Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Figures show a total of 41 headteachers are earning more than £142,000 a year - up by 10 when compared with the previous year

Headteachers' salaries are soaring in academies and free schools, say teachers

Delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' conference heard that growing numbers of heads were now earning more than the Prime Minister

Tristram Hunt wants to introduce a technical Baccalaureate - for young people learning vocational skills, technical degrees which people can study for while they are earning and more two-year apprenticeships.

General Election 2015: Labour promise legislation to boost vocational education and apprenticeships within 100 days if elected

Education spokesman Tristram Hunt: 'Within 100 days you will have a Labour education Bill about vocational education, apprenticeships and training'

Spending £800 million of free nursery places for three-year-olds has failed to produce any lasting improvements in education standards

£800m spent on free nursery places for three-year-olds fails to improve education standards

Analysis finds children's school outcomes are only slightly improved at age five if they have taken advantage of free nursery places

More than one in five school and college staff (22 per cent) surveyed had been the target of a false allegation by a pupil while one in seven had been subjected to a false accusations by a pupil’s parent or family friend. Often the allegations by the pupil were made because they “didn’t like being told off by school or college staff”.

Innocent teachers increasingly quitting their jobs over false accusations by pupils

Some teachers are even considering quitting the profession, despite not having had any allegations levelled against them, through fear that it might happen

Leading edge: Mary Bousted, who has been general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers for 12 years

Why teachers are so angry: Botched education reforms, increased workload, meddling ministers...you name it!

Even the ATL, the most moderate teaching union, has been on strike twice during the lifetime of this government. Its leader, Mary Bousted, tells Richard Garner what action is needed to defuse the discontent
Five Ways is one of the Birmingham schools that increased its admissions from disadvantaged children

Birmingham's two-tier grammar schools entrance plan wins support

Disadvantaged pupils double in city's grammar schools

Many middle-class parents hire tutors to give their children an advantage in the 11-plus exam

Grammar schools set lower pass mark for poorer children

Schools are using two-tier testing to boost ‘poor’ admissions

In one case, buying a pupil a football kit and providing soccer coaching dramatically improved his performance, said David Laws

Government pupil premium policy sees schools report dramatic changes

The Government programme gives schools extra cash for every disadvantaged pupil they take in

Pupils at Siltamaki primary school perform a rap as part of their cross-subject learning

Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system

With Finland radically reforming the way its children are taught, Richard Garner visits Helsinki to find out if the teachers approve

Bankers invest in degree-level apprenticeship

Barclays went in to job centres and its own branches to tout for people who fancied seizing the chance to aim for a top job

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