Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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The figures are higher when it comes to secondary schools, with nearly one in three heads leaving

Tougher inspections prompt a quarter of headteachers to leave academies in 2014

Exodus of headteachers heralds recruitment crisis

Should academies and free schools be allowed to hire unqualified teachers?

In Sweden - the first country to introduce the controversial programme - they now have to hire qualified teachers and follow its national curriculum

Hard headed: Dame Sally Coates in her new role as director of United Learning’s southern academies

Punctuality, respect, constant exams: How Dame Sally Coates turned Burlington Danes around

Strong measures were needed to raise standards at the Academy in west London's White City, as Richard Garner discovers

Durand Academy in Stockwell, south London

Controversial Durand Education Trust faces 'misconduct or mismanagement' inquiry by Charity Commission

Chair Margaret Hodge also questioned the fact the headteacher earned £160,000 from a firm set up to run a leisure centre on the site in addition to his £229,000 salary

Hard headed: Dame Sally Coates in her new role as director of United Learning’s southern academies

Leading headteacher exposes 'underhand' tactics used by schools to get round curbs on selection

Exclusive: Dame Sally Coates says the 'time has come for an independent review of admissions across the country'

The education select committee concluded that better PSHE (personal, social health and economic education) and SRE (sex and relationships education) has the potential to help efforts to address many ‘problems’ in society

Sex education: Ministers need to be bolder and act on their findings

The DfE failed to concede there is a great need for sex education

Sex education given in secondary schools ‘may already be too late’ for pupils

Sex education: Tories snub puts teenagers at risk of ‘pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and exploitation’

Conservatives attacked over failure to make primary school lessons compulsory

The Durand Academy in Stockwell, south London is one of the 4,400 academies under scrutiny

MPs want tougher controls over academy trust finances after revelations that directors have been allowed to develop 'inappropriate business interests'

Chair of Public Accounts Committee cites the case of a headteacher who enhanced his £200,000 salary with £160,000 from a private company he ran on school premises

Ukip parliamentary candidates: Brave new world or an old-fashioned failure?

According to the analysis by the Sutton Trust, only one of Ukip's 30 candidates has an Oxbridge background

Thinking inside the box: The Shed at Victoria Park Academy

Victoria Park Primary Academy uses initiatives such as a video diary shed to increase creativity

Once considered 'failing' by Ofsted, the school in Smethwick, West Midlands is now one of the top in the country, reports Richard Garner
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