Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Children born to mothers who rank in the top 25 per cent for control over their own destiny tend to score higher GCSE results

Children born to confident mothers will do better in their GCSEs, study suggests

If you want to find out how well a child will do in their GCSE exams, forget the quality of their teachers and look instead at how confident their mother was during pregnancy.

Labour sounds alarm on sharp rise in infant class sizes under Coalition

Shadow minister says focus on free schools has been at cost of overcrowding elsewhere

Temperature-screening passengers for Ebola in Nairobi, Kenya

Ebola outbreak: College campuses on alert as new term begins

Nigeria is the fourth largest supplier of international students to British universities
The overall pass rate dipped for the first time in more than 30 years from 98.1 per cent to 98 per cent

A-level results: Fall in top grades caused by more students taking traditional subjects

A drop in top grade passes at A-level this year may have been triggered by a growth in the number of candidates taking traditional academic subjects, exam boards have suggested.

Former Education Secretary Michael Gove would be pleased with today's A-Level results

A-level results: Michael Gove should be pleased with today's marks

If Michael Gove had been around today as Education Secretary he would have been chuffed by this year’s results.

Today's results are the first to be awarded which show the impact of former Education Secretary Michael Gove's exam reforms

A-level results day 2014: Top grade passes fall for third year in a row

Exam chiefs suggest that the drop in the top grade pass rate could be down to students switching to more traditional academic subjects

More than 1,000 candidates are expected to “trade up” their existing offers

A-level results 2014: Students who do better than expected can 'trade up' offers

Many of the UK’s most prestigious universities will be wooing students today with places that they have reserved for those who do better than expected in their A-levels.

Students from the richest neighbourhoods are almost 10 times more likely to go to a top university than those from the poorest areas

Rich teenagers still dominate top universities

Wealthy students are ten times more likely to get into best universities

Nearly all teacher's organisations have called for league tables to be scrapped

Exasperated head teachers to publish rival school league tables

Schools will create their own GCSE league tables in opposition to official stats

Oxford University tells students on its website: 'Term-time employment is not permitted except under exceptional circumstances'

One in seven students have full-time jobs during degree course

Survey shows 59 per cent working at least part-time to fund studies

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