Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Marking blunders mean thousands of students were awarded the wrong grades

Heads want ‘injustices’ of bad examiners redressed

The exams regulator has acknowledged that 6 per cent of examiners are 'inadequate', according to Mr Harman

Thousands more pupils reaching the required reading standard in the Government’s new phonics check

Pupils doing better on phonics tests year on year

Tests for six-year-olds have shown thousands more pupils reaching the required reading standard in the Government’s new phonics check, results have showed.

Figures show that last year only one in five physics A-level entries were from girls

Half of all Britain’s co-ed state schools don’t have a single girl studying physics at A-level

Hundreds of co-ed state schools do not have a single girl studying physics in their sixth-forms, according to a new report.

At some schools, parents have also been barred from taking pictures of their own children in plays and on sports day

Generation of children growing up hidden from public due to 'health and safety fears'

Children are being hidden away from the public because a culture of “oversensitivity and overreaction” means schools are afraid to laud their achievements publicly, a head teachers’ leader has warned.

Campaigner Yas Necati, 18, said sex education lessons she received were treated by pupils as 'a joke'

Exclusive: Children need 'compulsory, comprehensive sex and relationships education'

Lessons should start at primary level

Pupils sit an exam

Teachers losing confidence in exam marking, study suggests

Heads and teachers are losing confidence in the marking of GCSE and A-level exams, according to new research published today.

It is feared that as many as 3,000 primary schools could fall below tough new minimum standards in the three Rs being introduced in 2016

Even excellent schools ‘don’t help poor kids to catch rich’

The gap in performance between poor and better-off pupils is just as high in schools ranked “outstanding” as those labelled “inadequate”, researchers have found.

Ministers and employers have been pressing the need for more students to opt for courses giving them the skills the UK needs to compete in the global market

Universities increasingly take on new students with vocational qualifications instead of A-levels

Growing numbers of teenagers with top-class vocational qualifications are being recruited by UK universities while the number with A-levels dwindle, according to figures released today.

Labour MP Frank Field found that poor working families who claim tax credits forfeit free school meals

Exclusive: Working parents lose out on free school meals

Children aged eight or over and whose parents get working tax credits are excluded from free school meals

Uppingham is a 798-pupil boarding school in Rutland

Public schools help state pupils get to Oxbridge

Promising candidates are given well-honed tips on writing a CV and preparing for interview

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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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