans from Ofsted schools face double inspections on the same day

Teachers' leaders brand move towards double Ofsted inspections a 'disgrace'

Somes schools will trial having two inspections on the same day this term

Richard Garner: 'I came under surveillance after a brief encounter with the Angry Brigade'

The Independent's education editor met Hilary Creek and Anna Mendelssohn during a court case while he was a local reporter

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