Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Jermaine Jenas, right, with Craig Anderson, left, is encouraging children to learn
The latest figures show almost a third of 10- and 11-year-olds and over a fifth of four- to five-year-olds are either overweight or obese
Despite high profile supporters and praise from Education Secretary Michael Gove and Prime Minister David Cameron, the free school has been told to improve its standards

Surge in bursaries for middle incomes explains sudden rise in boarding school numbers

A rise in bursaries for disadvantaged pupils has fuelled a sudden surge in the number of boarders admitted to independent schools, according to this year’s annual census of private school numbers published today.

Chalk Talk: Sums don't add up at Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference

It's funny how those bemoaning current standards can so often put their foot in it. A recent example surfaced at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester, where delegate Malcolm St John-Smith, from Wakefield, sought to show how the pressure on teachers from Ofsted and league tables had failed to improve standards.

Michael Gove has come under fire for the new Westminster school

NUT conference: Union leader goads Michael Gove, saying she's proud to be a member of 'The Blob'

Delegates attack decision to spend £45m on new selective school in Westminster while existing sixth-form colleges face cuts

Children shun competition in school sport

Competitive dads across the country should brace themselves. Almost two out of three children would either be relieved or “not bothered” if the competitive element were taken out of school sport.

Mentors could encourage girls to take up science careers

Girls need science mentors, says teachers union chief Max Hyde

Mentors could encourage girls to take up science careers in a campaign established by the new president of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Teachers are facing an increasing barrage of 'vile' sexual abuse, unfair allegations of incompetence and videos of themselves taken without their consent being posted online by their pupils

Teachers: ‘Our pupils are targeting us on social media’ with more than a quarter victims of abuse

Teachers are facing an increasing barrage of “vile” sexual abuse, unfair allegations of incompetence and videos of themselves taken without their consent being posted online by their pupils, according to a report seen by The Independent.

Sir Michael Wilshaw is to take personal charge of the investigation into claims that Muslim hardliners have taken over a number of schools in Birmingham and begun segregating boys and girls in class

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw takes charge of Birmingham ‘Islamist’ schools inquiry

The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, is to take personal charge of the investigation into claims that Muslim hardliners have taken over a number of schools in Birmingham and begun segregating boys and girls in class.

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