Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Research has shown that there are around 3,000 students every year with the grades to go to the best dozen or so universities who do not end up there

Cultural vouchers will help poorer A-level students keep up, says study

Study claims this could help poorer pupils get into top unis

The boys of Eton College stand as headmaster Tony Little arrives for morning assembly

Eton headmaster: Children need 'pretty graphic' sex education

“They need, even at the age of nine now, pretty graphic sex education"

Oldknow Academy was one of the Birmingham Schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' affair

Trojan horse schools inquiries were ‘confused’, claim MPS

5 major inquiries investigated an alleged plot by Islamists to take over schools

Critics of the tests say they have been tried before and discredited

Controversial plan to test new primary school pupils infuriates teachers

Academic spells out what DfE assessments will entail, while teachers react angrily to prospect of results being used by Ofsted to measure performance by stealth

Future First scheme aims to get state school alumni back into classrooms

The education charity has added its 100,000th recruit to a growing army of people acting as role models to the future generation

Lee Chapel primary school in Basildon

Basildon becomes the model for educational excellence as scheme turns around town's schools

In two years, all the schools there rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted have been upgraded to 'good' or 'outstanding' - and other counties are taking notice

How the new university in Hereford will look

New university aims to attract women into engineering

It will be first newly built university for three decades

Children's Bookshow competition: Budding authors show off their creative side

The winner for the under nines cast the story of Cinderella into the present day

RAF personnel take part in a disbandment parade at RAF Lossiemouth

Quakers go to war over ‘bellicose’ school pack that promotes 'pro-military values'

"Militarism has no place in classrooms. This resource is ideologically driven and should be withdrawn"

67.6% of children in London were accepted by their top choice of secondary school

Half of parents in some areas denied first choice of school

Local authorities ‘can’t afford to create new places’ to keep up with birth rate

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