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 much-maligned turkey twizzler

Loophole in new food rules could see up to 4,000 schools still serving turkey twizzlers

LGA urges government to close loophole for academies and free schools

The courses offered at Peter Symonds College cost £3,950 a year

Winchester sixth-form college offers cut-price degree courses

Courses, which cost £3,950 a year, see sharp rise in popularity

Oxford University has a student population in excess of 20,000 taken from over 140 countries around the world

Top universities refuse to reveal how they are spending tuition fees

Think tank: Universities need to be transparent if they want to raise fees further

Nick Hillman, Director General of the Higher Education Poilcy

Freeze student loan repayment salary at £21,000, says adviser

Extra money is needed to help fill the ‘black hole’ in university budgets, it is claimed

Vulnerable children are being put at risk, it is claimed, because councils are unable to fill vacant child social worker posts

Lack of social workers puts vulnerable children at risk

Many employees have found the role untenable as a result of 'social worker bashing' in the wake of high-profile child-abuse cases

Malvern St James Year 4 pupils in science (Andrew Fox)

Headteachers warn of job losses as schools face budget crisis

Richard Garner on the effects of a 'perfect storm' of rising costs, debt and cuts
Stopping smoking would have prevented 314,000 cases of cancer in the past five years

Healthy living could have prevented half a million cancer cases over last five years

Quitting smoking would have had the biggest effect

The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Robert Willis, gave the homily at Canterbury Cathedral on Christmas Day

Archbishop of Westminster appeals for compassion for those depending on hand-outs

The birth of Jesus should “open our eyes and our hearts to the vulnerable around us”

The Rev Nick Mercer joined the priesthood after leaving the Army

Iraq abuse whistleblower Nick Mercer: 'Schools must teach speaking truth to power'

Reverend Mercer joined the priesthood after leaving the Army Jay Williams

Cambridge University. The typical Oxbridge graduate starts on a salary of about £25,000 a year

Poorer Oxbridge students earn more

Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have had to work harder to get in

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Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
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Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
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'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
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Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
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The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
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Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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