Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Leeds University, left, and Truro College in Cornwall (Alamy)

Thousands of students shun universities in favour of studying for their degrees at local further education colleges

Convenience and more one-to-one contact with lecturers behind 11.8 per cent rise in the number of undergraduates studying at FE colleges

Figures show that 41 per cent of all 18-year-old women in England have applied to university

90,000 more women than men apply for university places

Two per cent rise in total applications

Despite millions of pounds of government money, the gap in performance between poor and better-off pupils has increased

School league tables reveal gap between rich and poor pupils has increased by 7 per cent

Inequality now stands at 27 percentage points

The number of secondary schools failing to reach government minimum targets for exam performance has more than doubled

School league tables: Number of schools failing to reach minimum government GCSE targets doubles

Failing schools could be in line for a takeover by a new sponsor and be forced to become an academy

Trevor Averre-Beeson reveals the dark side of being a successful headteacher in new book

Averre-Beeson managed to turn around Islington Green School in north London but he quit in 2006 after concerted opposition to his plans

Dr Anthony Seldon, head of Wellington College: 'It is a deplorable waste of talent'

Black and Asian school-leavers 'more likely' to attend university

New figures show that two out of three state secondary schools do not send a single pupil to Oxford or Cambridge

The number of schools converting to academies in the primary sector has now overtaken those in the secondary sector – 2,299 to 1,884 (Getty)

MPs question merit of turning primary schools into academies

The Commons Select Committee on Education: 'There is at present no convincing evidence of the impact of academy status on attainment in primary schools'

QuickStart Computing aims to help teachers master new technology

A recent poll revealed that two out of three teachers are concerned that their pupils have a better understanding of computing than they do

Gillian Walnes is executive director of the Trust

Holocaust Memorial Day: Anne Frank Trust encourages pupils to discuss prejudice and discrimination

Richard Garner joins the Trust as it prepares to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz next week

Students protesting the privatisation of Sussex university facilities in 2013

Sussex University to apologise after suspending students protesting 'privatisation' of services

The four students were hundreds who took part in protests about what they claim were moves by Sussex University to 'privatise' non-academic services

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