Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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The number of pupils at independent schools such at Eton (pictured) has risen this year from 511,928 to 517,113

Number of pupils attending independent schools in Britain on the rise, figures show

The increase has been attributed to a rise in parents' affluence

School meals are one area where the UK’s food waste can be reduced

Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils

Schools are spending an estimated £43m per year to offset effects of poverty

New book reveals the perils of public schools

The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School is written by the former Financial Times education correspondent David Turner

Pupils at Siltamaki primary school perform a rap as part of their cross-subject learning (Jussi Helttunen)

Finland's 'teaching by topic' instead of 'teaching by subject' policy actually started in Norway 40 years ago

But will the education reforms catch on in the UK?

Lord Puttnam

David Puttnam: Headteachers shun art in their schools due to worry about exam table rankings

'Arts provision in schools really relies on the ambition of individual headteachers'

Send childrens' homework abroad to be marked, says leading academic

Dr Rebecca Allen argues that the move would cut down on teachers' workload

University of Sheffield, The Arts Tower - winner of the Urban View category

Sir Keith Burnett says £9,000 university tuition fees are 'a disaster financially and unsustainable'

The vice-chancellor of Sheffield University (above) says family and friends have told him that tuition fee debt affects people's chances of getting a mortgage

Global Education Reform Movement: We've had The Blob, get ready for The Germ

Germ is apparently committed to the type of rigorous testing that teachers spent most of the weekend bemoaning, says Richard Garner

Chalk Talk: Be careful what you say at teacher union conferences

There were mumbles all round and an apology following one speaker's response to a complaint from a colleague

Teachers demand an end to the public sector pay freeze

NUT delegates unanimously backed a move to warn of strike action if the incoming government fail to agree to restore the cash over a fixed timetable

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