Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Tristram Hunt has called for schools to be freed from the “top-down, target-driven, exam-obsessed” culture dominating the education system

Labour vows to prioritise well rounded education over exams

Schools should be freed from the “top-down, target-driven, exam-obsessed” culture that is dominating our education system, Tristram Hunt urged today.

offering the subject to pupils has shot up to 600

Latin makes surprising comeback in state schools

Latin has made a remarkable comeback in state secondary school classrooms, according to figures released today.

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

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